By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
ENGLISHTOWN, NJ — Rickie Smith, who returned this weekend after an absence, has won the NHRA Summernationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park. The multiple-time champion defeated Troy Coughlin in the final round.
Smith went 5.884 at 247.83 mph in the Pro Mod final round. Coughlin, who was last year’s NHRA Summernationals winner, went 5.882 at 255.29 mph.
Prior to this race, Smith was 8-7 against Coughlin. Each had a win against each other in the final round.
Smith had the startling line advantage despite a pre-stage staging dual. He got the hole shot win over Coughlin.
Smith won by 0.0137 mph, or approx. 5 feet. This is Smith’s first Wally of the season — but only his second race this season.
He has 11 career Wally’s.
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