IHRA veteran Rickie Smith holds down top spot in Pro Mod
Smith said, “We know we can run fast with this car and when you throw this Speed Tech stuff on there she gets out of here.”
Seven-time IHRA World Champion Rickie Smith (King, N.C.) put down the lap heard round the world in his Al-Anabi backed 1968 Camaro to take the provisional No. 1 qualifying spot in Pro Modified and also claim Friday’s Last Man Standing award with a pass of 5.962 at 234.37 mph.
“This car is awesome. We had run at some tracks earlier that hadn’t been prepared right, this track is prepared right. The starting line crew is doing a great job,” Smith said. “We know we can run fast with this car and when you throw this Speed Tech stuff on there she gets out of here.”
Smith knocked off IHRA newcomer Tim Tindle (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.) who held down the top spot until late in Friday’s evening qualifying session. Tindle was bumped to second with a 6.029 pass at 234.74 mph. Ed Hoover (Gilbert, S.C.) put down the top speed of the night in Pro Mod at 237.50 mph and currently sits third with a 6.030 E.T.
Burton Auxier (6.032/234.53) and Scott Cannon (6.045/235.06) rounded out the top five in Friday’s Castrol “Night of Fire” qualifying.