Drag Racing Press Releases

FINAL EXAM THIS WEEK FOR BRITTANY FORCE

Driver of Castrol EDGE Top Fuel Dragster Hopes to Affect Strong Finish

POMONA, Calif. – For rookie Brittany Force, the world’s fastest credentialed schoolteacher, this week’s season finale at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, Calif., represents a final exam, of sorts, in this her first year of post graduate study at the UHP, the University of High Performance.

For the 27-year-old graduate of Cal State-Fullerton, who also spent a semester at New York’s Hunter College, the 49th annual Auto Club Finals offers one last opportunity to make the Dean’s List

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Volume 2013, Issue 11, Posted 11:58 PM, 11.06.2013

CHAMPIONSHIP SECURE, FORCE STILL MOTIVATED

16-Time Champ Aims for Ninth Victory in Season-Ending Auto Club Finals

POMONA, Calif. – He may already have clinched a record 16th NHRA Funny Car championship, but rivals know that John Force isn’t just going to “mail it in” this week when the 2013 Mello Yello tour concludes with the 49th annual Auto Club Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

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Volume 2013, Issue 11, Posted 11:51 PM, 11.06.2013

Team JEGS Pre-Race Notes

Auto Club NHRA Final

Auto Club NHRA Finals

Auto Club Raceway Pomona

Pomona, CA (Nov 7-10)

The Auto Club NHRA Finals is the sixth and final event in the NHRA Countdown to the Championship playoff that will determine the 2013 Full Throttle Champions. Jeg Coughlin Jr. enters the event as the leader in the Pro Stock class. He currently leads second-ranked Jason Line by 71 points

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Volume 2013, Issue 11, Posted 7:21 PM, 11.05.2013

BRITTANY FORCE CONTINUES PERFORMANCE IMPROVEMENTS HEADED TO POMONA

YORBA LINDA, CA (October 29, 2013) --- With one more day of testing behind her, Automobile Club of Southern California Road to the Future contender, Brittany Force is eager to get to the Auto Club NHRA Finals in Pomona. The rookie driver of the Castrol EDGE Top Fuel dragster, the first Top Fueler ever campaign by the 18-time Funny Car championship team, picked up another round win at the Toyota NHRA Nationals giving her eight round wins which leads all rookies this season.

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Volume 2013, Issue 10, Posted 11:48 PM, 10.29.2013

COURTNEY FORCE LEADS JFR ON FRIDAY IN LAS VEGAS

LAS VEGAS (October 25, 2013) –  After the first day of qualifying at the 13th annual Toyota Nationals, Courtney Force sits at the top of the ladder in the provisional No. 1 spot. Force slipped in the first session, but her Traxxas Ford Mustang rallied in the second qualifying attempt to put a 4.052 on the board with not only top speed of the event, but a track record of 318. 24 mph.

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Volume 2013, Issue 10, Posted 12:39 AM, 10.26.2013

HIGHT WINS IN CHARLOTTE AGAIN JUMPS TO 3RD IN FUNNY CAR POINTS

CHARLOTTE, NC ---- For one afternoon history repeated itself at the 6th annual Carlyle Tools Carolina NHRA Nationals as Robert Hight and the Auto Club Ford Mustang won and made a dramatic jump up the Mello Yello Funny Car point standings. In 2009 Hight defeated Matt Hagan in the finals and in the process jumped from 10th to 3rd in the point standings. Today in front of a packed crowd at zMax Dragway Hight again bested Hagan and moved from 9th to 3rd heading to the second race of the Countdown to the Championship.

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Volume 2013, Issue 9, Posted 12:41 AM, 09.16.2013

Coughlin Has Victory in First Race of the Countdown

CONCORD, N.C. (Sept. 15) – JEGS.com/Mopar Pro Stock driver Jeg Coughlin Jr. added to his already impressive resume with an important victory in the NHRA Carolina Nationals on Sunday at zMAX Dragway.

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Volume 2013, Issue 9, Posted 12:32 AM, 09.16.2013

PETER SACHS SPEAKING IN WATKINS GLEN ON OCT. 5

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (Sept. 13, 2013)  –  Motorsports historian, car collector and retired racer Peter Sachs will speak about his racing years and his work with the Klemantaski Collection photography archives on Oct. 5 at the International Motor Racing Research Center in Watkins Glen.

