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ERICA ENDERS NO. 1 AT VIRGINIA NATIONALS

DINWIDDIE, VA – Erica Enders and her Johnson’s Horsepowered Garage / Melling Performance / SCAG Power Equipment team picked up their fourth No. 1 qualifying position of the season Saturday at the PlayNHRA Virginia Nationals at Virginia Motorsports Park.

Enders’ No. 1 elapsed time of 6.585 seconds at 209.56 mph came in the first of three qualifying sessions on Saturday. The No.1 is the 38th of her career and first at Virginia Motorsports Park.

“We knew the first session was going to be the good one out of the three and so we put a lot of emphasis on it because conditions were only going to get progressively worse throughout the day. Fortunately, my guys are good enough to make sure we make a good hit first round and it stuck as conditions got worse,” Enders said. “We laid down two decent runs after that. There are a couple of pretty fast cars out there and it’s going to be a dog fight tomorrow. These conditions are extremely challenging as far as racing surface goes for our crew chiefs but also as drivers. These heavy fire suits and cockpit temperatures at 150 degrees, granted you’re not in there very long but getting your temperature up that high is not conducive to good decision-making skills. But it’s still fun and we’re going to go out there and do our best, Tomorrow is going to be very challenging.” Continue reading

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SIENNA WILDGUST JOINS ELITE MOTORSPORTS

WYNNEWOOD, OK – Elite Motorsports has announced the addition of NHRA Rookie of the Year Award candidate, Sienna Wildgust, to their team roster. Wildgust will make her debut with the Elite Motorsports team during the NHRA’s famed “Western Swing” beginning with the NHRA Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceways July 19-21.

Wildgust, a third generation drag racer, will continue Elite Motorsports’ commitment to fostering the next generation of drag racers with six-time world champion Erica Enders’ mentorship. Though they are a generation apart, Wildgust and Enders both came up through the NHRA Jr. Dragster Racing ranks along with their sisters, Avery Wildgust and Courtney Enders.

“My family has known Richard Freeman for a long time, and I have always looked up to Erica as a driver and as a person. She came up through the Jr. Dragster racing with her sister Courtney same as I did with my sister. I believe I can learn a lot from her. I’m excited to have her as a mentor and have her help me further my career,” said Wildgust. “Elite Motorsports is a family. Racing for me has always been a family sport. I feel, and my family, feels like this is going to be a good fit. With the culture of the team and all the experience, I believe I can learn a lot. I’ve always wanted a career in drag racing, in Pro Stock, joining Elite is going to move my career path forward.” Continue reading

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BO BUTNER RETURNING TO PRO STOCK, TAKING ON DOUBLE DUTY AT VIRGINIA NATIONALS

DINWIDDIE, VA – Bo Butner will make a return to the 500-inch Pro Stock category driving the yellow Corral Boots / Cuadra / Columbia Impex entry while also continuing his pursuit of the first Mountain Motor Pro Stock championship at this weekend’s PlayNHRA Virginia Nationals at Virginia Motorsports Park.

Butner, the 2017 Pro Stock world champion, will be driving the Elite Motorsports car normally handled by Fernando Cuadra Jr. The Cuadras, Fernando Jr. and twins David and Cristian, will not be competing this weekend due to business obligations.

“I don’t want to take away from the Mountain Motor program, at all, I’m involved in the engine program over there,” Butner said. “I think I’ll just be showing up in the staging lanes and jumping in Fernando Jr.’s car. It’s a new car, it’s good, just getting some more laps on it. It’s going to be fun. We’ve got a lot of cars on the entry lists, 20 in Pro Stock and there’s 16 in Mountain Motor Pro Stock with only eight spots. We had 14 Mountain Motors in Bristol and we didn’t get my wife, Randi Lyn, qualified, so I need to get that done or it’s going to be a long way home.” Continue reading

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JEG COUGHLIN JR. WINS THUNDER VALLEY NATIONALS

BRISTOL, TN – Jeg Coughlin Jr. and the SCAG Power Equipment / Outlaw Mile Hi Light Beer team powered to victory Sunday at the Super Grip NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway.

