Coughlin Ready For Second Pro Mod Title Defense
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (March 15) -- For the second time in his wildly successful drag racing career, Troy Coughlin will defend a hard-earned Pro Mod championship when the J&A Services Drag Racing Series kicks off at this weekend's 47th annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway.
Coughlin made a late-season charge to clinch his second Pro Mod title at the final race of the year last October in Las Vegas. The championship matched the one he claimed in 2012, with the two titles bracketing a pair of runner-up finishes.
"It's been a pretty remarkable run these last four years," Coughlin said. "You don't think about it as it's happening because you're generally focused on the next round, the next race, but it's neat when you do have time to reflect to see how well we have done.
"It's definitely all about this remarkable team. Steve Petty is the best crew chief in the business and having guys like Mike Rees, Justin Beaver and Kyle Pettis stick with us for so many years, that makes such a huge difference. I'm so honored to drive this racecar and work with these guys."
Any thoughts about Coughlin and crew being content with their standing in the Pro Mod world should be immediately dismissed as the group has seemingly worked even harder on 2016 than any previous attempts.
"Winning is addictive," Coughlin said. "This crew has been through a title defense before and they know everyone out there will take their best shots against us every single round. There's something about racing the car with the No. 1 on the window; you just want to prove yourself against the car that did the best the year before.
"We've tested a bunch and we raced in the RPM Pro Mod Warm-up a few weeks ago and had a really good outing there, qualifying No. 2 and running our best pass ever in NHRA trim. That really has us excited."
But even after that outing, the JEGS.com crew hasn't slowed down, continuing testing this week in Valdosta, Ga., to make sure they're in top form by Friday.
"It's a big weekend," Coughlin said. "First of all, it's my dad's birthday and he's coming up to watch me and my brother Jeg Jr. race. It will be awesome having him there. We're all going to the International Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony together also, which will be great. Dad's already a member.
"I'm also really looking forward to being able to see Jeg Jr. race in Pro Stock. We have a good time racing together and it's awesome he's back out there this year."
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Sidnei Frigo Wins 2015 PDRA World Finals
In only his 2nd PDRA race of the 2015 season, Sidnei Frigo and the Artivinco Racing team showed up the World Finals in Virginia ready to take the Pro Boost class by storm! Frigo's C7 Corvette was built by Jerry Bickel Race Cars and features the PLR 520ci Hemi and the new FuelTech FT500 EFI System.
Frigo and crew managed to slip into #15 spot in a very tight qualifying field with a 3.87@201mph. After qualifying, the show began and we were reminded that elapsed time and MPH don't always win on race day! Frigo won all four rounds of eliminations by holeshots! Check out those matchups in this chart:
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Congrats to Frigo and the whole Artivinco Racing team for winning their first PDRA Pro Boost race! Next year is going to be huge for this team!
Troy Coughlin's 2nd NHRA Pro Mod Title
JEGS.com driver Troy Coughlin Sr. won the 2015 J&A Service NHRA Pro Mod Series championship on Sunday, wrapping up the title with a second-round victory in the Aeromotive Inc. Pro Mod race at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
The championship was Troy Sr.'s second in the Pro Mod Series, following up his 2012 title. It was also the ninth for the famed Coughlin Family of Delaware, Ohio.
"(Brother) Jeg built a ring for us back in 2000 when he won the first professional championship," Troy Sr. said. "He put a diamond in it, and every year one us wins a championship, we add another stone to it. It's really kinda cool. I just sent a text back home and said, 'Guys, girls, mom, dad, we've got to collect the rings and the pendants to add another stone.' I sent an emoji with eight stones for nine championships. It's exciting."
Troy Sr. came into the race weekend 28 points behind points leader Mike Janis, but things worked in his favor. Troy Sr. scored an important first-round victory Saturday, and after Janis lost in the first round, the door was open for Troy Sr.
Sunday, Troy Sr. stepped up to beat Sidnei Frigo with a pass of 5.867 seconds at 252.85 mph in the second round to take over the points lead. And when Bob Rahaim, who was third in the standings, lost to Rick Snavely, Troy Sr. clinched the championship.
