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Pro Line Racing Sets Quick Pace for NHRA/RPM Pro Mod Testing; Rickie Smith Runs 5.77 at 252 mph


Orlando Speed World came alive yesterday for a private track rental for the Pro Line Racing NHRA teams and they were impressive right out of the gate. The El General/Q80 Racing team saw Eric Dillard climb behind wheel of its 1969 Camaro, normally driven by Jose Gonzales. The boss at Pro Line Racing set the pace with a stellar 5.70 at 253 mph But the biggest news wasn’t the quickest time of the day, it was Rickie Smith making his debut with a turbocharged-powered Pro Modified. The new 1968 Mustang is fresh out of Jerry Bickel Race Cars shop and it was impressive right out of the gate. With Steve Petty handling the tuning chores, Smith laid down a 5.77 at 252 mph as he gets acclimated to the new driving style. Smith is no stranger to diversity or controversy, he’s driven blown Pro Mods and has three NHRA championships with his nitrous-injected Camaro. He is out to a quick start with support from one of the premier turbocharged race operations in drag racing. The third NHRA-legal Pro Mod out of the Pro Line Racing camp was Sidnei Frigo and he pushed his 1969 Camaro to a 5.77 at just 242 mph.

The cars feature a Pro Line Racing 520ci engines that are based on Alan Johnson Performance Engineering billet HEMI cylinder heads and engine block, Visner billet intake manifold, and a set of Precision XPR 88mm turbochargers. The engine and power management is handled by a FuelTech FT600. The drivetrain consists of a TH400 that has been converted to a two-speed configuration by M&M Racing Transmissions.

Mike Galimi
Mike Galimi
Mike Galimi is the Director of Content & Marketing at ProMedia Publishing and Events with nearly 20 years of experience in motorsport writing and photography.