Winning Top Sportsman team of Wilson & Gray ready to defend title

INGERSOLL, ON – When things are working well, leave it alone.

Wilson-GrayAfter winning the Quick 32 Sportsman Series Championship in 2013, the Top Sportsman team of Wilson & Gray plans no big changes for the upcoming season.

We’re not doing too much new, said team owner and driver Rob Gray, who along with Bill Wilson drives the 2002 Chevy Cavalier in the NAPA Auto Parts-sponsored series. We will freshen up the car a bit, but we plan on using the same set-up as last year.

Wilson and Gray share driving duties with the car, and the team has always been a solid and consistent performer in Quick 32 Sportsman Series competition. And last year the team took home the title.

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Bob Nagy returns to Pro Modified racing with new Corvette

WELLAND, ON – After several years, Bob Nagy is getting back behind the wheel of a Pro Modified.

Bob NagyThe Welland, Ontario native will take to the track this season in Pro Modified Racing Association competition with a new 2014 Corvette Pro Modified, just finished in time for the season opener.

We will definitely be ready for Grand Bend, noted Nagy, who has drag raced since 1965. I want to get out with the car now for some testing and a feel for things.

While he may be a PMRA rookie, Nagy is no stranger to the class. He started in Pro Modified when it was in its infancy in 1993 with a 1991 Corvette, touring the tracks with the likes of Mike Janis and the Grainy Brothers. His car was one of the first in the class to be supercharged, and he was the first to hit the magical 200-mph mark with an automatic transmission during this time.

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For five-time world champion Coughlin, it all started in Houston

HOUSTON, TX – JEGS.com/Mopar Dodge driver Jeg Coughlin Jr. has cemented his place among the NHRA elite with a long, brilliant Jeg Coughlin Jr. won his first professional event title at the 1997 Houston race.career.

His five Pro Stock championships and 56 professional national event victories put Coughlin in any discussion about NHRA’s best drivers, and he’s a long way from being done with his time behind the wheel. And it all started in Houston just a little more than 16 years ago.

In 1997, Coughlin had established himself as one of the top Sportsman drivers in NHRA, winning in three different classes that season. He announced he would get his feet wet and turn pro for the final three races of the year to maintain his rookie status for the following season, making his debut in Dallas.

The son of high-performance-parts magnate Jeg Sr., Coughlin won his first professional round in Dallas, but Houston was another story. He beat Mike Thomas in the first round, Steve Schmidt in round two, and Mike Bell in the semifinals to reach the final round.

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TNT Super Series DRIVER OF THE YEAR award returns in 2014 with Performance Improvements and Royal Purple

TORONTO, ON – The Joe’s Transmission TNT Super Series is pleased to announce its popular Driver Of The Year award will return in 2014. After a successful launch in 2013, this one-of-a-kind prize is catching people’s attention in the sportsman ranks.

The Performance Improvements DRIVER OF THE YEAR, lubricated by Royal Purple will go to the driver with the best overall winning package during the entire 2014 TNTSS season. The winner will receive a 2015 Royal Purple sponsorship including product valued at $2500.00 and a merchandise valued at $500.00.

According to TNTSS Director Ted Barnes, this award is different for the drag racing community. “Essentially we take the best 7 runs for all drivers who attend a minimum of 8 races. Only round wins that are green on the tree and on the good side of the index count.”

Pay close attention to the rules for this award as bye runs count. See http://www.tntsuperseries.com/rules.htm#DOTY for full details.

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Booher Starts Season with Four-Wide Runner-Up

CONCORD, NC – As he anticipated, Top Alcohol Dragster driver/tuner Brandon Booher started his 2014 season in the same way he Brandon Booher - 2014 - 4-Wideended his last season; running in the low five-thirties and racing to the final round. The Champaign, Ill.-based driver overcame powerful A/Fuel competitors and parts breakage to persist through eliminations at the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMax Dragway near Charlotte last weekend.

Booher made a statement in the opening qualifying session, posting a 5.324/274 MPH blast down the race track. He backed it up with consistent 5.330 and 5.327 elapsed times during the later two qualifying sessions, but it was his first run of the season that was good enough to place him sixth in the field of nitromethane-injected A/Fuel dragsters.

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Tenth annual Mr. Aruba race raises more than $10K for JEGS Foundation

DELAWARE, OH – Mike “Mr. Aruba” DeChicco has been hosting his charity drag race for several years, and the 2014 edition will go down as the most successful to date.

The 10th annual Mr. Aruba “Winter Nationals” Bench Race and Charity Challenge raised more than $10,000 for the JEGS Foundation, bringing the total raised by DeChicco and Jane Graebner to nearly $40,000.

“I was able to attend this year’s event and I sure had a lot of fun,” reigning world champion Pro Stock racer Jeg Coughlin Jr. said. “The racing was great, the bench racing was epic, and the trash-talking was world class. These folks know how to have fun, and we continue to be so honored that they honor the JEGS Foundation and make these incredible contributions each year.”

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Antron Brown, Robert Hight, Jimmy Alund, Andrew Hines, Dan Pomponio, Michalek Bros. Racing, and Alan Reinhart on WFO Radio

HOLLYWOOD, FL – zMAX Dragway 4-Wide NHRA Nationals winners Antron Brown, Robert Hight, Jimmy Alund, Andrew Hines, WFO RadioDan Pomponio, and the Michalek Brothers all join host Joe Castello, along with the NHRA’s Alan Reinhart, on WFO Radio Nitro. To listen now, go to http://www.wforadio.com or click “latest show” button.

Top Fuel winner, Antron Brown, talks about his second win of the season, discusses his thoughts on doing “more 4-Wide” drag racing in the future, and his double holeshot victory in the final round.

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