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Richard Freeman Talks Excitement Of $50,000 Pro Stock Payday at Drag Illustrated World Doorslammer Nationals Presented by Elite Motorsports

KIRKSVILLE, MO – A major milestone calls for a major celebration, which is why Elite Motorsports team owner Richard Freeman wanted something big to help celebrate the 50th year of Pro Stock.

A $50,000 payout and a major spotlight definitely does it.

Both will happen at the inaugural Drag Illustrated World Doorslammer Nationals presented by Elite Motorsports, which takes place March 6-8 at Orlando Speed World Dragway. The event will put the spotlight squarely on the stars of Pro Stock and Pro Mod, offering up $50,000 to the winners in each class at the must-see event.

Considering the special year for Pro Stock, Freeman thought it only made sense to sponsor an event that already has the doorslammer world buzzing.

“It’s the 50th year of Pro Stock and we wanted to do something cool for the class and, of course, we love door cars, so marrying it with Pro Mod and having that specialty race right before Gainesville, I thought it was a cool time for a big-money payout,” Freeman said. “We wanted to do that and I think it’s the first time something like this has been done for Pro Stock and Pro Mod at the same race. I’m excited about it and looking forward to it.”

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NHRA MELLO YELLO DRAG RACING SERIES 2020 SEASON ROARS TO LIFE AT SEASON-OPENING 60TH ANNUAL LUCAS OIL NHRA WINTERNATIONALS

POMONA, CA — The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series starts its 2020 season in memorable fashion, as the annual iconic opener, the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com, will celebrate its 60th rendition Feb. 6-9 at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona. The tradition-rich event is the first of 24 during the 2020 season.

The historic race takes place at the birthplace of NHRA drag racing and the Winternationals has provided one incredible moment after another for six decades. Fans can expect another must-see event in 2020, one that will also include the kickoff to the 50th anniversary celebration of Pro Stock. With new cars and new teams set to make their 2020 debuts as the 11,000-horsepower nitro machines roar back to life, Auto Club Raceway at Pomona provides the ideal backdrop for drivers to leave their mark in the Winternationals history books.

The biggest stars in Top Fuel, Funny Car and Pro Stock will also try to start their 2020 season strong with a Wally at one of drag racing’s most revered events. Doug Kalitta (Top Fuel), Robert Hight (Funny Car) and Bo Butner (Pro Stock) were last year’s winners of a race that will be televised on Fox Sports 1 (FS1), including finals coverage beginning at 5 p.m. EST on Sunday, Feb. 9.

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Media Race at National Trail in support of first-ever JEGS SpeedWeek event

Hebron, OH –  It’s time for the local media to test their skills against one another on the quarter-mile drag strip at National Trail Raceway in identical street cars. Each participant will be paired with a professional driver, who will act as a coach and advisor. The entire event will be recorded from both inside and outside the car with footage provided to the racers at the end of the race. The Media Challenge will award a special trophy to the winner.

The race will be preceded with a luncheon and press conference outlining the first-ever JEGS SpeedWeek double-header weekend. Several members of the Coughlin family, NHRA officials, National Trail Raceway owner Jay Livingston and several drag racers competing in the double-header race will be available for interviews.

Livingston has invested heavily in the historic facility since taking ownership, upgrading several areas to improve the experience of going to the races for both fans and participants.

Aside from the media race, back-to-back Top Alcohol Dragster regional champion Troy Coughlin Jr., the most successful of the third generation of drag racing Coughlins, will make a run down the track in the JEGS.com Top Alcohol Dragster along with a small group of cars competing in the event. The invited media is encouraged to film these demonstration passes for B-roll use.

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FORGELINE’S NEW FORGED MONOBLOCK BEADLOCK AND ‘SKINNY’ DRAG RACING WHEELS CAPTURE GLOBAL MEDIA AWARDS AT 2019 PRI SHOW

DAYTON, OH – Forgeline’s new Forged Monoblock Single Beadlock and 18 x 5.0 Forged Monoblock “Skinnies” wheels earned Global Media Awards at the 2019 PRI Show.

