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If you attended or tuned into a drag race last weekend you probably saw a Proline powered car in the finals!
Joe Copson's PLR-powered Outlaw 10.5 Camaro has been running near the top of the pack all year. With the help of his driver, TJ Kasper, Copson's car qualified at #2 and made it all the way to finals to face Steve Woolley, another PLR engine customer. In the finals, Kasper went 4.23@194mph to Woolley's 4.28@182mph to take the win! What an exciting win for Copson and crew!
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On the other side of the country, Andrew Berry and crew made it to the finals in Pro Mod action.
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Mike Keenan brought home a big win in XDR/TTF at Bandimere Dragway! His new 2002 Camaro is powered by the tried and true PLR 481X. He qualified #1 and made to the finals where he went firstname.lastname@example.org to take the victory!
Photos thanks to: ATCO Dragway, NMCADigital, and PSCA's Facebook
Steve Gorman Wins at Cecil County
After a dominant performance at MIR Door Wars, Steve Gorman and his PLR 481X-powered Mustang went to Cecil County Dragway for a little Outlaw 10.5 action!
Gorman and crew worked hard to edge out the competition throughout eliminations. In round 2, he ran a 4.17@194mph against Mo Hall who ran a 4.19@174mph! He made to the finals where he faced TJ Kasper, driving the in Joe Copson owned PLR-powered Camaro! Both cars had trouble getting traction off the line, but Gorman was able to get back in it and take the win! That makes his win record 2-0 so far this year!
Congrats to Steve and his awesome crew!
DeWayne Mills Wins NMCA St Louis
The new NMCA Radial Wars class has given some our our customers a new venue to race their cars and bring home the wins!
Oklahoma racer, DeWayne Mills, brought home a hard fought victory at the NMCA St Louis race. He qualified #2 with a 4.25@172, between #1 Mark Woodruff and #3 Keith Berry.
In eliminations, Mills bettered his previous run each time he made a pass. Here is a breakdown:
We are so happy to see Mills and crew in the winners circle and we're sure we'll see them there again! Also, 202 miles per hour is just awesome!
Photo thanks to nmcadigital.com/
Paul Mouhayet Takes Win in Sydney
Paul Mouhayet, driver of the Moits Racing Outlaw 10.5 Mustang, had quite an outing at APSA Round 2 in Sydney, Australia. Mouhayet and his PLR 481X-powered Mustang on 10.5 tires have become well known for impressive 1/4 mile performances and high mph passes.
During qualifying, he was able to hold the #1 spot with a 6.38@243mph. Mouhayet and crew struggled to lay down a fast time in the first 2 rounds of eliminations, but they continued to edge of the competition. In the semifinals, they had it all figured out! He went 6.08@244mph, which would stand as the low E.T. and high mph for the class! In the finals, Mouhayet went 6.08@243mph to take the win!
Big congrats to Moits Racing, Paul Mouhayet, CV Performance, GD Racecars, and all involved! We are trilled to be a part of your team and can't wait to see the new car in action!
Photo thanks to Steve Thomas Photography
Andrew Berry Wins NMCA Pomona
One of our newest customers on the West Coast, Andrew Berry, got a taste of victory at the 3rd Annual Nitto Tire NMCA West Street Car Nationals in Pomona, California! His new PLR 481X-powered Pro Mod Camaro was running like a bracket car from the second this event started. Berry managed to string together a consistant group of runs Q1 - 6.14, Q2 - 6.15, Q3 - 6.15, E1 6.15, E2 - 6.12, E3 - 6.20, Final - 6.13 with a holeshot! With a performance like this, it is no wonder that he brought home the win!
It was great seeing Berry and his family at the track and we can't wait to see them racing again. Congrats to Andrew and the whole Berry Racing crew!
Photo thanks to nmcadigital.com/
Coughlin Aims for Atlanta Turnaround
ATLANTA (May 13) -- The NHRA Pro Mod Series returns to action this weekend at Atlanta Dragway and although it's just the third race of the year for the ultra-popular, high-horsepower category, 2012 series champion Troy Coughlin says it's time for his JEGS.com race team to pick up the pace.
