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Pro Line Racing Named X-DRL Sponsor
The X-treme Drag Racing League’s (X-DRL) revolutionary new Pro Turbo class continues to draw plenty of momentum and attention heading into the X-DRL’s inaugural season in 2013.
The latest sponsor to show support for the class is Pro Line Racing, which was announced as an official X-DRL Titanium sponsor on Thursday.
Pro Line Racing will also offer contingency in the X-DRL for the 2013 season, which begins April 6-7 with the X-DRL Spring Nationals at Osage Casino Tulsa Raceway Park.
One of the industry leaders in turbo, EFI and drag racing technology, Pro Line Racing is the turbo of choice for standouts like world-record holder Jose Gonzalez, world champion Troy Coughlin, Tim Lynch, Eric Dillard, Jim Bell, Danny Lowry, Rich Zehring, Kevin Fiscus and more.
Like many others, Pro Line Racing is also thrilled with the potential of the new Pro Turbo class.
“I think it’s going to do really well and we really like that the X-DRL added a Pro Turbo class. It gives the turbo guys a place to race, and I think there’s going to be a lot of drivers who come out and run it,” Pro Line co-owner Eric Dillard said.
“This class gives us a great avenue to support more people, and this is a class that just appeals to so many people. It’s going to be fun and everybody is going to push each other. There’s a lot of potential for growth.”
Showing its own steady growth over the past several years, Pro Line Racing and its turbo motors continue to be a popular choice for consumers. It continues to sell more complete turbo engines than it ever has, and Dillard, an accomplished racer, believes the introduction of the Pro Turbo class will bring even more fans to drag racing.
“I think the younger crowd will really be intrigued with the turbo cars, and that’s going to draw more fans. A lot of turbo cars are going to show up and it’s really going to impress some people,” Dillard said.
“I think they will start off running in the 3.80s, but you’ll have guys in the 3.70s pretty quick and, by the end of the year, it wouldn’t surprise me to see some cars running in the 3.60s. I really feel like it’s going to be very competitive, and we’ve gotten a lot of phone calls with people interested in the class.”
Gonzalez, who set the doorslammer world record with a 5.73 at 258 mph, recently went 3.82 at 207 mph in 1/8-mile testing, setting the bar for what should be an action-packed season in the class.
But turbo combinations have also grown in popularity on a number of different levels in drag racing.
“Our turbo crate engine or turbo packages gives customers confidence in the combination. It is designed to be easy to drive and requires little maintenance. The less maintenance needed, the more fun you can have racing your car,” Dillard said.
The Pro Turbo class will be one of the highlights during each event on the 2013 X-DRL schedule, which includes nine races at many of the nation’s top tracks.
“We can’t wait to see this class in action at each X-DRL event this year and we really think it’s going to be a huge hit with fans,” X-DRL Account Executive Keith Goolsby said. “We have already received a tremendous amount of support for the class, and that includes the awesome backing from a great company like Pro Line Racing.”
US Street Nationals 2013
The US Street Nationals event in Bradenton is, for many racers in the Southeast, the first official race of the year. This year's event promised to be an exciting one and all who attended were not disappointed.
The El General Racing Team had a year to remember in 2012. Owner and driver of the PLR 481X powered '69 Camaro, Jose Gonzalez, set the record for quickest doorslammer in the world at the Street Car Super Nationals in Las Vegas. 2013 will be a big year for Gonzalez as he ventures into the new X-DRL Pro Turbo class.
In the Outlaw Pro Mod class, Gonzalez got it started early. He secured the #1 qualifier spot with a 3.84@205mph! During eliminations he pulled off an incredible firstname.lastname@example.org, a new career best! He also went 3.84@206mph and 394@197mph. Unfortunately, in the final round he went .004 red. The El General Racing team made some big strides with the Camaro and they look ready to take on the fastest turbo cars on the planet in XDRL Pro Turbo.
