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Mike Janis Jr. GM/Mike Janis Racing
ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. New York native Mike Janis raced to his first win in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series Sunday at the Toyota NHRA Summernationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park.
Janis, from Lancaster, N.Y., powered his Valvoline Profefessional Series late model Chevy Camaro to the win over defending Pro Mod world champion Troy Coughlin in the final round.
Janis covered the distance in 6.035 seconds at 240.51 mph to take his first career win in the 250-mph doorslammer category, while defending Englishtown winner Coughlin clocked a 6.060 second pass at 244.12 mph for the runner-up finish in his JEGS.com Chevy Corvette.
Janis, who was runner-up at Englishtown in 2011, advanced to his fourth career final round by outrunning Coughlin, Mike Knowles and Chip King in the first three rounds.With the victory, Janis moves to fourth place in the series standings. Canadian Kenny Lang maintained the series points lead despite losing in the second round to King. Coughlin moved up to second in the standings with his runner-up finish.
The NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series continues June 14-16 with the Ford NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals presented by Tri-Cities Area Ford Dealers at Bristol (Tenn.) Dragway.
Final round-by-round results from the 44th Toyota NHRA Summernationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park, the race is the fourth of 10 events in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.
ROUND ONE — Mike Janis, Chevy Camaro, 6.043, 233.20 def. Mike Knowles, Camaro, 6.079, 241.97; Troy Coughlin, Chevy Corvette, 6.083, 242.98 def. Harold Martin, Corvette, 8.624, 111.57; Pete Farber, Dodge Daytona, 6.069, 243.94 def. Kevin McCurdy, Camaro, broke; Kenny Lang, Corvette, 6.073, 243.55 def. Steve Matusek, Ford Mustang, DQ; Chip King, Daytona, 5.973, 246.08 def. Von Smith, Camaro, 6.070, 240.08; Rickie Smith, Camaro, 6.015, 242.23 def. Clint Satterfield, Camaro, 7.397, 139.17; Mike Castellana, Camaro, 5.948, 243.72 def. Vinny Budano, Camaro, 10.051, 90.44; Danny Rowe, Camaro, broke was unopposed;
QUARTERFINALS — Janis, 6.501, 145.80 was unopposed; R. Smith, 6.294, 186.56 def. Farber, 6.641, 166.27; King, 6.000, 233.28 def. Lang, 6.102, 241.50; Coughlin, 6.005, 242.76 def. Castellana, 11.341, 80.35;
SEMIFINALS — Coughlin, 6.019, 243.99 def. R. Smith, 6.264, 175.57; Janis, 6.037, 239.87 def. King, broke;
FINAL — Janis, 6.035, 240.51 def. Coughlin, 6.060, 244.12.
Point standings (top 10) following the 44th Toyota NHRA Summernationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park, the race is the fourth of 10 events in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.
1. Kenny Lang, 278; 2. Troy Coughlin, 271; 3. Von Smith, 253; 4. Rickie Smith, 240; 5. Mike Janis, 234; 6. Mike Castellana, 228; 7. Clint Satterfield, 227; 8. Chip King, 225; 9. Danny Rowe, 210; 10. Pete Farber, 196
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