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DragStory to cover NHRA Division 2 Lucas Oil Series

BRADENTON, Fl – This weekend is the start of the 2011 NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing series with the season opening race at division two’s Bradenton Motorsports Park outside Bradenton FL.  DragStory.com will be on hand to cover the event from the first round of qualifying on Friday through the finals on Sunday afternoon. 

DragStory will cover all 5 Division 2 events in 2011.  “Expanding our photo journalism to the Lucas series is a natural progression of what we do at DragStory.com”, stated editor Mark Walter.  “We are dedicated to providing the highest level of visibility for sportsman racers across the world of drag racing.” 

As the old saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words.  With over 1.6 million page views of their event photo coverage since the website came on line in June of 2009, the old adage appears to be true.

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T.J.’s Championship Dreams begin Friday in Bradenton

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BRADENTON, Fl – Troy Coughlin Jr. is so focused on success in 2011 that he spent this past weekend at an old airstrip to make absolutely sure his JEGS.com Super Comp dragster is ready to fly at this weekend’s Division 2 season-opening Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Bradenton Motorsports Park.

The son of drag racing champion Troy Coughlin Sr. and grandson of Hall of Fame member Jeg Coughlin Sr., Troy Jr. — or T.J. as he’s known to friends — has designs on making a charge at both the NHRA Division 3 and overall national championships in 2011.

He knows this weekend’s race will decide the early tone of his season and he’s placed a large amount of importance on his performance.

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Davis Opens 2011 with Semi-Final Finish

Written by Ian Tocher

SUWANEE, GA – Just a couple of weeks ago Ronnie Davis was relaxing with friends and family at the National Hot Rod Association’s (NHRA’s) Division 2 banquet in Jacksonville, Florida. Seated with girl friend Michelle Dearing, Mike and Lisa Greg of Tracstar Satellite Systems, Brent Fisher of Goodyear Tires and daughters Michelle and Bridget, who both flew in from Houston to join the celebration, the Suwanee, Georgia-based golf cart dealer was savoring his second NHRA Div. 2 Top Sportsman championship.   

Not one to rest on his laurels, though, the man they call “The King” was back in action this past weekend in the Davis Golf Cart Sales Automatic Pro Mod class during the 7th annual U.S. Street Nationals at Bradenton Motorsports Park in south-central Florida, the first of five races he has planned over just six weekends.

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FORCE, HIGHT, FORCE HOOD, NEFF, REINHART TONIGHT ON WFO RADIO

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HOLLYWOOD, FL – John Force, Robert Hight, Ashley Force Hood, and Mike Neff with all make appearances tonight on WFO Radio following major announcements about the future of John Force Racing. In addition, the NHRA’s Alan Reinhart will join host Joe Castello, live tonight at 7 p.m. ET on WFO Radio NHRA Tuesday. To listen live or on-demand following the show, go to WFORadio.com.

On tonight’s WFO Radio, John Force will discuss major announcements made at the John Force Racing press conference, his family’s new addition, and the formation of a new John Force Racing entertainment subsidiary.

Robert Hight, the 2009 NHRA Funny Car Champion will discuss his promotion to President of John Force Racing, his sister in law’s big announcement, and the 2011 season.

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NASCAR’s Busch to make NHRA Pro debut at Gatornationals

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Gainesville, FL – Kurt Busch, driver of the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Dodge Charger in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, has announced that he will be making his NHRA Full Throttle Series debut at the 41st annual Tire Kingdom NHRA Gatornationals, March 11-13, at historic Gainesville (Fla.) Raceway.

The 2004 NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion will be competing for one of the 16 qualifying spots in the ultra-competitive Pro Stock class in the Shell Dodge Avenger for Allen Johnson and J & J Racing.

“Pro Stock is the tightest pro category as far as the elapsed time is concerned and it’s not going to be an easy task,’ Busch said.  “I feel me teaming up with Allen Johnson and the Mopar folks, we’ve given ourselves the best opportunity to make the show.”

Busch spent a good part of his busy offseason testing with Allen Johnson and he earned his NHRA Pro Stock license with an impressive best-pass of 6.576 seconds at 210.43 mph at Bradenton, Fla.

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NHRA CREATES NEW PROGRAM FOR 2011 SUPER STOCK AND STOCK CLASS ELIMINATIONS

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GLENDORA, Calif. – After reviewing feedback from the Performance Aftermarket Advisory Council (PAAC) and a majority of NHRA contingency sponsors, NHRA officials announced today the creation of an innovative program for Super Stock and Stock class eliminations, which will be introduced at select NHRA national events during the 2011 NHRA Lucas Oil Series season.

The new program will feature a 12-race class-eliminations schedule for Super Stock and Stock that will offer double contingency payouts at four of those events. A new bonus-points program will be instituted for the eight non-paying class-eliminations events, and season-ending contingency payouts will be awarded to two National Class Performers (stick and automatic divisions) in each category. Finally, to enhance competition in class eliminations, new stick and automatic combo classes will be created in Super Stock and Stock to group those classes that are represented by only one car.    

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