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Mr. Aruba’s Winter Nationals Bench Race & Charity Challenge breaks another record 

JEGS Foundation for Cancer Research gains $16.7K in donations

DELAWARE, OH – The 16th annual Mr. Aruba’s Winter Nationals Bench Race and Charity Challenge raised a record-breaking $16,714 for the JEGS Foundation for Cancer Research, topping the previous high-mark of funds raised at a single event by more than $3K.

“Events like this make us very proud to be a part of such a great racing community,” said Jeg Coughlin Jr., one of four brothers who own and operate JEGS Automotive and serve as caretakers of the JEGS Foundation. “It was never in our plans or our dreams for the JEGS Foundation to receive outside funds. Our goal as a family was to direct earnings from our various business efforts toward cancer research through the JEGS Foundation. The Mr. Aruba races have just been a remarkable addition to what we’ve been able to accomplish.

“We have personally witnessed so much progress through our association with The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center as well as the James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute. As always, 100-percent of the money donated from this year’s Mr. Aruba’s Winter Nationals Bench Race and Charity Challenge will go to those entities.”

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NHRA ANNOUNCES REVISED SCHEDULE FOR MELLO YELLO DRAG RACING SERIES

GLENDORA, CA – In consideration of the COVID-19 global pandemic, NHRA officials announced today revisions to the 2020 Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule. The series is tentatively planned to resume June 5-7 with the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway. The season will conclude with the crowning of the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series champions November 13-15 at the Auto Club Finals at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona.

The revised schedule will consist of 19 total events, with 17 of those events being contested when the series resumes in June. Six of these events will be condensed to two-day competition schedules for the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series classes due to economic and logistical factors. As a result of the compressed schedule points will not be reset after the U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway. NHRA has held two make-up dates on the calendar in case there are further delays.

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Musi Racing Partners with SRI Performance for 2020 and 2021 Seasons

MOORESVILLE, NC — Musi Racing today announced a partnership with SRI Performance for the 2020 and 2021 racing seasons, pairing together two standout companies in the racing hub of Mooresville, NC.

With the partnership, SRI Performance will provide materials and products for Musi Racing, enlarging its footprint in drag racing. That includes the “Aftershock” Camaro driven by Lizzy Musi in Street Outlaws: No Prep Kings competition, which is aired worldwide on Discovery.

“SRI Performance has been wanting to get more involved in drag racing and this was a great opportunity for both of us. They’re a great company and we’re excited to get the chance to work with them,” Pat Musi said. “They’re the supplier in our area for parts and supplies and it’s a go-to spot for a lot of people, so it’s nice to have the chance to work with a group like that. They really like the Street Outlaws scene and wanted to get involved there as well. It’s a group of good people. I want to partner with people I believe in, and we believe in SRI.”

With a long history of success in many different types of racing, SRI Performance has built a strong name in the industry as a top supplier of high-performance parts and professional racing products.

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Busy Race Week Ahead for NHRA Champ Ron Capps

BROWNSBURG, IN – Don Schumacher Racing’s Ron Capps is gearing up for a busy few days of on-track competition, all from the comforts of his own home. By participating in three iRacing events occurring this week, the 2016 NHRA Mello Yello Funny Car world champion will have the opportunity to showcase his virtual racing skills through highly-publicized online events, all of which boast a slew of stars drawing from multiple auto-racing series.

As one of the earliest to get involved with online racing, Capps’ first foray into the world of virtual motorsports began in the early 2000s. While NHRA drag racing is his passion, the life-long auto-racing enthusiast jumps at the opportunity to get behind the wheel of any type of race car, including virtual ones.

Capps was on the forefront in the early days of web-based racing entertainment, which led him to join forces with iRacing in 2008 when the organization was still in its infancy. As one of iRacing’s original team members, Capps has been a source of information and feedback for the world’s premier racing simulation online video game platform for well over a decade. Through his role as a beta tester, Capps is tasked with test-driving iRacing’s cars via an at-home simulator, providing feedback as to whether or not the ride felt realistic, and suggesting ideas for improvement.

“I’ve always been a huge gamer,” explained Capps. “I went to college to be a software engineer, and obviously, I’ve always had a love for racing. Back when computer gaming was just starting out, a guy by the name of David Kaemmer was pretty much the guru in the racing world as far as anything gaming-related; he had a cult following. When he co-founded iRacing, I heard rumors about it and reached out and asked if there was any way I could help, and low and behold, I got a note back and I got to be one of their early beta testers.

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PDRA Postpones Season-Opening East Coast Nationals in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

FREDERICKSBURG, VA – In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) has decided to postpone the series’ season-opening East Coast Nationals presented by FuelTech at GALOT Motorsports Park in Benson, N.C, series officials announced today. Originally scheduled for April 2-4, the race will be made up at a date to be determined later.

“We waited an extra week to see if things would calm down, but at this time we feel it’s best to postpone the East Coast Nationals,” said Tyler Crossnoe, series director, PDRA. “Without knowing what’s going to happen next with this coronavirus, it’s hard to lock down a make-up date. As time passes and we get closer to knowing when this will be over, we’ll look at our options and we’ll announce a new plan as soon as it’s safe to get back to racing.”

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Brainerd Motorsports Park, IHRA Sign Multi-Year Agreement

WEST PALM BEACH, FL — Brainerd Motorsports Park kicks off its 2020 racing season with the announcement it has signed a multi-year sanctioning agreement with the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA).

Conveniently located off Interstate 75, just 10 miles from Chattanooga, Tenn., and less than two hours from Atlanta, the 1/8-mile drag strip is a destination for many racers from Georgia, Tennessee and Alabama.

Track owners Ron Newman and the husband-wife team of Amy and Steve Farrow have a full schedule of events planned from March through the end of November.

“Brainerd Motorsports Park is a great facility in a terrific location,” IHRA Division Director Frank Kohutek said. “Amy and Steve Farrow and Ron Newman have done a tremendous job providing the racers in that area with a first-class facility and a great racing surface. Brainerd Motorsports Park is a great representative of an IHRA-member track.”

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When drag racing resumes, Houston event will be extra special for Jeg Coughlin Jr.

HOUSTON – The year was 1997 and when the NHRA schedule rolled around to the second Houston race of the season, which took place in late October at Houston Raceway Park, the entry list had a new name on it — Jeg Coughlin Jr. By the end of the weekend, the record books also included that name as the surprise winner of the event.

Although he was a well-respected and championship-winning driver in the Sportsman ranks, Coughlin’s late-year foray to Baytown, Texas, marked just his second start in Pro Stock. He had debuted the prior weekend in Dallas and had plans to finish the year in Pomona, Calif., but he was mainly thinking about getting a little seat time and prepping for the 1998 season.

“I’ve always had lofty expectations and goals, no matter what I was competing in,” Coughlin said. “But that weekend in Houston, so very early in my Pro Stock career, really exceeded anything I could have imagined.”

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