"It seems like it just happened yesterday that we won the first title," Troy Sr. said. "Boy, what a sweet deal. What can I say about all the guys on this JEGS.com car. It's pretty exciting. To come back and do it again, that doesn't happen very often. As tough as this class has gotten over the last couple years, it makes it that much sweeter, for sure."
The JEGS.com crew of crew chief Steve Petty and crew members Justin Beaver, Brandon Stroud, Kyle Pettis and Mike Rees rose to the occasion, providing Troy Sr. with a championship-winning Corvette. He needed one against Frigo, the No. 4 qualifier.
"We had a fast racecar, and we had a tough competitor in the second round," Troy Sr. said. "We just made a little bit better run than they did at that point. Steve and these guys did a great job giving me a race car to run in."
Troy Sr.'s day ended with a wild pass in the semifinals, as he slowed to a run of 7.594 seconds at 130.03 mph, losing to Pete Farber's quicker 5.967-second pass at 242.98 mph.
"We got to the semifinals and knew we should run about an .88, .89," Troy Sr. said. "That's what we were shooting for. Farber is a pretty good racer, and those guys could be fast at any time. We just tried to give it a little bit of a tuneup, but both cars got a little bit loose. It spun the tires and hiked the front end back up. I wished it was going straight – I think we could've got away with it. But it was still fun to drive."
And, of course, it was fun to win another championship.
Fiscus Wins PDRA Pro Boost Championship
This year the PDRA Pro Boost class has offered some of the most competitive Pro Modified action we've ever seen and several Proline-powered cars shined throughout the season! Kevin Fiscus, driver of the Bell Fiscus Racing Mustang, showed that hard work and determination truly pays off!
Coming into the PDRA World Finals at Virginia Motorsports Park, Fiscus was sitting less than 1 round behind the points leader, Kevin Rivenbark of the Galot Motorsports team. In E1 Fiscus ran a 3.83 against Doug Winters to take the first round win and put the pressure on number 1 qualified Rivenbark, who had an unfortunate red light start. This series of events led to Fiscus being crowned the 2015 PDRA Pro Boost Champion!
It is safe to say that Fiscus and the whole Bell Fiscus Racing team have a lot to be proud of if you look at his accomplishments: big wins in the PDRA opener in Texas and the Street Car Supernationals in St. Louis, runner-up honors at PDRA Rockingham and Memphis, and a stellar 1/4 mile performance at the Shakedown at Norwalk where he went 5.66@264mph!
To add to all of the excitement, last weekend at the NHRA Las Vegas event Jim Bell and Fiscus debuted their new PLR Hemi-powered 2012 Mustang. This is the same car that had been in a wreck at Rockingham last year. Bell decided to have the car rebuilt by Larson Race Cars, who did a remarkable job getting the car race ready. In only his second full pass, Fiscus was able to achieve a 5.98@247mph! This car will be in action at the Street Car Supernationals in Las Vegas and we can't wait to see it first hand!
BFR Wins SCSN St Louis
BELL / FISCUS RACING (BFR) dominated the Precision Turbo Pro Mod class with both a win and runner up finish at the Pacific Street Car Association (PSCA) Street Car Super Nationals “Anarchy at the Arch” race at Gateway Motorsports Park in St. Louis, Missouri on August 27-29, 2015.
During pre-race testing, Jim Bell put down a monumental run. He went 5.88 at 238 mph in the quarter mile and established a new personal best elapsed time, despite having lifted at the 5.6-second mark as the car was moving around a bit. Based on the data, and a 1.93-back half split, Bell expects the car could have run 5.83 had he not had to lift.
In the first round of Pro Mod qualifying, Kevin Fiscus immediately set the standard with a 5.931 at 245.40 mph pass and claimed the top spot with his twin turbo, PLR-powered 2012 Ford Mustang. Meanwhile, teammate and 2014 event winner Bell went 6.224 at 222.55 mph in his twin turbocharged, Pro Line Racing 481X-powered 1969 Chevrolet Camaro to land in fifth. Fiscus improved upon his performance in round two, and his 5.916 at 247.16 mph run ensured he stayed in the number one position. Bell improved significantly as well, and put down a great 5.940 at 233.36 mph run to move into second, merely one-hundredth of a second behind Fiscus. Round three saw an even quicker and faster run for Fiscus who stopped the clocks in 5.881-seconds at 249.12 mph and held strong to his number one ranking. Bell remained in the number two slot, and after the fourth and final qualifying session, the results were made official with Bell/Fiscus Racing taking the top two positions in the field.