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Volume 2013, Issue 9, Posted 8:27 PM, 09.14.2013

J. FORCE, HIGHT EXCEL ON SATURDAY AT CARLYLE TOOLS CAROLINA NHRA NATIONALS

CHARLOTTE, NC (Sept. 14, 2013) – On the eve of the Countdown to the Championship’s first race John Force and Robert Hight served notice that they will be ready for race day. The tandem posted the quickest or second quickest runs in both sessions today at the Carlyle Tools Carolina NHRA Nationals.

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Volume 2013, Issue 9, Posted 8:11 PM, 09.14.2013

Top Fuel Standout Shawn Langdon Bringing Momentum To Mello Yello Countdown To The Championship Playoff Opener At Zmax Dragway

CONCORD, N.C. — If Top Fuel standout Shawn Langdon could pick a place to continue to his red-hot momentum after recently winning the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals and the Traxxas Nitro Shootout, zMAX Dragway would likely be one of his top choices.

Langdon’s first career Top Fuel win came there during the Countdown to the Championship playoff opener a year ago and when the Carlyle Tools NHRA Carolina Nationals presented by NAPA Auto Parts gets underway Sept 13-15, the No. 1 seed will have plenty of good vibes about what has transpired since that important victory.

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Volume 2013, Issue 9, Posted 5:30 PM, 09.09.2013

Keselowski Continues Penske Hot Streak at Richmond

RICHMOND, VA - RIS - Brian Scott dominated the Virginia 529 College Savings 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Richmond International Raceway.  So much so that the usually lively track seemed almost, dare I say it, boring, but the defending Sprint Cup champion had other ideas.  Driving a car that got better the loonger the race continued, the champ gave the Penske Ford Mustang it's 5th victory of the season and expanded the lead for the team in the owner's championship.

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Volume 2013, Issue 9, Posted 2:16 AM, 09.07.2013

JOHN AND COURTNEY FORCE CLINCH COUNTDOWN SPOTS AT BRAINERD

BRAINERD, MN ---- On a day when the winner’s circle eluded John Force Racing the team kept their eyes on the bigger prize as John Force and Courtney Force both clinched their berths in the 2013 Countdown to the Championship. By virtue of their first round wins and a first round loss by Del Worsham the Castrol GTX Ford Mustang and the Traxxas Ford Mustang will be running for the championship over the last six races of the season.

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Volume 2013, Issue 8, Posted 12:29 AM, 08.21.2013

Troy Coughlin enjoying the view from atop Pro Mod rankings

NORWALK, Ohio (July 3) -- Halfway through the 2013 NHRA Pro Mod Series schedule, defending world champion Troy Coughlin is right where he wants to be -- at the top of the national points ranking. It's a perch he plans on keeping, which means a big outing at this weekend's tour stop in Norwalk, Ohio, is a top priority 

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Volume 2013, Issue 7, Posted 12:19 AM, 07.04.2013

TROY CAUGHLIN HEADING TO ROUTE 66 RACEWAY FOR THE NHRA MELLO YELLO DRAG RACES

After big weekend of bracket racing, Troy Coughlin Jr is ready for NHRA glory.

DELAWARE, Ohio -- Third-generation drag racer Troy Coughlin Jr. is heading to Route 66 Raceway for the next stop on the NHRA Mello Yello tour. The 22-year-old upstart will compete in both Super Comp and Super Gas, two categories where he's had multiple successes in the past.

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Volume 2013, Issue 6, Posted 12:18 AM, 06.28.2013

JOHN FORCE DOMINATES FORD THUNDER VALLEY NATIONALS

BRISTOL, TN ---- John Force continued to rewrite the record books winning for the 135th time in his Funny Car career today. This is the 26th season the 15-time NHRA Mello Yello Funny Car champion has won at least one race in a season. Force defeated daughter Courtney Force, Matt Hagan, Blake Alexander and Cruz Pedregon on the way to his fourth Ford NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals presented by Tri-Cities Ford Dealers victory. This was Force’s fifth win at Bristol Dragway. He also won the inaugural race, the 1999 Winston Showdown, when he defeated Bob Vandergriff’s Top Fuel dragster and collected $210,000 for the win and being No. 1 qualifier at that race.

