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Fri, 14 Mar 2014, 20:32 PM

Rowe Leads NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series Qualifying on Friday
Courtesy of NHRA Communications





GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Danny Rowe raced to the qualifying lead Friday in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series portion of the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Auto-Plus Raceway at Gainesville.

Rowe powered his Agave Underground Tequila '68 Chevy to a leading performance of 5.862 seconds at 250.55 mph to top the 16-car field. Mike Janis tied Rowe's elapsed time in his late-model Valvoline Camaro, but Rowe claimed the top spot by virtue of his faster speed.

Series newcomer Jason Hamstra qualified third with a 5.866 at 246.30 in his 2010 Ford Mustang. Defending NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series world champ Rickie Smith qualified fourth with a 5.889 at 245.09 in his '12 Camaro. Steven Whiteley is fifth overall after posting a 5.900 at 247.34 in his Y-Not Racing '68 Camaro.

The Pro Mod Series qualifying continues on Saturday with sessions at 11:30 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. Final eliminations are scheduled for Sunday at 9:30 a.m.

Friday's results after the first one of three rounds of qualifying for the 45th annual Amalie Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Auto-Plus Raceway at Gainesville, first of 10 events in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series. Qualifying will continue Saturday for Sunday's final eliminations.

Pro Modified -- 1. Danny Rowe, Chevy Camaro, 5.862, 250.55; 2. Mike Janis, Camaro, 5.862, 247.93; 3. Jason Hamstra, Ford Mustang, 5.866, 246.30; 4. Rickie Smith, Camaro, 5.889, 245.09; 5. Steven Whiteley, Camaro, 5.900, 247.34; 6. Steve Matusek, Mustang, 5.904, 246.26; 7. Raymond Commisso, Camaro, 5.948, 237.42; 8. Craig Cawte, Camaro, 5.966, 227.19; 9. Mike Knowles, Camaro, 5.980, 246.80; 10. Kevin Fiscus, Mustang, 5.990, 245.40; 11. Mike Castellana, Camaro, 5.996, 240.81; 12. Kevin Rivenbark, Mustang, 6.013, 239.06; 13. Don Walsh, Mustang, 6.074, 247.34; 14. Dan Stevenson, Camaro, 6.165, 239.78; 15. Chris Juliano, Mustang, 6.225, 219.86; 16. Bill Glidden, Mustang, 6.279, 199.88.
Not Qualified: 17. Eric Latino, 8.257, 117.80; 18. Troy Coughlin, 8.766, 122.32; 19. Clint Satterfield, 9.823, 91.53; 20. Todd Tutterow, 10.123, 95.28; 21. Chip King, 10.539, 82.79; 22. Jim Laurita, 10.678, 82.03; 23. Pete Farber, 11.147, 83.03; 24. Doug Winters, 12.097, 69.24; 25. Jim Bell, 12.228, 70.22; 26. Kenny Lang, 12.381, 94.64; 27. Harold Martin, 14.638, 67.82.





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