"We need to get off our butts," Coughlin said. "There's still lots of racing to do but we only have 10 national events in this series so everyone that passes by represents 10-percent of our season. There's not a lot of room for error and we're going to need to pick up the pace if we want to contend for this year's title."
Coughlin, who followed up his championship with a second-place finish in 2013, currently is tied for eighth in the world rankings. He's won just a single elimination round in the season's first two races, lighting a fire under his pedigreed squad.
"Steve (Petty, crew chief) and the guys are as anxious as I am to turn on some win lights," Coughlin said. "We all know what to do. This group has plenty of experience and we know what it takes to get us back in the mix. The good thing is that Pro Mod is so unpredictable that anyone can turn it on at any time and shake things up.
"We spent last weekend at a PDRA (sanctioned) drag race and made a bunch of passes. We tested for a day and then ran the race itself so Steve was able to try lots of things. The category we run over there actually allows their cars to be 75 pounds lighter with no boost control but Steve decided to keep our JEGS.com Corvette in full NHRA trim so we could gain as much data as possible for this weekend's race in Atlanta."
The time in Valdosta, Ga., was well spent as Petty had a chance to improve on his tune-up each time Coughlin went down the strip. Even running under NHRA guidelines, Coughlin successfully qualified and raced to the quarterfinals before bowing out.
Racing in the Peach State also prepared the team for the conditions they will likely face this weekend in Commerce.
"We're trying to be more competitive and after three days in Valdosta, I definitely think we will be," Coughlin said. "If the weather holds up like the weatherman says it will, then we'll all see some great racing. It's supposed to be highs in the mid-70s with some cloud cover and that's a recipe for going fast.
"We need to get this car moving early and having a cooler track will probably help us. I know once we get the early portion of the run under control the back-end speed and ET will be there."
Pro Mod qualifying sessions are scheduled for 3:45 and 6 p.m., Friday, and noon, Saturday. Round 1 of eliminations begin at 2:45 p.m., Saturday, and will resume at 12:45 p.m., Sunday.
- See more at: http://www.teamjegs.com/content/past-pro-mod-world-champion-coughlin-aims-atlanta-turnaround#sthash.E9pSdMad.dpuf
Fiscus Wins PDRA Georgia Drags
The first ever PDRA Georgia Drags at South Georgia Motorsports Park proved to be a big success! There was a great turnout of fans and race teams and the weather cooperated for the most part.
There were 23 cars entered in Pro Boost class and it was a very close field. Florida-based racer, Kevin Fiscus, had a performance to remember in his PLR 481X-powered Pro Modified Mustang. Fiscus started the weekend with a 3.89@199mph to hold the #2 qualifier spot. In round one he faced Jim Bell, in his brand new Jerry Bickel built Camaro. Bell had a strong advantage on his reaction time, but Fiscus had enough steam to pass him on a close race! He had a very close matchup with Larry Higginbottham in round 3. Fiscus' 3.95 was enough to edge over Higganbottham's 3.96!
In the final round, he pedaled his way to victory! Losing traction on the one-two gear change and getting back into it to take the win (4.16@194mph.)
We'd like to send a big congrats to the Fiscus/Klugger Racing Team and everyone involved! Good luck at NHRA Atlanta!
Photo thanks to Dragzine.com
Steve Gorman Wins at MIR Door Wars!
Outlaw 10.5 racer, Steve Gorman had an extremely successful weekend at the Door Wars event at MIR. His 10.5 Mustang, powered by the PLR 481X and tuned by Jamie Miller, ran low teens throughout qualifying and eliminations.
In his first time out this year he managed to break into the 4.0X's (running a 4.09 vs TJ Kasper in the final) while bringing home a hard fought win! These guys will be hard to beat this year if they keep this up!
Congrats to Steve, Jamie, and the whole crew!
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
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