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Volume 2013, Issue 6, Posted 9:48 PM, 06.16.2013

Hight and Courtney Force top Friday's Funny Car qualifing

TOPEKA, KS  – It is only the first day of the NHRA Kansas Nationals but it was a great day for Robert Hight and Courtney Force who finished each qualifying session 1-2 in the Funny Car category. It was the first time all season Hight’s Auto Club Ford Mustang has been the quickest of the first two sessions and the two-time Kansas Nationals winner was pleased with his first day effort. Hight gave a lot of the credit to his crew chief Jimmy Prock and his pre-race decision to try a new tune-up.

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Volume 2013, Issue 5, Posted 3:08 PM, 05.18.2013

Morgan hoping to make the grade in his Lucas Oil/MAVTV Mustang

Morgan hoping to make the grade
in his Lucas Oil/MAVTV Mustang

PHOENIX - RIS - The best way to get back on track, according to Lucas Oil/MAVTV Pro Stock driver Larry Morgan, is to put your head down and go to work.

That's just what Morgan and his race team did to prepare for this weekend's NHRA Arizona Nationals at Firebird Int'l Raceway, the second stop in the 24-event Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.

Morgan failed to qualify for the season opener in Pomona because of issues that hurt parts in three different engines.

"The only good thing that happened this week was my kid making the dean's list," Morgan said. "I called to tell him because he didn't even know. We get the report card at home. He said, 'Tell me about you Dad.' I said, 'Well, I stunk. I was 19th and didn't do very well.' He said, 'Well, there's one way to look at it: There's only one way to go, and that's up.' And he's right."

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Volume 2012, Issue 10, Posted 8:33 PM, 02.22.2013

Hagan, Venables, crew deliver Magneti Marelli, Mopar pole position in rain-delayed, shortened Southern Nationals

COMMERCE, Ga. (RIS) - Matt Hagan doesn't want to be reminded about the 2012 season when he was not one of the 10 drivers to qualify for the NHRA Countdown to the Championship playoff.

Or that he was the only member of Don Schumacher Racing who did not win a pole last year.

But that was then.

The 2011 NHRA Funny Car world champion, who won a Mello Yello series title three weeks ago at Charlotte after going winless last season, broke another streak Friday when he won the pole for Saturday's championship eliminations in the NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway.

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Volume 2012, Issue 10, Posted 12:40 AM, 05.11.2013

Schumacher surprised with unveiling of tribute Funny Car before induction into International Motorsports Hall of Fame

Schumacher surprised with unveiling of tribute Funny Car

before induction into International Motorsports Hall of Fame

TALLADEGA, Ala. (RIS) - Jack Beckman will have a Hall-of-Fame look this weekend at the NHRA Southern Nationals near Atlanta when his Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car carries a paint scheme honoring team owner Don Schumacher's induction Thursday into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame.

The "Don Schumacher Hall of Fame Tribute Car" replicates the look of the Plymouth Funny Car Schumacher campaigned in 1970 when he won the NHRA U.S. Nationals.

"That was my favorite car because it had independent front suspension," said Schumacher, who won five NHRA event titles as an owner/driver/crew chief between 1970 and 1974. He since has added 198 titles and 11 NHRA world championships as an owner.

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Volume 2012, Issue 10, Posted 1:22 AM, 05.03.2013

Lucas Oil/MAVTV racer Morgan ready to do some damage in Atlanta

Lucas Oil/MAVTV racer Morgan ready to do some damage in Atlanta

ATLANTA (RIS) - Lucas Oil/MAVTV driver Larry Morgan is loaded for bear for the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals ris`at Atlanta Dragway this weekend. He believes he has turned a corner with the new Ford Mustang and is ready to go some rounds.

"I need to make up for lost time," Morgan said. "All the guys have worked so hard on this car, and we think we have something for the competition now. Houston was a pretty good race for us, and we're all itching to win some rounds and show what we've got."

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Volume 2012, Issue 10, Posted 6:20 PM, 04.30.2013

Atlanta Dragway a favorite stop for five-time world champion Coughlin

Atlanta Dragway a favorite stop for five-time world champion Coughlin

ATLANTA (RIS) -- The week when the Mello Yello NHRA Drag Racing Series visits Atlanta is always a special one for five-time world champion Jeg Coughlin Jr. Not only is Coughlin a former winner at Atlanta Dragway, making him as anxious as ever to hit the quarter-mile strip, his status as a past series champion has additional perks.

