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Bridgeport, WV – The Extreme Pro Stocks return to action this weekend at ADRL Northeast Drags II presented by Penske on May 4-5 at Maple Grove Raceway in Mohnton, Pa. It is the third race of the 2012 season in the American Drag Racing League (ADRL), and the third of 10 races on the 2012 ADRL Tour. It is also the second time the ADRL has raced at historic Maple Grove.
Fresh off his Number one Qualifying elapsed time of 4.091 seconds at 176.05 miles per hour, John Deflorian is determined to keep the momentum going after running his career best time of 4.088 at Bristol Raceway . The Jerry Haas built 2012 Camaro has performed flawlessly since it’s debut at Royal Purple Raceway in March with the only runs on the car occurring in competition.
“That run was spectacular,” said DeFlorian, “We are absolutely blessed. I cannot thank Kevin Bealko enough for this opportunity. If it wasn’t for him I wouldn’t be out of here.”
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O’FALLON, MO – The American Drag Racing League (ADRL) makes its long-awaited return to historic Maple Grove Raceway with the ADRL Northeast Drags II presented by Penske on May 4-5. It is the third of 10 races on the 2012 ADRL Tour.
With new classes, a World Championship format and expanded family fun midway, there is considerable excitement and anticipation surrounding the world’s premier eighth-mile drag racing league as it returns to Maple Grove for the second time. The ADRL made its debut at the track in 2011.
Along with the highly-anticipated and revolutionary new SuperCar Showdown class, all of the ADRL’s professional classes will make compete at Maple Grove, including Pro Junior Dragster (PJD), Summit Racing Equipment Top Sportsman (TS), Aeromotive Fuel Systems Pro Modified (PM), Extreme Pro Stock (XPS), Pro Extreme Motorcycle (PXM), Mickey Thompson Extreme 10.5 (XTF), Pro Nitrous (PN) and Pro Extreme (PX), the quickest and fastest full-bodied, doorslammer class in the world.
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INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Mike Coughlin took a giant step towards his goal of qualifying for the NHRA North Central Division JEGS Allstars team with a strong semifinal finish at this weekend’s Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series opener at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis.
Coughlin drove his JEGS.com Chevy Cobalt to three crucial round wins before dropping a close race against eventual runner-up Brian Stultz. Coughlin had a competitive .022 reaction time and ran right-on his 6.77 dial-in, but Stultz was quicker with a nearly perfect .004 light and won the round by just three-thousandths of a second.
Despite the loss the Stultz, Coughlin earned enough points with his performance to pass Donald Horne for the lead in the standings for the JEGS Allstars event, which will take place on June 30 at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Ill.
“I just got whipped by Brian, there’s no other way to put it,” Coughlin said. “I lost a good, close race. This class is tough and you’re going to have those races now and then. Losing was tough but I took over the lead for the JEGS Allstars, which is exactly what we wanted to do. That’s been my goal all along. I really want to be part of the Division 3 team this summer.”
Coughlin was especially pleased with the performance of his yellow and black Chevy, especially after qualifying in the No. 2 spot with a 6.70 seconds at more than 208 mph.
Courtesy of PMRA, Quick 32 and PBSS
CAYUGA, ON – The teams have been working hard during the off-season and the fans are ready for the opening round in the 2012 Pro Modified Racing Association, the Quick 32 Sportsman Series, and the Pro Bike & Sled Series.
Racers had spent the past few months updating, modifying, and everything else to get more power from their racecars. Along with several new teams in the three drag race series, many are returning for the starting race of the year, the Victoria Day Weekend Challenge to be held May 18-20 at the Cayuga Dragway of Toronto Motorsports Park.
Qualifying sessions will take place Saturday, May 19, with elimination rounds scheduled to begin Sunday, May 20.
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LANCASTER, NY – The Joe’s Transmission TNT Super Series (TNTSS) will kick off the 2012 season this Friday May 4th – in the same way it has for the past six years – on the 1/8th mile at Dunn Tire Raceway Park in Lancaster, New York.
Presented by Autos Direct Of Buffalo, the season opener is a welcome sight after a long, cold off-season. And for most, it can’t happen soon enough. “These guys have been chomping at the bit to get back on the racetrack,” said Ted Barnes, TNTSS director. “And with the increased racer payouts along with the new contingency postings, they are going to earn even more!”
Last year’s event was won by Macedon, New York’s Gary Stowell. Gary will bring his Vega back to TNTSS competition in 2012, along with many TNTSS regulars from across western New York and southern Ontario.
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Danny Rowe put down the fastest elapsed time for a winner in the quarterfinals of the NHRA Spring Nationals at Royal Purple Raceway, ending Coughlin’s day. Rowe made a pass of 5.954 seconds at 245.45 mph to beat Coughlin’s 6.041 at 247.53 mph.
“Everything worked like it’s supposed to,” Coughlin said. “We backed up from the burnout and got lined up straight, just like we always do. No issues. We pulled up and staged, and he had a fantastic light. We were not too far behind, but we just got out-ran. Bottom line. I saw a lot of black Camaro out there.”
Coughlin’s turbocharged ’68 Camaro won in the first round Saturday evening, beating Leah Pruett on a holeshot. Coughlin and crew chief Steve Petty continue to look for speed out of the car, which is in its first full season.
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HOUSTON, TX – Jeg Coughlin Jr. is used to winning races and claiming world titles, not failing to qualify for national events as he did this weekend in Houston. It was the five-time series champion’s second DNQ of the year.
“We’re big boys so we’ll face this head on,” Coughlin said from the JEGS.com/Mopar Dodge Avenger pit. “This is definitely not what we had on the script for this weekend. We came in here with high hopes after getting to the semis at the last race in Charlotte. We had made what we thought were good changes with the chassis and we had another new motor we were excited to run. It just didn’t work out.”
The weekend started on a decent note as Coughlin opened with a 6.634 at 209.85 mph that placed him 10th overall. Unfortunately, that turned out to be his best run of the meet as he experienced tire shake in Q2 and Q4 and only went 6.661 in Q3.