Fiscus’ flawless performance in qualifying earned him a bye run in the first round of eliminations. Bell, however, put down a mean 5.974 at 243.33 mph run to defeat the number five qualifier, Jim Whiteley, who had run 6.034 at 240.17 mph. In round two, which also served as the semi-finals, it was Bell’s turn to enjoy a bye. Fiscus defeated Sidnei Frigo, the number four qualifier, going 5.872 at 248.84 mph to Frigo’s 5.943 at 244.92 mph pass.
The Bell/Fiscus Racing teammates were paired in the finals for an all-BFR finale. Both drivers wanted the win and the $7,500 prize, and the battle began at 1:30am. Fiscus had a great 0.025-second light and Bell’s was a decent 0.050. The cars ran side-by-side, and as they approached the stripe, it was hard to tell who was in front. Finally, the scoreboards lit to show Fiscus had won with a 5.945 at 232.75 mph pass over Bell’s 5.996 at 233.08 mph.
“I lost in the final round to my team mate, but we couldn’t have asked for a more picture-perfect weekend with Bell/Fiscus Racing getting both the win and the runner up finish, the top two qualifier spots, and me running a new personal best ET during testing,” said an elated and proud Bell.
Both Bell and Fiscus will be competing in the Pro Mod class at the NHRA Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals race at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis, Indiana on September 4-7, 2015 as the Bell/Fiscus Racing team continues their 23-race commitment for the 2015 season.
Fiscus Qualifies #2 and Takes Points Lead
BELL / FISCUS RACING (BFR) qualified at the top of the pack in the Pro Boost class at the PDRA North-South Shootout at Maryland International Raceway in Budds Creek, Maryland on July 16-18, 2015 and Kevin Fiscus retained his lead in championship points.
Pro Boost qualifying began on Friday afternoon, and Kevin Fiscus’ first hit with his twin turbo, PLR-powered 2012 Ford Mustang resulted in some tire shake early on in the run. Fiscus pedaled briefly, and was able to drive through the shake to pilot the Mustang to a 3.926 at 203.09 mph pass in the heat of the day to end up second after Q1. He slipped into fourth after Q2, despite a slight improvement with a 3.925 at 203.58 mph run. Fiscus improved again in Q3, and his 3.864 at 204.79 mph pass put him back in second. For the fourth and final round, Fiscus went 3.949-seconds at 202.18 mph and was still number two in a highly competitive field of thirty cars.
The first Pro Boost qualifying pass for team owner Jim Bell and his twin turbocharged, Pro Line Racing 481X-powered 1969 Chevrolet Camaro went fairly well. His car moved around about 400 feet out, so Bell lifted and went 4.034 at 182.13 mph which initially ranked him twelfth. In Q2, another wiggle had Bell’s Camaro loose mid-track. The seasoned driver steadied the car and clocked a time of 3.934 at 200.95 mph which moved him up to eighth. For Q3, Bell had his best qualifying pass of the weekend. His 3.883 at 202.64 mph run bumped him into the number five spot. Bell went 3.921 at 201.19 mph in Q4, but his ET from Q3 ensured he was still number five.
Saturday evening marked the start of eliminations. Fiscus was paired against David Monday, the #15 qualified driver, in the first round. Fiscus’s Mustang struggled to come up on boost so he left the line down on power, and then ran into tire shake which cost him the win. Bell was up against Kevin Rivenbark who had qualified #12. As soon as Bell staged, Rivenbark left the line and went red which gave the win to Bell. Bell got on it hard at the launch and was on his way to another strong pass, but the top off his intake manifold blew off just past the 330-foot mark and he aborted the run. Back in the pits, the team thrashed on the Camaro; they swapped intakes off Bell’s spare bullet and repaired the car’s damaged front end. They fired up the car twice to confirm everything was working properly, and brought to the car to the staging lanes for E2 to face Tommy Grey’s blown Corvette.
“Unfortunately, my car wouldn’t start for the second round and we lost,” said a disappointed Bell. “When we got back to the pits, we discovered the problem was that the mag wire connector had disconnected. Most likely the connector was loose already, and the intermittent spark is what blew off the top of the intake during E1 but we missed seeing this in the pits during the intake swap. Since the car fired right up after we replaced the intake, we weren’t looking for bad connectors.” Bell’s confident that he and the team will get them next time out.
