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KALITTA AS HOT AS THE TEMPERATURES AT BRISTOL, LEADS TOP FUEL FIELD

With ambient temperatures pushing 90 degrees and the track reading at 105 at about 9 p.m. Friday, Doug Kalitta managed to do what about half of the NHRA Top Fuel field could not.

He made it down the 1,000-foot Bristol Dragway course in the Mac Tools Dragster and took the tentative No. 1 qualifying spot for the Thunder Valley Nationals.

COUGHLIN LEADS PRO MOD QUALIFYING FRIDAY AT THUNDER VALLEY NATIONALS

Troy Coughlin is the provisional No. 1 qualifier 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 on the 2017 schedule.

Coughlin raced a 5.854-second pass at 254.33 mph in his JEGS Mail Order ’15 Corvette.

 

 

KALITTA, WILKERSON AND JEG COUGHLIN LEAD QUALIFYING AT THUNDER VALLEY

Doug Kalitta is the current Top Fuel No. 1 qualifier Friday evening at the 17th annual NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway.  

Tim Wilkerson (Funny Car) and Jeg Coughlin Jr. (Pro Stock) are also provisional qualifying leaders at the 11th of 24 events on the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule.

TANNER GRAY TO GRADUATE HIGH SCHOOL SUNDAY IN BRISTOL PRE-RACE

With his graduation into Pro Stock, eighteen-year-old Tanner Gray completed a milestone. This Sunday, the third-generation drag racer will check off another significant achievement which took much longer, 12 years to be exact. 

Gray will graduate high school Sunday during pre-race festivities for the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway. He will attend in cap and gown, accompanied by his parents Shane and Amber Gray, grandparents Johnny and Terry, as well as a score of other family and friends. 

FOR THE COUGHLINS, THE FATHER'S DAY PRESENT IS CRUCIAL

 

When you are born into the Coughlin family, drag racing participation isn't mandatory; it's recommended.

This weekend as the NHRA's Mello Yello Drag Racing Series rolls into Bristol Dragway for the Thunder Valley Nationals, there will be three generations of the decorated racing family in attendance for the Father's Day horsepower spectacular. 

Jeg Coughlin Sr., no longer races, choosing to live vicariously through his four sons, and grandchildren, two of whom race in NHRA competition. 

YOUNG LEADS FIRST DAY BOWLING GREEN HOT ROD REUNION QUALIFYING

 

Morning showers couldn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the 2017 NHRA Holley National Hot Rod Reunion presented by AAA Insurance at Beech Bend Raceway Park on the opening day of the three-day event. The event is a celebration of classic cars, nostalgic quarter-mile drag racing and numerous interactive displays at the facility. 

MOTZ RETURNS TO NORWALK FOR SUMMIT RACING NHRA NATIONALS

While blasting down track in his jet engine-powered Kenworth truck and burning down signs in the process, Bob Motz has fascinated fans and formed friendships at Norwalk, Ohio's Summit Motorsports Park for years, and while it looked as though he had his final performance at SMP last year, he's making a return for the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals this year.

Motz will lay flames and make a 200-plus mph pass after the final pair of nitro cars head down track Friday, June 23, and again after the final pair of nitro cars make a pass Saturday, June 24. His Friday performance will be followed by a colorful display of fireworks.

VP RACING TO SPONSOR PRIME MOTIVATION AS OFFICIAL FUEL

VP Racing Fuels announced its support for Prime Motivation, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping disconnected youth stay in school and focus on future personal and career oriented goals.  

As Official Fuel, VP will help support events staged by Prime Motivation on high school campuses to showcase customized vehicles with the latest aftermarket and high-tech products and gadgets. The vehicles facilitate discussion of the work and skills needed to customize the vehicles and associated career opportunities in the Automotive Industry. Teens can participate in hands-on workshops, educational seminars, and demonstrations that cover topics such as mobile electronics, manufacturing, research & development, auto body, and more.

GAYDOSH GETS BY WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM HIS FRIENDS

 

John Gaydosh probably wasn't aware of what a Pyrrhic victory when he went into Sunday's final eliminations at the NHRA Summernationals, but he quickly became the poster child for victory at too high of a cost. 

Gaydosh scored a monumental victory in upsetting Rookie of the Year frontrunner Tanner Gray in the first round. 

In crossing the finish line, Gaydosh's 500-inch, electronic fuel injected engine dropped a valve, broke a piston and destroyed the cylinder just to name a few of the calamities. Gaydosh was unable to continue and watched the second round as a spectator. 

MATT SMITH GLAD TO PUT ENGLISHTOWN IN THE PAST

During Pro Stock Motorcycle racer Matt Smith’s championship career, he has had plenty of success at the Summernationals – including wins in 2006 and 2011.

The past two years at Old Town Township Raceway Park, however, have been a nightmare for the two-time world champion as he has failed to qualify.

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