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Coughlin Races to Semis at the US Nationals
INDIANAPOLIS (Sept. 2) – JEGS.com Pro Mod driver Troy Coughlin's 2013 season has been hot or cold, as he's reached three final rounds – winning once – while falling in the first round three times.
But the U.S. Nationals on Monday at Lucas Oil Raceway were lukewarm, as Coughlin raced to the semifinals before dropping a fierce race to Rickie Smith.
"It's definitely good," Coughlin said. "It's nice to get past the first round and go some rounds. The JEGS.com car is running pretty damn good."
Coughlin, crew chief Steve Petty and the team stepped up when they needed to in Indy, posting their best elapsed time in eliminations. Coughlin, the No. 12 qualifier, beat Tim Tindle in the first round on Sunday with a pass of 5.977 seconds at 244.43 mph.
That put him up against Kevin Fiscus for Round 2 on Monday, and though the turbocharged Corvette didn't make a perfect run, it was more than good enough. Coughlin's pass was 6.043 seconds at 243.63 and took down Fiscus' 6.218-second run at 240.08 mph.
"We put a conservative, 5.97-, 5.98-type of a tune-up in it," said Coughlin, who remained second in the points standings. "It got a little bit loose probably 300 feet or so and started skating toward the centerline a little bit. We backed it down just a little bit to try to get it back in the groove so we could stand on it again. It ran 6.04, 243, and I was like, 'Wow, it's definitely got a lot of steam.'"
He proved that in the semifinals against Smith, the No. 1 qualifier. Coughlin's run was 5.951 seconds at 247.02 mph, and he nearly overcame Smith's early lead out of the gate. Smith, though, made a pass of 5.948 seconds at 240.72 mph to get the win by .024 seconds, or about 9 feet.
"Both of us made a fantastic run that session," Coughlin said. "I think it was the fastest two runs of the whole race. But we'll just have to dig a little harder, from a driving standpoint and everything and try to get her to go.
"Rickie's doing a good job. He's leading the points and picked up a couple more rounds. It’s not near over, but it was his day today."
Coughlin, though, knows he had a pretty good day, too, as he shaved two-tenths of a second off his first pass of the weekend.
"As a team, we did a good job," said Coughlin, the 2012 Pro Mod champion. "We added some points. From Friday to Monday, we made a big improvement."
Thanks to Teamjegs.com
Dandy Takes Home 3 Wins at Benaraby
Round 4 of the Australian Pro Street Association series at Benaraby Dragway was chocked full of edge of you seat action! Dandy Engines was in full effect and many fans had high expectations for their customers, after their dominating performance in round 3! The boy down under did NOT disappoint! Three event winners was enough to please the crowd and prove once again that consistency wins races!
Pro Street Blown Winner
Driver: Dom Luppino
Engine: 632ci BBF w/ twin 82's
Mod Street Blown Winner
Driver: Joe Gauci
Engine: 370 SBF w/ twin 70's
Outlaw Radial Winner
Driver: Perry Bullivant
Engine: 23 degree SBC w/ twin turbos
Photos thanks to DandyEngines.com
Moits Racing Mustang Goes 252MPH on 10.5s!
A few of our friends down in Australia have been very busy in the past couple weeks. They set out to break the World Speed Record on 10.5 inch tires, which hasn't been touched since 2010. The car is an ex Skinny Kid Race Cars XTF Mustang that has been overhauled by GD Race Cars just outside of Sydney. The Mustang is powered by the record breaking PLR 481X twin turbo engine combination. With Paul Mouhayet, driver of the Moits Racing XTF Mustang, and CV Performance tuning and handling crew duties, these guys were ready for the task at hand!
After a few passes at Sydney Dragway, they'd already done it! Mouhayet piloted the XTF Mustang to a record breaking email@example.com pass! To add a little icing on the cake, they went out for another pass and showed that this is just the begining! They went firstname.lastname@example.org to reset the record. This run stands as the quickest and fastest Australian Outlaw 10.5 pass and the World Speed Record on a 10.5 inch tire.
This performance leaves us wondering: how far will this team go? Well... considering that this was one of their first couple times out, its fair to say that they will boost it up a notch and continue with progress!
Congrats to Moits Racing, Paul Mouhayet, CV Performance, GD Racecars, and all involved!
Jim Bell Wins Pro Turbo at MIR
We'd like to congratulate Jim Bell, driver out of Edmonton, Alberta, for bringing home a victory in the X-DRL Precision Turbo & Engine Pro Turbo class at MIR! He highlighted this weekend with a personal best email@example.com, in his PLR 481X-powered Pro Turbo / Pro Mod Mustang. We will keep our eyes on this racing team as they continue to get faster every race! Congrats to Mr. Bell and his crew chief, Tyler Coots!
