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ROUND BY ROUND RESULTS FROM 2018 NHRA NORTHWEST NATIONALS

Final round-by-round results from the 31st annual CatSpot NHRA Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceways, the 16th of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series:

 

COUGHLIN CAPTURES PRO STOCK NO. 1 QUALIFYING SPOT AT NORTHWEST NATS

This season has been one of resurgence for five-time NHRA Pro Stock world championship Jeg Coughlin Jr.

The momentum Coughlin has generated thus far in 2018 continued at the 31st annual CatSpot NHRA Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceways near Seattle.

ANTRON AND STEVE O' GO DIRT FISHIN'

 
Top Fuel foes on the racetrack and best buddies away from it, Antron Brown and Steve Torrence have a loosely organized off-road racing team upon which Brown (with a push from creative Torrence car chief Bobby Lagana) bestowed the name “Chocolate-And-Crème.” In March they raced a Polaris RZR in the Mint 400 off-road classic in the desert near Primm, Nev. Torrence called it “a damn good time,” despite having steering trouble twice. Brown encountered no problems while completing the entire 117-mile first lap of the three-mile event.

TORRENCE, HAGAN AND COUGHLIN JR. SECURE NO.1 QUALIFYING POSITIONS AT NORTHWEST NATIONALS

Matt Hagan secured his fourth No. 1 qualifier in Funny Car this season Saturday at the 31st annual CatSpot NHRA Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceways.

Steve Torrence (Top Fuel) and Jeg Coughlin Jr. (Pro Stock) are also No. 1 qualifiers in their respective categories at the 16th of 24 events on the 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule.

TORRENCE, HAGAN AND COUGHLIN JR. PRELIMINARY NO.1 QUALIFIERS AT NHRA NORTHWEST NATIONALS

Steve Torrence piloted to the top of the category Friday night at Seattle as the current Top Fuel points leader took the preliminary No. 1 qualifier at the 31st annual CatSpot NHRA Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceways.

Matt Hagan (Funny Car) and Jeg Coughlin Jr. (Pro Stock) are also preliminary No. 1 qualifiers in their respective categories at the 16th of 24 events on the 2018 Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule.

TORRENCE CONTINUES TO DOMINATE TOP FUEL, TAKES PROVISIONAL NO. 1 AT SEATTLE

Steve Torrence has been dominating in NHRA’s Top Fuel ranks this season.

The Texas driver arrived at the 31st annual CatSpot NHRA Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceways near Seattle first in points – 137 points in front of second-place Tony Schumacher.

HAGAN LEADS FUNNY CAR QUALIFYING AFTER DAY ONE AT SEATTLE

Momentum was rolling for Matt Hagan with back-to-back wins until the last two races in Denver and Sonoma, Calif., where he managed to post just one round win.Momentum was rolling for Matt Hagan with back-to-back wins until the last two races in Denver and Sonoma, Calif., where he managed to post just one round win.

Hagan, who is piloting the Sandvik Coromant Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat, is trying to regain some of his championship-winning form and he took a step in that direction Friday at Pacific Raceways in Kent, Wash., near Seattle.

ALEX LAUGHLIN TALKS DRAG RACING WITH CONGRESS

 

Alex Laughlin understands his role within the cockpit can be at breakneck speed with little time to think, only the opportunity to react.

Outside of the car, some of his activities can be a little more tedious, like applying decals of a new sponsor or speaking to members of the United States Congress.

Laughlin was invited to Washington, DC., and July 25, 2018, addressed Congress on behalf of the Congressional Motorsports Caucus.

COSTA EAGER TO PROVE NITROUS NAYSAYERS WRONG AT WSOPMA

The word is that nitrous Pro Mods will struggle mightily in the high-altitude conditions at Bandimere Speedway. Robert Costa is determined to change that way of thinking and he is ready to do it on the biggest stage. 
 
Costa, the owner of Albuquerque Dragway, will campaign his nitrous-powered ’70 Duster at the DRAG ILLUSTRATED World Series of Pro Mod, which takes place Aug. 10-11 just outside of Denver. 
 
The thin air on Thunder Mountain may put a nitrous car at a disadvantage, but with 15 years’ experience racing at Bandimere, Costa is confident he can prove the naysayers wrong at the biggest and richest Pro Mod race in the history of the known universe.
 

SONNY'S CELEBRATES 50 YEARS BY GIVING BACK

 

Sonny’s Racing Engines celebrates 50 years in business in 2018. Longevity of this magnitude in any industry is uncommon and certainly a cause for celebration.

From humble beginnings in December of 1968, Sonny Leonard rose in prominence thanks to his innovative engine designs and uncompromising performance. Sonny’s has over 100 national and world records on land and sea. In Mountain Motor Pro Stock alone, Sonny’s engines have amassed 17 World Championships across PDRA, IHRA and ADRL. A Sonny’s engine won the first Pro Stock Championship with Rickie Smith in 1987. Additional MMPS Championships have been racked up by customers Billy Huff, Doug Kirk, Tommy Mauney, John Montecalvo and Cary Goforth.

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