"I'm really looking forward to the week in Atlanta, beginning with the Champion's Celebration on Wednesday night at Coca-Cola headquarters," Coughlin said. "That's a really neat tradition and it's one I'm particularly honored to be a part of each year. You definitely walk in that hall and feel special, thanks to the great Southern hospitality the Coca-Cola folks always show us.

"That party sets up a great weekend at a track I always enjoy. It's one of those tracks I remember going to as a kid and watching my dad race there. I also went there with my older brothers and helped them when they started racing. Later, I was fortunate enough to raise a few Wally's myself at that track. Atlanta is just a special place for me."

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Volume 2012, Issue 10, Posted 6:04 PM, 04.30.2013

HIGHT SET BUILD ON ATLANTA SUCCESS THIS WEEKEND

HIGHT SET BUILD ON ATLANTA SUCCESS THIS WEEKEND

ATLANTA, GA (RIS) --- Robert Hight had planned to start his race weekend by attending the Mello Yello Champions Banquet on Wednesday night in downtown Atlanta. This prestigious event is a celebration of new and previous NHRA champions and as the 2009 Funny Car champion Hight has a standing invitation to attend. Unfortunately, just like unpredicted rain showers at a race track sometimes your plans have to change. Hight will be foregoing the Champions Banquet due to business obligations in Yorba Linda, Calif., and will instead travel to the East Coast on Thursday.

“There were a few things I needed to get done here in California and I just couldn’t get them wrapped up in time to leave tomorrow. That doesn’t change the fact that the banquet is a huge deal and I am sorry I’ll miss it this year. Being a Funny Car champion is a huge honor for me, my team and for the Auto Club. We came close a couple of time before I won in 2009 and that made the championship even more special,” said Hight. “It has been a few years and there have been three different champions after me. In the past six years there have been six different Funny Car champs. If that doesn’t tell you this is one of the toughest classes out there I don’t know what will. I am focused on winning every round and that mindset will continue this weekend in Atlanta.”

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Volume 2012, Issue 10, Posted 5:57 PM, 04.30.2013

Tough day for Don Schumacher Racing organization in eliminations at Royal Purple Raceway near Houston

Tough day for Don Schumacher Racing organization
in eliminations at Royal Purple Raceway near Houston

HOUSTON (RIS) -  For the first time since July 10, 2011, at Route 66 Raceway near Chicago, a Don Schumacher Racing entry did not make the final round of NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series competition.

Don Schumacher Racing drivers and crew chiefs faced the most challenging race track and conditions in 2013.

Torrential rains on Saturday and overnight left a beast of a race track for teams to navigate their temperamental 10,000-horsepower machines.

Ron Capps' NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge was the lone competitor left for DSR in semifinal competition and the tricky race track bit him, causing tire smoke and ending the day for the seven-team organization.

Spencer Massey's Battery Extender carried DSR to the second round after defending Top Fuel champion Antron Brown and seven-time champion Tony Schumacher both suffered first round losses.

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Volume 2012, Issue 10, Posted 7:25 PM, 04.28.2013

Final round results from Sunday’s 26th annual O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Spring Nationals at Royal Purple Raceway, sixth race in the 2013 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series:

Final round results from Sunday’s 26th annual O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Spring Nationals at Royal Purple Raceway, sixth race in the 2013 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series:

POINTS BATTLE TIGHTENS AT O’REIILY SPRING NATIONALS

HOUSTON, TX ---- At the conclusion of the O’Reilly Auto Parts Spring Nationals the Mello Yello Funny Car point standings tightened up as Matt Hagan class points leader lost in the first round and only two of the top eight drivers advanced beyond round two. Unfortunately for John Force Racing team leader and 15-time Funny Car champion John Force came the closest to racing live on ESPN2 in the semis.

Force, the 2002 Funny Car winner at the O’Reilly Spring Nationals, took out Blake Alexander in the first round before dropping a close race to veteran Tim Wilkerson. In the battle of the Ford Mustangs Force left on Wilkerson and his Castrol GTX Ford Mustang was charging down the track when it hazed the tires. Wilkerson who tunes and drives the Levi Ray & Shoup Mustang made one of the quickest runs of the session to defeat Force. At the top end it was Wilkerson 4.198 to Force’s 5.719.