Jeg Jr. earned his 67th career victory with a win against rival and fellow Pro Stock veteran Greg Anderson in the final round. Jeg Jr. would have a solid pass at 6.707 seconds and 204.94 mph while Anderson, who had been the No. 1 qualifier and quickest all day, struggled down the track squaring the tires and crawling to a 20.530 pass at just 37.09.

“Greg and I have been in so many elimination-rounds side-by-side. To see them make a mistake and have a hiccup after the stellar runs they’ve put down was amazing,” Jeg Jr. said. “I put it in fourth gear and kind of peeked over a little bit, it was spinning and shaking, got it into fifth gear and I peeked over again and I’m like, you’ve got to be kidding me. Surely, he’s going to be coming on like a freight train. Bottom line, what a great win for us today.” Continue reading

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ERICA ENDERS WINS #2FAST2TASTY CHALLENEGE AT BRISTOL DRAGWAY

BRISTOL, TN – Erica Enders and the Johnson’s Horsepowered Garage / Melling Performance / SCAG Power Equipment team rallied to their third Mission Foods #2Fast2Tasty Challenge victory of the season Saturday at Bristol Dragway during qualifying for the Super Grip NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals.

In a rematch of the semifinals from the New England Nationals, Enders started her Saturday with a win over teammate Jerry Tucker. Enders would lay down a 6.643-second pass at 207.62 mph to defeat Tucker and the Outlaw Mile Hi Light Beer / SCAG team’s 6.685 at 205.54.

In the finals, Enders would take on rival Dallas Glenn who reached the final round by defeating the JEGS.com / White Castle car of Troy Coughlin Jr. The JHG / Melling machine had 6.644-second run at 207.30 mph to defeat Glenn’s 6.663 at 205.32.

“We wanted to get a handle on our hot raceday setup so we just put our heads down and did our own thing and had two pretty good runs today,” Enders said. “It’s always fun to have a race within a race, going back we had the K&N Horsepower Challenge, before that, the Holley Dominator Duel, and now this Mission Foods #2Fast2Tasty Challenge, it is definitely a fun specialty race. It’s really neat that you have to earn your way into each week by at least advancing to the semifinals. It adds some extra fun and a little extra pressure on Saturday, it makes you stay on your toes for race day.” Continue reading

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ERICA ENDERS LOOKING TO DEFEND THUNDER VALLEY NATIONALS VICTORY

BRISTOL, TN – Erica Enders and the Johnson’s Horsepowered Garage / Melling Performance / SCAG Power Equipment team enter this weekend’s Super Grip NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway looking to pick up their fourth win at the fan favorite facility.

Six-time defending world champion Enders has reached the final round of the Thunder Valley Nationals for two consecutive years, winning the 2023 event against rival Greg Anderson from the No. 1 qualifying position and finishing runner-up to teammate Aaron Stanfield in 2022. Her two other victories have come in 2015, also from No. 1, and 2014 with runner-up accolades in 2013 and 2011.

“I absolutely love racing at Thunder Valley,” Enders said. “We have so many great memories at this facility and we are looking forward to adding to that list this weekend.”

Enders victory in 2023 was the first of her season, acting as a catalyst for four more victories including three in the Countdown to the Championship that would lead her to her sixth Pro Stock world championship. Continue reading

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MASON WRIGHT HAS FIRST WIN AT NHRA NEW ENGLAND NATIONALS

EPPING, NH – In the fourth of 10 races in the Congruity NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series, Mason Wright picked up his first career victory in front of a sold-out crowd Sunday at New England Dragway during the NHRA New England Nationals.

Wright, who started eliminations from the No. 4 qualifying position thanks to a 5.738 second run at 248.39 mph in the fourth session, defeated Jordan Lazic on a hole shot in his first career final round appearance. Wright would have a .047 reaction time and 5.740-second pass at 249.72 mph that would be enough to take down Lazic’s .079 and 5.733 pass at 254.47 for the Wally. Wright’s first win comes in just his 12th Pro Mod start.