Fellow El General Racing teammate, Gustavo Turull, piloted his 2004 Corvette powered by the PLR 622ci HeadHunter engine and twin 94mm turbos. This race would be his first time driving the car in competition and a great opportunity to get comfortable with his new car. Tuner, Eric Dillard, started him off gradually going 4.60@172mph taking the #7 qualifier. In round 1 of eliminations, Turull went 4.53@174mph. Next round put them in a difficult position. Their next matchup was with Will Stevenson, who had gone consistent 4.40's all weekend. Dillard knew he had to put more power in it and Turull said he was ready to go fast. Stevenson left the line first with a .042 light to Turull's .051, but Stevenson's email@example.com was not enough for Turull's firstname.lastname@example.org! A .003 second margin of victory! He went on to go a 4.41@178mph in round 3, but went .002 red in the finals against Kevin Fiscus. Turull sent a message that there is a new threat in Drag Radial!
Kevin Fiscus, of Fiscus/Klugger Racing, also had quite a successful 2012 season that he is teammate Josh Klugger hope to continue. Fiscus, driving the 2002 Drag Radial Mustang with a PLR 632 BBF, qualified #1 with a 4.40@184mph which set him up nicely for a path to the finals! Along the way he went 4.36@185mph, 4.45@184mph, and 4.77@176mph. In the final round, Fiscus took the win as Turull went red. With this victory, the Fiscus/Klugger Racing team have set a standard for success this year. Congrats to Kevin, Josh, and the whole crew!
Qatar Race 2 - Update
After 3 rounds of qualifying in Race #2 of the Arabian Drag Racing League, Tim Lynch stands in the #1 qualifying spot. Tuner, Steve Petty, has the Q80 Racing Team Mustang looking like an index car running 4.11@196mph, 4.11@191mph, and email@example.com! In the last outing, they qualified #1 but fell short in the final round. Time can only tell what is in store for Lynch, Petty, and the rest of the Q80 Racing Team, but you can bet that the ending will be fast and competitive as they race among the best 10.5 racers in the world!
On a separate note, Petty and Lynch have summoned the Lynchmob Vette from out of hibernation! It is scheduled to be in Qatar in time for the next race! We're excited to see how this will unfold, good luck to all involved!
Stay tuned tomorrow at http://www.1320go.com/qatar/livetiming.php for live timing.
Photo by Majed MadMan on Facebook
Lynch and Petty Testing Q80 Stang in Qatar
Legendary Outlaw 10.5 racers Tim Lynch and Steve Petty of Pro Line Racing are back in a Mustang—kind of—as they have taken over the driving and tuning chores of the Q80 Racing Team’s 2004 Mustang GT. Th Kuwait-based racing team campaigns an Outlaw 10.5 Mustang that was built by Skinny Kid Race Cars. Most will remember the car from its time in NMRA Pro Outlaw 10.5 and NMCA Super Street 10.5 competition when Dan Millen and Livernois Motorsports owned and raced the car. The Mustang was sold to Q80 Racing Team a few years ago and the small-block was replaced with a Pro Line 670ci engine. The Q80 team also removed the single 106mm turbocharger and went with two Precision 94mm turbochargers. The Liberty transmission that Millen employed was relived of its duty and a Rossler TH400 and Pro Torque torque converter now back the Pro Line bullet. The team raced the car for the past few years throughout the Middle East and teamed up with Lynch and Petty in 2012.
A lot of US-based drag racing teams have made the trip to Qatar this week for a prestigious gathering of Pro Modified and Outlaw 10.5 racers. There are several classes competing in the five event competition that begins today and ends in the middle of February. Lynch and Petty arrived a few days ago and have made several hits during test and tune sessions to prepare for the intense racing action. The video shown below has them running 4.19 and 4.21 but they ran even quicker in another qualifying session. Lynch unleashed a 4.11 at 189 mph with an impressive 1.06 sixty-foot time coming from the 3,000 pound Mustang. Lynch and Petty ran an impressive and unprecedented 4.02 this past October while racing their Skinny Kid Race Car built C6 Corvette. The Mustang has an identical combination and the 4.11 shows the record could fall by the end of the Arabian Drag Racing League season.
