Courtesy of Jegs
DELAWARE, OH – Coughlin Brothers Racing, an entity owned by drag racers John, Troy, Mike, and Jeg Coughlin Jr., announced a partnership with Nick Ferri and Roy Simmons to build a state-of-the-art engine shop that will produce Pro Stock racing motors for consumers around the world.
JNR Racing plans to build and lease motors from its new Research and Development facility in Mooresville, N.C. The group collectively has won four Pro Stock titles since 2002.
“We are extremely excited to align ourselves with Nick and Roy,” Jeg Coughlin said. “We have all worked together in the past and know what it takes to put a championship caliber engine program together.
“Our goal is to do this like it’s never been done before. We want to build the best horsepower possible for our customers. We fully intend to supply our customers with the best products and service in the world. The motors we build will be capable of winning races and championships, and we’ll stand behind everything we build.”
Courtesy of Nitro and Lace
San Antonio, TX – Without a doubt, the IHRA Nitro Jam featured in San Antonio, Texas, had the largest sell out crowd ever in the history of the event. For the NitroandLace.com Pro Fuel Dragster Team, it was definitely a weekend filled with odd gremlins.
The team started out the day as normal, however, things took a turn when it came up time to fire the 3200 horsepower nitro burning injected dragster.
“We experienced a crazy couple of days” noted Smallwood, “from a crack in the chassis, to a malfunctioning fuel system, holes going out and then an ignition problem where we changed magneto’s after isolating the issues.
“We wanted to put on the best show possible for all of the fans in attendance, so it’s always very important to us to put our best foot forward and make every pass. The issues we endured were pretty easy fixes, it was the diagnosis of every component that is the most time consuming.
Courtesy of PBSS
ORILLIA, ON – The Modfather Pro Sled team will be competing with a new machine in the upcoming Pro Bike & Sled Series presented by Wiseco Performance Products for drag racing.
With a 2010 Yamaha Nytro sled, the 1000-cc, four-stroke engine will be developing over 400 horsepower, according to team driver James Miller.
“We should be 400-plus horsepower,” said Miller. “We definitely jumped up this year.”
The turbo-charged Yamaha sits in a tube chassis setup of chrome moly construction, and utilizes a Proline suspension. Miller added the sled should turn times in the mid eight-second range for the quarter mile.
Scott Johnston is crew chief and partner on the team, and Miller said Johnston is a vital part of their effort. The team is sponsored by Modfather Performance in Orillia, Ontario.
Courtesy of GMPP
GRAND BLANC, MI – The DeNooyer Chevrolet HTR-SS454 Camaro will be the centerpiece of GM Performance Parts’ (GMPP) display at the Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach collector car auction, April 7-9. It is one of the two dealer-built supercars featured on the cover of the 2011 GM Performance Parts catalog.
The HTR-SS454 Camaro is powered by GMPP’s LSX454 crate engine, making 620 horsepower and 590 lb.-ft. of torque. The LSX454 (part number 19244611) – highlighted in detail in the GM Performance Parts catalog – is delivered in long-block form, allowing the builder to finish the engine with the induction system of his or her choice.
DeNooyer (www.denooyer.net) and build partner Redline Motorsports (www.redline-motorsports.net) used an LS7 intake manifold and other production-based parts sourced from the GMPP catalog to complete Camaro’s engine.
Courtesy Jackson Racing
Las Vegas, NV – Rick Jackson Racing’s Ford Mustang bodied Top Alcohol Funny Car relied on consistent and quick performance in eliminations to capture the Santa Clarita, Calif. Team’s second NHRA National Event Wally of the 2011 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, after winning the Summitracing.com NHRA Nationals this weekend contested on “The Strip” at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in North Las Vegas, Nev. The win was the 33rd National Event victory for driver Tony Bartone, 29 of those coming by way of the Alcohol Funny Car, arguably one of the most difficult cars in motorsports to drive.
Bartone captured the event’s number one qualifying position on the team’s final qualifying attempt of the weekend on Saturday. The 5.628 second blast gave the Long Island City, NY native the choice of lanes against Surprise, Ariz.’s John Patton in the opening stanza. Patton was the 149th driver Bartone had competed against in competition. Crew Chief Steve Boggs and tuning consultant Darren Mayer of Darren Mayer Performance Engineering used the .62 as a base-line to lower their event best ET to a smooth 5.616 ET at 259.11 miles per hour in their first round defeat of the number 16 qualifier.
Courtesy of MT
STOW, OH – This year, Mickey Thompson has teamed up with Don Plesser and the PR Factory Store to create an exciting new program called the Pro-Street Six-Second Bounty. Through this special program, scheduled to begin April 8, 2011 at the Manufacturers Spring Cup event, the first Pro-Street competitor who achieves a six-second run in either the official qualifying or elimination rounds will earn the six-second bounty.
The program is simple. All Pro-Street competitors participating in the Manufacturers Cup Series and MIROCK Superbike Series races using Mickey Thompson tires and displaying the Mickey Thompson logo are eligible. The first eligible Pro-Street racer to achieve a six-second time in the qualifying or elimination rounds will earn a $3,000 cash award, 10 Mickey Thompson MCR2 drag tires, and a special commemorative Mickey Thompson jacket.
Courtesy of WFO
HOLLYWOOD, FL – SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals winners Robert Hight, Antron Brown, and Mike Edwards, will join Joe Castello along with the NHRA’s Alan Reinhart, live at 7 p.m. ET on WFO Radio NHRA Tuesday. To listen live or on-demand following the show, go to WFORadio.com.
Hight, the 2009 Full Throttle Funny Car Champion, coming off his second victory of the season, will discuss his performance in Las Vegas, his car’s incredibly consistent performance with .008 variation among four runs on Sunday, his testing plans for the remainder of the season, and his views on the future of 4-wide drag racing.
Antron Brown of Don Schumacher Racing, winner in the Top Fuel eliminator, carried new sponsor Aaron’s to victory for the first time in Vegas. Brown will discuss his day, his round by round races, his new sponsor, and his views on 4-wide drag racing at the next NHRA event at z-Max Dragway.