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Pro Stock’s Rodger Brogdon Suffers Through Frustrating Weekend In Norwalk

NORWALK, OH — After another frustrating weekend in Pro Stock, this time in Norwalk at the NHRA national event, Rodger Brogdon believes a small break may be the best thing for him.

Brogdon’s string of misfortune continued on Sunday in his DMG MORI Camaro, as the Pro Stock veteran lost in the first round to Elite Motorsports teammate Alex Laughlin.

It marked Brogdon’s fourth straight first-round loss, which means a little rest, relaxation and time away from the track is next on his agenda.

“I’m going to skip the Western Swing, come back in Brainerd and hopefully that will change our luck,” Brogdon said. “We’re snakebit right now. I shook the past two races, and it’s just been frustrating.”

Brogdon, who dropped to 10th in points after the race, hopes the time away and a chance to reset in August at Brainerd will help cure some of the car’s ills.

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Dodge//SRT Mopar Funny Car Racer Capps Powers to No. 1 Qualifying Position at Norwalk

Norwalk, OH – Ron Capps captured Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) its first No. 1 qualifying position of the season with four consistent runs behind the wheel of his Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car at the 13th Annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Raceway Park in Norwalk, Ohio.

Capps and his DSR Dodge//SRT Mopar teammate, Jack Beckman, who qualified his DSR Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car fourth, lead seven Mopar-powered Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car drivers that qualified for Sunday’s elimination rounds.

Unseasonably cool temperatures Friday provided Capps, the 2016 Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals winner, and the rest of the field excellent conditions during the weekend’s first two qualifying sessions. After posting the third-best run in session one, Capps closed the second qualifying session with a blazing 3.879-second elapsed time (ET) at 329.18 mph pass. His speed continued Saturday earning a pair of qualifying points in the third session and topping the final session giving the two-time 2019 Funny Car winner a total of 10 bonus points during qualifying en route to his 23rd career No. 1 qualifying position and first in Norwalk.

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BRITTANY FORCE AND ADVANCE AUTO PARTS EARN FOURTH NO. 1 AT SUMMIT RACING EQUIPMENT NHRA NATIONALS

NORWALK, OH — Brittany Force and the Advance Auto Parts Top Fuel team held onto the No. 1 qualifier Saturday at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Racing Motorsports Park. John Force kept the No. 2 spot with his PEAK Coolant and Motor Oil / BlueDEF team, two-time Funny Car champion Robert Hight and the Auto Club Camaro will start from the No. 10 spot, and Austin Prock and Montana Brand / Rocky Mountain Twist are No. 11.

Brittany Force landed her Advance Auto Parts dragster in the top spot for the fourth time of the 2019 NHRA season off the efforts of a stout 3.712-second pass at 328.88 mph on Friday night. It also marked her 14th career No. 1 and first at Summit Motorsports Park.

The 2017 Top Fuel world champion started day two of qualifying with a clean 3.791-second pass at 326.63 mph in the middle of the day giving the Advance Auto Parts team necessary data heading into Sunday race day. In the final session, Force smoked the tires and had to shut off her David Grubnic and Mac Savage tuned dragster to run 6.354-seconds at 103.45 mph but would end the day with a stronghold on the Top Fuel class. Force will face Lex Joon in the first round.

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JEGS.com racer Troy Coughlin Jr. halfway  to a ‘dream win’ in his home state of Ohio

NORWALK, OH – Troy Coughlin Jr. has made no secret of the fact he’d love to win this weekend’s NHRA national event in Northwest Ohio, which is being contested about an hour from his home near Columbus. So far through qualifying and two rounds of eliminations, everything is setting up nicely for him to achieve his dream win.

Racing in arguably the most stacked Top Alcohol Dragster field of the season, Coughlin began this weekend’s lofty quest with a No. 1 qualifying effort of 5.183 at 279.56 mph. He’s since marched past Jasmine Salinas and Mike Bucher and into the semifinals, which will be contested at 2:15 p.m., Sunday.

“This McPhillips Racing team is just spectacular,” Coughlin said. “The car’s been awesome. We’re making great runs and great decisions. Everyone’s mind is in the right place. We are here to win and we’re doing everything we can to make that happen.

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DSR Norwalk Final Qualifying Report

Capps Clinches Top Honors at Norwalk

NORWALK, OH – Ron Capps will start race day at Summit Motorsports Park from the No. 1 position, marking his first pole at the northern Ohio venue. The 2016 Funny Car world champion’s second qualifying run of 3.879-seconds at 329.18 mph stood strong through Saturday’s two qualifying efforts at the 13th annual NHRA Norwalk event and earned him his first No. 1 qualifier of 2019, and 23rd of his career.

Capps and the Pennzoil Synthetics/NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car team were dominant throughout all four qualifying sessions at the famed facility. Before pacing the field with his Q2 run, Capps powered to the second-quickest pass of the opening session on Friday afternoon. Capps and crew chief Rahn Tobler’s strong qualifying performance carried into Saturday and they continued to demonstrate their command on the stacked 20-car Funny Car field. In Q3 Capps blasted to the second-quickest pass of the round, and in Q4, threw down with a session-best 3.912 E.T., amassing ten out of the 12 possible bonus points up for grabs over the course of the weekend.

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BROWN, TODD LEAD TOYOTA IN NORWALK NHRA QUALIFYING

NORWALK, OH –Antron Brown qualified seventh in Top Fuel, while J.R. Todd placed seventh in Funny Car to lead Toyota into Sunday’s Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at the Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio.

Brown was the top qualifier in Friday’s opening session with a 3.742-second run at 326 mph and then ran the third-quickest time in Saturday’s final session to earn four bonus points for the weekend – the second-highest total of the weekend in Top Fuel. Overall, he registered three 3.7-second passes in the four sessions.

“I’m feeling good for tomorrow,” said Brown, who will race Scott Palmer in Sunday’s eliminations. “Our Matco Tools Toyota has been running exceptionally well. Q1 was a really good run, Q3 was another decent run even after losing a belt and then we ran strong again in Q4. We overpowered the track Friday night, but today was key to prepare for eliminations. I believe we have a car that can compete and race with anybody. It will be warmer tomorrow and that will throw a curveball for everybody. We’ve been putting together a car that runs pretty well in the hot weather conditions, now we just need a little luck to go our way.”

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Norwalk race turns to eliminations with popular Ohioan Jeg Coughlin Jr. sitting mid-pack

NORWALK, OH – Slightly more than an hour from his home in Delaware, Ohio, six-time world champion Jeg Coughlin Jr. is enjoying a good deal of support at this weekend’s NHRA race in Northwest Ohio. Now, after qualifying mid-pack, the 81-time national event winner is hoping to bring home another Pro Stock win for his loyal fan base.

“There’s nothing better than racing in Ohio and seeing all the yellow and black up in the grandstands and all over the pits,” Coughlin said. “So many people have been gracious enough to wish us good luck and it’s fun to roll through the pits and here all the ‘JEGS’ cheers. We sure hope we can give these folks something to cheer about tomorrow.”

Coughlin’s JEGS.com Elite Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro has been extremely steady through Pro Stock qualifying, running four passes within .024 seconds of one another. His best run came in Round 2 on Friday evening when he posted a 6.572 at 209.92 mph.

“The car has been really consistent, although we haven’t made a run yet where it’s been completely happy,” Coughlin said. “Still, but it’s been decent enough to keep us in the hunt, so we’re happy. In the end, the top 10-11 cars wound up being separated by a hundredth and a half (of a second) so we’re in line.”

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