Stivers' Trane finishes NHRA Pro Mod season in Top Ten LEXINGTON, Ky. (November 4, 2010) - Rick Stivers, driver of the Trane Air Conditioning Pro Mod, claimed a top-ten championship position in the 2010 NHRA Pro Mod season with a quarterfinal ...
Stivers' Trane finishes NHRA Pro Mod season in Top Ten
LEXINGTON, Ky. (November 4, 2010) - Rick Stivers, driver of the Trane Air Conditioning Pro Mod, claimed a top-ten championship position in the 2010 NHRA Pro Mod season with a quarterfinal finish at the NHRA Las Vegas Nationals.
Stivers drove the Trane Stratus into the number ten championship position with his victory over Ed Hoover in the first round of eliminations at Vegas. Stivers qualified No. 4 with a 5.950-second pass, and delivered a 5.959 against Hoover's 6.001 in round one.
In round two, Stivers faced Troy Coughlin. At the start, Stivers and Coughlin were nearly even, and the two raced side-by-side until the finish, where Coughlin crossed just four feet - less than half a car-length -- in front of Stivers, ending his season. At the stripe, it was Coughlin: 6.000, Stivers: 6.008.
"We had a really good car here in Vegas, and that round with Troy just got away from me. I had him beat, but I let him go at the end. It's disappointing to lose by a nose, but that's drag racing."
"In all, the season wasn't nearly as good as I had wanted, but, considering the way things started for me in February, I'm happy to have made the top ten," Stivers said.
By the numbers, Stivers' best event of the season was in Atlanta, where he made a semifinal finish after qualifying fourth. He qualified No. 4 three times, and in the top-half of the field five out of nine times. He missed the first event at Gainesville after enduring emergency surgery to remove cancerous polyps found during a routine screening.
In addition to the one semifinal finish, he had four quarterfinal finishes, three first-round exits, and one DNQ. He ended the season with a total of 428 points, passing two other drivers with his Vegas performance to finish number 10.
"I have to thank Trane for all their support this season. They have been encouraging the entire time, and I think that together we've proven, once again, that even with my rocky start, it's hard to stop a Trane," Stivers said.