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Michael Biehle Wins at NMCA ATL
Michael Biehle took a big win in NMCA Pro Mod in Atlanta. Along the way, he added #1 qualifier, low E.T., and top speed of the event! He's off to a great start this year!
Biehle Wins NMCA Bradenton 2015
Team Jegs Pro Mods at NHRA Gatornationals
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (March 15) -- The JEGS.com Pro Mod team of Troy Coughlin Sr. and son Troy Coughlin Jr. (T.J.) came up one round short of an all-yellow-and-black final round in the NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Series race presented by the Real Pro Mod Association/Jerry Bickel Race Cars contested at the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Auto-Plus Raceway.
Both JEGS.com Corvettes experienced rare failures in their second-round victories, creating a full-on thrash before the semifinals. Troy Sr.'s new Corvette C7 made it to the staging lanes just in time, but after getting a .024-second edge on the Christmas Tree with a .023 light, his pass of 6.196 seconds at 237.84 mph couldn't hold off Bob Rahaim's 5.996 at 243.72 mph.
But T.J.'s Corvette wouldn't move after he put it in gear to do a burnout, giving Pete Farber an easy win.
Still, having both cars reach the semifinals means T.J. leaves Gainesville third in the Pro Mod points standings with Troy Sr. fourth.
"That's the best Gainesville we've ever had," Troy Sr. said. "We're leaving here with T.J. in third and myself in fourth. We've got a new car with seven runs on it, and we'll just go pick on it a little more. T.J.'s car, that thing is a weapon."
T.J. made his professional debut in Gainesville and performed well, qualifying No. 2 and getting two round-wins. He got a second-round win Sunday on a red-light by Billy Glidden, but the transmission and rear end broke during the run.
Troy Sr.'s car had the same fate in beating Mike Janis in the second round (6.162 at 249.26 mph to 8.745 at 116.93), taxing the team as it prepared to get both cars ready for the semifinals.
"The whole JEGS.com team -- (crew chief) Steve Petty, Justin Beaver, Kyle Pettis, Mike Rees -- worked really hard, and my Uncle Mike jumped in with his guys -- Greg Cody and Tony Collier," T.J. said. "Everyone had their hands on deck, and they did a fantastic job. To get them working like they did is impressive. I can't do it without these guys. I would have zero chances without them."
The JEGS.com team even got some help from Pro Mod drivers Danny Rowe and Steve Matusek.
"I see these hands coming that I've never seen before, and they're putting the doors on," Troy Sr. said. "I look back, and it's Steve Matusek. I'm like, 'Thanks, Steve.'
"We're blessed with a lot of friends, and this is a tight-knit group of racers. We would do anything for each other in a pinch.
"We've very seldom ever broke stuff. We just happened to break a transmission, rear end, and converter in both cars. We're equipped with the parts, but we never dreamed we had the issue with two cars. We'll reorganize a little bit and come back out swinging in Houston."
T.J., too, vowed to improve on his first pro weekend.
"You have to adapt," T.J. said. "You have no option in elimination rounds, so you have to be on point in every direction. I felt like I was lacking a little bit on the Christmas Tree the first two rounds. I feel like I'm getting it but I'm not. I need to go out and hit the Christmas Tree some more, watch more runs on the camera, and make some improvements.
"But all in all, the experience is a rush. It's a lot of fun. It's a different pace."
- See more at: http://teamjegs.com/content/jegscom-fatherson-pro-mod-team-falls-one-round-short-all-coughlin-final#sthash.FKzCsEYD.dpuf
Keith Berry Wins US Street Nationals
Keith Berry and the Woooo! Nation initiated this year's racing campaign which he calls the 2015 Championship Tour! To kickoff his season, Berry headed to the US Street Nationals at Bradenton Motorsports Park. He is no stranger to Bradenton, about a month ago he went 3.97 during a test session there. His 2002 Corvette is powered by a 454ci PLR LS engine paired with the FuelTech FT500 EFI System.
Berry set the bar high for the other Drag Radial racers with a stout 4.04@189mph, which held on to the #1 qualifying position! His path to the final round would not be a cakewalk though, he had to get past Keith Neal, Rob Thornton, and eventually David DeMarco. His semifinal matchup with Rob Thornton was the highlight of the weekend! Thornton went 4.04 to Berry's 4.07, but Berry's .040 advantage off the line gave him enough to move on to the finals!
In the final round of eliminations, he faced David DeMarco in the Buick Regal. Berry and crew went out there and ran a 4.06@191mph to Dave's 4.12@184 and took home the big win!
We are very proud to be a part of the Woooo! crew and can't wait to see wat he can do this season. The 2015 Championship Tour has officially begun!
PLR 2014 Year in Review
2014 was a huge year for our customers. Some of them debuted new race cars and engine combinations, some set world records and personal bests, and some won championships! Here are some that come to mind...
Another member of team Proline Canada, Frank Pompilio, unveiled a new PLR 481X powerplant in his 65' Outlaw 10.5 Mustang! They went on to win the Outlaw 10.5 class at the Shakedown at Norwalk.