Proflo LX Torana Hatch
Here is a cool video featuring one of our customers in Australia and his show quality LX Torana built to compete in the Pro Street Blown class. When the guys at Proflo Performance gave us a call about building a custom BBC for a twin turbo Torana, we never imagined a beauty like this! More to come, for sure!
Mills Wins in Tulsa
Oklahoma is becoming well known for it's street racing scene, but some of the fastest all-out race cars can be found there also. One of them resides in Sand Springs and is owned and driven by DeWayne Mills. Mills' 1968 Outlaw Drag Radial Camaro has something very special under the hood! A brand new PLR 481X!
Their first race outing was at the Mickey Thompson Shootout Series at Tulsa Raceway Park. To start the event, Mills qualified number #2 in the Pro Street class with a 4.66@171mph. He strolled through eliminations going 4.58@174mph, 4.52@178mph, and running a 4.67@148mph while pedaling to take the final victory!
This racing team will be a true contender in races to come, mark our words!
Photo thanks to Mickey Thompson Shootout Series
Carinci Wins at TMP
Pro Line Racing customer out of Canada, John Carinci, earned a hard-fought victory in the 2nd round of The Outlaw 10.5 Association series. Team Carinci not only won the event in Outlaw 10.5, but they also took the #1 qualifier spot and ran Low ET and MPH with a 4.20@189mph. Their yellow Pontiac Trans Am recently underwent some chassis modifications and a black paint job. It gets its power from a Pro Line Racing 540ci PB1600 combined with a pair of Precision Pro Mod 88mm turbos.
We will be watching Team Carinci as some of the big Outlaw 10.5 races start to pop up across the northeast and Canada.
Photo thanks to Outlaw 10.5 Association
Gerald Bunce's C6 Corvette
A few days ago we featured a 427ci LS engine owned by Texas racer, Gerald Bunce. It has found it's home in Bunce's 2008 C6 Corvette. If you had to describe this build with one word, it would be "Radical." From the twin turbo alcohol LS engine to the big slick tires, Bunce's C6 is a head turner.
Right now it isn't for sure what class(es) this car will race in, but Outlaw Drag Radial is a possibility and the LS record will probably be a goal. Bunce assured us one thing, this car will be as fast as he can make it!
Stay tuned for more updates as they get this car dialed in!
Fiscus Klugger Racing Goes Pro Mod
We got an email from Drag Radial racer Kevin Fiscus the other day with some big news for Fiscus/Klugger Racing. We know Kevin has been talking about running Pro Modified and after selling their current Drag radial car. Recently, the opportunity came up to purchase a 2012 Mustang out of R2B2 Race Cars shop. Don’t worry though, the team will still be solidly in the Drag Radial scene with their soon to be completed Mustang from Racecraft Inc.
As schedule allows, the team will run both cars at select events – like the ADRL and some Outlaw events where both Pro Modified and Drag Radial are offered. As we write this Kevin and Josh are headed to Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, IL for the 8th annual Nitto Tires NMCA/NMRA Super Bowl to get some testing under their belts with the new car. Running Pro Modified is a step up and the team looks forward to the challenge and the opportunity to expand their racing career.
“Fiscus / Klugger Racing is excited to step up and try our hands at ProMod racing but we are still equally excited about our new Racecraft Inc. Mustang which will run in Outlaw Drag Radial. The ProMod will be an entirely new ball game for us but with the continued support from the great companies that have brought us this far we have high hopes for our ProMod program”, said Kevin Fiscus. Current plans include running the ADRL in Memphis and if all goes well NHRA Indy. After that they will run NHRA, NMCA, ADRL and XDRL where schedule permits. I would also look for them at Orlando for the 20th running of the Orlando World Street Nationals November 6th -10th this year.
Larry Wood Wins at Atco
Larry Wood and Ron Schlessinger are on a roll as of late. After 2 races this year, they've won 1 and went to the semis in the other. Keeping that in mind, they approached an Outlaw 10.5 race in Atco last weekend with great confidence! With Steve Petty and Jamie Miller tuning on their side who wouldn't?
After Wood defeated Jerry Morgano in the the finals, Schlessinger said, "It went pretty good... the motor's been running great and the track was there!" Wood went on to go a 4.28 to take the win! They will be one of the teams to watch this year in the Outlaw 10.5 class!
Stay tuned for more updates from this race team!
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