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Manners and ‘Shredder’ team claim first Pro Fuel Dragster title

Courtesy of IHRA

NORWALK, OH – Talk about having a bad case of déjà vu.  Two years in a row Michael Manners was forced to relive the exact same moment in time against the same man for the same prize, but this time Manners was able to do just enough to change history in his favor.

Entering the final race of the 2011 Nitro Jam season, Michael Manners traveled to Martin, Mich. with just a handful of points separating himself and rival Bill Evans in the battle for the Pro Fuel Dragster crown. And just like the year before, the chase for the championship came down to the same two drivers in the exact same scenario with the top driver of the weekend walking away the champion.

Manners drove “The Shredder” Pro Fuel Dragster to his first Nitro Jam championship in 2011

Last year Evans proved victorious in the final pass of the season to win the inaugural Pro Fuel championship, but in 2011 Manners was able to do just enough to hang on to the top spot and exit U.S. 131 Motorsports Park with his first career championship behind the wheel of the insanely popular “Shredder” nitro-powered dragster.

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Coughlin and JEGS team gaining ground on new Pro Mod

Courtesy of Jegs

CHARLOTTE, NC – Troy Coughlin and the JEGS.com Pro Mod team are anxious to continue their learning curve with their new racecar at this weekend’s O’Reilly Auto Parts Nationals at zMax Dragway.

Coughlin unveiled the Jerry Bickel-built ’68 Camaro at Indianapolis in the most recent race, and he qualified No. 10 before falling in the first round. The JEGS.com Chevrolet has a 504-cubic inch engine with a Precision Turbo turbocharger, a combination that is relatively new to the Pro Mod class.

“It should be a little better,” Coughlin said of this weekend’s race. “When we go to Charlotte, we will have improved, unless we found other things that need to be tuned. It’s kind of a work in progress. This is not brand new, but it’s still a pretty new combination.”

Crew chief Jake Hairston and the rest of the JEGS.com team – Bryan Metzenheim, Nick Gaylord and Mike Rees – continue to learn the car. Finding the right combination to go fast is difficult in any NHRA class, but the Pro Mod cars seem to be the most recalcitrant.

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Jeg Coughlin Jr. the big winner for Team JEGS at No Problem Raceway

Courtesy of Jegs

BELLE ROSE, LA – Five-time champion drag racer Jeg Coughlin Jr. led his team’s efforts at the third annual Moser Engineering Great American $50,000 Bracket Race by winning Saturday’s American Race Cars Shootout.

Coughlin’s nephew Troy Coughlin Jr. (T.J.) also ran well over the weekend, as did Jeg’s new bride Samantha Coughlin.

Still it was the veteran Jeg who made the biggest splash with his victory in the Shootout, which awarded the winner a 2011 American Race Cars dragster, a car that was sold on the spot to an interested buyer.

“I actually wasn’t planning on running the Shootout but my buddy Mitch Cleary from Over Kill Motorsports talked me into it and put up the $1,000 entry fee so I gave it a whirl,” Jeg said. “Five rounds later we had it done.

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MARK WILKINSON NAMED DIRECTOR OF MOTORSPORTS DEVELOPMENT, DMC RACING

Courtesy of DMC Racing

Halifax, MA – DMC Racing, a full-service chassis construction facility located inMassachusetts, is proud to announce the hiring of legendary chassis builder and fabricatorMark Wilkinson.  The hiring, announced this morning, will help to propel DMC Racing’s already-robust business to yet another level, while continuing to provide DMC’s customers with the level of expertise that has won multiple championships in many different racing organizations.

Wilkinson has thirty years of experience in doorslammer chassis construction, fabrication, and manufacturing, which will prove to be a huge asset to the DMC team as they move forward with their next step towards world domination in the small-tire drag racing ranks. 

 Plans are underway for a reorganization of the DMC Racing facility; this expansion will include adding the necessary manufacturing capability to produce Wilkinson’s signature race-winning components. In addition, the DMC Racing team will benefit from Wilkinson’s vast expertise and knowledge base – the type of knowledge that can’t be purchased, only learned through trial-and-error and hands-on immersion at the racetrack.

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Boland, Orr, and Glinny win season finals at TMP’s Cayuga Dragway

Courtesy of PMRA, Quick 32 and PBSS
 
CAYUGA, ON – The sixth and final race was completed yesterday in the Pro Modified Racing Association, the Quick 32 Sportsman Series, and the Pro Bike & Sled Series at the Cayuga Dragway of Toronto Motorsports Park today, and winners were declared in each series.

The champions in each of the drag racing series were also determined after this event.

Winning his second PMRA race of the year was Bruce Boland of Stoney Creek, Ontario.

The 1941 Willys driver qualified number two in the field and met up with number one qualifier Eric Latino of Whitby, Ontario, in the final. Latino fouled at the line, and Boland went on to record a 5.943, 240.08 winning run.

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Roush Yates Races for IHRA Championship

Courtesy RoushYates
 
Mooresville, NC Drag racing is relatively new to the world-class engineers at Roush Yates Engines, but the program has already made significant gains in giving racers the same power and performance viewed each week on the NASCAR circuit. Drag racers such as Roy Hill, Steve Corker, and Ronnie Davis have found Roush Yates Engines to be the advantage they need to win at the track each week.

Steve Corker has been racing his Roush Yates-powered engine all season and was announced as the IHRA Division 9 Championship in Quick Rod Eliminator this weekend. Corker will race his 565 Big Block Chevy in the Summit Racing Tournament of Champions next month in Virginia.

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Taylor Heads Dragstock VIII Winners List

Courtesy of ADRL

ROCKINGHAM, NC – Frankie Taylor found the perfect birthday present for his wife – an American Drag Racing League (ADRL) win at Rockingham Dragway on Saturday.

The defending Pro Extreme world champion wrapped up Dragstock VIII in thrilling fashion, going 3.622 at 210.47 miles per hour to knock off Jason Scruggs before a capacity crowd in the finals of the ADRL’s biggest annual race.

That it came on his wife Cindy’s birthday made it all even more special.

“This just became a very happy birthday for my wife now,” Taylor said. “This makes her day.”

Saturday started with a special and poignant memorial service for former Extreme Pro Stock driver Bert Jackson, who was killed in a tragic race accident during qualifying on Friday.

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