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Courtesy of Rodz Racing

Gainesville, FL – A career best elapsed time and speed of 5.612 seconds in excess of 256 miles per hour, propelled Cassandra Simonton and the Kon Rodz Racing Top Alcohol Funny Car team to a provisional number 6 qualified spot today, after the first day of qualifying at the 42nd Annual Tire Kingdom NHRA Gatornationals contested in Gainesville, Fla.

Simonton, the 24-year old sophomore driver for Spiro Kontos’ Maple, Ont. headquartered team, entered this event with high expectations after a very successful test session with new head tuner, Randy Anderson turning the wrenches earlier this week at South Georgia Motorsports Park in Valdosta, Ga. Although the team did not record any full quarter-mile laps under power, the decrease in tire-shake, and how smooth the car ran in comparison from last season, gave the second-year driver a lot of confidence for the 2011 season debut.

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Testing Complete, Team Janis Ready for 2011 Racing Season

Courtesy of Janis Racing

Elma, NY– With the offseason behind them Mike Janis and his Elma, NY based team headed to Valdosta, GA for some pre-Gatornationals testing. The team spent three days testing several combinations in hopes of being able to run with the best the NHRA Get Screened America Pro Mod Series has to offer.

 With the NHRA slowing down supercharger overdrive for the 2011 season from 20% over to 14% over the Janis team was forced to abandon their scheduled R&D program and adjust to the new rules.

 “The off-season rule change hit us pretty hard. We had hoped to focus on cylinder head development and other areas but due to the rule change we had to scramble and change our focus. I know we don’t have the power to run with the turbo guys, but we have made some gains in the horsepower department and with a little consistency maybe we can have a shot,” said the team’s chief designer and fabricator, Kevin Peters.

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Chris Demke and Maddern Racing Contesting Gatornationals In Honor Of Walt Rhoades

Courtesy of Maddern Racing

Gainesville, FL – It was a last minute decision for Maddern Racing to travel over 3000 miles to contest this weekend’s 42nd annual running of the Tire Kingdom’s NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway in Florida.   It was a unanimous decision.

This race marks a very special place in history for crew member, Adam Rhoades, where his father won his 1st National Event back in 1971 driving the Freight Train entry in Top Gas Eliminator.

“We have never ran the Gatornationals” said Demke, “when Adam mentioned to us how cool it would be to go in honor of his dad, we all agreed that it should and would be done.

“We have a good, consistent car and a brand new partnership with Hoosier Tires, so we are hoping to celebrate a win in honor of Walt’s accomplishments from 40 years ago.”

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Hoosier Tires Partners with Maddern Racing

Courtey of Madden Racing

Sun Valley, CA –  Chris Demke and Maddern Racing have reached an agreement and are joining forces with Hoosier Tires during the 2011 Racing Season.  Hoosier’s are the racing tire “Designed for Champions.” 

“We are very excited about this new opportunity” notes Demke, “we’ve been running Hoosier Tires for many seasons, and for them to choose us to partner with is quite an honor, to say the least.

“We really like that fact that these tires are manufactured in the United States.  Their compound, along with our engine combination, continues to help us run consistently every time we are at the track.

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Troy Coughlin returns to action with a turbo Pro Mod car

Courtesy of Jegs

GAINESVILLE. FL – Four years ago, world champion drag racer Troy Coughlin made the bold move to try a turbocharged powerplant in his Pro Mod entry. The results with the brand-new technology were mixed at best, as Coughlin and his crew mostly struggled to harness the massive amounts of horsepower the combination was producing.

Fast forward to 2011 and this weekend’s 42nd annual Tire Kingdom NHRA Gatornationals, the season-opening event of the Get Screened America Pro Mod Drag Racing Series, and Coughlin is back with a turbo power-adder, looking for much better results, including some victories and a potential run at the championship.

“The technology between now and then has improved so much,” said Coughlin, who abandoned his first foray into turbocharged racecars to chase the National Muscle Car Association title, which he won in 2009. “The parts are better and engines are holding together without damage for a lot longer.

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T.J. Coughlin dreaming big as he heads to Gatornationals

Courtesy of Jegs

GAINESVILLE, FL – JEGS Super Comp dragster driver Troy Coughlin Jr.’s goal of contending for the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series national championship in 2011 begins this weekend at the 42nd annual Tire Kingdom NHRA Gatornationals at historic Gainesville Raceway.

