|JEGS.com driver Troy Coughlin Sr. won the 2015 NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series championship, wrapping up the title with a second-round victory in the Aeromotive Inc. Pro Mod race at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.The championship was Coughlin’s second in the Pro Mod Series, following up his 2012 title. It was also the ninth for the famed Coughlin family of Delaware, Ohio. Crew chief Steve Petty and crewmembers Justin Beaver, Brandon Stroud, Kyle Pettis, and Mike Rees rose to the occasion, providing Coughlin with a championship-winning Corvette.|
Coughlin took the title in his yellow and pink JEGS.com Corvette after winning his quarterfinal matchup against Sidnei Frigo and his closest challenger, Bob Rahaim, lost in the same round. Mike Janis, who held the points lead coming into the event, was upset in the opening round of eliminations on Saturday evening. Janis finished second in points.
Coughlin earned $50,000 for winning the season long title. He also won the championship in 2012.
“It seems like it just happened yesterday that we won the first title,” Coughlin said. “Boy, what a sweet deal. What can I say about all the guys on this JEGS.com car. It’s pretty exciting. To come back and do it again, that doesn’t happen very often. As tough as this class has gotten over the last couple years, it makes it that much sweeter, for sure.”
Former Pro Mod champ Khalid alBalooshi powered his Al-Anabi Racing ’69 Camaro to the event victory over Pete Farber. In the final, alBalooshi posted a 6.854 second run at 245.76 mph to finish in front of Farber’s ’69 Dodge Daytona, which trailed with a 6.942 at 244.43. In earlier rounds he outran Rickie Smith, Steven Whiteley and Rick Snavely. It was alBalooshi’s first win of the season and third of his Pro Mod career.
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LAS VEGAS — Final round-by-round results from the Aeromotive Inc. Pro Mod race at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
ROUND ONE — Pete Farber, Dodge Daytona, 5.933, 244.12 def. Eric Latino, Chevy Camaro, 5.971, 240.94; Bob Rahaim, Chevy Corvette, 6.001, 217.91 def. Mike Janis, Camaro, 6.860, 142.63; Sidnei Frigo, Corvette, 5.902, 249.72 def. Robert Patrick Jr., Ford Mustang, 6.968, 149.40; Troy Coughlin, Corvette, 5.867, 248.02 def. Danny Rowe, Corvette, 5.964, 241.93; Steven Whiteley, Cadillac CTS-V, 5.861, 245.72 def. Dan Stevenson, Camaro, 5.893, 245.94; Khalid alBalooshi, Camaro, 5.829, 247.16 def. Rickie Smith, Camaro, 5.944, 244.03; Rick Snavely, Camaro, 5.837, 257.09 def. Chip King, Dodge Charger, 5.952, 236.71; Don Walsh, Camaro, 5.876, 216.83 def. Jeff Naiser, Camaro, 6.372, 218.37;
QUARTERFINALS — Farber, 5.891, 245.67 def. Walsh, foul; Coughlin, 5.867, 252.85 def. Frigo, 5.973, 223.10; Snavely, 5.886, 254.14 def. Rahaim, 6.043, 241.50; alBalooshi, 5.833, 246.98 def. S. Whiteley, 5.926, 244.92;
SEMIFINALS — Farber, 5.967, 242.98 def. Coughlin, DQ; alBalooshi, 5.860, 246.35 def. Snavely, 5.911, 247.97;
FINAL — alBalooshi, 5.854, 245.76 def. Farber, 5.942, 244.43.
LAS VEGAS — Final Top Ten Point standings following the Aeromotive Inc. Pro Mod race at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
- Troy Coughlin Sr., 623; 2. Mike Janis, 609; 3. Bob Rahaim, 571; 4. Rickie Smith, 534; 5. Don Walsh, 500; 6. Bill Glidden, 496; 7. Danny Rowe, 477; 8. (tie) Khalid alBalooshi, 467; Troy Coughlin Jr., 467; 10. Pete Farber, 431.