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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 email@example.com! 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 firstname.lastname@example.org!
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 email@example.com! Wooooo!
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.
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