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
Pro Line Racing Test and Tune at Holly Springs
We are happy to announce that we will be sponsoring the Friday test and tune session at Holly Springs Motorsports on April 4th. This session could likely see an unofficial 4.0X pass on Drag Radials!
Test and tune will start on Friday noon till 8pm and will only cost $50 a car! Once testing is done, we will all have the pleasure of watching one of the most exciting races of the year, the 3rd annual Spring Shootout at Holly Springs Motorsports!
Coughlin Excited for Start of 2014 NHRA Pro Mod
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (March 12) -- The NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series last raced in October, but to 2012 champion Troy Coughlin, it feels like it has been a lot longer.
Coughlin and the JEGS.com team return to the track this weekend for the Pro Mod season-opener, the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Auto-Plus Raceway at Gainesville.
"We've had a fantastic off-season at JEGS.com," Coughlin said. "It's been busy, and I'm excited to get back at it. It seems like it's been two years since we've raced."
Coughlin won the season-finale in Las Vegas last October, helping him finish second in the Pro Mod points standings. The team returns intact from 2013, led by talented crew chief Steve Petty.
"I've got the best team out there," Coughlin said. "We have the same team coming back, and Steve is still doing the orchestrating. Same car, same engine, and it's kind of nice going into the season with everything exactly the same as we ran the year before."
Plus, NHRA kept the Pro Mod rules package intact for this season.
"They didn't change any of the rules," Coughlin said. "We're thrashing hard on horsepower and how to get it to the ground."
Coughlin and the team tested the JEGS.com Corvette this week in preparation for Gainesville.
"We're looking forward to going down there and putting some runs on it," Coughlin said. "It's running pretty good. We're making headway, and Steve, Bryan, Mike, Kyle, and all the guys are doing a good job, no doubt."
See more at: http://www.teamjegs.com/content/troy-coughlin-excited-start-2014-pro-mod-season
Lights Out V Results
Despite being cancelled by rain, Lights Out V at South Georgia Motorsports Park was packed full of hardcore racing action! We were lucky enough to be there to witness the excitement.
In Outlaw 275, long-time PLR racing team, Kevin Scott and Danny Hough, had a very successful out. Their 1965 Chevy II Nova with a twin turbo PLR SBC ran better than it ever has. They qualified #7 with a new personal best, 4.52@158mph and followed up with a stellar 165mph run on that little 275 tire. Scott made it to the 2nd round of eliminations but the rain put an end to the race. Congrats to Scott and Hough on their new achievements! It's great to see them out there!
The class that most of the record breaking crowd came to see was Radial vs the World, and for good reason. These cars are the quickest and fastest race cars on radial tires and several of our engine customers race in this ultra-competitive class. In fact, four drivers out of the top 10 qualifiers ran a Proline engine!
J.R. Gibson, driver out of Michigan, qualified at #25 with a 4.51@175mph and went on to a 1st round holeshot victory against Mel Nelson!
Rob Valden, driver of Andrew Alepa's PLR 481X-powered Mustang, took the #10 spot with a 4.33@181mph. They turned the power up in round 1 of eliminations, going 4.30@188mph!
The Crisafulli brothers came down from Maryland to try their luck on a radial tire. Steve Crisafulli drove the PLR 670-powered Corvette to the #6 qualifying spot with a 4.24@190mph, and went 422@190mph in an E1 victory over Dennis Bailey! This was only the second time out on radials!
Keith Berry and the Woooo Crew held the #4 spot, running a 4.21@181mph in the crowd favorite BMF Corvette!
"Big Daddy" DeWayne Mills and crew made the long trip from Oklahoma to take a crack at the Radial vs the World class. Mills went a new personal best, 4.17@190mph to take the #2 qualifying position! In the 1st and only round of eliminations, Mills went 4.18@190mph!
In short, the only true winner of this race was the rain. On the bright side, fans got a chance to see the fastest cars on radials lay everything ion the line. We wish we could have seen the finish, with Crisafulli, Valden, and Mills making huge progress with every pass, we were bound to see new records broken. Well, there's always the September race at SGMP!
For all of our video highlights click here!
Q80 Racing Team - First Turbo Car to the 3.50's
When the Q80 Racing team, led by team owner Sheikh Duaij Fahad Al-Sabah, tuner Steve Petty, and driver Eric Dillard of Proline Racing, pulled the wraps off their brand new twin-turbo Camaro last month, the world knew it was a matter of when, not if, the records began to fall. And after recording the first ever 3.6-second pass by a turbocharged doorslammer back in mid-December, another barrier dropped by the wayside today when Dillard blasted his way to a 3.59 at 216 MPH in Qatar, becoming the first and only non-supercharged door car to reach the 3.50’s.
The incredible number came today during testing at the Qatar Racing Club ahead of this week’s fourth round of the Arabian Drag Racing League season, in which Dillard currently sits second in the Pro Extreme standings after a pair of final round appearances at the season’s opening races. Having carded a 3.68 here in the states last month while shaking the new car down, the team departed for Qatar vowing to push their way into the fifties, and few doubted it could be done considering the equipment and the talent involved.
Petty and company steadily crept toward that mission, running 3.67 upon their arrival to push the world record even lower, later inching into the mid-3.60’s before clicking off a 3.62 and, most recently, a 3.60 that placed them on the brink of history. After an off-week, the team returned to the Qatar Racing Club and got it done, carding a .947 short time, 2.449 to half track, and a 3.592 at 216.62 MPH at the eighth-mile, reaching a performance level many couldn’t have imagined just a few short years ago and joining a club previously reserved for the sport’s elite screw-blown Pro Extreme doorslammers.
The Camaro, built by Jerry Bickel Race Cars and motivated by a Proline-prepped 481X big block powerplant with twin Precision turbos, is still in its infancy, and the sky would appear the limit for this team as they continent make laps. Is that 3.40’s we hear?
Crisafulli Blasts Into Drag Radial
Do you remember this car? This was John Carter's PLR 670-powered Outlaw 10.5 Corvette. Now, this is the Crisafulli Brothers new Outlaw Drag Radial Covette. Slapping on radial tires and removing the wheelie bars from Outlaw 10.5 cars seems to be a normal practice these days, and in many cases, an effective way to jump into the Outlaw Radial ranks. Either way, the Crisafulli Brothers have a badass ride for sure!
They brought the Vette down to the U.S. Street Nationals in Bradenton to see what their machine was capable of, and they were not let down! Steve Crisafulli ran a 4.33@191mph to take the #1 qualifier spot, low E.T. of the event, and high MPH of the event! He made it all the way to the semifinals where he lost in an extremely close, side-by-side race against Frank Menshaw (4.436 to a 4.437!)
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