Article thanks to NMRADigital.com
SCSN 2012 - Coughlin, Dillard, & El General
Every year the Street Car Super Nationals serves as the ultimate final doorslammer race. All of the data collected over the year is put to the test as excellent conditions and a beautiful track give racers a chance to make history!
Several of our customers made the long trip to Vegas including: NHRA Pro Mod Champion Troy Coughlin, 2011 SCSN Pro Street winner Jose Gonzalez, Eric Dillard, 2011 SCSN Wild Street winner Jeff Kyle, Mike Keenan, and Trevor Lowe, driver of Jim Bell's PLR PLR 481X powered Pro Mod Mustang.
After buying John Carter's 2004 ODR Corvette, El General team member, Gustavo Turull decided to pack it up and bring it along to compete in the Xtreeme Drag Radial class. He put his hired gun, Eric Dillard, behind the wheel and added weight to get it up to about 3500lbs.
During qualifying, Dillard took the #2 spot with a 6.79@224MPH. At that point, they strung together a handful of 6.7X @22XMPH runs, including a 6.68@223MPH pass in the semifinals. Dillard made it to the finals where he ran a 6.70@228MPH for the win! It was great to see him behind the wheel doing what he does best! Turull's PLR 622ci BBC powered Corvette showed that it WILL be a major contender in Outlaw Drag Radial races in the future!
Pro Street offered an excellent mix of East and West coast cars from NHRA, ADRL, PSCA, NMCA, and many other places! Action began on Thursday during the Pro Street Thursday Night Shootout. This competition allowed each Pro Street team to make one pass with a $1000 prize for the winner. Gonzalez made quick work of this competition, running a 5.80@253MPH in his PLR 481X powered 1968 Camaro.
Gonzalez continued his progress into qualifying. After going a 5.77@256MPH, the El General Racing team made history by breaking Scotty Cannon's 5.738 world record with a firstname.lastname@example.orgMPH! He then backed it up with a email@example.comMPH to solidify the fact that this is the world's quickest doorslammer in the 1/4 mile! Qualified #1, he made it all the way to the finals with a string of 5.7X passes, but due to an unfortunate injector problem he was unable to continue in the finals.
NHRA Pro Mod kingpin, Troy Coughlin, came into this race with extreme momentum after winning the final NHRA race in Vegas and being crowned an NHRA champion! He started the weekend with a 5.84@253MPH to hold the #3 qualifying spot. Coughlin made it look easy as he sailed through eliminations going 5.87, 5.83 and 5.83 up to the final round. His final round ended up a bye run for the victory. Coughlin and his tuner, Steve Petty, let the fans know that they saved the best for last with their best run of the event, a 5.80@254MPH!
Overall, the Street Car Super Nationals turned out to be one of the greatest races we've ever witnessed. Three of our customers made it to the finals, two walked away victorious, and one recorded his name into the history books! We'd like to thank and congratulate all of the racing teams involved in this memorable event!
Photos thanks to Dragzine
Klugger Victorious in Bradenton
We'd like to send out a big congratulations to Josh Klugger and Kevin Fiscus for adding another victory to their belt this year!
Klugger piloted the PLR 632ci BBF powered Fiscus/Klugger Racing Mustang at the Outlaw Drag Racing Championship in Bradenton, Florida. His dominant performance included qualifying #1 in the field with a 4.36@185mph, which stood as the low E.T. and high MPH of the event. Klugger never looked back as he advanced to the finals to face Mel Nelson and bring home a sweet victory!
Keep an eye out for Fiscus/Klugger Racing as they head up to MIR for some 1/4 mile racing at the World Cup Finals event this weekend!
Troy Coughlin Wins Finale and Championship!
LAS VEGAS (Oct. 28) -- Veteran driver Troy Coughlin faced long odds of winning his first NHRA championship at the start of this weekend's 12th annual Big O Tires NHRA Nationals, and he made the ultimate gamble by switching to a brand-new racecar before the race began. Now, he's part of drag racing immortality.
