LAS VEGAS – The COMP Cams Street Car Super Nationals 15 Presented by FuelTech is a four-day marathon with a legacy of record-shattering runs, dominating performances by the greatest in the world, and stunning upsets. This year, in addition to the inclusion of Radial vs. The World class, the SCSN 4-Wide exhibition returns after a wildly-successful run during the 2018 event.
The bucket-list race is Nov. 21-24 at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, with the drag racing world awaiting the return of the 4-Wide(ish) SCSN. The plan, developed by SCSN Promoter and Premier Street Car Association President Mel Roth, creates one pair of lanes for Radial Tire classes and the other for Slick Tire classes. The event was one of the most memorable of last year’s race here, with both the drivers involved and those watching demanding it be brought back for a second year. Last November, the 14th edition of the Street Car Super Nationals utilized all four lanes of the facility’s unique layout in order to provide an all-new experience that also expedited the racing from class to class.
The plan, spearheaded by SCSN Promoter Mel Roth and Director of Racing Operations for The Strip Jeff Foster, calls for standard slick tire classes to be run on the west track with radial tire classes on the east track. The lanes will be used in an alternating format, eliminating the need to slow the program in order to prep for the upcoming class. In addition, prep specialist Kurt Johnson returns to assist again this year.
EPPING, NH – Reigning North Central Region Top Alcohol Dragster champion Troy Coughlin Jr. surrendered the East Region points lead Saturday with an untimely semifinal loss to Josh Hart, who entered the “Night of Fire” event in second place.
“This is such a humbling sport,” Coughlin said. “We’ve been running so well and we were very confident heading into what was obviously a big round for us and the car spun the tires. I mean we didn’t go an inch. That hasn’t happened all year and that was a bad time for it to happen but we’re not gonna dwell on it. We’re already looking forward to next weekend.”
Due to rain that followed the semifinal round, Coughlin won’t know how much damage he incurred in the rankings until tomorrow. Hart is scheduled to race Dan Mercier for the trophy once the weather clears. Mercier upset top qualifier Duane Shields to earn his chance at glory.
LANCASTER, NY – Late afternoon rain showers rolled through the Western New York, and soaked the grounds of New York International Raceway Park, which forced track officials to cancel IHRA Drag Racing for Friday, September 6.
The amount of rain combined with less than optimal conditions for getting the track dry in a reasonable amount of time let to the decision to pull the chute on the program.
Lancaster Dragway will decide on a reschedule date for the Ryan Thurnherr Memorial Night and Gianni Maiza’s Mod ET Bonus Night in the coming days.
Weekly IHRA Drag Racing will take place next week on Thursday, September 12 with VIP Night. All weekly classes will be in action. Time trials start at 5 p.m.
San Antonio, TX – VP Racing Fuels, Inc., regarded as the innovator in race fuel development, technical support, and on-site fuel service, has been named the Official Fuel of the Fall Fling $500,000 To-Win bracket race September 17-21 at Bristol Dragway in Tennessee.
“Kyle Seipel and Peter Biondo are both world-class racers,” said Marc Wesler, VP’s International Sales Manager. “As co-promoters they’ve grown the Fall Fling, the Spring Fling Million, and the Spring Fling GALOT into the biggest bracket races in the world. We’re really looking forward to being on-site with VP to help fuel their incredible event.”
Seipel’s and Biondo’s passion for drag racing took on a new meaning years ago when on a family vacation, the long-time close friends began talking about putting on a big buck bracket race of their own reflecting what they would want in a bracket event if they were racing in it. They developed the motto, “Race It. Experience It.” Years later the co-promoters’ passion for racing, family, and fun continues in promoting what is now regarded as the most popular, and lucrative, bracket races being run..
DELAWARE, OH – Two-time Division 3 champion Mike Coughlin is heading north in search of more glory at the Bader family’s beautiful quarter-mile drag strip in Norwalk, Ohio. Coughlin will be racing Thursday and Friday in his JEGS.com Top Dragster, making up for the washed-out action from the Norwalk national event in May.
Mike’s nephew Troy Coughlin Jr. also will be in action this weekend, running his JEGS.com McPhillips Racing Top Alcohol Dragster at the Night of Fire Division 1 race in Epping, N.H.
“The Baders and officials from the NHRA decided to cancel most of the Sportsman racing at the national event because there had been torrential rain for days leading into race week,” Mike said. “During national events, Sportsman racers park on the other side of the track in the grass and it was just completely swamped out at that time. I think they made the right call.
TULSA, OK – Competitors in the Summit Racing Equipment Mid-West Pro Mod Series (MWPMS) will visit a new venue Sept. 13-14, as they take on the eighth mile at Memphis International Raceway in Millington, TN.
“It’s a new track for us as a series, but I think most of our racers have raced there before so they’re familiar with it as a great facility. Personally, Memphis is one of my favorite race tracks to visit,” MWPMS owner, promoter and competitor Keith Haney stated.
“It’s fast and smooth and leads into a real long shut down that eventually curves around to where you can almost roll all the way back to your pit. It’s a cool place to race.”
Fresh off a win at the most recent MWPMS event in St. Louis, Pro Mod points leader Aaron Wells could clinch his first MWPMS season championship at Memphis with his wild, supercharged ’67 Mustang; however, second-place man Justin Jones will be looking to extend the fight to the season finale a month later in Tulsa. His father, Jeff Jones in a similar, supercharged C7 Corvette, also has an outside chance at the title from third place.
BENSON, NC – PDRA Drag Wars presented by Pro Line Racing, Sept. 5-7 at GALOT Motorsports Park in Benson, N.C., has been canceled, race officials announced today. The path of Hurricane Dorian changed since the PDRA’s original decision to move forward with the event, with the storm now expected to directly hit the Benson area.
“We are very sorry to make this decision after saying that we are going racing, but when the storm changes and tells you that you need to look again, we did just that,” said Tyler Crossnoe, race director, PDRA. “Safety will always and continue to be priority in our racing series, on and off the track. As much as we all want to race, we just do not see it being possible and we do not want to have anyone stranded or away from their families during this potential natural disaster. All of us at the PDRA and GALOT Motorsports Park are deeply sorry for any inconvenience that this has caused and as noted earlier in the week, both GALOT and Virginia Motorsports Park facilities are open for housing rigs that need to get away from the storm.”