Courtesy of Jegs
ENGLISHTOWN, NJ – The plan that Troy Coughlin drew up at the beginning of the NHRA Pro Mod Series presented by ProCare Rx season for his turbocharged JEGS.com Chevy Camaro finally took shape on Sunday at the Toyota NHRA Super Nationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park.
Coughlin finished runner-up to Danny Rowe in the finals, but more importantly the car and team functioned near flawlessly in the effort.
“These guys have been thrashing like mad to get the car to go straight on all four wheels,” Coughlin said. “We were able to keep it under control and manage the power today. They gave me the best car they could give me.
“This is the way I envisioned we’d start the season off, but it’s just taken a little while to get to where we’re at. I couldn’t be happier with this effort.”
Courtesy of ADRL
MADISON, IL – With the grand re-opening of Gateway Motorsports Park and the American Drag Racing League’s (ADRL) return to its home track serving as the backdrop, Pro Extreme driver Mick Snyder continued one of the best recent runs in class history at the Gateway Drags IV presented by CarSafe.
Consistently running in the 3.60s as part of a picturesque weekend in St. Louis, Snyder and his Powersource Transportation Corvette won for the second straight race, running 3.63 at 208.23 miles per hour in the finals of the Gateway Drags IV presented by CarSafe on Saturday.
“To get two in a row is just crazy,” Snyder said. “You can’t script it any better. It was a great team effort and this class is so hard, just to get to two straight finals is tough. To get two straight wins is just unreal.”
Courtesy of IHRA
NEW ALEXANDRIA, PA – It was a special night for Peter Gallen. Not only did Gallen get a big win over longtime IHRA legend Dale Pulde in front of a packed house at his home Pennsylvania track, but Gallen had extra motivation in the form of a little boy from the Pittsburgh area named Isaiah.
Isaiah is suffering from a terminal illness and is enrolled in a special program that is near and dear to Gallen’s heart. Called Designing 4 Hope, the charity adorns the side of Gallen’s “Poverty Stricken” ’77 Monza and is a driving force behind Gallen’s racing operations.
And with Isaiah standing on the starting line cheering him on, Gallen powered to his first victory of the year and his 16th career win in AMSOIL Prostalgia Nitro Funny Car in front of a capacity crowd at the second annual Pittsburgh Nitro Jam at Pittsburgh Raceway Park, a win he dedicated to Isaiah and his family in victory lane.
Courtesy of Jegs
ENGLISHTOWN, NJ – Five-time world champion Jeg Coughlin Jr. is ready to go back to the drawing board after failing to qualify his JEGS.com/Mopar Dodge Avenger for Pro Stock eliminations at this weekend’s 43rd annual NHRA SuperNationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park.
“We had a tough run here this weekend,” Coughlin said. “We’ve got the whole puzzle in front of us; we’ve just had a lot of struggles putting the pieces together the right way.”
Coughlin only made it down the track one time under power in four qualifying attempts during the weekend. His lone full-pull clocked in 6.663 seconds at 207.46 mph. The No. 16 qualifier had a best lap of 6.628 at 208.39 mph.
“We changed motors before Q4,” Coughlin said. “The other one was down on power after it took two beatings on Friday when we shook the tires both times. It showed in Q3 this morning, when we went down the track but were down about 80 horsepower, which was reflected in our elapsed time.”
Courtesy of 801 racing
Mission, BC – Every now and again the Drag Racing stars are all in alignment. For Steve Gasparrelli and his 801 Racing sponsored Top Alcohol Funny Car, last weekend the stars were not only lined up, but they were blazing. Gasparrelli not only won the race, but in the first round, he re-set both ends of the track record from the number one qualifying position. To top it off, Gasparrelli won this race last year, so add back-to-back to the prize total. Star power indeed.
“Winning the race was a real thrill”, said Gasparrelli. “We went back-to-back and set low ET and MPH records, which is even better. I believe it is because we have a feeling for this track. With all the changing weather and track conditions, it’s a testament to our team. It was cool, then hot, and then cool again, but we stayed hot all weekend.”
Courtesy of ADRL
Coming off an incredible performance at Maple Grove Raceway that finished with a victory, Snyder and his Powersource Transportation team took advantage of the near-perfect conditions at Gateway Motorsports Park in St. Louis on Friday.
He ran a career-best 3.609 at 210.05 miles per hour, setting two track records to cap off a thrilling day that served as the official grand re-opening of Gateway Motorsports Park.
“This feels pretty awesome. When you’re on a hot streak like this, you just want to try to ride it out,” Snyder said. “Obviously it was a good pass, but we left a little on the table. Right now we’re in uncharted territory, but that’s where you want to be.”
Courtesy of Black Diamond Motorsports
Madison, IL – Like most racers, John got a passion for racing and power as a teenager on the streets of St. Louis, Missouri with his first car a 1969 Plymouth Roadrunner that took him to school, work and the race track. He was a machinist at a tool and die shop, but decided to change careers and go to work for a local chassis shop by the name of Gateway Race Cars and turned his passion into a full time job. He took his career to the next level, in 1988 he went to work for Jerry Haas Race Cars where he worked his way up to shop foreman and his love for racing grew .
John selected and assembled every part in his Black Diamond Motorsports Jerry Hass Race Cars 2012 Camaro with one thought in mind , being number one in American Drag Racing’s League (ADRL) Extreme Pro Stock class.
John accomplished one of his goal’s in the third session of qualifying at ADRL’s Gateway Drags IV presented by CarSafe held at Gateway Motorsports Park in St. Louis . John ran the fastest elapsed time and mile per hour of ADRL’s Extreme Pro Stock class with a 4.018 seconds at 179.92 miles per hour.