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‘MEAN MACHINE’ PUSHES COUGHLIN TO TOP OF PRO STOCK LADDER

Jeg Coughlin and his Elite Motorsports / JEGS Camaro have been the ones to beat in the Pro Stock class this weekend at the Thunder Valley NHRA Nationals.

And nothing changed Saturday, as he maintained his No. 1 qualifying position on the strength of Friday’s run, when he covered the Bristol Dragway quarter-mile in 6.694 seconds at 204.85 mph.

RAIN PROVES TO BE TORRENCE’S FRIEND IN TOP FUEL QUALIFYING

Most of the time, drag racers groan or grit their teeth in annoyance when it rains.

But NHRA Top Fuel racer Steve Torrence was delighted Saturday afternoon that a shower swept through East Tennessee and cooled down the 1,000-foot course at Bristol Dragway.

HAGAN UNDERSTANDS FATHER LIVES VICARIOUSLY THOUGH HIM

 

 Matt Hagan knows his role when it comes to his racing. He drives, and his father David lends unwavering support. It's the way the dynamic has always worked for the two-time NHRA Funny Car champion from Christiansburg, Va.

"Everybody says, ‘You’re so brave’ and all that. But I always use the line of ‘There’s a fine line between bravery and stupidity."

"I just don’t know what side I’m on today."

JOHN GAYDOSH: WHEN THE BEST LAID PLANS AND MURPHY'S LAW COLLIDE

 

If drag racing his Pro Stock Camaro didn't mean so much to John Gaydosh, his life could have been so much easier on his 23rd wedding anniversary.

In the midst of a career moment, Gaydosh, during last weekend's NHRA Summernationals wounded an engine in scoring an upset victory over Tanner Gray. The damage threatened to keep him from racing this weekend.

With the blessings of wife Tina, and help from fellow competitors Kenny Delco and Alan Prusiensky, Gaydosh and his team put in the long hours to prepare the car for this weekend's event.

NO. 1 PRO MOD QUALIFIER, MOLINARI, WINS FIRST ROUND SATURDAY AT BRISTOL

Shane Molinari secured the No. 1 qualifier Saturday at the NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series portion of the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway. This weekend’s Pro Mod Racing, presented by Real Pro Mod Association, is the seventh of 12 events this season.

Molinari’s pass of 5.837 seconds at 256.70 mph in his S&T Truck Repair Inc. ’68 Firebird during the final round of qualifying secured him lane choice during the first elimination session Saturday afternoon. He defeated Jim Whiteley in the first round with a 5.934 at 227.50.

TORRENCE, WILKERSON AND J. COUGHLIN JR. SECURE TOP QUALIFYING SPOTS AT BRISTOL

Steve Torrence claimed the No. 1 qualifying position in Top Fuel Saturday evening at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway.

Tim Wilkerson (Funny Car) and Jeg Coughlin Jr. (Pro Stock) were also No. 1 qualifiers in their respective categories at the 11th event of 24 on the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule.

PRITCHETT UNDERSTANDS REGULAR SEASON IS MARATHON AND NOT A SPRINT

 

If Leah Pritchett learned one lesson early in her career, it's to understand the regular season is a marathon and not a sprint.
 
Pritchett, who led the NHRA Top Fuel points earlier in the season, has now dropped to third behind Antron Brown and Tony Schumacher headed into the tenth race of the season. Peaking too early in the season is the least of her worries.
 
"If we can peak in the beginning of the season I think we can peak multiple times throughout the year," Pritchett explained. "[Fox TV pit reporter] Amanda [Busick] had asked last week if I was discouraged with qualifying last week when we weren’t on top and we weren’t in the bottom half of the field and I still have that same mentality of ‘absolutely not."

LEGENDS OF RACING HONORED SATURDAY AT HOLLEY NATIONAL HOT ROD REUNION

 

The second day of the Holley National Hot Rod Reunion presented by AAA Insurance at Beech Bend Raceway Park was a day filled of honoring the legends of racing at the scenic facility.

Grand marshal Eileen Daniels took part in events during the course of the day including the honoree’s reception. Daniels was recognized for her decades long dedication to racing and her passion for the Holley National Hot Rod Reunion presented by AAA Insurance.

NOTHING LIKE FATHER'S DAY FOR THESE DRAG RACERS

 Bristol Dragway became the Father's Day destination for drag racing starved fans, as well as the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series in 2010.
 
Many of those who run in the professional ranks pay homage to their fathers on this weekend.
 
Probably one of the more famous fathers racing this weekend at the NHRA Thunder Valley is a drag racer who coveted sons and ended up with daughters. And for John Force, the 16-time champion, the gender deficiency has worked well in his favor.

WILKERSON’S BACK-UP FORD POWERS HIM TO TOP OF THE PROVISIONAL FUNNY CAR FIELD

Tim Wilkerson said before heading to Bristol Dragway that his primary Levi, Ray & Shoup Shelby Ford Mustang Funny Car was “doing things I don't think it should do.”

As he awaits a new car from builder Murf McKinney, Wilkerson is racing his back-up car. And it’s doing exactly what he wants it to do.

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