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Coughlin Claims Pro Mod Victory at zMax
CHARLOTTE (APRIL 21) – Defending NHRA Pro Mod champion Troy Coughlin rebounded from a disappointing opening to the 2013 season with a dominating performance Sunday in the Dollar General 4-Wide Nationals at zMax Dragway.
Coughlin qualified his JEGS.com Corvette well and rode a hot tune-up all the way to victory lane, beating Kenny Lang in the final round.
"Charlotte's such a great place to race, no doubt," Coughlin said. "The JEGS.com car was rocking and rolling all weekend. I've got my family with me, and I couldn't be more excited, no doubt."
Coughlin lost in the first round of the first race of 2013, at Gainesville, Fla., as he began his title defense. But led by crew chief Steve Petty, the JEGS.com team bounced back in the most impressive fashion.
And it wasn't all tune-up as Coughlin was solid behind the wheel, with reaction times of .053 seconds or better throughout eliminations. In the final, Coughlin made a pass of 5.893 seconds at 242.19 mph to beat Lang's run of 5.898 seconds at 246.98 mph. Coughlin got the jump on Lang on the Christmas Tree, .053 to .087, and never looked back.
"I'm not sure what the reaction times were there in the final, but it was a tight race," Coughlin said. "I could sense that he was there. I could hear that thing humming. But we got him. Thank God. What a day!"
Coughlin's Chevrolet was stellar in every round of eliminations, which used the traditional two-wide racing. He opened with a pass of 5.909 seconds at 248.52 mph to take out Chip King on Saturday, and then ran 5.902 seconds at 247.84 mph in the second round on Sunday to erase Mike Castellana.
In the semifinals, Coughlin made his best pass of the event -- 5.882 seconds at 248.25 mph -- to trailer Mike Knowles, who ran 5.944 at 246.17 mph.
"Steve Petty (crew chief) and all the guys did a fabulous job of putting this car together for race day," Coughlin said. "It's been a dream to drive."
Thanks to Teamjegs.com
Coughlin Has Big Plans for Charlotte Race
CHARLOTTE (April 18) -- Troy Coughlin definitely is proud of the No. 1 on the side of his JEGS.com Chevrolet Corvette, which designates him as the current world champion, but the veteran Pro Mod driver knows it's little more than window dressing as he arrives in town for this weekend's Dollar General 4-Wide NHRA Nationals.
"Drag racing doesn't play favorites," Coughlin said. "You have to prove yourself every time you pull through the gates. It's great that we won the championship, but it doesn't do us a bit of good as far as qualifying for the next event. There are no provisionals.
"I'm actually okay with that. I like it. You are truly only as good as your last run."
To that end, Coughlin carries a bit of a chip on his shoulder into zMax Dragway. At the first Pro Mod race of the year, which took place a month ago in Gainesville, Fla., Coughlin qualified 10th in the 16-car field and was dumped in the first round of eliminations.
The early exit prompted a post-race test session in the Sunshine State, where Coughlin and renowned crew chief Steve Petty discovered several small issues with their twin-turbo combination.
"There was nothing major that needed changing but the way the rules are set up this year for the turbo cars, versus what the nitrous and supercharged cars are doing, we simply can't afford to leave anything on the table," Coughlin said. "We need to get every fraction of a second out of the car every time we go down the track.
"Steve is the best in the business and he went out and ran an X-DRL race during out break and set a world record so his knowledge base continues to grow. I think we're going to be in good shape when we let 'er loose on Friday."
When he's not captaining his powerful 'Vette, Coughlin will be cheering on his younger brother Jeg Coughlin Jr., who currently ranks third in the Pro Stock standings.
"Jeg's having a great season so far and I'm anxious to see him race," Troy said. "They've had four races already in Pro Stock, whereas we've only had one, and he's already been to two finals so I'm hoping he breaks through and gets a big win this weekend. Of course the dream scenario would be for both of us to be in the winner's circle come Sunday night."
Pro Mod qualifying sessions are scheduled for 2 and 4:15 p.m., Friday, and 2 p.m., Saturday. Eliminations will begin with one round at 4 p.m., Saturday, and will continue at 1 p.m., Sunday.
Dillard / El General Win XDRL Debut in Tulsa
The new X-treme Drag Racing League made history by completing its first-ever event, the X-DRL Spring Nationals, on Sunday at Osage Casino Tulsa Raceway Park.
Eric Dillard capped off his own historic weekend with one more bonus in the new Precision Turbo & Engine Pro Turbo class.
After becoming the first turbo driver in drag racing history to reach the 3.70s earlier in the day, Dillard topped it with a 3.786 at 210.64 mph in the semifinals and then finished off the dream weekend with a win in the finals, running 3.812 at 210.37 mph to beat Todd Moyer on a weekend he and the X-DRL won’t forget.
“It was like winning twice in one weekend. We’ve been looking for that 3.70 run for so long and to get the win on top of it, it’s just huge for us,” Dillard said. “It’s a great way to start the season and there’s so much more we can do going forward.
