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FIVE 2019 NHRA CHAMPIONS ARE FRANK HAWLEY GRADUATES

 

Two-time NHRA Funny Car champion and successful drag racing school instructor Frank Hawley isn’t the type to brag; however, it’s difficult to ignore the obvious.

Of the 2019 champions crowned in both the Mello Yello and Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, five were past Frank Hawley Drag Racing School graduates.

The names read like a who’s who of drag racing success. Steve Torrence, Robert Hight, Erica Enders, Steve Jackson, and Megan Meyer all graduated with a drag racing degree.

2019 WAS A BANNER YEAR FOR THE JEGS TEAM

 

Last season was a banner year for the iconic Jegs.com team. For the Delaware, Ohio-based team, the season resulted in two championships and a pair of runner-up finishes.

Third-gen driver Troy Coughlin Jr. emerged as the MVP by collecting his second straight regional championship in Top Alcohol Dragster. Uncle Mike Coughlin was the second most successful with his third Division 3 title, this time in Top Dragster. On the big stage of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, Jeg Coughlin Jr. finished second in the national Pro Stock points for the second consecutive year, and Troy Jr.'s sister Paige managed to earn the No. 2 ranking in Division 3 in Super Comp despite carrying a full load at Miami (Ohio) University.

A DRAG STRIP BUYS A GOLF COURSE?

 

Officials for World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway in Madison, Illinois, today announced the purchase of Gateway National Golf Links, the 220-acre golf course and clubhouse adjacent to the speedway. The purchase of Gateway National allows the 380-acre motorsports complex to expand its entertainment holdings. Gateway National is considered the top public golf course in the St. Louis area, boasting a 7,178-yard links-style course with bent grass fairways. Golf course operations will not be interrupted.

FUNNY CAR CHAOS INKS OFFICIAL SPONSOR

 

Entech Oil and Lubricants was named as the Official Oil & Lubricant of Funny Car Chaos for the 2020 championship season. VP of National Sales and Motorsports Marketing, Scott Cousimano, has big plans for his increased involvement with the series, not only the on-site oil and lubricant supplier, but also a participant with his ‘Nitro Mafia’ nostalgia funny car.

MEET THE FEMALE RIDER WHO'S NOT AFRAID OF A NITRO HARLEY

 

Janette Thornley loves going fast.

But one thing the “Nitro Granny” isn’t about to rush is her entrance into NHRA Top Fuel Harley racing. Her approach is a well-thought-out, patient process that will see her make the jump only when she’s good and ready.

Thornley, 52, earned her license in the category Nov. 21 at South Georgia Motorsports Park. A four-time national champion in Pro Fuel competition, in which nitromethane is also used as the primary fuel, Thornley said she “hopes” to make her Top Fuel debut in late April at zMAX Dragway near Charlotte.

MATT HAGAN REFLECTS ABOUT ’19, EYES 2020

 

The 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Series season had everything for Matt Hagan – except a world championship.

The nitro Funny Car driver for Don Schumacher Racing made a late charge in the six-race Countdown to the Championship finishing third in the points standings – 74 points behind champion Robert Hight.

WILD HORSE MOTORSPORTS PARK ESTABLISHES PRE-POMONA TESTING SCHEDULE

 

Wild Horse Motorsports Park will be available for teams seeking test time before the NHRA Winternationals, scheduled for Feb. 6-9, 2020, in Pomona, Ca.

A LOOK BACK AT THE 2010s

MATT SMITH EXCITED FOR 2020 PSM SEASON

 

After just missing his fourth NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle world championship, and second in row, in 2019, Matt Smith is fueled to reach the pinnacle again in 2020.

Smith finished third in the points – 46 points behind world champ Andrew Hines in the Harley-Davidson camp.

“Denso is back onboard as the primary sponsor for my bike and Angie’s bike,” said Matt, who had two wins last season in Chicago and Las Vegas in the fall. “I know for a fact that I will be really good and I’m about 150 percent sure Angie is going to have her best year ever next year with what we have found with her bike over the winter so far. I’m really looking forward to (2020) with our program.”

STRUTMASTERS BACKING PSM RIDER SCOTTY POLLACHECK FOR 2020 SEASON

 

Veteran NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Scotty Pollacheck will be competing again in 2020 with Matt Smith Racing and will have financial backing from Strutmasters.

Strutmasters will be Pollacheck’s primary sponsor for the 16-race 2020 NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle season which begins March 12-15 at the Gatornationals in Gainesville, Fla.

In 2019, Strutmasters.com signed on as Pollacheck’s primary sponsor the last six races of the season.

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