Courtesy of Jegs
ENGLISHTOWN, NJ – Drag Racing champion Jeg Coughlin Jr. grew up in the suburbs of Columbus, Ohio, and was fortunate enough to learn the game of golf at Muirfield Golf Club, the site of this weekend’s Memorial PGA Tournament. In fact, his father Jeg Coughlin Sr. went to high school with none other than tournament host and golfing legend Jack Nicklaus, a longtime friend of the Coughlin family.
Although golf and drag racing are two drastically different sports, Jeg Jr. says the lessons he learned on the links at Muirfield apply very well to his career behind the wheel of his 1,400-horsepower JEGS.com/Mopar Dodge Avenger, which he’ll wheel into this weekend’s 43rd annual Toyota NHRA SuperNationals at historic Old Bridge Township Raceway Park.
“You have to be patient in both sports,” Coughlin said. “You want to hit that 300-yard drive every time, just kill it, but maybe that’s not the best move. Same with drag racing; you want to set a world record every pass but some times it’s a better idea to just get the car down the racetrack and take the win light.
Written by Todd Veney/Pro Sportsman Association
Mission, BC – Joey Severance dominated Top Alcohol Dragster at the LORDCO Auto Parts BC Nationals, the Western Regional event at Mission Raceway, qualifying No. 1 and setting low e.t. of all three rounds en route to victory, and defending division champ Steve Gasparrelli did likewise in Top Alcohol Funny Car.
Severance was the only driver in the 5.30s and the only one to crack to 270 mph in qualifying with a best of 5.35, 270.86, half a tenth ahead of eventual runner-up Ray Martin’s 5.40. He established low e.t. of the meet on his first-round single with a 5.33.
Martin ran a competitive 5.44 in the opening round to take out Greg Sereda’s 5.58, and Canadian Gord Gingles dipped into the 5.30s with a career-best 5.39 in a win over quick-leaving Greg Hunter. Gingles fouled away a 5.41 in the semi’s opposite Severance’s 5.369, and Martin moved to within striking distance of Severance with a 5.372 on his semifinal single.
Written by Todd Veney/Pro Sportsman Association
Photos by David Smith
Many-time world champions Bill Reichert and Frank Manzo won the Eastern regional event at Maple Grove Raceway, each for the fourth time in five years. Reichert edged reigning event and world champ Duane Shields in a photo-finish final in Top Alcohol Dragster, 5.452 to 5.457, and Manzo stopped old rival Paul Gill in a trouble-plagued Top Alcohol Funny Car final, 5.83 to 6.07.
Reichert, who also won this race in 2008, 2009, and 2010, edged Shields in perhaps the best round of any race in any class all year. Shields moved first by a thousandth of a second, .050 to .051, and Reichert was quicker by five-thousandths, 5.452 to 5.457, for a four-thousandths margin of victory.
Reichert qualified just sixth in the field and drew the hottest driver in the country,Topekawinner Rich McPhillips, in the first round but advanced with a 5.49 when McPhillips launched into a wheelstand, smoked the tires upon his return to earth, and shut off. In the semifinals, Reichert took out former Division 1 champ John Finke, 5.42 to 5.57.
SAN ANTONIO, TX – With $5,000 on the line and a spot in the year-end Summit Racing Equipment Tournament of Champions presented by AMSOIL on the line, the first Summit Racing Sportsman Spectacular presented by AMSOIL of the year brought out the best of the best in south Texas and produced some great racing.
San Antonio Raceway was the host track for the first big money IHRA race of the year and at the end of the day six drivers walked away with their share of the loot brought to racers by Summit Racing Equipment and AMSOIL. The big winners from San Antonio were Ricky Vedros (Belle Rose, La.) in Top Sportsman, Todd Robinson (Corpus Christi, Texas) in Top Dragster, Pete Peery (Bowie, Texas) in Super Stock, Matt Hawk (Tucson, Ariz.) in Stock, Alan Savage (Mexia, Texas) in Quick Rod and Super Rod and Ray Dew (League City, Texas) in Hot Rod.
Other winners from the Summit Racing Equipment Sportsman Spectacular presented by AMSOIL were Ryan McDonnell (San Antonio, Texas) in Top ET, Matt Hawk (Tucson, Ariz.) in Mod ET and Ethan Marr (Forney, Texas) in Junior Dragster.
Courtesy of Pro Slammers
San Francisco, CA – This weekend the Scrappers Racing Slammers Series will be competing at Sacramento Raceway’s “Door Car Shootout”. This special 2 day event will feature some of the best drivers on the west coast as they competefor the 2012 Pro Slammers championship. The Pro Mods are the feature class and we look forward to seeing guys like Bret Williamson, Monty Berney, Marc Meadors and Gomez Family Racing with their 1963 blown Corvette.
At the first event Sean Renteria was the first 5 second Slammer with their “Renteria Bros. Racing” 1965 4 door Valiant and Goodguys Racing driver, Marc Meadors took home the first win.
This event will also showcase the 7.60 and 6.90 Slammers which will surely put on a great show for the fans. The Pro Slammers are dedicated to providing nothing but the best in when it comes to door slammer action and that’s what makes them so great.
Courtesy of WCOPMA
Salt Lake City, UT – After a long off season the West Coast Outlaw Pro Mod Association will start racing this weekend at Rocky Mountain Raceway’s in Utah. This will be the first time the WCOPMA has raced at Rocky Mountain Raceways and we couldn’t think of a better place to kick off our 2012 season.
The Jet Car Spring Nationals event will be action packed with seven Jet Cars, eight WCOPMA racers (which include Rod Burbage, Dan Nickelson, Mike Maggio, Joe Lepone Jr., Tom Johanns, Mark Lovell, Perry Thyr and Dan Myers), Jack Harris/Steve Macklyn’s “Nitro Thunder” Nostalgia Fuel Funny Car and Rob Passey’s MSP Top Fuel Dragster.
There will also be many bracket classes including Top Sportsman, Top Dragster, IHRA Box, IHRA No Box, Motorcycle/Snowmobile and Top JR. & Quick JR. dragsters.
Courtesy of PSCA
LAS VEGAS, NV – Pacific Street Car Association racers are being given another opportunity to race thanks to Bandimere Speedway and the Super Chevy Show near Denver Aug. 17-18.
“The Super Chevy Show has a long history at Bandimere Speedway and we are excited to build on the momentum of the event by hosting the PSCA and two of its premier classes of competition,” said John Bandimere III, the speedway’s executive vice president and general manager. “Hot Street and Outlaw 10.5 will showcase heads-up, 1/4 mile competition that is sure to be and exciting addition to an already entertaining event.”
The non-points event will work as a test run on the viability of bringing a full PSCA/Street Car Super Nationals event to the area in 2013. The purse for the two PSCA classes will be announced at a later date.