Video Courtesy of Pro Line Racing
In the high stakes game of Pro Modified drag racing one of the keys to success is testing, and you better be ready to do a lot of it. As the world’s biggest drag race kicks off this week, the 57th annual NHRA Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals held at Lucas Oil Raceway, some of the most prolific door-slammers of the E3 Spark Plug Pro Modified field have been testing at tracks around the country. Four of Pro Line Racing’s biggest customers rented Darlington Dragway to get some quality testing in before heading to the Big Go. The well-groomed race track hosted the El General Racing/Q80 Team (which includes Troy Coughlin of Jegs.com), Biehle Motorsports, and Artivinco Racing.
Crew chiefs Steve Petty and Jamie Miller worked with their perspective teams to help get the most from the typical pro-ranks style package—PLR/AJPE 520ci HEMI with Precision Pro Mod 88mm turbochargers, FuelTech FT600 engine management, and M&M TH400 two-speed transmissions. Sharing data and information helped all four racers run nearly identical of each other. Sidnei Freigo drove the Artivinco Racing 1969 Camaro to a best of 5.75, the quickest of the quartet. The next three cars—Coughlin in a 1968 Mustang, Jose Gonzales in a 1969 Camaro, and Michael Biehle in a 1968 Mustang— all ran 5.76 with speeds over 250 mph!