PETE FARBER RACING CRC SPONSORED DAYTONA LOOKS TO MAKE A MOVE UP THE POINTS LADDER AT THE NHRA SPRING NATIONALS THIS WEEKEND
Baldwinville, MA – After a disappointing start of the season on the newly build Dan Page 69’ Dodge Daytona Pro Mod at the NHRA Gatornationals in March, the team decided to regroup and visit Pete Farber’s old stomping grounds, the NEOPMA (Northeast Outlaw Pro Mod Association) Door Wars event April 11-13 at Maryland International Raceway.
“We had chassis setup issues at the Gators and did not have a lot of testing time prior to the Gators as we just completed the car a few weeks earlier.” Farber said. “Going to the NEOPMA Door Wars event which is quarter mile and similar rules to NHRA gave us a chance to get the chassis right and compete with some great Pro Mods.”
Join Donnie Couch and Darr Hawthorne this week on Speed Scene Live TV, Tuesday night April 22. They’ll be talking nitro with IHRA president Scott Gardner about this season’s Nitro Jam series – with Scott New, Director of Firebird Raceway Operations about the upcoming Ignitor in Boise nitro funny car race and the NHRA Heritage Series. They will also have Chris Blair from Gateway Motorsports Park in St. Louis talking about his Nitro Rendezvous in May.
Donnie also has video interviews with winning midget and sprint car driver Damion Gardner from Perris Speedway, Robert Hight – President of John Force Racing and Don Schumacher Racing’s “Fast” Jack Beckman from the Frank Hawley Drag Racing School.
Tune in to SpeedScene Live TV, Tuesday night at 6:00 PM Pacific Time for the Donnie & Darr Nitro Report from the West Coast Funny Car Factory.
Shawn Langdon, Al-Anabi Racing Top Fuel Dragster (silver):
Reigning NHRA Mello Yello Top Fuel champion Shawn Langdon enters the O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Spring Nationals in fourth place in the current NHRA Mello Yello Top Fuel point standings; it is his highest points position of the season. He trails third-place Steve Torrence by 17 points and leads fifth-place Tony Schumacher by 14 points.
Langdon advanced to his first final round of the season earlier this month at the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals near Charlotte. Langdon defeated Terry McMillen and Steve Torrence in the first round and defeated Spencer Massey and Brittany Force in the four-wide semifinals. In the final, Langdon and Antron Brown posted identical 3.800-second passes, but Brown’s starting-line advantage got him to the finish line first. Langdon finished second in the four-car final round; the margin of victory was .015 seconds.
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Third-generation drag racer Troy Coughlin Jr. is rested and ready for the 2014 season’s first divisional race, which will take place this weekend at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis.
The son of two-time world champion Troy Coughlin and grandson of legendary hot rodder Jeg Coughlin Sr. will be competing in two different race cars in two separate categories, contesting Super Gas in his yellow and black JEGS.com Corvette roadster and Super Comp in his 2014 Miller-built JEGS.com
“Indy has a lot of history, not just for me but for my family as well,” Coughlin said. “As kids we came to this track a lot and I have some great memories here.”
Coughlin took home the D-3 Super Comp trophy at this event in 2010 and returned to the semifinals in 2012, so success at the track is not out of reach.
HIGHT LOOKING TO KEEP AUTO CLUB MUSTANG MOMENTUM ROLLING
HOUSTON, TX - With a streak of four final round appearances in a row heading into the O’Reilly NHRA Spring Nationals this weekend at Royal Purple Raceway Robert Hight and his Auto Club team are not taking anything for granted. The current Mello Yello points leader and two-time winner this season is looking to the site of his first professional win as another chance to just go rounds.
“This team is not looking at streaks or final round appearances. We want to get the most out of every run because we know Mello Yello championships aren’t won or lost at the beginning of the season. The regular season is very important and having a spot in the Traxxas Shootout locked-up and having the points lead are important goals for the Auto Club team,” said Hight.
“The most important thing for our team is to stay focused and work on getting the maximum benefit from every run. (Crew chief) Mike (Neff) needs the data so we can put a plan together for the Countdown and for the warmer weather races coming up. We are always working on these Funny Cars and you can’t sit still on a tune-up. I have so much confidence in this entire team and in the whole John Force Racing operation. We are definitely enjoying some success now but our goal is to win a championship for John Force Racing and for all our sponsors like the Auto Club, Ford, Castrol, Mac Tools, PEAK, BrandSource and Traxxas.”
No one is more supportive than Jack of his Dodge Charger R/T team led by crew chief Rob Flynn and assistant Terry Snyder.
And no one is more disappointed that they will arrive near Houston this weekend for the sixth Mello Yello event of the season ranked 10th in points with its last event title going back 33 races to September 2012, the year he won the NHRA Funny Car world championship.
HOUSTON, TX – GEICO/Lucas Oil Top Fuel dragster driver Richie Crampton is doing all he can to be the best he can be for his Morgan Lucas Racing team. This week, before heading to the O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA SpringNationals, that included a first-time visit with an eye doctor.
“I decided it would be a good idea to have them checked,” Crampton said. “It falls in line with all the other stuff that (team owner) Morgan (Lucas) has me working on to try to get better in general. That includes seeing a nutritionist and working out and all that.
“I train hard with PitFit (Training) to work on my physical fitness, and it’s an attempt to be better in any possible way to do the best job.”