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Big Sal Cammisuli ready for 2011 PMRA season to start

Courtesy of PMRA

MARKHAM, ON – Big Sal Cammisuli said he is getting anxious to get into his new Pro Modified and compete in the upcoming Pro Modified Racing Association season.

“I’m all ready,” he said. “I just can’t wait to let the clutch out.”

A doorcar racing veteran, Cammisuli has stepped up his efforts in 2011 for his first year in PMRA action. His ZR1 Corvette Pro Modified is ready for opening day.

Although he has had a little experience with supercharged cars throughout his racing, the engine in the ZR1 will be a new experience for him, he said. The 526-cubic inch Brad Anderson (BAE) Hemi has been built and maintained by noted Pro Modified racer Mike Janis of Jan-Cen Racing Engines, and Cammisuli said he will be relying on Jan-Cen for assistance.

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Troy Coughlin reaches ‘elite eight’ in Pro Mod action

Courtesy of Jegs

LAS VEGAS, NV – It wasn’t the storybook finish Troy Coughlin envisioned for the JEGS.com Pontiac GTO in Sunday’s Get Screened America Pro Mod Series action at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, but his turbocharged small block is still defying the odds.

“I guess none of the other Pro Mod racers got the memo that we were supposed to win today,” Coughlin said with a laugh. “We had a decent run today, we just got beat.”

After winning the first round of eliminations on Saturday night, Coughlin was paired with former Team JEGS crew chief “Tricky” Rickie Smith in the second round.

After being burned-down by Smith at the starting line, Coughlin’s car got off to a smooth start, but it just didn’t have enough juice to beat Smith, who ran a 6.016-second pass at 236.63 mph. Coughlin crossed the line in 6.047 at 246.17 mph.

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Overflow crowd watch records fall, winners crowned at San Antonio Nitro Jam

Courtesy of IHRA

SAN ANTONIO, TX – They say everything is bigger in Texas, and that goes double for the racing.

In front of one of the largest crowds to ever watch a race at San Antonio Raceway, records fell by the wayside and a number of new winners emerged from the shadows to lay claim to an IHRA Nitro Jam trophy and take home a victory during the finale of the San Antonio Nitro Jam Saturday night in Marion.

Among the winner’s of Saturday’s huge show were new champions Rick Krafft in Prostalgia Nitro Funny Car and Randal Andras in Nitro Harley, while Bobby Lagana Jr. picked up a win in Top Fuel and Chris Bennett (Nostalgia Fuel Altered) and Michael Manners (Pro Fuel) swept their respective categories in front of an overflow crowd.

A capacity crowd was on hand to see Nitro Jam’s best at the San Antonio Nitro Jam Saturday in Marion

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Dan Cryderman looking forward to new Pro Bike and Sled Series drag race series

Courtesy of PBSS

THAMESVILLE, ON – Dan Cryderman said he will be ready for the opening round in the new Pro Bike and Sled Series (PBSS) for the inaugural season in motorcycle and snowmobile drag racing action.

“I’m looking forward to this new series,” said the Pro Bike rider who will campaign his 2004 Suzuki. “It should be an interesting year.”

The PBSS will be comprised of bikes and sleds, which will feature a Quick 16-machine qualified field of eight bikes and eight snowmobiles.

Presented by Wiseco Performance Products, competitors will run on a Sportsman ladder in dial-in racing.

Cryderman’s bike was built by Raceworks Canada, and the engine is a Suzuki-based GS version with a displacement of 1640 cc. The engine is equipped with a Vortex2 cylinder head from Ward Performance.  Cryderman estimates the engine has close to 300 horsepower, “and works pretty well.”

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Litton, Bennett, Manners and Turner all visit victory lane

Courtesy of IHRA

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (April 1, 2011) – It appears Nitro Jam’s newest rivalry has been born.

For the fourth time in the last five finals Prostalgia Nitro Funny Car competitors Peter Gallen and Mike McIntire met in the final of the eight-car Funny Car class and for the fourth time this season Gallen took home the win needing a new Nitro Jam best run to lay claim to his 11th career Ironman trophy Friday at the San Antonio Nitro Jam in Texas.

“Mike and those guys are a world class group and it is an honor to get a chance to race them for the win,” Gallen said. “Those guys are giving it their all so we knew we needed to match that intensity to take home this trophy. We also had to fight a rapidly cooling track which these guys did an awesome job of keeping up with. This was a big win for us and we look forward to seeing what we can do tomorrow.”

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Drag Illustrated Releases First ADRL Power Rankings

Courtesy of DI

Fort Dodge, IA — DragIllustrated.com, the online presence for Drag Illustrated magazine, published by ImagePro Multimedia, today released its first edition of American Drag Racing League (ADRL) Power Rankings.

Similar to the week-to-week team rankings associated with major stick-and-ball sports, DragIllustrated.com’s Power Rankings  are being released shortly after the completion of each NHRA and ADRL national event throughout the 2011 season.

“We’ve already established DragIllustrated.com Power Rankings for all five NHRA pro classes after their first two events and it feels good to get the ADRL version out there, too,” said Wes Buck, cofounder and executive editor of Drag Illustrated magazine and DragIllustrated.com. “We want to stimulate some spirited conversation and debate through the Power Rankings and welcome anyone to weigh in online with feedback on whether we got it right or wrong in their eyes.”

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Lagana crew comes to rescue of fellow racer

Courtesy of IHRA

SAN ANTONIO, TX – Bobby Lagana Jr. and Mike McIntire have never met on the racetrack, but that didn’t stop Lagana from racing to McIntire’s side in his time of need.

Following last weekend’s Arizona Nitro Jam in Tucson, many of the top teams on the Nitro Jam tour began their trek back east to the San Antonio Nitro Jam this weekend in Texas. But while many of the teams made it to San Antonio Raceway earlier this week without a problem, McIntire and the “McAttack” Prostalgia Nitro Funny Car team weren’t so lucky.

Just a few miles across the Texas border in El Paso, McIntire’s race rig suffered a catastrophic failure and the team was left stranded still some 600 miles from their destination.

Not knowing exactly who to call, McIntire called Top Fuel star Lagana who was already in San Antonio and asked for some advice. Not long after Lagana’s crewman Bob Szelag was on his way to El Paso to pick up McIntire’s race rig and bring it the nearly 18-hour trip back to San Antonio.

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