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BRISTOL, TN – The last time Troy Coughlin won an event at Bristol Dragway he was awarded the largest cash prize of his career. This time through, the world champion drag racer would be happy with a simple little statue — the special-edition 60th anniversary pewter Wally awarded to the winner of the Get Screened America Pro Mod Drag Racing Series event to be held in conjunction with this weekend’s Ford Thunder Valley NHRA Nationals.
“We won the Winston Showdown and earned $50,000,” Coughlin said of his Y2K triumph in Pro Stock. “That was a cool deal, for sure, but that was more than 10 years ago. It’s time to make some new Bristol memories and winning our first Pro Mod race of the season and getting one of those rare Wallys would be very special.”
Racing crew chief Jake Hairston’s twin turbocharged 2008 Pontiac GTO until his new car is ready, Troy has become a bit of a cult hero on tour this year as he pits his small block machine up against the giant motor combinations of his rivals. But after posting a few competitive 5.9-second passes, he’s become more than just a sideshow.
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Fallon, NV – Mid way through the 2011 drag racing season, Chris Demke and the Top Alcohol Dragster Team of Maddern are making their way 63 miles east of Reno to compete at Top Gun Raceway. This event marks the teams seventh appearance this year.
The Peen Rite / Clean Boost Performance Oil Team goes into this race as the Division 7 points leader as well as the Division 7 Jegs Allstars points leader and holding strong in 3rd place within the National Points Chase.
“We’ve done pretty well so far this year” notes Demke, “we have a good, consistent race car and we are very hungry to improve our position within the National Championship Points Series.
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CHICAGO, IL – Mike Coughlin will be looking to extend his lead in Top Sportsman’s North Central Division points standings when he brings his powerful 200-mph JEGS.com Chevy Cobalt to this weekend’s Division 3 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Route 66 Raceway.
“We got off to a great start this year with the win in Indy, now the challenge is to see if we can pick up where we left off and then maintain that pace for the rest of the season,” said Coughlin, who already has two Top Sportsman D3 championships to his credit. “I like the fact that we are heading to Joliet for this race because it is one of my favorite tracks. It is an extremely nice facility and I’ve had some success there in the past. It’s a track that is very friendly to fast cars.”
Coughlin won the Super Comp class at Route 66 Raceway in 2005 and returned in 2007 to claim the Top Sportsman title.
Since his last race, Coughlin and his JEGS Mail Order crew, including Greg Cody and Tony Collier, have done little more than routine maintenance to the team’s Jerry Bickel-built Cobalt. Coughlin believes the car is as good as it can be heading into the race.
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HOLLYWOOD, FL – NHRA Supernationals winners Spencer Massey, Mike Neff, Allen Johnson, and Matt Smith all join Joe Castello along with the NHRA’s Alan Reinhart, on WFO Radio NHRA Tuesday. To listen now, go to WFORadio.com.
Spencer Massey, won back to back races for the first time in his NHRA Top Fuel career with a victory over Del Worsham. Massey talks about his race, how things “slow down” once you’ve made laps in a Top Fuel car, and the true reason winning is so important.
John Force Racing, Funny Car driver, Mike Neff celebrates his Englishtown victory and his fourth final round in a row. Neff discusses how his past motorsports experience is helping him in find driving success in Nitro Funny Cars.
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“With three older brothers and a racing father, the day the ‘National Dragster’ came was the highlight,” said Jeg Coughlin Jr. “We looked forward to it and fought over who got to read it first or you would hear “wait don’t turn the page I am not done reading”; since more than one was reading at a time. I’d sit there and pretty much read it from cover to cover when it was my turn.
“It still holds true to this day.”
The June 10 issue of “Dragster” is going to send even more excitement through the Coughlin clan and JEGS Mail Order headquarters because it commemorates Jeg Coughlin Jr. becoming the first person to collect national event wins in six different classes in the 60-year history of the NHRA.
“It wasn’t anything I ever set out to do,” Coughlin said. “It just kind of unfolded that way and it’s nice to be a part of a unique piece of history.”
Courtesy of: Mike Janis Racing Inc.
Photos By: Allen Dobbs
Englishtown, NJ – Mike Janis is about as old’ school a racer as they come. Janis has raced nearly his entire life, following in the footsteps of his father, James Janis Sr. Since his childhood just outside of Buffalo, NY Janis has done nothing but dream of the moment he can lift a Wally in victory. This weekend the Lancaster, NY engine builder came oh, so close. (The Wally is the trophy awarded to winners of an NHRA national event. While the trophy is named after NHRA founder Wally Parks, the Wally trophy does not feature Parks himself, but is rather modeled after Top Gas racer Jack Jones.)
Janis started his run to the NHRA Get Screened America Pro Modified finals on Friday with an impressive qualifying lap of 5.837 at 246.57 miles per hour, a personal best for Janis. From there the team felt they had a good hold on the fast Englishtown surface.
ENGLISHTOWN, NJ – After a season-best result at the last stop of the Get Screened America Pro Mod Drag Racing Series, Troy Coughlin was pumped up about this weekend’s 42nd annual NHRA SuperNationals. But some gremlins in his JEGS.com Pontiac’s electronics left him outside the elimination field with a best pass of just 6.083 seconds at 238.60 mph, .079 seconds off the necessary pace.
“We worked really hard to come here and compete in these NHRA races, and when you have little gremlins come up and bite you here and there, it can put you back a little bit,” said Coughlin, a past winner at the Englishtown event. “The JEGS.com team is strong and we’ll get past this. We’ll go back to the shop, regroup, and make sure we’re 100-percent ready for Bristol in two weeks.”
Coughlin and crew, who posted a first-of-its-kind 5.95-second run in their small-block GTO in Georgia, put some new computerized batteries into service this weekend and Coughlin is pointing to the new apparatus as the probable cause of their issues at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park.