After winning the last race in St. Louis, Coughlin found himself 42 points behind Pro Mod class leader Mike Castellana in third place. Although the racecar he had been driving got him to that point, Coughlin decided to switch to a 2013 Corvette in an last-ditch effort to gain two-plus rounds of racing with only four left on the table.
Needing everything to fall into place, Coughlin expertly rode his new mount to a second consecutive victory that ultimately earned him the NHRA Pro Mod Series presented by ProCare Rx title by the slenderest of margins.
"They told me we won the championship by three points," Coughlin said. "That's just a 'wow' thought. How hard did we work for each of those points? How many ups and downs were there? It's just crazy to have it end up so close, especially when we're here on the good side of the equation. I'm pumped.
"We came into this race with a brand-new car. We tested here with it a week ago and it was running well so we decided to enter it in the race. Of course, everyone else said we were crazy, but Steve Petty (crew chief) and all the guys worked so hard to give me a perfect car and, bottom line, it's so much easier to drive than anything I've had in the past. It worked perfectly all weekend and we needed every bit of it to get this title."
After qualifying third on the grid, Coughlin erased first-round foe Mike Janis Saturday evening with a stellar 5.827 at 253.75 mph. That set-up a second-round date Sunday morning with Castellana that put destiny in Coughlin's hands. All he had to do was beat the best driver in the class and then hold it all together for two more rounds and the championship would be his.
"We approached the day thinking, 'Let's just run the best that we can without over-powering the track and giving it away,'" Coughlin said. "We just focused on cutting good lights, making laps and turning on win lights."
With pressure at its highest, Coughlin coolly responded with a huge, half-a-second victory over Castellana, then made light work of a red-lighting Danny Rowe and an out-of-shape Don Walsh to don the crown.
"My brother Jeg started this deal where each of (the four Coughlin brothers) have rings with a stone in it for each national championship we've won," Coughlin said. "I added one in 2009 when I won the NMCA Pro Street title and now this one, combined with the five Jeg has won, will put us up to seven stones. It's just incredible to think about it. To be a piece of the history of JEGS Racing, considering the guys I'm racing with, is pretty awesome."
Coughlin will celebrate his new title Monday night in Las Vegas at the year-ending NHRA Pro Mod Series presented by ProCare Rx awards ceremony.
Troy Coughlin to Drive Corvette in Finale
LAS VEGAS (Oct. 24) -- Although JEGS.com racer Troy Coughlin won the last event on the NHRA Pro Mod Series presented by ProCare Rx and drew to within two rounds of the championship lead, he has elected to make the wildly unusual decision to switch to a new racecar for this weekend's season-ending 12th annual Big O Tires NHRA Nationals.
"The response has been the same across the board," Coughlin said. "Everyone thinks we're crazy."
"My response is pretty simple; I've driven both cars and the Corvette is better, period. All you have to do is look at the in-car camera of the old car, the '68 Camaro, and it's easy to see it was an accident looking for a place to happen. I learned how to drive it throughout the course of the season, but it was always a handful. This 2013 Z06 Corvette, on the other hand, is the smoothest racecar I've ever driven. To me, the choice was easy."
No matter which hot rod he's piloting, Coughlin has a golden opportunity to drastically affect the finish of this year's thrilling title chase. Currently, Mike Castellana is in the catbird seat with a 41-point edge over second-place Rickie Smith and a 42-point advantage over Coughlin. Lurking in fourth and fifth place are Don Walsh (-57 from lead) and Danny Rowe (-60).
A handful of bonus points are available in qualifying, but bigger gains can be made in eliminations where each round is worth 20 points.
"We have a great chance to win the race and an outside chance to win the title," Coughlin said. "That makes this a really fun weekend no matter how you look at it. Plus, we're in Vegas, so you're already having fun before you ever get in the car.
"It would be great to trim Mike's lead by a few points before eliminations and then get him early and try to take him out. Then it'll pretty much be a shootout between me and Rickie, with both of us keeping an eye on Walsh and Rowe. There are so many possibilities right now and that's exciting."
