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JEGS racer T.J. Coughlin has history in his sights

Courtesy of Jegs

DELAWARE, Ohio – Third-generation drag racer Troy Coughlin Jr. will try to become the third member of the famous Coughlin racing clan to win an IHRA Ironman trophy at the upcoming Palm Beach Nitro Jam, which runs from Jan. 28-29 at Palm Beach International Raceway in southeast Florida.

“Uncle John won an Ironman in Darlington (S.C) back in 1984 and Uncle Mike won one at Marion County International Raceway (LaRue, Ohio) in 1992 so I think we’re overdue for another Coughlin to find the winner’s circle at an IHRA race,” said Troy Jr., known to most simply as T.J. “I would consider it a great honor.

“I really like the IHRA deal. It’s some great, friendly Sportsman racing with a Hollywood show aspect to it all. I love to race and it’s the next big event on the schedule so we’re heading that way.”

T.J. will enter the Quick Rod class with the same JEGS dragster he’s raced to multiple NHRA national and divisional victories. The car has a new look this year, sporting an all-yellow theme that Team JEGS will banner in 2011, and his powerplant has been tuned up for maximum performance.

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J.R. Todd and Alex Hossler To Appear On ADRL Drag Racing Live

Courtesy of ADRL 

O’FALLON, MO – Pro Extreme drivers and teammates J.R. Todd and Alex Hossler will be the featured guests on the American Drag Racing League’s (ADRL) weekly online show, “ADRL Drag Racing Live,” presented by Summit RacingEquipment.

The entertaining 60-minute show airs live every Thursday at 9 p.m. EST on the ADRL website, www.ADRL.us and also on www.blogtalkradio.com/adrldragracinglive. Every archived show is available on-demand on the ADRL website as well.

“ADRL Drag Racing Live” is hosted by ADRL Television personality Bret Kepner and ADRL Director of Media and Communications Josh Hachat. They break down the latest news and happenings in the ADRL and the Arabian Drag Racing League, and it is the only weekly show that is 100 percent devoted to the ADRL and Arabian Series.

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AJPE partners with Mike Janis & Jancen Racing for 2011 ADRL PX

Courtesy of Jance Racing

Elma, NY – Alan Johnson, owner of AJPE has recently forged an alliance with Mike Janis & Jancen Racing to develop our new 5300 Hemi Outlaw Pro Mod Engine.

An extensive test program is scheduled to begin soon with the first phase to be completed on the Jancen Racing dyno.

Next it will be onto the race track and into the fire, where Mike Janis & the entireJancen Racing Team will once again be “Battling for the Belts” in the always tough and challenging ADRL Pro Extreme class for 2011.

Please stay tuned for the latest 5300 Hemi updates from Mike Janis Racing & AJPE!

New engine/transmission help Darryl McMillen prepare for 2011 Quick 32 Series

Courtesy of Quick 32

GODERICH, ONTARIO – The 1963 Split-window Corvette of the TTK Transport Inc. team has received a new powerplant over the off-season, and team driver Darryl McMillen is hoping for a stronger showing in the 2011 Quick 32 Sportsman Series presented by NAPA Auto Parts when he takes to the track.
 
“We’re running the same chassis,” noted McMillen, “but we’ve got a better and faster motor along with a new tranny.”
 
The Top Sportsman team placed 11th in the Quick 32 Sportsman Series Championship Point Award Series standings in 2010. The team qualified for each event, and took some eighth and quarter-round finals.
 
The team placed 10th in the Championship Point Award Series in 2009, highlighted with a win in the Top Sportsman class during the September 19 race at the Cayuga Dragway of Toronto Motorsports Park that year and the overall victory for an event title with a 7.158-second, 189.60-mph posting.

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Jenkins Back On Track After Finals Appearance In Round Five At QRC

Courtesy of ADRL

DOHA, QATAR – After falling to Khalid Al-Balooshi during the Round Four semifinals in the Arabian Drag Racing League due to a red light, Shannon “Iceman” Jenkins was determined to see a different outcome in Round Five at Qatar Racing Club (QRC).

Jenkins made up for that in one regard, advancing to the finals for the third time this season in Qatar after qualifying in the No. 3 spot in a 3.87. He also got another crack at Al-Balooshi in an exciting Pro Nitrous matchup, with Jenkins hoping for a different result than the previous week.

There was no red light, but this one was just as frustrating, as Al-Balooshi had a .007 reaction time and a run of 3.83, slipping past Jenkins’ 3.81 that came with a .047 reaction time.

“We had a great race car and were making the runs we have been looking at for a while, but we just came up a bit short in the final,” Jenkins said. “That’s just racing. That’s why they call it drag racing.”

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GM Performance Parts to Auction First LSX454R Crate Engine

Courtesy of GMPP

GRAND BLANC, Mich. – GM Performance Parts (GMPP) will auction the first production LSX454R crate engine at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale event this month, with the proceeds going to the American Heart Association. 

The charity sale is scheduled for the evening of Friday, Jan. 21, and will be carried live on SPEED’s coverage of the Barrett-Jackson auction. The engine carries lot number 1032.1 and bids can be submitted at the auction in person or online.

“GM Performance Parts is thrilled with the opportunity to leverage our high-performance engine, the heart of a vehicle, to help prevent heart disease and stroke,” said Dr. Jamie Meyer, product integration manager for GM Performance Parts. “This sale gives the highest bidder the opportunity to buy the first production version of the most powerful small-block V-8 ever engineered by General Motors.”

“The American Heart Association is honored to work with partners like General Motors, who exemplify corporate citizenship,” said Heather Kinder, executive director for the Southeast Michigan American Heart Association. “This donation further defines GM’s commitment to improving the health of our community.”

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“ DIESEL” LOUIE FORCE VS ED RENCK, REINHART TONIGHT ON WFORADIO

Courtesy of WFO

HOLLYWOOD, FL. – “Diesel” Louie Force, older brother of 15 time NHRA Champ John Force and former Division 5 Top Fuel driver, Ed Renck will appear on WFO Radio to recap classic drag racing stories that have advanced them into the final round of the yearly CompetitionPlus.com War Story competition.

In addition, the NHRA’s Alan Reinhart will join Joe Castello, live at 7 p.m. ET on WFO Radio NHRA Tuesday. To listen live or on-demand following the show, go to WFORadio.com.

Louie Force, a veteran, former drag racer and wheelstander driver, famous for great stories from the early years of drag racing will recap the three stories that have advanced him to the final round. Each story features himself and a young John Force fighting to make it in drag racing.

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