“Coming into the final qualifying session we were way down at No. 17 and we were able to move ourselves up to No. 5. That’s a direct result of the program the team has been working on. They’ve been working hard and it paid off,” Wright said. “It’s tough in the Pro Mod class, it really is. It’s definitely a team effort and they’ve all pulled together to give us a great race car. Getting to double up for Elite with Troy, that’s pretty exciting. I’m not going to lie, my first win, I’m still in shock. These fans have been awesome, I love it. We’ll take a couple days to rest, celebrate with the family and then head straight to Bristol and try to carry on the momentum.” Continue reading

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TROY COUGHLIN JR. WINS ALL ELITE FINAL ROUND AT NHRA NEW ENGLAND NATIONALS

EPPING, NH – Troy Coughlin Jr. and the JEGS.com. / White Castle team defeated six-time champion and teammate Erica Enders in her Johnson’s Horsepowered Garage / Melling Performance / SCAG Power Equipment machine for their first win of the season Sunday in front of a sold-out crowd at New England Dragway for the NHRA New England Nationals.

Troy Jr.’s victory would be his 13th national event win, fifth in Pro Stock and his second against Enders. The teammates have raced each other in a total of four final rounds. It was Troy Jr.’s first final round of the season, 11th in his Pro Stock career.

The Pro Stock final round was a tight side-by-side drag race. Troy Jr. would leave the starting line first with a .013 reaction time to Enders’ .038. At the finish line, Troy Jr.’s 6.584-second pass at 210.05 mph would defeat Enders’ 6.563 at 210.54 on a hole shot by four thousandths of a second. Continue reading

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ELITE MOTORSPORTS NO. 1 & 2 HEADING INTO RACE DAY AT NHRA NEW ENGLAND NATIONALS

EPPING, NH – In front of a sold-out crowd Saturday at New England Dragway, Erica Enders and the Johnson’s Horsepowered Garage /Melling Performance / SCAG Power Equipment team and Troy Coughlin Jr. in the JEGS.com / White Castle machine secured the No. 1 and No. 2 qualifying positions for the second consecutive race weekend.

With her 6.488-second pass at 211.79 mph from Friday night, Enders earned the 37th No. 1 of her career, third of the season and first at New England Dragway. Enders started qualifying with the quickest pass of the first session at 6.510 seconds and 211.63 mph earning her six bonus points on Friday.

Securely qualified in the field, Enders and the JHG / Melling team pushed in the first session on Saturday but found the edge smoking the tires to coast to a 16.055 second pass. The six-time world champion closed qualifying efforts Saturday afternoon with a 6.564 run at 211.89. Continue reading

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AARON STANFIELD ON A ROLL HEADING INTO NHRA NEW ENGLAND NATIONALS

EPPING, NH – Aaron Stanfield and the Johnson’s Horsepowered Garage / Melling Performance / Janac Brothers team have been on a steady incline as they head into this weekend’s NHRA New England Nationals at New England Dragway, the seventh of 20 events on the NHRA Mission Foods Drag Racing Series season schedule.

Stanfield, who also drives in the Factory X class, is coming off two consecutive final round appearances in his JHG / Melling Pro Stock hot rod. At the Charlotte Four-Wide event, Stanfield advanced to the final quad ultimately finishing with runner-up points for being second to the finish-line behind rival Greg Anderson but ahead of Dallas Glenn and teammate Cristian Cuadra. Most recently in Chicago at Route 66 Raceway, Stanfield raced past teammates Fernando Cuadra Jr., Jeg Coughlin Jr. and Jerry Tucker before coming up short to Dallas Glenn for the ninth runner-up finish of his career.

“So far this season this JHG / Melling / Janac Brothers team has had some decent days at the racetrack, but we have not turned on that last win light of the day,” Stanfield said. “New England Dragway has been good to us in the past. It’s a perfect place to get our first win representing the JHG brand. A win is coming, we just need to keep at it.” Continue reading

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