Pro Mod qualifying rounds will take place at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., Friday, and 10:30 a.m., Saturday. Round 1 of eliminations are slated to begin at 4 p.m., Saturday, and continue at Sunday afternoon.
Lynchmob Racing Raises the Bar!
Just as they have done so many times in the past, Tim Lynch and Steve Petty have officially set the Outlaw 10.5 1/8th mile record!
During the Pro Line Racing test session at MIR, they got the party started with an amazing 4.02@192mph, which would stand as the unofficial Outlaw 10.5 record, but Lynch and Petty needed to solidify this during competition! The Shakedown Nationals would be the perfect event to record this milestone. The Lynchmob always goes to Englishtown with intentions to break records, and that's exactly what they did! Right off the trailer, Lynch ran a 4.02@192mph to officially set the 10.5 record.
We'd like to send out a big congrats to the Lynchmob Racing team; Tim, Steve, John, Kelly, and everyone else who has helped them along the way!
No Mercy 3 Highlights
VALDOSTA (Sept. 30) – One of the biggest, most talked about races of the year took place last weekend at South Georgia Motorsports Park. This event is known as "No Mercy 3: A September to Remember", and is promoted by the one and only Donald "Duck" Long.
Pro Line Racing always has a strong presence at this race, because it is one of our home tracks and it is an excellent venue for ultra-competitive racing!
Keith Berry debuted his new Outlaw Drag Radial Corvette over the weekend and had great success despite the fact that his car hadn't even made a test pass prior to the race. Berry's BMF Vette has the looks of a show car and his PLR 468ci LS engine sounds so mean! While working out some of the new car kinks, Berry managed to belt off a 4.71@168mph to take the #27 spot. They needed more test hits so he bought a 6.50 index tech card and went 4.58@168mph! During the first round of eliminations, Berry ran a new personal best of 4.57@171mph, but lost on a holeshot in a very close race.
Here are some other notable PLR Drag Radial customers and their best runs of the weekend:
- John Kolivas (PLR 632ci BBF in Jere Etheridge's Mustang) - 4.45@177mph
- Josh Klugger (PLR 632ci BBF in the Fiscus/Klugger Mustang) - 4.47@180mph
- Jason Etheridge (PLR 632ci BBF in his Silver Mustang) - 4.53@176mph
- Kevin Cram (PLR 632ci BBC in his Black and Orange Camaro) - 4.62@168mph
Drag Radials weren't the only tires laying down some impressive numbers, Outlaw 10.5 proved to be one of the more popular classes among fans.
Jason Enos made the long trip down from Massachusetts with his PLR 670 powered 1967 Mustang. He and his crew are preparing for the Shakedown Nationals on October 12th-14th. During qualifying, Enos battled with Tim Lynch for the #1 spot running 4.24@185mph, 4.25@187mph, and 4.23@187mph. Enos ended up #2 after Lynch went 4.22@186mph. In eliminations, he set the low E.T. and high MPH with a 4.20@188mph and a 4.23@189mph! Unfortunately, in the 3rd round Enos went red with a -.001 light despite running a 4.21 to his opponent's 4.65. Enos went home satisfied with the fact that his car is ready for Englishtown!
No Mercy marked the second race since the Lynchmob Corvette made its return! Tim Lynch walked away with a huge victory at the YellowBullet Nationals a few weeks ago and looked to continue that momentum into this race. During qualifying, Lynch just barely earned the #1 spot with a 4.22@186mph! Eliminations were full of difficult challenges, but in typical Tim Lynch fashion, he made it look easy, running 4.24@186, 4.22@186, 4.23@185, 421.185, and 4.21@183. Like a bracket racer! The race ended around midnight an Lynch was crowned the Outlaw 10.5 champ! The next race on their schedule is the Shakedown Nationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway in Englishtown, NJ!
This was such an awesome race, it was nice seeing everybody at our t-shirt booth, we hope to see you at the Shakedown Nationals!
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