RPM: Real Pro Mod

Drag Racer - - Contents - BY AMANDA MA­TUSEK

AS THE SEA­SON WINDS DOWN, THERE'S A LOT TO KEEP OUR EYES ON IN PRO MOD. The points bat­tle is heat­ing up be­tween Mike Castel­lana (cur­rently #1) and Troy Cough­lin (cur­rently #2), with Cough­lin only 23 points be­hind Castel­lana at the time of this writ­ing.

An­other thing to look out for is the ad­di­tion of a third Bahrain 1 car; this one is a turbo en­try. Both Steve Jack­son and Khalid Al-Bal­loshi, who wheel the other two Bahrain 1 cars, have had a solid year so far. Jack­son is sixth over­all in points and has a win un­der his belt, and Al-Balooshi is only 11 points out of the Top 10.

The World Se­ries of Pro Mod, which hap­pened at Bandimere Speed­way Aug. 4-5, was a huge suc­cess. Mike Bow­man and Steven White­ley met in the fi­nals, with Bow­man snag­ging the $100,000 prize.

As I write this, we’ve just come off of Indy, which proved to be as ex­cit­ing as ever. First, it was the quick­est Pro Mod field in NHRA his­tory, with a bump spot of 5.846. Sec­ond, Castel­lana, #1 in points and top qual­i­fier in Indy, was booted first round by Danny Rowe, the 16th qual­i­fier. This, com­bined with a fi­nal round ap­pear­ance by Troy Cough­lin, turned up the heat on the points bat­tle. Third, Brazil­ian Sid­nei Frigo came out on top, beat­ing Cough­lin in the fi­nals to take home the Wally. His first NHRA Na­tional Event vic­tory was a big one.

Over­all, the 2017 sea­son has been an ex­cit­ing one for Pro Mod. We’re ex­cited to wrap up the sea­son and see what 2018 has in store for us.

 Un­der­dog Mike Bow­man snatched up the $100,000 prize at the World Se­ries of Pro Mod event held at Bandimere Speed­way.

 Indy 2018 Pro Mod ac­tion

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