The Moits Racing team, out of Australia, certainly made made a statement with their brand new TMRC Outlaw Pro Mod Mustang! Paul Mouhayet drove the PLR 481X-powered Mustang to a new Pro Boost world record at the PDRA Martin race, and the doorslammer MPH record (273mph) at the Street Car SuperNationals in Las Vegas!
X275 racer, Shawn Ayers, completely overhauled his old combination and went with the new PLR X275 LS engine with the new FuelTech FT500 EFI System. Ayers and crew finished the season strong by running a 4.47/160mph and a runner-up performance at the Huntsville Radial Fest!
In Outlaw 10.5 action, Steve Gorman stamped himself into the history books by winning the Mickey Thompson Outlaw 10.5 Championship! Winning races at MIR, E'Town, Cecil County, and ATCO helped Gorman and crew achieve championship status!
That's not every one of our customers and their achievements for the year, but it's a long list and we have a great deal of pride for our racers. We feel lucky to be a part of their programs and look forward to 2015. New Year = new records and new achievements.
Q80 and Holder Win Big in Vegas
This year's Street Car Supernationals in Las Vegas featured more of our customers than ever before! Across 3 classes of heads-up 1/4 mile racing, our customers accounted for 2 winners, 2 runner-ups, 2 #1 qualifiers, and 3 world records!
Roger Holder completely dominated the Pro Drag Radial class in his orange Camaro! Holder and crew shocked the crowd with an almost effortless looking 6.27@240mph (which shattered the radial tire 1/4 mile record!) Eventually, they took the #1 qualifying spot with a 6.13@243mph! On his way to victory, he ran a new personal best and the new Drag Radial 1/4mile record, 6.12@244mph!
Larry Larson made history in his Drag Week S10. He set the new Street Legal E.T. and MPH record with a 5.95@244mph! All of that hard work certainly paid off!
Michael Biehle and Paul Glandon both came away with holeshot wins in E1 of the Legal Pro Mod class! Glandon made it all the was to the semifinals in his new Camaro, going 5.90@247mph along the way. Biehle ran some of the best numbers we've seen all year! He ran a 5.90@251mph on a huge holeshot win in E1, a new personal best 5.82@253mph in E2, and a 5.86 in E3. He went on to runner up the event!
Outlaw Pro Mod saw 2 of our customers reach 270+ MPH! Paul Mouhayet, driver of the Moits Mustang, ran a new personal best with a 5.63@273mph which will stand as the fastest doorslammer pass in the world! Turky Al Zafiri of the Q80 Racing team and Eric Dillard with El General Racing Team qualified #1 and #2 repectively. Turky and Dillard ran a string of mid 5.50's to make it the finals where the Q80 Racing Team took the win!
We always love traveling west for this race, it is an opportunity to race with the most talented racers on the other side of the country! Congrats to all involved in this monumental event, we can't wait until next year!
Fiscus and Klugger Dominate at WSN
The Orlando World Street Nationals was the stage for Fiscus/Klugger Racing's all-out assault of the Pro Mod and Drag Radial categories! Pro Mod driving duties went to Kevin Fiscus, while Josh Klugger took on the new Drag Radial Mustang!
Both drivers brought home a victory and a new track record. Fiscus' best E.T. was a 5.89@248mph and Klugger went 4.30@180mph! Keep your eyes on this team as they will likely continue to race both cars at the same time again. Congrats the the whole FKR team and all involved!
Photo Thanks to Dragzine.com
Mills and Biehle Win at NMCA Finals
Several of our customers have enjoyed this year's NMCA events, probably because they have offered the Drag Radial and Pro Mod teams a competitive venue to race all year!
The NMCA World Street Finals in Indy serves as the last NMCA race of the year. Champions are crowned and everyone swings for the fences to edge out the competition!
The Radial Wars class has proven to be one of the NMCA's most exciting new classes! The biggest names in Drag Radial have traveled all over the nation to prove that they have what it takes to bring home a Wally. This event was full of action from start to finish. Keith Berry locked down his Radial Wars points championship and almost won the event! In an all Proline-powered semi final round we saw Berry vs Steve Crisafulli and DeWayne Mills vs Josh Klugger! Berry laid down a new NMCA record 4.11@188mph to advance past Crisafulli(4.18@194mph) to the finals. Mills followed up with a 4.12@196mph to take out Klugger in the brand new FKR/Racecraft Mustang. In the finals, both Berry and Mills turned their cars up to 11 and we saw one of the closest races we've seen all year!
Berry left first with a slight advantage .027 to Mills' .042! Berry ran an impressive 4.11@187mph but it wasn't enough for Mills' 4.08@197mph! This race was won by a .01 margin of victory! Mills enjoyed the win and the new NMCA Radial Wars E.T. record. Berry walks away from this race as the Inaugural Radial Wars Champion!
As of now, the Radial tire racers have one more stop in their season, Holly Springs, and it should be an all-out attack of the records!
