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Coughlin Takes NHRA Points Lead in Bristol
BRISTOL, Tenn. (June 16) – JEGS.com driver Troy Coughlin returned to the top of the NHRA Pro Mod points standings with a runner-up finish in the Ford Thunder Valley Nationals Sunday at Bristol Dragway.
Coughlin, the defending Pro Mod champion, fell to Rickie Smith in the final round but leads Smith by 10 points in the battle for the 2013 series championship.
"You always hate to lose, but we've got to consider the big picture, too." Coughlin said. "(Crew chief) Steve (Petty) and the guys have the car running great, and we got to another final round. We've been really consistent in this latest stretch, and that's a testament to how good this car is running."
Coughlin qualified No. 4 and took out Mike Knowles in the first round Saturday night.
On Sunday, Coughlin easily whipped past Kenny Lang in the second round with a pass of 6.001 seconds at 245.54 mph as Lang slowed to a run of 6.687 at 157.67 mph.
In the semifinals, Coughlin ran down top qualifier Danny Rowe with another 6.001-second run, this time at 246.53 mph, beating Rowe's pass of 6.028 at 241.80 mph.
In the final, Coughlin made his best pass of the weekend, 5.984 seconds at 246.26 mph, but fell to Smith's run of 5.991 seconds at 240.47 mph as Smith got a slight edge on the starting line.
"That's always a tough race against Rickie," Coughlin said. "He got the better of us this time, but we'll be fired up to get him next time we face off. It was a close one, but we just came up a few inches short."
Coughlin has raced to three final rounds in five Pro Mod races this season, including a victory in Charlotte. The class is now off until July 5-7 at Norwalk, Ohio.
"The car has run well in all kinds of weather this year," Coughlin said. "It's been fast, for sure, but it's been consistent, too. That's what wins in drag racing, so to have a consistent race car every week gives us confidence as a team and gives me confidence as a driver. I look forward to a great summer."
Thanks to Teamjegs.com
Coughlin's Corvette wasn't the only Pro Line Racing powered car on the property. Eric Dillard made the trip to Bristol with Jim Bell and his recently renovated PLR 481X-powered Pro Mod Mustang. Dillard was given the opportunity to take over driving duties at Bristol. In his 2nd NHRA appearance of 2013, Dillard started things off right by qualifying #8 with a firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dillard faced Mike Castellana in the first round of eliminations. Both drivers experienced tire shake, but Dillard recovered quickly to take the win with a email@example.com. Round 2 put him against #1 qualifier, Danny Rowe. Dillard had the advantage on the tree but had to let out when the car got loose on him.
Overall, this outing was very much needed for the Mustang. Look for this car to be competitive in Pro Mod events across the US and Canada.
Coughlin Runners-Up at Englishtown
ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. (June 2) – Troy Coughlin and his JEGS.com Chevrolet reached the Pro Mod final round of the Toyota NHRA Summernationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park for the second year in a row, but the reigning world champion again came up just short.
A year ago, Coughlin finished runner-up to Danny Rowe. This season, Coughlin charged all the way to the finals before falling to Mike Janis.
"I can't complain," Coughlin said. "Our stuff is running pretty good and we are going rounds and having fun. We were just trying to get the boost up as fast as we can and get the motor to accelerate in the hot air. It was just a bit more of a challenge. Steve (Petty, crew chief) and the guys did a good job. We got to the finals and made good headway."
Coughlin has now reached the final round two times in the last four races, following his victory in Charlotte. On a hot track this weekend, he made four consistent passes in eliminations but fell .0334 seconds short in the final round.
"We are excited about it," Coughlin said. "We wanted to win the race, obviously, but we came in here and made some decent runs. It was not as fast as we thought it would be, but we just kept picking at the tune up trying to get the car to run faster. Things were starting to come together the last couple rounds.
"The last round we just got maybe a little too aggressive, but you have to be fast to beat those guys."
After taking out Harold Martin in the first round Saturday, Coughlin made his best pass of the weekend in the second round on Sunday. His run of 6.005 seconds at 242.76 mph knocked out Mike Castellana, who slowed with a pass of 11.341 seconds at 80.35 mph.