“I feel like we’ve got a lot of room to grow and a lot to look forward to in the X-DRL.”
The X-DRL felt the same way, starting its inaugural season with an impressive bang in Tulsa.
Other winners at the debut event included Brandon Pesz (Pro X-treme), Jeff Naiser (Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous), John DeFlorian (X-treme Pro Stock), Dan Stevenson (X-treme Pro Mod), Bob Gulitti (Mickey Thompson Top Sportsman) and Bob Henry (Top Dragster).
Dillard, driving the Jerry Bickel Race Cars Camaro owned by turbo standout Jose Gonzalez, was brilliant all weekend, reaching the 3.70s with a pass of 3.79 during the final qualifying session on Sunday.
The celebrations continued the rest of the day, capped off by a winner’s circle party that included a call to Gonzalez in the Dominican Republic.
“He was ecstatic. You couldn’t have asked for a better weekend. The car was just running smooth all weekend,” Dillard said.
Dillard Breaks Record in X-DRL Qualifying
Competing in the X-DRL’s Precision Turbo & Engine Pro Turbo class, the Pro Line Racing co-owner became the first turbo doorslammer driver in drag racing history to reach the 3.70s in the eighth-mile, running a remarkable 3.796 at 209.79 mph. Dillard’s picture-perfect pass came in the car of customer and noted turbo standout Jose Gonzalez and took place during the final qualifying session for the X-DRL Spring Nationals at Osage Casino Tulsa Raceway Park.
“It felt great. We were confident that run was going to be the one and it just felt great to put it on the scoreboard,” Dillard said. “This has been a big deal for me. Jose owns the car and runs the car, and he wanted to support this class and the X-DRL. He knew a 3.79 was there and to let me come here and do it, I can’t thank him enough. He’s just excited and happy for everyone. This is just awesome to be able to do this.”
Dillard had been closing in on the record all weekend, running a strong 3.83 at 206 mph right off the trailer. That was a career-best for the talented turbo driver, but crew chief Steve Petty continued to dial in the Jerry Bickel Race Cars Camaro. Dillard next ran 3.807 at 208.42 mph under the lights, just missing the mark during Saturday’s final qualifying session, but that only motivated the team heading into Sunday.
“It’s just amazing. This 3.70s deal has been such a big hurdle and to get it, it’s just awesome. We had it set up where we could do it on the last round of qualifying and it just came together,” he said. “As soon as it hooked up, I knew it was there. By 300 feet, I knew the scoreboard was going to pop up with a 3.70. This was a big one.”
Gonzalez’s Camaro continues to turn in brilliant performances since it debuted last year, while Dillard also praised the work of Petty in making the turbocharger combination so consistent.
“He’s so good at what he does. He’s one of the best, that’s for sure,” Dillard said. “He was extremely confident today. He knew the 3.70 was there.
“There’s a lot of people to thank, including Pro Torque and the guys at Rossler Transmission. For Harry (Hruska of Precision Turbo) to do what he’s done and help put this (Precision Turbo & Engine Pro Turbo) class together to create a level playing field with these turbo cars, I can't thank him enough.”
It’s a monumental achievement for a team that has chased the mark for quite some time and Dillard, the 2011 U.S. Nationals Pro Mod winner and multiple-event winner, held the historic moment in high regard.
“For me, this is by far the biggest accomplishment I've ever had in my Pro Mod career,” Dillard said. “This is so big for us and definitely the biggest milestone for me.”
Gauci and Bullivant Win, Luppino Sets Record
The first round of the APSA Pro Street Shootout took place at Willowbank Raceway. Pro Line Racing's own, Eric Dillard and Matt Petka, took the long flight in support of Dandy Engines and our customers in Australia. This has been a long awaited trip and we hoped to witness a great race. We were not disappointed!
Long time customer, Dom Luppino, and his crew are always pushing the limits when it comes to the Pro Street Blown class. With the power of his PLR/Dandy Engines BBF, Luppino has set and reset the record on several occasions, but he always strives to go faster! As expected, Luppino was able to reset the new record with a 6.73@217mph!
In the Mod Street Blown class, Joe Gauci was right where he was last time we heard from him, running something like a bracket car! Gauci and his PLR/Dandy Engines 372ci SBF powered blue Cortina ran consistent mid 7's to take yet another victory.
One of the newer faces in the Dandy Engines stable is a racer named Perry Bullivant. Driving his Outlaw Radial Torana powered by his PLR/Dandy Engiens twin turbo SBC combination. Bullivant's goal was to dip into the 7 second 1/4 range. With the help of Eric Dillard and Frank Marchese, he was able to accomplish his goal and set a new personal best with a 7.83@183mph. He eventually went on to win the race and prove that he will be a tough competitor in the Outlaw Radial class!
Videos thanks to Fullboost.com.au
Troy Coughlin to Begin NHRA Title Defence
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series returns to Gainesville to kick off the 2013 season with the running of the Amalie Oil NHRA Gatornationals, March 14-17 at Auto-Plus Raceway at Gainesville. This is the first of 10 races in the series and Troy Coughlin will be looking to defend his 2012 world championship title, which he earned in dramatic fashion.