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Volume 2012, Issue 10, Posted 6:52 PM, 04.28.2013

Jeg Coughlin Jr. starting Sunday's SpringNationals from No. 1 spot in Pro Stock

Jeg Coughlin Jr. starting Sunday's SpringNationals from No. 1 spot in Pro Stock

HOUSTON - RIS) – The rains washed out most of Pro Stock qualifying on Saturday at the NHRA SpringNationals, prompting an overnight strategy session for Jeg Coughlin Jr. and the JEGS/Mopar Dodge Avenger team at Royal Purple Raceway.

Coughlin earned his first No. 1 qualifier since 2010 but was one of the few Pro Stock cars in the field that didn’t get three shots at the track. His Friday pass of 6.569 seconds at 211.20 mph held up despite cooler, overcast conditions for the cars that did make runs on Saturday.

"It speaks volumes to where our team has come this year," Coughlin said. "We owe a lot of credit to Allen and Roy Johnson. When we decided to put a two-car team together, literally one (crew). We communicate extremely well.

"To get our first pole in a couple of years is fantastic, and we'd like to perform well tomorrow."

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Volume 2012, Issue 10, Posted 11:45 PM, 04.27.2013

Arana Sr. working hard to keep pace on Lucas Oil Buell

Arana Sr. working hard to keep pace on Lucas Oil Buell

HOUSTON -RIS - Hector Arana Sr.'s Lucas Oil Buell has shown plenty of speed during the first two races of the 2013 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, but he would love to have more luck beginning with the O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA SpringNationals this weekend.

Arana Sr. qualified No. 3 and raced to the semifinals at the Pro Stock Motorcycle season opener in Gainesville, Fla., and then qualified No. 4 in Charlotte, but his Buell wobbled in the first round and was eliminated early.

"Houston has been good to me," Arana Sr. said. "I need some luck. If it wasn't for bad luck, I wouldn't have any luck. Overall everything has gone great. The kids have done great, they've qualified, and (son) Hector has won twice, so I'm happy and pleased."

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Volume 2012, Issue 10, Posted 6:00 PM, 04.24.2013

Arana Jr. looking to pad early-season points lead

Arana Jr. looking to pad early-season points lead

HOUSTON - RIS - Lucas Oil Buell rider Hector Arana Jr. is the hottest rider in NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing, and he hopes to continue that momentum during this weekend's O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA SpringNationals.

Arana Jr. opened the 2013 season by winning both Pro Stock Motorcycle races, a feat last accomplished by Angelle Sampey in 2006, but he doesn't want to stop there. He hopes to join Matt Hines and Dave Schultz as the only riders to win the first three races of a season.

"That's pretty cool," Arana Jr. said. "It would be pretty sweet to win three in a row, but I'm not going to count my chickens until they hatch."

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Volume 2012, Issue 10, Posted 5:51 PM, 04.24.2013

Mike Coughlin set to debut new car at Indy opener

Mike Coughlin set to debut new car at Indy opener

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - RIS – The way that Mike Coughlin sees it, if the new JEGS.com Chevy Camaro he is set to debut this weekend is half as good as the Chevy Cobalt it is replacing, he will be very pleased.

Although the old car carried Coughlin to two North Central Division Top Sportsman championships and more than a half-dozen victories since 2006, Coughlin now realizes it’s time to make a change.

"That's how it is in racing; if you’re not moving forward you are going backward, which is why we felt that it was time to build a new car," Coughlin said. "When we first brought out the old car, we could qualify in the top two or three spots just about anywhere. Slowly, we’ve started to slip to 10th or 12th. I really hated to see the old car go, but I’m very excited to bring out the new one."

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Volume 2012, Issue 10, Posted 5:40 PM, 04.24.2013

PATIENT LUCAS LOOKING FOR CONSISTENCY IN TOUGH NHRA TOP FUEL CATEGORY AS MELLO YELLO SERIES HEADS TO HOUSTON

PATIENT LUCAS LOOKING FOR CONSISTENCY IN TOUGH NHRA TOP FUEL CATEGORY AS MELLO YELLO SERIES HEADS TO HOUSTON

BAYTOWN, Texas – One of the biggest requirements for those who compete in the world of NHRA Top Fuel racing is patience. The competition is so close, that it can be easy for a team to become frustrated when the results aren’t immediately matching their expectations.