Developed for drag racing applications, the wheels offer strong, lightweight construction and, in the case of the new Forged Monoblock Single Beadlock wheel, the assurance of positive wheel-and-tire engagement in extreme-performance conditions.

“We are extremely proud that both of these new, innovative wheel designs have been recognized for Global Media Awards at the PRI Show,” said Forgeline president Dave Schardt. “Our Forgeline team continues to demonstrate that everything is possible through dedication and a commitment to innovation.”

PRI’s Global Media Awards program recognizes products for their likely interest by a worldwide motorsports audience, as determined by a panel of racing and performance journalists from around the world. Forgeline’s new wheels were highlighted for the contribution to drag racing performance.

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Drag Illustrated World Doorslammer Nationals Presented by Elite Motorsports Offering $50,000 to Pro Stock, Pro Mod Winners at Orlando

ORLANDO, FL – With big money on the line, Pro Stock and Pro Mod will grab the spotlight and take their place as the marquee attractions for the inaugural Drag Illustrated World Doorslammer Nationals presented by Elite Motorsports, which is set to take place March 6-8 at Orlando Speed World Dragway.

The first-time event will hand out $50,000 to the winners in both Pro Stock and Pro Mod, and a bevy of stars are expected in both NHRA classes. With the race taking place a week before the NHRA Gatornationals, the Drag Illustrated World Doorslammer Nationals presented by Elite Motorsports gives the star competitors in Pro Stock and Pro Mod a chance to start their season off right with the potential for career-best performances and a shot at a huge payday – plus a massive spotlight on two premier doorslammer classes.

“Right now today, the best drag racing happening on the planet is happening in Pro Stock and Prod mod – period. These are two eliminators that I believe are headline attractions, yet they rarely get that kind of treatment,” Drag Illustrated Founder and Editorial Director Wes Buck said.

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Multiple Tracks Renew IHRA Sanctioning Agreements

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — The International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) and three premier drag racing facilities — Dragway 42, Maryland International Raceway and Palm Beach International Raceway — have renewed sanctioning agreements.

Dragway 42, located in West Salem, Ohio, first opened in 1957. The facility underwent a complete ground-up restoration and reopening in 2017. Highlighted by the 1/4-mile drag strip, the multi-purpose facility hosts drag racing, autocross, truck and tractor pulls, as well as concerts and music festivals.

Part of the renovation included Musco Lighting throughout the grounds and bleacher seats that were used at Daytona International Speedway. Dragway 42 routinely attracts racers from neighboring states like West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Kentucky as well as Canada.

It has a strong IHRA Summit SuperSeries program and has hosted the IHRA Summit Sportsman Spectacular the past two seasons.

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Two championships, two runner-up finishes made 2019 a banner year for Team JEGS 

DELAWARE, OH – The entire JEGS.com drag racing team can look back at 2019 with great pride as they collectively brought home two championships and a pair of runner-up finishes, making the past season one of the best ever for the famous family from central Ohio.

Troy Coughlin Jr. led the charge as the third-generation driver collected his second straight regional championship in Top Alcohol Dragster. Close behind was his Uncle Mike Coughlin, who won his third Division 3 title, this time in Top Dragster. Mike’s brother Jeg Coughlin Jr. finished second in the national Pro Stock points for the second consecutive year, and Troy Jr.’s sister Paige managed to earn the No. 2 ranking in Division 3 in Super Comp despite carrying a full load at Miami (Ohio) University.

Driving the same JEGS.com Top Alcohol Dragster out of the McPhillips Racing camp that carried him to the North Central Region Championship in 2018, Troy Jr. rolled into 2019 with a lot of momentum. He was certainly challenged along the way, most notably from his good friend Josh Hart, but his five victories and six runner-up results through the course of the season added up to the East Region title.

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