Fiscus lead the Pro Boost class championship points going into this event stayed at the top, while Bell moved into fourth overall. Both Bell and Fiscus will be competing in the Pro Boost class at the PDRA Memphis Drags at Memphis International Raceway in Millington, Tennessee on August 20-22, 2015 as the Bell/Fiscus Racing team continues their 23-race commitment for the 2015 season.
Sidnei Frigo's C7 Pro Mod
Feast your eyes on this brand new C7 Corvette Pro Mod built by Jerry Bickel Race Cars! The owner and driver, Sidnei Frigo, is making his Pro Mod debut at the PDRA North-South Shootout at Maryland International Raceway! Many racing fans may recognize Frigo and his Artivinco Racing team from the NHRA Top Fuel and Top Alcohol Dragster ranks. His sights have now been set on the Pro Mod world, specifically the PDRA's Pro Boost class, where the Brazilian native will face some of the biggest names in Pro Modified drag racing.
The Artivinco Racing C7 is powered by the new PLR Hemi Pro Mod combination, featuring our 520ci Hemi, a FuelTech FT500 EFI system, and twin Precision Turbochargers. With the 2nd half of the racing season remaining in 2015, we can't wait to see what Artivinco Racing is capable of!
Troy and TJ Coughlin at NHRA Norwalk 2015
NORWALK, Ohio (July 5) – Troy Coughlin Sr. and Troy Coughlin Jr. had a successful day in the NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series event presented by the Real Pro Mod Association on Sunday, putting Troy Sr.'s car in the final round and Troy Jr.'s in the semifinal.
Plus, Troy Sr. moved into second place in the Pro Mod points standings, only five out of the lead.
Father and son faced each other in the semis, with Troy Jr. getting the jump on dad at the start, but Troy Sr. powered through to the victory.
In the final, Troy Sr. had problems and had to lift early, handing the win to Mike Janis.
Still, after qualifying No. 16, Troy Sr. had a strong rebound during eliminations.
"We knew once we got the gremlins fixed, we've have a good, fast racecar," Troy Sr. said. "When it ran good in the first round against Rickie (Smith) and came back and repeated in the second round, we were like, 'All right, cool.'"
But in the semifinal against Troy Jr., Troy Sr. had engine problems at the finish line. The JEGS.com Corvette slid in its own oil in the shutdown area as Troy Sr. fought to slow it down. He was able to get it stopped, but the team had a big task to change engines for the final.
"In the semis, we had a snafu and hurt some parts and pieces, but that's all part of racing," Troy Sr. said. "The guys came back - Kyle Pettus, Mike Rees, Justin Beaver, Brandon Stroud – and did a nice job. They got this thing all back together.
"We're not sure what happened in the final, but runner-up's not bad. There's only one other guy who wouldn't want our spot, so we'll take it."
Troy Sr. slowed to a pass of 7.120 at 137.43 mph as Janis went down the track with a 5.902-second run at 247.34 mph for the victory.
Troy Jr. is sixth in points in what has been a solid rookie season. But Troy Jr. is a racer and isn't satisfied with semifinal finishes.
"It looks good on paper, but not in my heart," Troy Jr. said. "Our potential was a lot higher than our results, but at least we got Pops in the final."
Troy Jr. qualified No. 12 and beat No. 5 qualifier Jim Whiteley in the first round Saturday. Sunday, he knocked out No. 4 qualifier Bob Rahaim in the second round, cutting a .044-second reaction time before having to pedal his car as Rahaim sped ahead.
But Rahaim had trouble down the track, and Troy Jr. caught him with a pass of 6.061 seconds at 249.39 mph.
Against dad, Troy Jr. had a .036 light to his dad's .049, but he had trouble almost immediately and slowed to a pass of 10.875 seconds at 78.03 mph. Troy Sr. sped to the win with a 5.948-second run at 247.66 mph.
Still, it was a treat to race his father.
"Wish we would've had something for him," Troy Jr. said. "It's pretty neat, it's majestic. I grew up watching him by the fence, so it's pretty cool. I cheer for him, and he roots for me, but deep down, if you ask us when we're about to stage, it's a little different."