For defending O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA SpringNationals presented by Super Start Batteries Top Fuel winner Morgan Lucas, the early part of the 2013 season has been an exercise in patience.

His GEICO/Lucas Oil Top Fuel dragster has shown a ton of promise and has been producing great performances, but he has yet to add to his career win total. In sharp contrast to last season where Lucas opened the season with a pair of dominating victories, this year he is still waiting to grab that first Wally of the year.

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Volume 2012, Issue 10, Posted 5:36 PM, 04.24.2013

JOHN FORCE No. 2 at DOLLAR GENERAL FOUR-WIDE NATIONALS

JOHN FORCE No. 2 at DOLLAR GENERAL FOUR-WIDE NATIONALS

CHARLOTTE - RIS – John Force and the Castrol GTX Ford Mustang team came out of the pits swinging today at the 4th annual Dollar General NHRA Four-Wide Nationals qualifying No. 2 with a 4.039 second run at the Funny Car event top speed of 316.08 mph. All four John Force Racing race cars qualified for the once a season four-wide extravaganza at Bruton Smith’s Bellagio of Drag Strips, zMax Dragway. Rookie Funny Car driver Chad Head was the No. 1 qualifier, the first of his Funny Car career, with a 4.014 second pass in the opening session under optimal conditions.

John Force made the highlight run in Funny Car to start the day for JFR but Brittany Force in her four-wide debut also turned some heads with a constantly improving Castrol EDGE Top Fuel dragster. The rookie driver opened the day with a 3.839 second run and followed it up with a 3.836 second pass in the second and final session. At the end of the only day of qualifying the rookie driver was pleased to be the No. 9 qualifier, her highest starting spot in her young career.

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Volume 2012, Issue 10, Posted 8:17 PM, 04.20.2013

Schumacher beats teammate Brown for Top Fuel title while Hagan advances to Vegas semis to lead Funny Cars

Schumacher beats teammate Brown for Top Fuel title  

LAS VEGAS - RIS - Antron Brown slipped past U.S. Army and Don Schumacher Racing teammate Tony Schumacher by two points to earn the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series championship in Top Fuel last season.

Brown started Sunday's championship elimination round with a six-point lead over Schumacher in the SummitRacing.com Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

It looks like the two-man battle in Top Fuel has no end in sight.

Schumacher, a seven-time world champion, beat Brown and the Matco Tools team, the reigning champion, in the final round that enabled Schumacher to move around Brown for the points lead after four of 24 events.

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Volume 2012, Issue 10, Posted 9:57 PM, 04.07.2013

HIGHT STAYS ON TOP AT LAS VEGAS

HIGHT STAYS ON TOP AT LAS VEGAS

LAS VEGAS, NV - RIS – Robert Hight and the Auto Club Ford Mustang proved that last night was not a fluke holding onto the No. 1 qualifying spot at the 14th annual SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals. On Friday night Hight posted the quickest time of the weekend, 4.053 seconds, and today he backed up his solid performance making the quickest lap of the final qualifying session a 4.093 second run. For the weekend Hight picked up six valuable qualifying bonus points for his efforts.

There was a lengthy delay of over fifty minutes after the first pair of Funny Cars in the final session. As the sun set on the Las Vegas desert Hight thought the chances of his time holding up were disappearing with the sun on the horizon.

“The longer the delays took I was thinking it was going to be tough. Cruz Pedregon was coming up and he just loves these kinds of conditions. He could have run right there with us when it was cooling off. He honestly has a really good car and it showed today. It looked like he was pushing a little yesterday. He calmed it down and made two great runs. He is another tough car,” said Hight.

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Volume 2012, Issue 10, Posted 12:10 AM, 04.07.2013

Brown wins first Top Fuel pole of the season for DSR, teammate Gray takes Funny Car points lead at Las Vegas

Brown wins first Top Fuel pole of the season for DSR,
teammate Gray takes Funny Car points lead at Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS - RIS - Antron Brown held on Saturday to earn his first No. 1 Top Fuel qualifying position of the season and Don Schumacher Racing teammate Johnny Gray took over the Funny Car points lead after qualifying Saturday in the NHRA SummitRacing.com Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Brown's time of 3.780 seconds at 325.06 mph that he ran Friday night barely held up after Clay Millican joined him Saturday as the only Top Fuel drivers to reach below 3.80 seconds in the event.

