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Sat, 20 Apr 2013, 19:07 PM

Coughlin, Lang, Knowles and Both Smiths Among Winners in First Round
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Of NHRA Pro Mod Series Eliminations at zMAX Dragway


Von Smith
NHRA Pro Mod Series No. 1 qualifier Danny Rowe was upset in the first round of eliminations Saturday at the Dollar General NHRA Four-Wide Nationals fueled by Full Throttle. The popular 250-mph doorslammer touring series is competing in the traditional two-lane configuration.

Rowe qualified on top with a 5.867 at 249.07 in his Agave Underground Tequila '68 Camaro, but his machine suffered tire-shake off the starting line in the first round of eliminations and Mike Knowles cruised to the victory in his '68 Camaro.

Other first round winners in the second of 10 events in the NHRA Pro Mod Series were defending world champion Troy Coughlin, local favorite Rickie Smith, veteran driver Kenny Lang, 2010 world champ Von Smith and Mike Castellana.

Sunday's second round pairings, which are scheduled to begin at approximately 3:30 p.m., include Coughlin vs. Castellana, R. Smith vs. Steve Matusek, Knowles vs. Clint Satterfield and V. Smith vs. Lang.

First round results and second round pairings from the NHRA Pro Mod Series portion of the fourth annual Dollar General NHRA Four-Wide Nationals fueled by Full Throttle at zMax Dragway:

ROUND ONE -- Clint Satterfield, Chevy Camaro, 6.090, 238.68 def. Pete Farber, Dodge Daytona, foul; Von Smith, Camaro, 5.884, 245.67 def. Eric Latino, Camaro, 5.928, 246.80; Troy Coughlin, Chevy Corvette, 5.909, 248.52 def. Chip King, Daytona, 6.015, 249.81; Steve Matusek, Ford Mustang, 5.987, 250.55 def. Mike Janis, Camaro, 7.000, 147.79; Mike Castellana, Camaro, 5.945, 243.06 def. Kevin McCurdy, Camaro, 6.096, 239.53; Rickie Smith, Camaro, 9.215, 100.24 def. Chris Juliano, Mustang, 9.285, 128.38; Kenny Lang, Corvette, 6.401, 173.52 def. Doug Winters, Chevy Bel Air, 7.199, 150.03; Mike Knowles, Camaro, 5.963, 241.67 def. Danny Rowe, Camaro, 10.359, 85.96;

ROUND TWO PARINGS -- Knowles vs Satterfield; Castellana vs Coughlin; Lang vs V. Smith; and R. Smith vs Matusek.

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