NHRA Pro Mod Saturday report

Gainesville Gatornationals

BALOOSHI SETS PRO MOD PACE AND ADVANCES TO QUARTERFINALS AT TIRE KINGDOM NHRA GATORNATIONALS

Roger Burgess, 1968 Blown Chevrolet Camaro
Roger Burgess, 1968 Blown Chevrolet Camaro

Photo by: Ted Rossino

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Khalid Balooshi earned the No. 1 qualifier and he also advanced to the quarterfinals in the season-opener for the NHRA Get Screened America Pro Mod Drag Racing Series at Gainesville Raceway on Saturday.

Balooshi, from Doha, Qatar, set the No. 1 qualifying mark of 5.846 seconds at 243.24 mph on Friday in his 1968 Camaro and it held up in the final qualifying pass on Saturday.

Then he delivered a solid 5.959 at 241.80 (with a 0.069 reaction time) to win convincingly over Mike Knowles’ 6.145 at 240.94 (with a 0.104).

He’ll match up in the quarterfinals, which resume on Sunday, against Brad Personett, who defeated defending Series champion Von Smith in the marquee first-round pairing.

The other quarterfinal matchups are: Roger Burgess vs. Kenny Lang; Danny Rowe vs. Ed Hoover; and Rickie Smith vs. Ray Commisso.

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Get Screened America Pro Mod Series round one results from the 42nd annual Tire Kingdom NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway.

ROUND ONE -- Brad Personett, Chevy Camaro, 5.897, 247.75 def. Von Smith, Camaro, 6.798, 142.60; Roger Burgess, Chevy Corvette, 5.843, 254.23 def. Pete Farber, Dodge Daytona, 6.211, 237.84; Ed Hoover, Camaro, 5.918, 244.29 def. Mike Janis, Ford Mustang, 6.060, 233.24; Raymond Commisso, Camaro, 5.896, 249.58 def. Michael Gullqvist, Camaro, 9.221, 115.08; Kenny Lang, Corvette, 5.944, 247.34 def. Tim Tindle, Mustang, 11.206, 86.46; Rickie Smith, Camaro, 5.921, 241.76 def. Joe Baker, Pontiac Firebird, 6.074, 240.29; Danny Rowe, Camaro, 5.884, 248.84 def. Scott Ray, Corvette, 10.482, 81.94; Khalid Balooshi, Camaro, 5.959, 241.80 def. Mike Knowles, Camaro, 6.145, 240.94.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Final qualifying order for the Get Screened America Pro Mod Series at the 42nd annual Tire Kingdom NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway. DNQs listed below pairings.

1. Khalid Balooshi, Chevy Camaro, 5.846, 243.24; 2. Danny Rowe, Camaro, 5.855, 250.27; 3. Rickie Smith, Camaro, 5.878, 241.67; 4. Roger Burgess, Corvette, 5.881, 255.10; 5. Kenny Lang, Corvette, 5.897, 247.52; 6. Michael Gullqvist, Camaro, 5.908, 245.40; 7. Ed Hoover, Camaro, 5.911, 244.74; 8. Brad Personett, Camaro, 5.914, 255.19; 9. Von Smith, Camaro, 5.928, 246.80; 10. Chuck Cheeseman, Corvette, 5.931, 243.28; 11. Raymond Commisso, Camaro, 5.946, 247.52; 12. Tim Tindle, Ford Mustang, 5.972, 228.11; 13. Pete Farber, Dodge Daytona, 5.989, 241.80; 14. Joe Baker, Pontiac Firebird, 6.005, 239.65; 15. Scott Ray, Chevy Corvette, 6.011, 232.83; 16. Mike Knowles, Camaro, 6.042, 244.74.

Did Not Qualify: 17. Mike Janis, 6.043, 237.75; 18. Troy Coughlin, 6.046, 245.85; 19. Pat Musi, 6.062, 237.50; 20. Dennis Radford, 6.065, 244.12; 21. Jay Payne, 6.121, 241.93; 22. Melanie Troxel, 6.122, 246.39; 23. Ike Maier, 6.151, 231.08; 24. Raymond J Matos, 6.155, 215.82; 25. Chip King, 6.218, 249.16.

-source: nhra

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