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.
By Camp Stanley
Photos By Grant Stephens dragnews.com.au
Hagerstown, MD – The Nitro Champs at the stunning Sydney Dragway is the race to attend if you enjoy Australian drag racing. This is the next to the last round for the warriors of the quarter mile that reside all the way round the bottom side of the Earth as we know it. But it is also a race to attend if you are plying your wares in that very same drag racing industry.
And I got to attend at the request of two teams who I have been assisting for awhile. Over the course of time we have become very good friends, these entire teams and I. Those of you who follow the trials and tribulations of my world travels via this website will recognize the names of Wayne Keys from Perth and Mike Evans from Tasmania. I was off once again to see how well we could do against the best the country had to offer.
We did not have the good luck with the The Keys Family Racing Commodore as we did in Perth. The rains came both times we were in the lanes for qualifying and the track got cold which is something that this race car does not like at all. But the first round of eliminations brought a well deserved win and great incrementals on Wayne’s shutoff, save the index run. But the next round was not so kind to them.
Courtesy of ADRL
Instead, the talented tuner leaped right into the deep end.
Calling the shots for the two-car Pro Extreme Al-Anabi Racing team of J.R. Todd and Alex Hossler, Flynn boldly entered the biggest and fastest class in the American Drag Racing League (ADRL).
Success has followed – both in the ADRL and the Arabian Drag Racing League – and Flynn has enjoyed every step of the new journey.
“It’s been real satisfying,” said Flynn, who has been crew chief for the likes of NHRA standouts Kenny and Brandon Bernstein. “We put together a group of people we thought would get along well, but it was a pretty steep learning curve.
Courtesy of IHRA
SALT LAKE CITY, UT – It is a view unlike any other. Just beyond the grandstands that seat thousands of eager motorsports fans, just beyond the tasty concessions, miles of open pits housing many of the greatest drivers in drag racing and the state-of-the art facilities, exists a view that is worth the price of admission alone.
And it only exists at Rocky Mountain Raceways.
“It is sometimes hard to concentrate on the job at hand when you are looking down the track and all you can see are snow-capped mountains,” said Top Fuel driver and defending race winner of the Salt Lake Nitro Jam Bobby Lagana Jr. “There is simply no track out there quite like it. It is really something else when you pull onto the track, do a burnout and stage all in the shadow of these beautiful mountains.
“The racing at Rocky Mountain Raceways is always topnotch, but when you throw in such great fans and the wonderful backdrop that Salt Lake City provides it just makes this a unique and special place for us to race.”
Courtesy of PMRA, Quick 32 and PBSS
PORT COQUITLAM, BC – The Pro Modified Racing Association, the Quick 32 Sportsman Series, and the Pro Bike & Sled Series will once again be able to provide a strong and professional presence at event race tracks through the support of Impact Canopies Inc., the Preferred Canopy Supplier to the three drag race series.
“We greatly appreciate the support from Impact Canopies,” noted Bruce Mehlenbacher, Director of Operations for the three series. “Not only does Impact provide a first-class canopy shelter for our operations staff during race weekends, it also provides us with high visibility and instant recognition.”
Based just outside of Vancouver, BC, Impact Canopies has several locations throughout North America catering to groups in sporting, cultural, and charity events. Its involvement with the PMRA, the Quick 32 Sportsman Series, and the PBSS is its first venture into the motorsport world.
Courtesy of Quick 32
BUFFALO, NY – Dan Flanigan is one happy man these days. The Buffalo resident recently acquired a three-year sponsorship commitment for his Top Sportsman team in the Quick 32 Sportsman Series presented by NAPA Auto Parts.
“We just signed a three-year deal with NOCO Energy Corporation,” Flanigan said. “Everything went really well. This means a new truck, new trailer, and new uniforms.”
The driver of the Flanigan Racing Team 2002 Pontiac Firebird plans to compete in all the Quick 32 Sportsman Series events, and added the team just finished building the engine for the car.
“It’s a 632-cubic inch big block,” he said. “We’ve had it freshened up by Mike Janis, and we’re ready to go.