Coughlin entered the 2012 season-ending event in Las Vegas third in points, 42 markers behind Mike Castellana. Coughlin was clutch down the stretch at the final event and defeated Don Walsh in the final round to get his second victory of the season. He won the championship by a mere three points. The championship run was a whirlwind for Coughlin and his success wasn’t truly realized until he returned to team headquarters.
“I think it really sunk in when we got back to JEGS and saw the banners and how excited everybody was,” Coughlin said. “The articles and the pictures always help to bring back the emotions from that day. One of the cool things about the championship banners was that they were signed by all the people we work with at JEGS.com.”
Coming from the back of the pack to win the championship was thrilling for the fans of the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series as they watched it shake out later in the season. While the results came out in Coughlin’s favor, a strong start to the year would help put the team at the front of the pack in the competitive series.
“It’s real important to get off to a great start at the season-opener in Gainesville to try and stay ahead of the game rather than trying to play catch-up for most of the season,” Coughlin continued. “We are as prepared as we can be, now just with a little bit of luck. Can’t wait till March 15 to see where we stand against one of the most competitive classes in NHRA drag racing.”
For the majority of the 2012 season, Coughlin drove his trusted ’68 Chevy Camaro and recorded his first series win in the familiar yellow and black car at St. Louis. When the team arrived in Las Vegas, they made a dramatic decision to shelve that car and debuted a turbocharged late model Corvette for the final race of the season and will return to battle with it this season.
“We will be racing the 2012 R2B2 Corvette in Gainesville,” Coughlin said. “We have probably 15 to 17 runs on the car and the guys have done a great job of making it the best it can be. I'm excited.”
The 2013 Pro Mod Drag Racing Series will feature the quickest doorslammers from across the country as they battle for a win in one of the wildest classes in the NHRA. A mix of Camaros, Mustangs, Corvettes and Barracudas will take to the track during the course of the event. At the Amalie Oil NHRA Gatornationals fans will see past national event winners such as Mike Castellana, Danny Rowe and Brad Personett in competition on the track.
• SCHEDULE: NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series qualifying sessions are scheduled for 1:45 p.m. and 4 p.m. on March 15 and at 11:30 a.m. on March 16. The first round of Pro Mod eliminations begins on March 16 at 1:45 p.m. Pro Mod eliminations continues on March 17.
Testing in Australia with Steve Petty
Dandy Engines, one of our exclusive dealers in Australia, flew Steve Petty in for a private testing session at Willowbank Dragway. These sessions usually give us a glimpse of what to expect this year and this one did not disappoint.
Dom Luppino, owner and driver of the AU record holding Pro Street Blown Mustang, ran a new personal best with a 6.70@215mph!
Jeremy Callaghan recently acquired Jack Barfield's 1969 Outlaw 10.5 Camaro. In his first outing, Callaghan went 6.58@222mph! He will be competing in Outlaw 10.5 events across the country in a TRUE Outlaw 10.5 car.
Dandy/Pro Line Racing customer Karl Wicht brought his supercharged Torana A9X to the party and ran an impressive 7.75@185mph on the first hit with a soft tune.
Good luck to Dandy Engines and the rest of our racers in Australia! We look forward to seeing what these cars will do this year as our customer base continues to spread!
Photos and videos thanks to Shaun Lynch Racing
Lights Out 4 Recap
Despite getting bombarded with rain, Lights Out 4 at South Georgia Motorsports Park turned out to be one of the most memorable races in years. The rain gave racers an opportunity to step away from their cars and enjoy the company of their fellow racers and fans. Once the rain cleared up, their were no alliances and it was time to race!
The big news of the race was long time Outlaw 10.5 racer from Massachusetts, Jason Enos, switching tires days before the race. He went with the radial tire and the car laid down a number right off the trailer. Enos ran a 4.31, 4.30, 4.28, and finished the night off with a firstname.lastname@example.org! If these guys keep the radial tires on the car, that PLR 670 powered Mustang could make history again!
Enos wasn't the only Team North racer to make the long haul. David DeMarco brought his crowd pleasing Turbo Buick to the party. DeMarco's Buick is setup for the NMCA Super Street 10.5W which has many strict rules compared to the Outlaw 10.5 classes we normally see. During qualifying, DeMarco showed the other drivers what his Buick is capable of, running a 4.34 to take #1 qualifier! He also ran a 4.31 on the way to the final round where he was eliminated by Richard Sexton.
Gustavo Turull brought his Drag Radial Corvette to SGMP and ran a new personal best with a 4.34@183mph! Kevin Scott and his beautiful Chevy II ran a new personal best with a email@example.com!
Keith Berry took his BMF Drag Radial Turbo Vette to new heights as he broke the small block drag radial record and the LS drag radial record with a firstname.lastname@example.org! Wooooo!
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