Courtesy of Jegs
Coughlin and the JEGS.com/Mopar Dodge Avenger finished runner-up to Greg Anderson on Sunday at the season opening NHRA Winternationals, his first race back following a year away from the pro ranks.
“I did feel like I drove well this weekend,” Coughlin said. “But the team I have behind me gives me a lot of confidence. That’s worth a lot behind the wheel.”
Anderson left second but had enough muscle to work around Coughlin and turn on the win light in the final. Anderson crossed the finish line in 6.549 seconds at 210.87 mph, while Coughlin finished in 6.586 seconds at 209.62 mph.
Coughlin, who was the No. 14 qualifier, beat Ronnie Humphrey, Vincent Nobile and Mike Edwards on his march to the finals against Anderson.
“Coming into the day, we feel like we had the performance to be a dark horse,” Coughlin said. “We hadn’t quite hit our stride through the first three rounds of qualifying, and when we came out with that 6.58 (second pass) with that first run, we weren’t far off from the quickest guy. We felt like we could peck away it and put ourselves in position to go a few more rounds and maybe win a race today.”
Courtesy of Jegs
POMONA, CA – Jeg Coughlin Jr.’s return to Pro Stock racing at the NHRA Winternationals hasn’t been flashy so far, but the JEGS.com/Mopar Dodge Avenger is in Sunday’s elimination field in the No. 14 spot with good data to work from.
“We’ve made progress,” Coughlin said. “Are we where we wanted to be going into game day at the first Pomona? No. I don’t think we are. But I’m also not disappointed about it. We found the things that have hampered our performance along the way.”
Qualifying for the race was cut to just three sessions after torrential rains hit Auto Club Raceway at Pomona on Saturday afternoon. Coughlin and the car struggled in the first two rounds before running a 6.637-second pass at 209.20 mph in the third and final session.
“We were looking to cut halfway into the number of where we were and the No. 1 qualifier’s time,” Coughlin said. “Our goal in Q3 was to just get it to the other end. We had a more aggressive setup in the car for Round 4, but we didn’t get to run it.
Courtesy of PSCA
LAS VEGAS, NV – For the tenth-consecutive season, Edelbrock, one of the most respected names in the automotive industry, is the title sponsor for the Pacific Street Car Association’s Hot Street class. The PSCA’s first event of 2012 is the Record Breaker Nationals, Feb. 17-19 at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
“Proven Performance” is the philosophy that began with Vic Edelbrock Sr. in 1938 and it continues today with the same high standards of performance and quality. Vic Sr. would be proud of what has grown out of his small garage in Los Angeles.
In addition to the naming rights of the PSCA’s Hot Street division, Edelbrock will also post up to $125,000 in contingency cash awards. It is the 12th-straight year the company has been a contingency sponsor for the Las Vegas-based drag racing sanction.
Courtesy of PMRA
HALTON HILLS, ON – With his first season of Pro Modified Racing Association racing behind him, Jay Santos will be taking to the track with a new car for 2012, another G-Force Race Cars built 69 Camaro.
“A good opportunity came along to sell the car and build a new one,” Santos explained. “The new car will be lighter with the use of titanium, and be able to race more competitively within all sanctioning bodies”
While the new car will be similar to his last car, Santos said the engine program will be improved to better fit the rules of the PMRA. In an effort to have a more consistent car, Santos
will retain the service of tuner and G-Force Race Cars owner Jim Salemi. Santos said he will also implement an auto shifter to shift the Lencodrive torque converter set up.
“I just think there is more consistency with the automatic shifter,” he said. “You let the car shift at the prescribed rpm and hopefully make better runs.”
Written by Ian Tocher
SUWANEE, GA — He’s been drag racing for more than 40 years now, but Top Sportsman competitor Ronnie “The King” Davis is showing no signs of letting up as he opens an ambitious 2012 schedule this weekend with a trip to Orlando Speed World Dragway for the NHRA Division 2 season opener.
Just one week later, the Suwanee, Georgia-based golf cart dealer will attend another Division 2 race Feb. 17-19, also in Florida at Gainesville Raceway, and after a weekend off to regroup he’ll compete in a third NHRA Div. 2 event Mar. 2-4, at South Georgia Motorsports Park, which will feature the special-event Davis Golf Cart Sales Top Sportsman Shootout on Saturday night.
“I’ve never missed an NHRA Division 2 Top Sportsman race since we started holding them,” says Davis, whose business also serves as the divisional title sponsor for the class he helped develop and implement in 2002 with retired Div. 2 director, Bill Holt. “And there’s nothing I’d like better than to win another NHRA championship at the end of the year,” the two-time past Div. 2 champion adds.
Courtesy of North Texas Diesel
Sanger, TX – In an on going effort to promote diesel, automotive and performance services, North Texas Diesel LLC of Lewisville, Texas is proud to announce their newly formed associate marketing partnership with North Star Dragway of Sanger, Texas.
North Texas Diesel prides themselves in Professional Service, Honest Pricing. They are rapidly becoming the “Go To” repair facility of Light Duty Trucks within North Texas and Southern Oklahoma.
“We are building our business marketing strategies” notes NTX Diesel’s owner, Nancy Matter, “we love drag racing and we’re working on a variety of partnerships, not only within the Diesel Repair and Performance Enhancement structure, but also within the racing community.
Courtesy of 801
Pomona, CA – Cody Perkins comes to the Winternationals prepared to make the grade. Last year’s season ending event did not exactly go as planned. The images of a wild ride filled with smoke and a banged up race car were replayed all winter long. Now that the 2012 NHRA season is here, Perkins is looking to create new memories from the Auto Club Raceway.
“The last time we were here at Pomona there was something exciting every time down the track,” said Perkins. “We never had a boring run.”
Cody and the 801 Racing Team are now looking for boring, as in boringly consistent quick trips down the quarter mile. The off season has allowed time to review and sharpen the lesson plan. They have studied last year’s data, and are ready for the first exam of the new racing season.