Coughlin then had a run of 6.019 seconds at 243.99 mph to beat Rickie Smith's 6.264-second run at 175.57 mph in the semifinals.
Janis and Coughlin had nearly identical reaction times in the final, but Janis was able to earn his first career victory with a pass of 6.035 seconds at 240.51 mph, barely holding off Coughlin's run of 6.060 seconds at 244.12 mph.
"It was a good race," Coughlin said. "I'm pretty happy with that. We moved to second place, so we're gaining ground. It's not too bad."
Thanks to Teamjegs.com
Pure Domination in Sydney!
The boys from Dandy Engines in Australia made a statement at Sydney Dragway last weekend. Round 3 of the Australian Pro Street Association series was dominated by Dandy/Pro Line Racing customers.
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 10.5 Winner
Driver: Jeremy Callaghan
Engine: 622ci BBC w/ twin Pro Mod 94's
Outlaw Radial Winner
Driver: Perry Bullivant
Engine: 23 degree SBC w/ twin turbos
Karl Wicht of only his 4th pass went 7.26@189mph, after pulling the chutes at 1000ft!
Photos thanks to DandyEngines.com and Fullboost.com.au
Kevin Fiscus Goes 6.79 On 275 Radials!
The hits just keep on coming in the Drag Radial ranks. But this latest hit might just be one of the most shocking.
On Friday afternoon, ahead of Saturday’s rescheduled Ronnie Brown “No Holds Barred” 28?s Gone Wild event at the South Georgia Motorsports Park, perennial Outlaw Drag Radial frontrunner Kevin Fiscus, whose 2004 Ford Mustang was wearing a set of Mickey Thompson’s world-beating ET Street Radial Pro tires, unleashed the quickest 1/4-mile pass ever recorded on the small 275 drag radials, stopping the timers in an incredible 6.79 seconds.
And the best part is…the Fiscus/Klugger team wasn't even trying to set a 1/4-mile record.
Fiscus, in his 632 cubic inch, twin-turbo, Proline big block-powered mount, blasted to a likewise impressive 4.48-second elapsed time at 182 mph to the 1/8-mile and threw the laundry out well before the 1/4-mile stripe (around 800 feet), but still managed to coast across at 6.79-seconds at just 179 mph. Once word of the run hit the internet, conversations began immediately regarding just how quick the team could or would have gone had Fiscus poured the coals clear to the scoreboards.
Of course, in this case, he didn’t have to leg it out to make his mark.
In February, NMRA Street Outlaw racer Phil Hines became the first to break the six-second barrier on 275 radials in his supercharged, small block Mustang, when he ran a 6.89 at 198 mph, also at the South Georgia facility. Prior to Fiscus’ monster shot, that run stood as the all-time 275 radial world record. But now, it’s history, and the question left to be begged truly is…how quick can Fiscus (or anyone else that straps on the 275 Radial Pro tires) go in a full-pull to the 1/4-mile mark? Klugger believes their run would’ve netted a high 6.50 at around 240 mph. Eventually, some brave soul will deliver the answer, but for now, Fiscus is the king of the mountain with a number no one could've ever imagined. Parachutes out and all.
Article thanks to Dragzine.com
ADRL Announces Pro Drag Radial
The American Drag Racing League (ADRL) made an announcement last week that has several Pro Line customers eagerly anticipating the U.S. Drags VI on June 8th and 9th. The announcement of a new class, Pro Drag Radial, seems to a popular topic among the racing community. And rightfully so, the ADRL is putting up big money for this class and radial racers will get the chance to compete on a large stage. ADRL Pro Drag Radial could also breathe some life into the Outlaw 10.5 scene as many of these cars could easily fit into the class by changing tires. Jason Enos made the change to radials at Lights Out 4 and was extremely successful running low 4.20's after only a few hits. Many of our customers have expressed their interest in this class including:
- Tim Lynch
- Keith Berry
- Todd Berry
- Kevin Fiscus
- Jason Enos
- Gustavo Turull
- Dewayne Mills
- Andrew Alepa
- Steve Crisafulli
- Dave Demarco
- Willard Kinzer
- Mike Keenan
We will work to keep you updated on the status of this new exciting class as it unfolds.
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.
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