CHARLOTTE – Six-time world champion drag racer Jeg Coughlin Jr. leads a strong contingent of talented JEGS-sponsored racers into this weekend’s ninth annual NGK Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals that will vie for wins in Pro Stock, Top Alcohol Dragster, Super Gas and Super Comp.
More importantly, the driver of the JEGS.com/Elite Performance Pro Stock Camaro will be racing with his family, as his teammates for this event consist of his wife Samantha, his nephew Troy Jr., and his niece Paige. The Charlotte group, which includes Jeg’s brother Troy, the father of Troy Jr. and Paige, who will be on hand to offer support, also will be rooting for 13-year-old Clay, who will be racing his Junior Dragster in Columbus with his dad Mike, the brother of Jeg Jr. and Troy.
Yes, there are many fast-moving parts to the Coughlin clan, and to a person, they wouldn’t want it any other way.
“Racing has always been a family affair for us,” Jeg Jr. said. “My three brothers and I grew up following dad (Jeg Sr.) around the Midwest when he was competing. That got all of us interested in the sport and in turn many of our kids enjoy racing these days.
Tonglet, of Metairie, La., will race the KPK/Nitrofish Suzuki as a teammate to WAR team owner and rider Jerry Savoie in all of the remaining NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series events. The championship duo combined for eight wins in 2017, with Tonglet winning six races and finishing third in the Pro Stock Motorcycle points standings.
“I’m thrilled to have a rider the caliber of LE as my teammate,” Savoie said. “It’s humbling to have sponsors believe in what we’re doing enough to support this program. I very much look forward to this weekend and all the other races ahead with LE.”
Tonglet added his thoughts: “We’re super excited to be back with White Alligator Racing. It’s going to be another great year. We had an awesome season in 2017, and we should be able to build on that.”
PORT ALLEN, LA — Perry Comeaux and Brian Hughes made history as the first winners of the new International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) Summit Sportsman Spectacular races Saturday at State Capitol Raceway.
Comeaux from Praireville, La., was the winner of Saturday’s Moser $10k race. Hughes from Diana, Texas was the winner of the LaQuinta Inn & Suites $5k race, which was moved up to Saturday night due to a wet weather forecast.
The IHRA Summit Sportsman Spectacular was created to produce a double-race weekend with increased purses that is affordable for grassroots, bracket-racing competitors who support their local tracks each week. Saturday’s action did just that.
Comeaux was presented an IHRA Ironman Trophy and a large championship check for $10,000 for his efforts. Brad Roberts of Carthage, Texas captured the $2,000 runner-up prize.
BAYTOWN, TX – The NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series came to town this past weekend at the NHRA SpringNationals at Royal Purple Raceway. Brenda Grubbs, Tim Snively, Lyndon Rutland, and Koy Collier celebrated with their teams in winner’s circle.
Grubbs, Magnolia, Texas, squared off against fellow Texan Craig Gualtiere of Amarillo in the Super Stock final round. Grubbs took the lead from the starting line and never looked back as she earned her second national event Wally trophy with a victory pass of 9.284 seconds, 138.47 mph. Gualtiere recorded a runner up pass of 9.691 seconds, 132.43 mph.
The Stock final round between Snively, Fayetteville Ark., and Brandon Bakies, Alexandria, La., came down the wire. Bakies took a small lead off the starting line, but Snively was able to catch and edge him for the victory peaking at 11.745 seconds, 110.84 mph. Bakies followed up at 11.091 seconds, 114.30 mph.
RICHMOND, VA – In the results from Virginia Motorsports Park and the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Justin Ashley, Plainview, N.Y., and Mathew Gill, Brockton, Mass., took home the wins in Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car respectively.
Ashley, worked his way through the field and ran 5.238 seconds at 277.89 mph in his final round victory over Jared Dreher, Clinton, Ind., who clocked in at 7.614 seconds, 120.22 mph.
Gill faced off against DJ Cox Jr., Whiteford, Md., and posted a winning run of 5.508 seconds, 268.22 mph in his ’16 Camaro. Cox suffered mechanical issues in his runner up finish.
In the MXI/Magnaflux Top Dragster and Top Sportsman presented by Select Performance it was a busy weekend for local racer Mark Payne, from Waynesboro, Va., who raced in both classes taking home victory in Top Dragster and a close runner up finish in Top Sportsman.
GALAX, VA – When two people pledge their love and agree to spend a life together, they never quite know what the road ahead holds, especially for couples in which drag racing is involved. The journey for Ricky and Michelle Furr has been full of life’s typical – and not so typical – ups and downs. With Michelle in the driver’s seat of various hot rods and Ricky crewing her to a respectable amount of NHRA, IHRA and other event wins, they’ve seen a fair amount of “for better” in their marriage.
Last year, however, there was quite a bit of “for worse”. After partnering with Marvin Benoit and Papa Motorsports and debuting the first C7 Corvette Roadster at the tail end of the 2016 season, 2017 followed with one bad break after another. New car blues hit, and, even when those weren’t plaguing the Furrs, they were often headed home early.
“New car blues hit us, silly little things,” Michelle explained. “When it wasn’t anything with the car, it was one of those years where if I had a .001 package, the guy in the other lane had a .000 package. If I had a .010 package, they had a .009 package. It was like that in Super Gas and in the dragster. I really began to doubt myself. Maybe I’d lost it. Maybe it’s just not meant to be.”
18th Annual CJ Pony Parts NMRA Ford Nationals Presented by Vortech Superchargers
The Keystone Automotive NMRA Ford Motorsport Nationals returns to Maple Grove Raceway for an action-packed weekend of racing May 4-6 as drivers of the world’s fastest Fords return to Eastern Pennsylvania for their only stop of the year in the Northeast.
Already the 2018 season has produced numerous record runs, and with good air usually around the first weekend of May in Pennsylvania, more of those records could be broken. Could we see the first-ever nine-second run in G-Force Racing Transmissions Coyote Stock? It could happen as drivers in this highly competitive sealed engine class have been running in the low-10’s already this year. Another class to keep an eye on is the new Steeda Limited Street class, an entry-level, single power adder class, which debuted at Bradenton back in March.
Racing however isn’t the only thing happening at Maple Grove Raceway the first weekend of May. Along with the great on-track action, there is also plenty going on off the track. Take some time to check out the Manufacturers Midway, where you can talk one-on-one with several performance parts manufacturers about their products for your ride. You can also stroll around the UPR Products All-Ford Car Show, as some of the nicest rides around will be on display both Saturday and Sunday, if you’re looking for some used parts, the Swap Meet may have exactly what you’re looking for.
Whether you’re into classic Ford or Modern Fords, show cars or 200 MPH Street Outlaws, the 18th Annual CJ Pony Parts NMRA Ford Motorsport Nationals Presented by Vortech Superchargers will be able to quench your thirst for all things Ford!