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Sun, 01 Oct 2017, 20:10 PM

Coughlin Claims Victory at J&A Service Pro Mod Portion of AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals
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Troy Coughlin celebrates his second win this season.
Troy Coughlin secured the Wally in the NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series portion of the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals at Gateway Motorsports Park. This weekend's Pro Mod racing, presented by Real Pro Mod Association, is the 11th of 12 events on the 2017 schedule.

Coughlin powered to a 5.792-second pass at 257.24 mph in his Corvette to earn the victory over Khalid alBalooshi in the final round. Coughlin defeated Rickie Smith, Steven Whiteley, and Pete Farber on his way to the finals. This is his third career victory at Gateway Motorsports Park.

"The whole team has been fantastic," Coughlin stated. "We just kept picking at it and kept trying to pick it up. I've been driving pretty decent. We couldn't be more excited to have the points lead going into Vegas. We've never had the points lead going into Vegas - we've always been behind. It feels great to be ahead. We just need to maintain what we've been doing."

Coughlin entered the event second in the Pro Mod standings and claimed the No. 1 spot over Mike Castellana with the victory.

The J&A Service Pro Mod Series concludes at the NHRA Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nev. Oct. 26-29.

Final round-by-round results from the sixth annual AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals at Gateway Motorsports Park, the 11th of 12 events in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.

ROUND ONE -- Sidnei Frigo, Chevy Corvette, 5.774, 255.10 def. Chuck Little, Corvette, 5.767, 248.71; Khalid alBalooshi, Chevy Camaro, 5.850, 247.84 def. Carl Stevens, Camaro, 6.102, 201.34; Pete Farber, Dodge Daytona, 5.823, 249.39 def. Mike Castellana, Camaro, 7.370, 132.41; Steve Matusek, Camaro, 5.835, 239.82 def. Dan Stevenson, Camaro, 9.359, 98.59; Troy Coughlin, Corvette, 5.752, 257.33 def. Rickie Smith, Camaro, 5.807, 249.95; Steven Whiteley, Cadillac CTS-V, 5.744, 252.71 def. Danny Rowe, Corvette, Foul - Red Light; Eric Latino, Camaro, 5.809, 250.97 def. Shane Molinari, Pontiac Firebird, Foul - Red Light; Jim Whiteley, Camaro, 11.283, 103.95 def. Steve Jackson, Camaro, Foul - Red Light;

QUARTERFINALS -- alBalooshi, 5.778, 250.00 def. J. Whiteley, 6.442, 170.43; Matusek, 5.831, 250.74 def. Latino, 6.760, 157.65; Farber, 5.821, 250.74 def. Frigo, 5.928, 245.18; Coughlin, 5.783, 255.29 def. S. Whiteley, 5.777, 252.05;

SEMIFINALS -- Coughlin, 5.809, 255.68 def. Farber, 5.817, 250.32; alBalooshi, 5.791, 250.64 def. Matusek, Foul - Red Light;

FINAL -- Coughlin, 5.792, 257.24 def. alBalooshi, 5.850, 250.09.

Point standings (top 10) following the sixth annual AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals at Gateway Motorsports Park, the 11th of 12 events in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.

1. Troy Coughlin, 818; 2. Mike Castellana, 792; 3. Shane Molinari, 628; 4. Steve Jackson, 600; 5. Sidnei Frigo, 579; 6. Steven Whiteley, 569; 7. Jonathan Gray, 549; 8. Steve Matusek, 537; 9. Khalid alBalooshi, 461; 10. Rickie Smith, 441.

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