Smith Finds Pro Mod Glory At Big Go

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Rickie Smith (near lane) lines up against Pete Farber in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series final Monday at Lucas Oil Raceway. (Ginny Heithaus Photo)
Rickie Smith (near lane) lines up against Pete Farber in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series final Monday at Lucas Oil Raceway. (Ginny Heithaus Photo)
Rickie Smith (near lane) lines up against Pete Farber in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series final Monday at Lucas Oil Raceway. (Ginny Heithaus Photo)

CLERMONT, Ind. – Reigning NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series world champion Rickie Smith raced to the NHRA Pro Mod Series victory Monday at the 60th annual Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals, the world’s most prestigious race.

Smith ran his ’68 IDG Camaro to a 5.901-second pass at 245.72 mph, defeating Pete Farber in the final. It was Smith’s second win of the season and sixth of his career. Smith, the runner-up at Indianapolis last season, defeated Danny Rowe, Jeff Naiser and Troy Coughlin on the way to the final.

Farber drove his CRC Brakeleen Dodge Daytona to the final round with victories over Steven Whiteley, Steve Matusek and Billy Glidden. It was his second final round appearance of the season, following a victory in Bristol. Farber was appearing in his first Indianapolis final.

The NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series will head to Charlotte, N.C. for the Pro Mod portion of the NHRA Carolina Nationals, Sept. 12-14. The event is the seventh of 10 races on the 2014 schedule.