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COUGHLIN RACES TO NHRA DIV. 1 RUNNER-UP FINISH

 

Troy Coughlin Jr. began his first-ever Division 1 championship charge with a strong runner-up finish that, combined with a No. 1 qualifying effort, let the rest of the "Land of NED" know the JEGS.com McPhillips Racing Top Alcohol Dragster will be a force all season.

After running a stout 5.186-second pass at 278.98 mph in qualifying, Coughlin led the field into race day as the favorite to win it all. He then beat Brandon Greco and Jeff Veale in the first two rounds before losing on a holeshot to past world champion and defending event titlist Duane Shields.

MEMORIAL DAY ENCORE: MORRIS JOHNSON JR.: FROM WAR TO DRAG RACING

 

Morris Johnson Jr. can’t help it. Every time he hears those lyrics from the famous Lee Greenwood song “Proud to be an American,” his eyes well up with tears.

“I am the kind of guy who looks at the flag for the greatest country in the world and gets goose bumps,” Johnson admits. “I get a tingle that I don’t know that everyone gets when they see the flag or the Star Spangled Banner is sung. When Lee Greenwood sang that song it became almost as popular as the national anthem.”

GREEN ADJUSTING TO TUNING PROCK’S TOP FUEL DRAGSTER AT JFR

 

World championship NHRA crew chief Mike Green has been on a crew chief carousel.

Green began the season as the co-crew chief for Bob Tasca III’s nitro Funny Car team. On May 7, Green departed Tasca’s team and joined John Force Racing as the crew chief for the Top Fuel dragster driven by Austin Prock.

In Green’s first race with JFR, the Virginia Nationals last weekend in Richmond, Prock qualified No. 10 (3.824 seconds) and beat Richie Crampton in the first round before losing to Mike Salinas in the second round.

BROGDON TEAMS WITH DMG MORI FOR BALANCE OF 2019

 

Rodger Brogdon’s Pro Stock Camaro will have a new look next weekend in Chicago.

The veteran driver announced a new sponsorship deal with DMG MORI, one of the largest machine tool builders in the world, for the rest of the 2019 NHRA season. That means a striking new wrap for Brogdon’s Camaro, which will debut at the upcoming Route 66 NHRA Nationals at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Ill.

DREW SKILLMAN ENJOYING LIFE IN SPORTSMAN RANKS

 

Life is good these days for NHRA racer Drew Skillman in the Sportsman ranks.

“This is about as good as it gets,” Skillman said. “Every time we go to the races, we win so I can’t really complain. Things have been really good.”

This season, Skillman has won two NHRA Factory Stock Showdown class races in Gainesville, Fla., and in Richmond, Va. He also won in Stock Eliminator in NHRA’s national event in Charlotte, N.C.

GRAND MARSHAL RANDY WALLS LEADS HONOREES FOR HOLLEY NATIONAL HOT ROD REUNION

 

The 17th annual Holley National Hot Rod Reunion® presented by AAA Insurance will feature legendary guests and machines from drag racing’s past for a three-day celebration of American hot rods, racing, and more June 13 - 15 at historic Beech Bend Raceway in Bowling Green, Ky. Leading the list of legends is Grand Marshal Randy Walls.

RULE CHANGES IN FACTORY STOCK SHOWDOWN ANNOUNCED

 

Changes are coming for the NHRA's Factory Stock Showdown division. NHRA's Technical Department announced on Thursday, May 23, 2019, the minimum weight for the 2015 Drag Pak combination has been reduced from 3,575 lbs. to 3,500 lbs.

TJ COUGHLIN READY TO GET HIS D-1 GROOVE ON

 

Perhaps no one is more excited about this weekend's Northeast Division opener at Maple Grove Raceway than Troy Coughlin Jr., who claimed his sixth national event win at this facility en route to last year's North Central Region Top Alcohol Dragster championship.
  
"It's great to be back with the A Fuel guys," Said Coughlin, who has raced in Super Comp and Super Gas the last few weekends to sharpen his skills. "We decided to run Division 1 this year because our crew guys all have regular jobs here in Eastern Pennsylvania so their commute time to the races will be shortened quite a bit. It's a big challenge to run D1 but we're ready to get started this weekend. It'll be really big if we can get off to a good start this weekend."

MILAN DRAGWAY PRESENTS DETROIT DRAGWAY REUNION

 

Milan Dragway (10860 Plank Rd, Milan MI) will host thousands of drag racing, car-loving enthusiasts for one of the biggest events of the year, The Detroit Dragway Reunion. For the past nine years, those that used to frequent the Detroit Dragway gather to reunite, race and show off their one of a kind cars.

TOYOTA RENEWS AS OFFICIAL CAR OF NHRA

 

Toyota has extended its agreement to serve as the Official Car of NHRA. As such, the distinguished automotive brand will have a season-long presence at NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series events and will be featured prominently in NHRA’s television broadcasts.

“As NHRA continues to grow, it is an absolute pleasure to have Toyota extend our partnership,” said Brad Gerber, chief development officer for NHRA. “As we continue to push the limits within NHRA drag racing, we will continue to push with Toyota as our partner in new initiatives like the recent Unfinished Business competition.”

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