Beginning the day after his famous grandfather Jeg Coughlin Sr. gets inducted into Don Garlits’ International Drag Racing Hall of Fame, the significance and prestige of competing at one of drag racing’s “majors” is not lost on the 20-year-old Coughlin, who is known as T.J. to his friends and family.

“If you’re a drag racer than the Gatornationals definitely gets your heart pumping,” T.J. said. “I remember my dad (Troy Coughlin) racing to the final round there when I was 9 years old and I was listening at home. He had Warren Johnson in the final and W.J. beat him that day and I was so upset I threw my shoe at the T.V. My mom just about killed me.

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Canadian NHRA Pro Modified teams preparing to head to Florida

 Courtesy of PMRA

Gainsville, FL – Canada will be well-represented in the NHRA Get Screened American Pro Mod Series at the upcoming NHRA Gatornationals in Florida.

Ike Maier of Tottenham, Ontario, Raymond Commisso of Toronto, Ontario, and Ken Lang of Grand Pointe, Manitoba will all be making the trek to Gainesville for the second race in the 2011 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series tour.

The Pro Mod session at Gainesville will be the first of 10 such events at selected NHRA races this year.

“It should be interesting this year with the rules changes,” noted Maier, who will be driving his 1963 Corvette Pro Mod. “The most important change is the reduction in the blower drive, and a lot of teams will be struggling to get the right combination.”

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Courtesy of Jackson Racing

Baytown, TX – In today’s competitive NHRA Top Alcohol Funny Car division, it’s important to take advantage of every racing opportunity; especially when expectations are not achieved.

An event runner-up finish at the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event in Baytown, Texas for Rick Jackson’s team this past weekend provided the Centre Pointe Collision Center Ford Mustang and driver Tony Bartone with valuable tuning information as well as 64 valuable NHRA National Points.

One week after an event winning and world record setting race weekend at the NHRA Winternationals in Pomona, Calif., the Jackson Racing TAFC headed to Royal Purple Raceway in Baytown to kick off their 2011 NHRA Div. 4 LODRS season and defend their 2010 Divisional Championship.

As qualifying began for the Santa Clarita, Calif. headquartered team, after an on-and-off the throttle and early shut-off 6.563second elapsed time instantly put the team behind the tuning curve.

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Courtesy of Kon Rodz Racing

Maple, Ont. – The winter months in The Great White North of Ontario, Canada are often cold, dark and dreary. However, the past six weeks have been hot, full of hard work and optimism for Spiro Kontos and his Maple, Ont. Kon Rodz Racing Top Alcohol Funny Car team.

This weekend, they will head due-south to South George Motorsports Park located in Valdosta, Ga. to provide new crew chief Randy Anderson and second year driver Cassie Simonton an opportunity to fine-tune their new set up in a test session prior to their NHRA Season debut at the 43rd Tire Kingdom NHRA Gator Nationals.

The Kon Rodz Racing team made several wholesale changes in the off season, including acquiring the tuning talents of Anderson, the former two-time NHRA TAFC World Champion and NHRA Nitro Funny Car pilot.

During the cold and snowy months leading up to the 2011 season debut, the team spent countless hours preparing a new motor combination, adding new colors to the teams Monte Carlo body and new transporter. All the pieces are in place for a much improved 2011 campaign and team owner Kontos is chopping at the bit.

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Johnny Ahten Exits Early With Satisfying Results in Pomona

Courtesy of Ahten Family Racing

Pomona, CA –  With rain significantly changing qualifying attempts and eliminations in Phoenix and Pomona, Johnny Ahten and his team are still very happy with their end results.

Ahten’s team entered the gates to Pomona with a brand new fuel system and combination.  At the end of their first round of eliminations, consultant, Don Jackson,  and Crew Chief, Al Ahten, found that they had taken their Clean Boost Performance Oil / Island Renovations A/Fuel Dragster in the right direction.

“First round was our first planned full pass” noted Ahten, “The car was on a mid to high 5.20 pass according to the increments and started dropping holes around 900 feet.  To say the least, we were very happy with those results with the little data we had acquired up to that point.

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