Wily veteran Pro Mod racer Rickie Smith showed true grit while winning NHRA’s latest event offering…..
The weekend’s Pro Mod class racing action was co-presented by Pro Line Racing and FuelTech and was the third of 10 Pro Mod events on the 2016 NHRA calendar season.
Smith, making his third straight final round appearance of 2016, powered his late model IDG Chevy Camaro to a 5.873-second pass at 248.48 mph to defeat Kevin Fiscus’ 6.072 at 243.50 in his 2012 Ford Mustang.
Smith’s win was a pretty remarkable comeback given that he had crashed in a very bizarre final round incident just two weeks prior during the NHRA race held at Houston. His Chevy Camaro had to be rebuilt following damage after he clipped both guard walls in that incident.
Smith, who won at the season-opening Gatornationals tallied his 10th career victory.
As the No. 1 qualifier (at 5.781 secs) Smith outlasted Gerry Capano, Doug Winters and Steve Matusek en route to the final round against Fiscus.
Fiscus, the No. 15 qualifier had his best NHRA national event showing to date with the runner-up placing. Kevin’s turbocharged machine had beaten Troy Coughlin, Kenny Lang (the ’15 defending event champion) and former Top Fuel racer Khalid alBalooshi in the earlier rounds. That finish moved him up to seventh in the season points standings.
Next up for the NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series will be an appearance at the NHRA Summernationals, June 9-12, at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, N.J.
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Posted with files by NHRA Communications and Bruce Biegler
Photos by Bruce Biegler & Steve Embling