Millican's time of 3.797 (325.85) moved passed Brown's Don Schumacher Racing's teammate Tony Schumacher for the No. 2 position. Schumacher's U.S. Army dragster is ranked third for Sunday's championship eliminations, which begin at 11 a.m. (ET).

In Funny Car, Gray, who won the last event title three weeks ago, qualified fourth and earned enough bonus points in qualifying to break a tie with DSR teammate Ron Capps heading to the championship eliminations in the fourth event of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.

The following are qualifying results and other notes:

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Volume 2012, Issue 10, Posted 12:07 AM, 04.07.2013

Capps qualifies NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge seventh, shows off NHRA drag racing to a 'Little' ESPN personality

Capps qualifies NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge seventh, 

shows off NHRA drag racing to a 'Little' ESPN personality

LAS VEGAS - RIS -
You never know who you'll see in Ron Capps' NAPA AUTO PARTS pits.

Capps spent time visiting with ESPN motorsports reporter Jamie Little before his last qualifying session Saturday for the NHRA SummitRacing.com Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Capps and Little, who lives in Las Vegas, have been friends since 2004 when they were sponsored by Oakley.

It was the first trip to an NHRA national event for Little and her 8-month-son Carter and Capps provided a guided tour of the NAPA pit area and racecar transporters.

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Volume 2012, Issue 10, Posted 12:03 AM, 04.07.2013

JOHNNY GRAY GRAY MOTORSPORTS/PITCH ENERGY DODGE CHARGER R/T EVENT PREVIEW - SUMMITRACING.COM NHRA NATIONALS THE STRIP AT LAS VEGAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY

Gray and Pitch Energy Team Aim to Keep Momentum Rolling in Las Vegas

           

ARTESIA, N.M. - RIS - NHRA Funny Car pilot Johnny Gray is determined to make his final full season in the driver's seat his best, and with a victory already logged and half-ownership of the points lead in his possession for the first time in his long and diverse drag racing career, the driver of the Pitch Energy Dodge Charger is well on his way.

This weekend's SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the fourth of 24 events in the 2013 Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, will afford Gray the opportunity to extend the celebration started two weeks ago when he scored the win over long-ago teammate Del Worsham in the final round at the Amalie Oil NHRA Gatornationals.

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Volume 2012, Issue 10, Posted 12:57 AM, 04.05.2013

Coughlin wins his first in Super Gas;

Coughlin wins his first in Super Gas;

 

 Dedicates win to famous grandfather

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - RIS – JEGS.com driver T.J. Coughlin had plenty of reasons to smile after scoring his first Super Gas national event victory in Sunday's NHRA Amalie Oil Gatornationals.

For starters, the "Gators" is considered one of the top NHRA races of the season. Plus, JEGS founder Jeg Coughlin Sr. – T.J.'s grandfather – celebrated his 75th birthday on Friday.

"It's very cool," Coughlin said. "It's a very historic class at an historic race at an historic facility. It's definitely a privilege to do it on Pappy's 75th birthday weekend, too. This is for him."

Finally, Coughlin was able to beat girlfriend Mia Tedesco in the final round.

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Volume 2012, Issue 10, Posted 11:32 PM, 03.17.2013

Gray, Brown win NHRA Gatornationals titles to push national event wins to 200 for Don Schumacher Racing

Gray, Brown win NHRA Gatornationals titles to push national event wins to 200 for Don Schumacher Racing
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - RIS - Forty years ago, pioneering Funny Car driver and owner Don Schumacher won his first NHRA national event trophy.

It was at the biggest event on the NHRA circuit; nothing topped winning the U.S. Nationals near Indianapolis.

But the native Chicagoan who lives mostly in Florida now, will consider the NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville, Fla., as home to one of the biggest days in his illustrious career.

On Sunday, reigning NHRA Top Fuel champion Antron Brown and veteran Funny Car driver Johnny Gray won their respective categories at the Florida track to push Don Schumacher Racing's total of NHRA national event titles to 200.

"It's a tremendous reward," said an emotional Schumacher, who will be inducted May 2 into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame at Talladega, Ala.

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Volume 2012, Issue 10, Posted 8:33 PM, 03.17.2013