Troy Sr., too, treasures being able to race his son.
"It was pretty cool," Troy Sr. said. "It was cool to race T.J. We just need to get his car picked up a little bit."
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Bell in the Finals at PDRA Martin
BELL / FISCUS RACING (BFR) had an awesome weekend at the PDRA Summer Drags at US 131 Motorsports Park in Martin, Michigan on June 26-27, 2015 as Jim Bell scored a runner up finish in the Pro Boost class and Kevin Fiscus took the lead in points.
Jim Bell, team owner, made his first qualifying pass in Pro Boost with his twin turbocharged, Pro Line Racing 481X-powered 1969 Chevrolet Camaro and clocked a 3.862 ET at 201.97 mph. He was ranked first overall, then slipped slightly down into third after running an almost identical time of 3.865 at 202.70 mph in the second round of qualifying. Bell then went 3.842 at 203.53 mph in the third and final qualifying round, and retained his position in the number three spot. Teammate Kevin Fiscus mimicked Bell’s performance very closely with his twin turbo, PLR-powered 2012 Ford Mustang. Fiscus was the number two qualified driver after round one of Pro Boost with a 3.870 at 204.92 mph pass, but moved into the lead at the end of the second round of qualifying when he went 3.840 at 205.39 mph. After the conclusion of the final round, Fiscus’ name was posted in the number two slot.
In the first round of eliminations, Bell was able to drive around Tylor Miller to take the win with a 3.865 at 202.70 mph run. Fiscus was also victorious, as he got the hole shot advantage over Tony Williams. Round two brought yet another win for Bell with a 3.892 at 203.34 mph run and a killer 0.012-second reaction time against Brian Hicks, who red lit. Fiscus, too, was successful and took out Andy Jensen, with a 3.836 at 205.29 mph hit. In the semi-finals, the ladder resulted in the two Bell/Fiscus Racing drivers being paired against one another. Bell had a great launch off the line and cut a 0.013-second light which gave him a big advantage over Fiscus. Bell held the lead all the way to the stripe and triggered the win lights in his lane. The race couldn’t have been any closer, as Bell crossed the finish line just four inches ahead of Fiscus with a 0.001-second margin of victory! Bell was confident that he was going to be the Pro Boost winner with his solid performances and great lights in his march to the finals but, unfortunately, it was not meant to be. In the finals, both Bell and Alan Pittman pre-staged, and then Pittman moved in quickly and lit the stage bulb. Bell flickered the stage bulb but waited just a touch too long to bump in again and got timed out which resulted in a red light and automatic win for Pitman.
“I couldn’t be happier with how this weekend turned out,” said Bell. “Yeah, it’s a bummer that I timed out in the finals, but for both Kevin and me to have qualified so well and to have made it so far in eliminations – especially with Kevin having the quickest and fastest run of the weekend – is really rewarding.” In addition to Bell’s runner up finish in Pro Boost, Fiscus also set the low ET and Top Speed of the weekend for the class with his 3.836 at 205.39 mph run in two of eliminations. Fiscus is also the new Pro Boost series championship points leader with five of ten races now completed, while Bell is ranked third in the series.
Both Bell and Fiscus will be competing in the Pro Mod class at the 9th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio on July 2-5, 2015 as the Bell/Fiscus Racing team continues their 23-race commitment for the 2015 season.
Mills Wins RTRA Radial Rebellion
DeWayne Mills and the Mills Racing Team had a career best showing in one of the fastest radial classes we've ever seen at the RTRA Radial Rebellion at Northstar Dragway in Denton, Texas! He faced a tough radial field where 4 of the 7 entries were running 4.0X's!
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Mills and Jamie Miller, his tuner, once again had the car running with super consistency and only one aborted pass in qualifying. Ever since they got the car back together, the Golden Gorilla seems to be working better than ever! It is powered by a PLR 481X engine combined with the FuelTech FT500 EFI System, and ProTorque EV1 torque converter. In addition to a well deserved victory, Mills brought home Low E.T. and High MPH bragging rights with a email@example.com in the final round!
Here we go! WIN for the gorilla team! 4.02 @ 199!Posted by Mills Racing on Sunday, June 14, 2015
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