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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!
Troy Coughlin Wins Big in St Louis
ST. LOUIS (Sept. 30) – Every year Troy Coughlin buys a box of cigars in anticipation of winning a national event in the NHRA Pro Mod Series presented by ProCare Rx. After defeating Danny Rowe in the finals of the AAA Insurance for his first Pro Mod win since 2005, it was finally time to break the seal.
"We've been saving these babies for a while," Coughlin said as a broad smile came across his face. "I was hoping we'd pick up a couple more wins this year but it's not for a lack of effort.
"The win hasn't sunk in 100 percent yet. I do know we're pretty excited here."
Coughlin beat Rickie Smith, Leah Pruett and Pete Farber before crossing paths with Rowe in one of the most herky-jerky final rounds the class has seen in a while.
With the trophy on the line, Coughlin's JEGS.com turbo Chevy Camaro started up and rolled to with waterbox without issue. Rowe's car fired up, sounded all wrong and was shut off on the line. Ever the sportsman, Coughlin was willing to wait, but was instructed to move forward and do his burnout by an NHRA official.
"It's always a better show when you have two cars competing," Coughlin said. "We try to be good sportsmen and didn’t want anything for free. But when the NHRA was telling me to go ahead and start doing the burnout, I kind of had to follow their lead.
"Fortunately, (Rowe's team) fixed their problems pretty fast, so we were able to get a good race off after all."
When they finally lined up, there was a slight moment of anxiousness when it looked like the JEGS.com turbo didn’t want to stage. But it finally turned on both bulbs and took the green light cleanly.
"We were on the lucky end of the stick and made a great run," Coughlin said. "When I let the button go at the starting line in the final, I knew it was over when I didn’t see him, because those blower cars accelerate fast. From then on, I just focused on making a clean run.
"It was just our time to win, finally."
Coughlin got off the line first and sailed through to a pass of 5.873 seconds at 257.58 mph, his best lap of the weekend. Rowe sputtered at halftrack and finished in 6.732 seconds at 179.42 mph.
"My guys Steve Petty, Bryan Metzenheim, Mike Rees, Nick Gaylord and all the folks back at JEGS.com deserve all the credit," Coughlin said. "Pro Line, our engine shop, has given us a fantastic power all year. We beat a five-star team today."
The JEGS.com Camaro was firing straight and true all weekend. In the quarterfinals against Pruett, Coughlin was off the line first and won on a holeshot. His .032-second advantage paired with a pass of 5.922 seconds at 236.75 mph was enough to overcome Pruett's 5.912-second lap at 251.58 mph.
In the semis, Coughlin was off the line first again and rolled to a 5.930 at 252.99 mph, with Farber finishing with a 6.041 at 243.68 mph.
Coughlin said winning this Wally trophy ranks among his favorite moments in racing.
"It's right up there with the with $50,000 shootout in Bristol and the $50,000 Street Car Shootout at the Big Dog race," he said. "This is pretty cool stuff."
And the season is far from over for Coughlin. He moved into third place in the Pro Mod standings; one point behind second place and 42 points out of the lead.
"Going into the last race out in Vegas with this kind of momentum is important," he said. "There are still some spots up for grabs and everything is still pretty tight. Any time you can go to the end of an NHRA season and be in the running for a top three for four spot in your class, that's saying something."
The NHRA Pro Mod Series season concludes at the Big O Tires NHRA Nationals, Oct. 25-28, at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Robbie Clark's Twin Turbo C5
Last week we posted an article featuring Robbie Clark's PLR 427ci LS engine. This week, we wanted to give you an up-close and personal look at Clark's IRS Twin Turbo C5 build. The boys at Bell Chassisworks are hard at work right now getting Clark's convertible race ready! Along with his PLR 427ci LS engine, Clark decided to install twin 88mm Precision turbochargers to make upwards of 3000hp!
Please stay tuned for updates as this project gets closer to completion!
Tim Lynch Wins Yellowbullet Nationals 2012
After almost a year of sitting, watching, and waiting, Tim Lynch and Steve Petty got their Outlaw 10.5 Corvette back together and on the track just in time for the 3rd Annual YellowBullet Nationals! With an Outlaw 10.5 field of 37 cars, this race has become a favorite for fans and racers alike. Lynch came into this race ready to take another win back to Team South.
With Steve Petty out of town at the NHRA US Nationals, tuning duties were assigned to Eric Dillard. They started the event off with a pass of 4.19@185mph to take the #4 qualifier spot! Lynch's path to the finals was loaded with tough competitors, such as Frank Pompilio, Anthony DiSomma, and Charlie Dolbin. He made his way to the finals where he faced the driver who held low E.T. of the event, Billy Gordon. As the tree dropped, Gordon cut a near perfect light with a .001, but had problems and had to let out as Lynch drove to an easy final victory.
Here is a breakdown of each round:
|Rd1 Win vs. Frank Pompilio||.056||4.179||187.00|
|Rd2 Win vs. Lou Sciortino||.057||4.158||185.87|
|Rd3 Win vs. Anthony DiSomma||.051||4.162||186.23|
|Rd4 Win vs. Charlie Dolbin||.044||4.234||166.90|
|Finals Win vs. Billy Gordon||.034||4.939||150.60|
This turned out to be a great welcoming back race for the Lynchmob Racing Team as they start where they left off last year. Congrats to Tim, Eric, John, Kelly, and D.J.. And a BIG thanks to Steve and Robert Crisafulli for all of their help!!!
Busato Sets Brazilian Pro Mod Record!
The drag strip at Velopark, in Nova Santa Rita, Brazil, was the site of Pro Line Racing powered Pro Mod action! Our friends in Brazil have been anticipating this race and invited Pro Line Racing's own, Eric Dillard to take on tuning duties.
The first task on their list was to set the new Brazilian Pro Mod record which stood at 7.451@182mph. Roderjan Bustato, owner and driver of the red 1968 Camaro, had a record setting weekend which started with a 6.34@232mph pass to take the record! Busato moved on to the next round and went 6.26@232mph.
On his final pass, Busato showed everyone there that his new PLR 481X powered Camaro is just getting started as he barreled down the track to a 6.17@250mph! This stands as the new Brazilian Pro Mod record! The crowd at this race went wild as the Camaro became the fastest doorslammer in Brazil! This was an awesome moment for these guys, and the crazy thing is, this is only the beginning. We all know what this combination is capable of! Congrats to Busato and the entire Busato Racing team!
Keith Berry's 2002 ODR Corvette
Keith Berry's latest creation is still in the works and nearing completion, but it has come a long way from the record setting 2002 IRS ZO6 Corvette that we once knew. His car underwent numerous modifications to become the Outlaw Radial car that it is today! The BMF Motorsports Corvette will feature the PLR 468ci LS engine with twin 88mm turbos. Keep an eye out for Berry and his Corvette as he tries to become the fastest ever with an LS engine.
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