LAS VEGAS – Six-time NHRA drag racing champion Jeg Coughlin Jr. will make his 2015 debut April 22-26 at the third annual K&N Spring Fling Vegas at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The 74-time national event winner knows he’ll be immediately tested at the event, billed as one of the largest and toughest bracket races in the country.
Six-time NHRA drag racing champion Jeg Coughlin Jr. will make his 2015 debut April 22-26 at the third annual K&N Spring Fling Vegas at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. “I’m picking one heckuva race to make my return,” Coughlin said. “Considering the level of competition that shows up at these events, I’ll certainly have my hands full from the get-go.
“I’m real excited about the dirt track coming back,” Gaither said. “I used to do a little racing back in the late 90s and so it’s definitely more my thing.”
As the general manager of FRS Powersports, Gaither also knows what his new partnership with MIR can do to broaden his customer base.
Tim Boychuk, winner of the previous IHRA Nitro Jam event in Baton Rouge, retained his No. 1 Qualifier status in AMSOIL Nitro Funny Car Presented By Aeromotive qualifying. New Yorker John Montecalvo did likewise in the U.S. Bounty Hunters Pro Stock class.
Japan’s Takeshi Shigematsu turned in a run of 6.393 sec./216.76 mph leaped from fourth to first in Nitro Harley qualifying. Puerto Rico’s Isaias Rojas, winner of last year’s Latin-American Sport Compacts Pro Mod event in Pennsylvania moved from fifth to first.
The first round of Southern Nationals qualifying ushered in the return of the Crower Pro Mod class to IHRA competition. The first pair of Pro Mod drivers on the starting line to mark the class’ heralded return were Jerico Balduf and Ruben Tetsoshvilt.
No. 1 Qualifiers include: Jimmy Keen (Crower Pro Mod), Tim Boychuk (AMSOIL Funny Car presented by Aeromotive), Bob Molloy (Nitro Harley), John Montecalvo (U.S. Bounty Hunters Pro Stock), Katarina Moller (Jet Dragster).
I have a list of things to refine,” said Johnny Ahten. “I am very impressed with the new car. The seating position is a little different so it’s going to take a few runs to get used to it. We used last weekend’s race as basically a test session. We will continue to sort it out and move forward. The good news is we didn’t hurt any parts and I feel confident if we calm the car down a bit we will be able to stick the tires and make some quality passes,” added Ahten.
2015 drag racing season gets underway May 15 at Grand Bend
We are just going to perform the usual maintenance on the car, noted team owner and driver Scott McCann. We have no major changes planned to the car, we do however plan to win some rounds.
Powered by a 437-cubic inch small block engine, the Top Dragster entry is a consistent qualifier with runs in the high-six-second range at speeds approaching 200 mph. The engine is fuelled with two 1050-cfm carburetors and tweaked with a Fulton nitrous system. A two-speed Hutch’s Transmission is coupled to the engine, which sits in a Fritz chassis.
The PSCA and Modular Mustang Racing are teaming up to save new racers some green at the remaining three events, including the upcoming race at Auto Club Dragway in Fontana, Calif. It’s simple; just purchase an NHRA tech card at the ticket booth after arriving at a PSCA race, then head to the PSCA trailer after parking. Then choose the appropriate class for your race vehicle and MMR will pick up the PSCA class fee. Email us at email@example.com for any questions
MMR was founded in 1993, specializing in the installation of Mustang-specific parts. The company would go on to lead in the field of Turbo-Charged Modular Ford technology, building race cars that would destroy drag racing records all over the country.