Courtesy of Jegs
ATLANTA, GA – Troy Coughlin certainly wasn’t expecting the reception he got from the fans at Atlanta Dragway Sunday afternoon as his JEGS.com turbocharged small block Pontiac GTO was being towed back to the pits.
“Coming back down the return road as we headed back to the trailer we actually got a standing ovation,” Coughlin said. “Lots of people were yelling out, ‘Small blocks rule!’ I thought that was kind of wild. This car has so much potential, and obviously some fan appeal as well.”
Coughlin rode crew chief Jake Hairston’s reliable tune-up to his first semifinal finish of the season in the Get Screened America Pro Mod Drag Racing Series. After beating first-round opponent Donald Martin with a season-best 5.965 at 248.11 mph on Saturday night, Coughlin managed to steal a holeshot victory away from Melanie Troxel in Sunday’s quarterfinals before a leak under his racecar during his semifinal round, prerace burnout cost him a chance to run for a spot in the finals.
Courtesy of Paul Smith Racing
Commerce, GA – The 2,000 mile flight from Las Vegas, Nev. to Commerce, Ga. was well worth it to Jon Capps.
He will make his second consecutive National Hot Rod Association Fuel Funny Car division start of the 2011 NHRA Full Throttle Series, when he squares off with Mike Neff, the current NHRA Funny Car point leader in the first round of eliminations during the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway.
Capps, from the 702 area code of Las Vegas, Nev. completed qualifying today under constant threatening skies. Prior to the third qualifying session, team owner Paul Smith made the decision to pull the car out of the session, as the team believed track conditions would not yield better performance than their stout 4.166 elapsed time recorded in the cool conditions of Friday evening. The team was also solidly qualified in the 16-car field, so the decision to save crucial parts for eliminations was made.
Courtesy of Paul Smith Racing
COMMERCE, GA – The Paul Smith Racing team, with versatile nitro driver Jon Capps behind the wheel, powered their way to a 4.166 second elapsed time and speed in excess of 291 miles per hour, en route to a provisional number 10 qualifying spot after day one of the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals contested at Atlanta Dragway. Both timing standards were career bests for Capps, who is competing in his second National Hot Rod Association National Event of the 2011 season.
Capps, the 41-year old admissions counselor for Wyotech and part-time stunt driver from Las Vegas, Nev., entered the final qualifying session after laying down a very smooth and consistent 4.279 elapsed time in Q-1 (first qualifying session).
“Paul tuned it up for a good baseline run in Q-1 and that’s exactly what the Beisenbach Inc. / Paul Smith Racing Monte Carlo laid down,” noted Capps. “When I hit the throttle, the car drove hot, straight and normal, just like a torpedo looking for a target. Paul is a master at getting a car down the track from A to B. The run also gave me another solid lap under my belt and we were confident we could improve vastly in Q-2.” Continue reading
Courtesy of Roy Hill Racing
COMMERCE, GA – For the second race in a row, Roy Hill is prepared to deliver a one-two punch to the competition in Super Stock, as he and veteran sportsman driver Grant Lewis will team up in a pair of Phoenix Racing 2010 Ford Mustang Cobra Jets at the 31st annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals.
The team had a solid outing at the 24th annual O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Spring Nationals held two weeks ago in Baytown, TX. Hired gun Dewayne Custer qualified number one and Hill took his Coca-Cola / Alsco Cobra Jet all the way to the semifinals. Hill and company will be looking to build upon that success and take it a step further at Atlanta Dragway.
“We’re going to have my longtime friend Grant Lewis in the second car this weekend, and it’s a perfect fit,” Hill said of the Jesup, GA racer. “He has a Comp car, and he’s a heck of a Super Stock racer too. I’m going to move over to the B/Automatic car and Grant is going to be wheeling the A/Automatic for this race. Team owner James Finch and myself handpicked him to drive the car this weekend, and he’s bringing Jacky Jones Ford along with him as an associate sponsor.”
Elma, NY – After posting a semi-final finish two weeks ago at the 24th annual O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Spring Nationals Mike Janis and his Aeroquip backed team have been busy attempting to learn all they can about their new US Transmission Quick Drive equipped B&J transmission.
“We’re running two cars this season and the only thing that’s the same between the two is the tranny set up,” said Mike Janis. “Every run we make we learn something. At the last GSA race we made some movement in our program and were able to take that to our other car. Now, I’m pretty confident that we can start to string some pretty good runs together and build from there,” added Janis.
Janis is quick to give credit for his new found performance to all that have helped with the transition from clutch to converter.
“Brian (Doan) and Mark Herbold of BDR have been a tremendous asset. Tony Eben from US Transmission Performance has given us a fantastic piece. LAT Racing Oils’ Danny Vaca really stepped up when it came to developing a totally new transmission fluid for us. His new tranny fluid runs cooler than anything we’ve come across. I can’t thank these guys enough for all their help. I just hope I can give them something in the way of a win soon,” said Janis.
Courtesy of WFO
HOLLYWOOD, FL. (May 11, 2011) – NHRA Pro Stock legend Warren Johnson and ESPN’s Mike Dunn join Joe Castello along with the NHRA’s Alan Reinhart on this week’s WFO Radio NHRA Tuesday. To listen now, go to WFORadio.com.
Warren Johnson, the NHRA legend in attendance this weekend at the NHRA Summit Racing Equipment Southern Nationals discusses his history in the sport, his season so far, including the first crash of his long career in testing earlier this year, and his views on the next great Pro Stock body design.
Mike Dunn, color commentator for ESPN’s Full Throttle Series coverage, makes his first appearance on WFO Radio to discuss his career in drag racing, the story lines of the 2011 season, and the coverage that ESPN provides to drag racing fans each week.
Courtesy of Paul Smith Racing
Commerce, GA – After a successful qualifying effort last week in Houston, Texas at the NHRA Springnationals, Jon Capps is east bound and down and will return to the seat of Paul Smith’s Monte Carlo Nitro Funny Car this weekend at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals contested at Atlanta Dragway in Commerce, Ga.
Capps, the 41-year old admissions counselor for WyoTech Automotive, Transportation and Technical College (http://www.wyotech.edu) from Las Vegas, Nev. has not come down for the virtual high of competing in the National Hot Rod Association’s premier Funny Car division for the first time since 2007. Although the Paul Smith owned and tuned Funny Car lost in a one round battle with perennial fan favorite Tim Wilkerson, Capps is convinced the Paul Smith Racing team can build off the positive momentum gained at Royal Purple Raceway last weekend.