DENVER, NC – First year Pro Stock driver Camrie Caruso has not been crowned NHRA Rookie of the Year for 2022 but she is making a strong case through the first seven races of the season. Heading into the NHRA Norwalk Nationals Caruso will be flying the colors of Kings of Vapor, an Ohio-based vapor store and online business that has been a longtime supporter of Caruso Family Racing.
“We have had a great relationship with the guys from Kings of Vapor,” said Caruso. “We have known them for years. We sold Rick Bowling, my old Top Dragster to him and then we drove for him. We won a couple races and they have always been great supporters of our program. They will have some guests at the races this weekend and we are looking forward to an exciting weekend.”
Established in 2013, Kings of Vapor, is a large brick and mortar retail chain, with a complete online store as well, that prides itself on customer service. As a vapor store, not a tobacco shop, they stock a wide selection of vapes, juice, and accessories. Unlike smoke shops, they focus on assisting those who are interested in quitting smoking. Their knowledgeable staff has a genuine interest in assisting customers to explore an alternative to smoking and answer any and all questions. Kings of Vapor has 16 locations throughout Ohio including Akron, Canton and Central Ohio as well as multiple locations in Florida. They sell a wide range of vape, smoke, CBD and Delta-8 products.
NORWALK, OH – For the Buckeye State-proud members of Team JEGS, nothing compares to racing in their native Ohio, which is why this weekend’s NHRA national event in Norwalk is always circled on the racing calendar.
Led by three-time Norwalk winner Troy Coughlin Jr., the driver of the JEGS.com Elite Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro Pro Stocker, this event’s yellow-and-black attack will also feature three-time Division 3 champion Mike Coughlin in Top Alcohol Dragster and Mike’s teenaged son Clay, who is racing in Super Stock in his first NHRA national event.
“I always love racing with family, I love racing in the great state of Ohio, and it’s great when you know you’ll have a ton of support in the stands with all the JEGS associates who are always on hand, so this weekend checks all the boxes for me,” Troy Jr. said. “To be here for my cousin Clay’s national-event debut is also really cool. It’s a very exciting weekend for all of us at JEGS.
“We found some issues with the suspension and shocks on our racecar since the last race and everything has been corrected so we’re looking to have a strong rebound race. My thanks to Mark Ingersoll, Kyle Bates, Ricky Calloway, and Kelly Murphy for all the extra hours they’ve put in getting this new RJ Race Cars chassis up to speed.”
NORWALK, OH – Brittany Force and the Monster Energy / Flav-R-Pac Chevy dragster team will look to continue their domination of the Top Fuel class as they head to Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park for the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals, the 10th event on the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series schedule.
The points leader for a career best five straight events, Brittany Force is arguably on pace to claim her second NHRA Top Fuel championship at the helm of the Monster Energy / Flav-R-Pac dragster prepared by David Grubnic and Mac Savage. With three wins already under her belt this season, the 2017 World Champion will try to give JFR its first Top Fuel win at Norwalk after finishing runner-up to Steve Torrence by .014 of a second in 2021.
“Heading into Norwalk, a quick turnaround from Bristol. Definitely okay with that. This Monster Energy / Flav-R-Pac team plans to pick up some points. We get four qualifying rounds before going into race day, which is awesome,” Force said. “We’re looking for a top three qualifying position and getting as many points as we can then going rounds on race day and getting into that winners circle.”
Norwalk, OH – “Our DC Motorsports team had a good outing in Bristol last weekend. Sunday was hot and demanding, and we showed that we have a race car that can perform well in those types of conditions. It feels good knowing we have a solid hot weather tune-up. We have a good baseline to work off of and that should serve us well this weekend and at these next several races we have coming up. Last year in Norwalk we made it to the semis, so the goal is to take it one round further this weekend, and hopefully we’ll finish Sunday with our Bandero Toyota Supra in the winner’s circle.” stated DeJoria
Noteworthy: Moved up to seventh in the Funny Car standings following a semifinal finish in Bristol, and is within one point of the No. 6 position, occupied by her Toyota teammate, J.R. Todd
2021 Norwalk Recap: Qualified sixth; Semifinal finish (defeated Paul Lee in E1, Matt Hagan in E2; defeated by Cruz Pedregon in E3)
Last Event (Bristol): Qualified 12th; Semifinal finish (defeated Bob Tasca in E1, Matt Hagan in E2; defeated by Ron Capps in E3)
Applied Innovation Raises Profile at Norwalk Nationals with Dual Kalitta Motorsports Top Fuel Dragster Branding
YPSILANTI, MI – Applied Innovation, the award-winning Michigan based company with over 35 years of expertise, provides imaging, technology, and automation services for businesses across all industries, is expanding their on-car presence with Kalitta Motorsports this weekend at the NHRA Norwalk Nationals. They will be taking over the front sections of both the Doug Kalitta and Shawn Langdon Top Fuel dragsters. For over three seasons Applied Innovation, formerly Applied Imaging, has been building their business-to-business relationships with Kalitta Motorsports and a host of companies associated with NHRA drag racing.
“We started our relationship with Applied Innovation in 2019 and we are excited to be a part of their growth over the past three years,” said Chad Head, Kalitta Motorsports General Manager. “They are very active participants in our annual sponsor summits and have supported several initiatives away from the track as well. Their business is built on speed, precision, and teamwork which matches our business goals perfectly. I am excited to see them highlighted on Doug and Shawn’s Top Fuel dragsters this weekend.”
INDIANAPOLIS – The NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series broadcast on the FOX network yielded impressive results on Sunday, as nearly 900,000 viewers tuned in for NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals eliminations at Bristol Dragway.
FOX’s NHRA coverage of eliminations in Bristol registered 897,000 viewers on Sunday afternoon, which is an 18 percent improvement over last year’s June average for two NHRA races on FOX (761,000 viewers). The Father’s Day broadcast also peaked with 992,000 viewers.
The combined weekend audience of original airings for qualifying and eliminations action during the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals on FOX and Fox Sports 1 (FS1) totaled more than 1.3 million viewers as the 2022 season nears the halfway mark.
“We have a wonderful opportunity, across five consecutive events, to air NHRA drag racing on the FOX broadcast network, giving our largest TV audience a chance to not only sample, but to really get to know this powerful form of motorsports,” said Bill Wanger, FOX Sports EVP, Head of Programming & Scheduling. “To see it get off to a strong viewership start from Thunder Valley on Sunday is a great way to get things rolling.”
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