In NMCA Pro Mod action, Michael Biehle and his PLR 481X-powered Mustang had a successful outing! Not only did he run his quickest and fastest pass ever, a 5.85@252mph, he had his Mustang running like a bracket car! To show how consistent he was, he went 5.85 in qualifying, E1 - 5.87, E2 - 5.86, E3 - 5.87, and in the finals he went 5.89! We couldn't be more proud of Biehle and crew! He's only been to a few races this year and he is having great success with his combination!
All things considered, the NMCA has given our customers a reliable place to race, week in and week out. We would like to congratulate all of our racers for their achievements this year and look forward to their continued success!
Canadians Dominate at the Shakedown
A couple of our Canadian friends made the trip to Summit Motorsports Park with plans for race domination!
Jim Bell, has had a successful year especially after his big win at the Street Car Super Nationals in St. Louis. He showed up to the Shakedown at the Summit event in Norwalk, OH with his fan-favorite twin-turbo '69 Pro Mod Camaro!
Despite the rain and strong winds, Bell and many other drivers discovered that the conditions made for some of the fastest drag racing we've seen in a while! Bell qualified at the #7 spot with a 4.02@198mph. He ran a exciting string of mid 3.80's and low 3.90's on his way to the finals where he faced Jeff Lutz. Bell blasted off to a 3.87@194mph to take hard fought win!
In Outlaw 10.5, Frank Pompilio and his beautiful 1967 Mustang took the class by storm with his new PLR 481X powerplant! Pompilio started off strong by taking the #5 qualifying spot with a 4.21@186mph! He fought his way to the finals going 4.19, 4.24, and a 4.14! In the finals, Pompilio lined up against Tom Basso where he went a 4.16@188mph to Basso's 4.30 to bring the championship home!
Congrats to both drivers and their hard working teams. This is a top tier race and we know that you will not soon forget this one!
Coughlin Wins Charlotte and Top Qualifier at STL
ST. LOUIS (Sept. 27) – JEGS.com driver Troy Coughlin held the Wally trophy two weeks after the race was supposed to run, but the victory in the Powerrocks NHRA Pro Mod event was still sweet.
Coughlin scored his second win of the season Saturday, beating Mike Janis in the final round of the NHRA Carolina Nationals – a race completed during the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals at Gateway Motorsports Park this weekend.
"Winning this trophy for the Charlotte race is pretty special." Coughlin said. "I'm pretty fired up, pretty excited."
Coughlin, who won earlier in the year in Norwalk, Ohio, also closed the gap on the Pro Mod points leader Rickie Smith with the Charlotte win. Unofficially, Coughlin is 59 points behind Smith and four behind Janis. Only the St. Louis and Las Vegas races remained on the 2014 Pro Mod schedule.
"We're getting closer, we're inching up on Rickie's heels," Coughlin said. "We're chewing on Rickie's heels, as they say. He has done an awesome job this year, but we want to chase him down and make him earn it. Mike Janis, Steve Matusek, there are a handful of guys who have the opportunity to jump up and win this thing. I’m happy as heck to be one of them."
Coughlin's Charlotte win started there, when he beat Kevin Fiscus in the first round. The race was then postponed to Gateway, but Coughlin didn't slow down. He took out Donnie Walsh with a 5.845-second pass at 250.41 mph, beating Walsh's run of 5.905 seconds at 225.18 mph.
Coughlin's run also allowed him to snare the No. 1 qualifying spot for St. Louis. That's the second No. 1 of his Pro Mod career and first since Norwalk in 2012.
"It's exciting to get back on the other side of the fence, up on the pole there in front of everybody," Coughlin said. "We were able to pick up some points toward the latter part of the season, and we're going to make a run for the championship."
Coughlin picked up some more points with a semifinal win over Danny Rowe with a pass of 5.881 at 250.32 mph. Coughlin's .047-second reaction time was the difference, beating Rowe's quicker pass of 5.880 seconds at 246.80 mph.
In the final, Coughlin left first for the fourth time in Charlotte eliminations, getting the victory with a 5.937-second pass at 239.14 mph, while Janis slowed to a run of 9.438 seconds at 112.11 mph.
"We're not the fastest car out here," Coughlin said. "We're just trying to make good, competitive runs. Steve, Mike, Kyle and those guys are doing a fantastic job on this thing. They're giving us a race car that's been repeatable. We're not the fastest hot rod through all these laps, but it's the most consistent, and I know when I pull up to stage that they've given me a good hot rod. This Corvette is pretty mean.
"Thanks to the Powerrocks people, too. We'd like to thank them for sponsoring this race. We couldn't do it without the sponsors, that's for sure."
Powerrocks is part of a series of sponsors in the Pro Mod Series, joining Redhorse Performance, JE Pistons, Pro Line Racing, Larry Jeffers Race Cars and ProtectTheHarvest.com. Precision Turbo & Engine is sponsoring the Gateway event.
- See more at: http://www.teamjegs.com/content/troy-coughlin-wins-charlotte-pro-mod-race-clinches-gateway-no-1-qualifier#sthash.RRw2D7Ix.dpuf
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