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Jim Bell's New Turbo Pro Mod Camaro
We are thrilled to announce that Jim Bell is getting ready for his comeback to Pro Mod! Only 3 days after a horrifying crash at Rockingham Dragway, Bell told us that he had purchased this Jerry Bickel-built Pro Modified Camaro! This new Pro Mod will be powered by the same engine that powered his Mustang, the PLR 481X. Expect to see more news as they try to have it ready for the NHRA race in Houston!
Dillard Sets Pro Extreme MPH Record
In addition to Frankie Taylor’s stunning new 3.485-seconds ET record, the PDRA Spring Open Pro Extreme race produced a couple of significant milestones for turbocharged doorslammer entries.
After qualifying seventh with a then-record 3.590 at an unprecedented 219.97 mph, Proline Race Engines co-owner Eric Dillard steered the Jerry Bickel-built “El General” ’69 Camaro owned by Dominican racer Jose Gonzalez to an even quicker 3.579 at 219.22 in an opening-round win over Terry Leggett.
Dillard lost, however, by just three thousandths to a holeshot in round two by Todd Martin in his screw-blown ’68 Mustang, despite posting an unreal 3.564-seconds run at an unbelievable 221.05 mph–the fastest speed ever recorded by a doorslammer over an eighth mile, bar none.
Crew chief Steve Petty added the current “El General” Camaro is about 100 pounds overweight for the class.
“We’re getting ready to pull the trigger and build a new car,” he revealed. “I mean, a hundred pounds is worth three to five figures (hundredths), which would make that last run a .53 or even better. And that’s without doing anything else.”
Despite being eliminated, Dillard still found plenty of encouragement from his experience at the inaugural PDRA Spring Open.
“We’re thrilled, man. It’s always been a dream for me and Steve (Petty) to come and run Pro Extreme,” the Ball Ground, Georgia-based driver said. “To finally have the day come that we know we can pull into the pits and actually have something competitive to race is incredible.
“To really be competitive and not just be there to test is incredible, truly amazing, and we couldn't have done it without the support of our customers like Jose and the Q-80 guys and Danny Lowry. Those guys all believed in us and let us experiment, all while knowing full well it might never pan out, so we’re truly grateful.”
Article and Photo thanks to Ian Toucher of Drag Illustrated
Pro Line Racing Test and Tune at Holly Springs
We are happy to announce that we will be sponsoring the Friday test and tune session at Holly Springs Motorsports on April 4th. This session could likely see an unofficial 4.0X pass on Drag Radials!
Test and tune will start on Friday noon till 8pm and will only cost $50 a car! Once testing is done, we will all have the pleasure of watching one of the most exciting races of the year, the 3rd annual Spring Shootout at Holly Springs Motorsports!
Coughlin Excited for Start of 2014 NHRA Pro Mod
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (March 12) -- The NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series last raced in October, but to 2012 champion Troy Coughlin, it feels like it has been a lot longer.
Coughlin and the JEGS.com team return to the track this weekend for the Pro Mod season-opener, the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Auto-Plus Raceway at Gainesville.
"We've had a fantastic off-season at JEGS.com," Coughlin said. "It's been busy, and I'm excited to get back at it. It seems like it's been two years since we've raced."
Coughlin won the season-finale in Las Vegas last October, helping him finish second in the Pro Mod points standings. The team returns intact from 2013, led by talented crew chief Steve Petty.
"I've got the best team out there," Coughlin said. "We have the same team coming back, and Steve is still doing the orchestrating. Same car, same engine, and it's kind of nice going into the season with everything exactly the same as we ran the year before."
Plus, NHRA kept the Pro Mod rules package intact for this season.
"They didn't change any of the rules," Coughlin said. "We're thrashing hard on horsepower and how to get it to the ground."
Coughlin and the team tested the JEGS.com Corvette this week in preparation for Gainesville.
"We're looking forward to going down there and putting some runs on it," Coughlin said. "It's running pretty good. We're making headway, and Steve, Bryan, Mike, Kyle, and all the guys are doing a good job, no doubt."
See more at: http://www.teamjegs.com/content/troy-coughlin-excited-start-2014-pro-mod-season
Lights Out V Results
Despite being cancelled by rain, Lights Out V at South Georgia Motorsports Park was packed full of hardcore racing action! We were lucky enough to be there to witness the excitement.
In Outlaw 275, long-time PLR racing team, Kevin Scott and Danny Hough, had a very successful out. Their 1965 Chevy II Nova with a twin turbo PLR SBC ran better than it ever has. They qualified #7 with a new personal best, 4.52@158mph and followed up with a stellar 165mph run on that little 275 tire. Scott made it to the 2nd round of eliminations but the rain put an end to the race. Congrats to Scott and Hough on their new achievements! It's great to see them out there!
The class that most of the record breaking crowd came to see was Radial vs the World, and for good reason. These cars are the quickest and fastest race cars on radial tires and several of our engine customers race in this ultra-competitive class. In fact, four drivers out of the top 10 qualifiers ran a Proline engine!
J.R. Gibson, driver out of Michigan, qualified at #25 with a 4.51@175mph and went on to a 1st round holeshot victory against Mel Nelson!
Rob Valden, driver of Andrew Alepa's PLR 481X-powered Mustang, took the #10 spot with a 4.33@181mph. They turned the power up in round 1 of eliminations, going 4.30@188mph!
The Crisafulli brothers came down from Maryland to try their luck on a radial tire. Steve Crisafulli drove the PLR 670-powered Corvette to the #6 qualifying spot with a 4.24@190mph, and went 422@190mph in an E1 victory over Dennis Bailey! This was only the second time out on radials!
