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Lagana blasts to victory at Palm Beach Nitro Jam

Courtesy of IHRA

JUPITER, Fl – In more than 12 years of Top Fuel drag racing, Bobby Lagana Jr. had posted only two runs of over 320 miles per hour in his entire career.

After Saturday night, he has a few more to add to his totals.

Lagana, in front of a huge southern Florida crowd, blasted to the best weekend of his entire career with four consecutive runs of over 320 mph, including a career best lap Saturday night, and a weekend sweep of the quickest category in drag racing to give the defending Top Fuel champion an incredible start to the 2011 season at the Palm Beach Nitro Jam Saturday night at Palm Beach International Raceway.

“This was absolutely the best Top Fuel show the IHRA has ever seen,” Lagana said. “I had two 320 mile per hour passes in my life before this weekend and now I have six. Actually all eight runs between the two of us were over 300 miles per hour so that was great for the fans and great for us. Bruce did a great job and so did our group.”

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Troy Coughlin Jr. starts season in South Florida at Nitro Jam

Courtesy of Jegs 

PALM BEACH, Fl – With a bright new paint job and a take-no-prisoners attitude, T.J. Coughlin and his JEGS dragster is starting the season with a mini-tour of Florida.

He started his racing season with a second round breakout loss in the Quick Rod class this weekend at the Nitro Jam opener at Palm Beach International Raceway.
 
“It went OK. I have a lot of confidence in the car,” Coughlin said. “I’ve just got to focus on smacking the tree and making sure the car stays in shape.”
 
Coughlin qualified No. 6 in the Quick Rod field and faced Ray Llanusa in the opening round. Coughlin cut a .014 second light and made a 8.905 second pass at 173.76 mph on a 8.90 second index. Llanusa broke out with a 0.079 light with a 8.870 breakout finish at 164.99 mph.

Racing Starts Early Livin’ in the South!

Warner Robins, GA – One of the great things about living in the south is the racing we can do nearly year round.  I happened out to the our home track, Silver Dollar Raceway in Reynolds, GA for the first test and tune session of the year.  With temps hovering right around 70 degrees and clear skies I was able to get a few shots to share with our faithful readers.  Hope this helps cheer up my northern friends as they brace for yet another snow storm mid week!

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Janis to Run VP Race Fuels Exclusively in 2011

Courtesy of Janis Racing

Elma, NY – Things have been moving at a fast pace as of late for the Elma, NY based Mike Janis Racing Team. Now they’ll get a bit faster with the help of VP Racing Fuels.

Mike Janis and his Mike Janis Racing teams have agreed to run VP race Fuels in both team cars this season. Team owner/driver Mike Janis is an engine builder by trade and understands the benefits of quality fuel. “We’ve tested other fuels on our Dyno at Jan-Cen Motorsports and have seen that overall, VP fuels burn cleaner and cooler and offer significant performance gains. It’s a no brainer as to what I want in my race cars,” said Janis.

VP’s Eastern Regional Manager, Jim Kelly spearheaded the effort of bringing Janis into the fold at VP. “Mike Janis has been huge in drag racing in North American for as long as I can remember. We appreciate the fact that he’s chosen to run VP products again in 2011. I always knew he was a smart man,” said a happy Kelly.

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Lagana, Evans own Palm Beach once again; Dorn, Bennett win in debut

Courtesy of IHRA

JUPITER, Fl – Just about the farthest point you can get from the sunny beaches of West Palm Beach, Fla. in the continental United States is the great state of Washington on the Pacific coast.

Approaching nearly 4,000 miles from the southern tip of Florida to the capitol city of Seattle, the differences between the two locations are great and the distance even greater. Still, despite the vast amount of land separating the two locations, it was a Seattle man that found himself in victory lane Friday night in Florida as Mark Sanders drove his race rig all the way across the country to lay claim to the first victory of the 2011 season at Palm Beach International Raceway Friday night.

Sanders, spending the past seven days on the road just to reach PBIR, defeated another newcomer, east coast native Paul Romine, in the Prostalgia Nitro Funny Car championship at the Palm Beach Nitro Jam on opening night. Other winners from Friday included Bobby Lagana (Top Fuel), Bill Evans (Pro Fuel), Steve Dorn (Nitro Harley) and Chris Bennett (Fuel Altered).

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Two-Car Team of Hossler, Todd Looking Forward To 2011 ADRL Season

 Courtesy of ADRL

O’FALLON, MO – While he did not race a year ago, J.R. Todd spent plenty of time at American Drag Racing League (ADRL) events in 2010.

One of his usual stops was the pit of Pro Extreme driver Alex Hossler, where the duo talked, hung out and quickly became good friends.

That friendship turned into a partnership as they now form a two-car Pro Extreme team headed by Rob Flynn, Mike Guger and Al-Anabi Racing.

As teammates, the relationship has been just as fruitful and each has made quite an impact in the Arabian Drag Racing League, winning a combined three races. Todd, a former Top Fuel standout in the NHRA, has proven to be quick-learner in his stunning ’57 Chevy, winning two races, while Hossler won the latest race at Qatar Racing Club (QRC).

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RPM Expands Team with Addition of Brian Hansen

Courtesy of RPM

RPM Magazine is proud to announce the addition of Brian Hansen to the RPM Team as Sales & Marketing Manager.

“I am always very vocal about the quality and professionalism of the RPM team and to have Brian coming on-board in this very challenging capacity, well we are just excited beyond words!”, exclaims RPM Editor in Chief, Chris Biro.

Brian brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience in the performance and racing industry as well as the world of media, not to mention his enthusiasm and ability to turn a wrench!   Many of you will recognize Brian from both his 10″ Wide Racing Video production company, and also more recently as being the head honcho for the 10″ Wide Racing Street Car Cruise, featured in RPM last year.

The bottom line… Brian is a hardcore car guy! “This opportunity is amazing!” explained Brian. “Fast cars have been a part of me all of my life and I’m very excited to join the RPM Magazine Team as the Sales & Marketing Manager. I look forward to utilizing both my street machine and drag racing experience in this new position, and invite all businesses to contact me regarding exciting new advertising and marketing opportunities that I have been working on with RPM.”

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