Keith Berry and the Woooo Crew held the #4 spot, running a 4.21@181mph in the crowd favorite BMF Corvette!
"Big Daddy" DeWayne Mills and crew made the long trip from Oklahoma to take a crack at the Radial vs the World class. Mills went a new personal best, 4.17@190mph to take the #2 qualifying position! In the 1st and only round of eliminations, Mills went 4.18@190mph!
In short, the only true winner of this race was the rain. On the bright side, fans got a chance to see the fastest cars on radials lay everything ion the line. We wish we could have seen the finish, with Crisafulli, Valden, and Mills making huge progress with every pass, we were bound to see new records broken. Well, there's always the September race at SGMP!
For all of our video highlights click here!
Q80 Racing Team - First Turbo Car to the 3.50's
When the Q80 Racing team, led by team owner Sheikh Duaij Fahad Al-Sabah, tuner Steve Petty, and driver Eric Dillard of Proline Racing, pulled the wraps off their brand new twin-turbo Camaro last month, the world knew it was a matter of when, not if, the records began to fall. And after recording the first ever 3.6-second pass by a turbocharged doorslammer back in mid-December, another barrier dropped by the wayside today when Dillard blasted his way to a 3.59 at 216 MPH in Qatar, becoming the first and only non-supercharged door car to reach the 3.50’s.
The incredible number came today during testing at the Qatar Racing Club ahead of this week’s fourth round of the Arabian Drag Racing League season, in which Dillard currently sits second in the Pro Extreme standings after a pair of final round appearances at the season’s opening races. Having carded a 3.68 here in the states last month while shaking the new car down, the team departed for Qatar vowing to push their way into the fifties, and few doubted it could be done considering the equipment and the talent involved.
Petty and company steadily crept toward that mission, running 3.67 upon their arrival to push the world record even lower, later inching into the mid-3.60’s before clicking off a 3.62 and, most recently, a 3.60 that placed them on the brink of history. After an off-week, the team returned to the Qatar Racing Club and got it done, carding a .947 short time, 2.449 to half track, and a 3.592 at 216.62 MPH at the eighth-mile, reaching a performance level many couldn’t have imagined just a few short years ago and joining a club previously reserved for the sport’s elite screw-blown Pro Extreme doorslammers.
The Camaro, built by Jerry Bickel Race Cars and motivated by a Proline-prepped 481X big block powerplant with twin Precision turbos, is still in its infancy, and the sky would appear the limit for this team as they continent make laps. Is that 3.40’s we hear?
Crisafulli Blasts Into Drag Radial
Do you remember this car? This was John Carter's PLR 670-powered Outlaw 10.5 Corvette. Now, this is the Crisafulli Brothers new Outlaw Drag Radial Covette. Slapping on radial tires and removing the wheelie bars from Outlaw 10.5 cars seems to be a normal practice these days, and in many cases, an effective way to jump into the Outlaw Radial ranks. Either way, the Crisafulli Brothers have a badass ride for sure!
They brought the Vette down to the U.S. Street Nationals in Bradenton to see what their machine was capable of, and they were not let down! Steve Crisafulli ran a 4.33@191mph to take the #1 qualifier spot, low E.T. of the event, and high MPH of the event! He made it all the way to the semifinals where he lost in an extremely close, side-by-side race against Frank Menshaw (4.436 to a 4.437!)
Fiscus Wins US Street Nationals
The 2014 US Street Nationals at Bradenton Motorsports Park usually serves as the kickoff to the new year of drag racing. With a Drag Radial victory in last year's race, Kevin Fiscus was ready to compete for Pro Mod bragging rights!
Fiscus , driver of the Fiscus/Klugger Racing Pro Mod Mustang, has already made big waves in the Pro Mod world. That being said, he was looking for a victory against some of the fastest Pro Mod racers in the world.
He qualified #7 with a 3.94@199mph! On his way to the finals, Fiscus laid down some of his best passes ever, including a 3.91@200mph to advance to the second round and a 3.89@197mph in a broke bye run. In the semis, he unleashed a huge holeshot victory going 3.85@200mph to Chris Rini's 3.84@192mph.
In the finals, Fiscus faced Todd Tutterow in a Turbo vs. Blower showdown for the championship! Fiscus saved the best pass for last, going 3.851 to Tutterow's 3.856! What a drag race! They proved that there is a turbo Pro Mod team from Florida that should not be taken lightly. We will be watching Fiscus/Klugger Racing very closely as they continue to tear up the Pro Modified ranks!
Congrats to Kevin, Josh and the whole crew!
Photo thanks to Bryan Epps
Video thanks to Free Life Films
Q80 Camaro - First Turbo Car to the 3.60's
BRADENTON, FL (December 17th, 2013) – Here it is!!! The Q80 Racing Team Turbo Pro Extreme Camaro just clicked off a firstname.lastname@example.org! That would make this the quickest turbo doorslammer pass ever made! Keep in mind, this is their first test session with the new car! Powered by a Pro Line Racing 481X engine with twin Precision turbochargers.
Congrats to Q80 Racing, Steve Petty, Eric Dillard and our awesome crew! This is just the beginning!!
Q80 Racing Unveils Turbo Pro Extreme Camaro
Our boys in Kuwait, the Q80 Racing Team, have been busy as of late! They have added another race car to their stable, and this one is truely a beast! Say hello to the Q80 Pro Extreme Turbo Camaro, built by Jerry Bickel Race Cars and powered by a Pro Line Racing 481X with twin Precision turbochargers! The Camaro is getting wired now and is scheduled to go to Qatar at the start of their racing season.
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