Jeg Coughlin Claims Wally; Enders Wins Third Crown

Jeg Coughlin Claims Wally; Enders Wins Third Crown Image

It was a double win for the Elite Motorsports Pro Stock racing team on Sunday, as Jeg Coughlin Jr. defeated Fernando Cuadra in the final round of the Auto Club NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona CA. Although Coughlin Jr. started the day three rounds back of points leader and teammate Erica Enders for the 2019 Pro Stock crown in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Series, Enders got the job done to claim her third world championship. It was the second national win of the year for Coughlin Jr., who won earlier this season at the Magic Dry Organic Absorbent NHRA Arizona Nationals in Chandler AZ. Sunday's victory at Pomona marked the 63rd Pro Stock event title of his stellar drag racing career. Coughlin entered the 2019 NHRA Countdown to the Championship in eighth place overall. During the...

November 18, 2019
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Beckman Takes Pomona; Hight Claims Third Funny Car Title

Beckman Takes Pomona; Hight Claims Third Funny Car Title Image

To paraphrase the Funny Car winner of the Auto Club NHRA Nationals at Pomona CA this weekend, "It is what it is!" Fast Jack Beckman came to Pomona this year in second place trailing Robert Hight. The driver of the Auto Club of Southern California Camaro would line up next to Beckman in the final round with one purpose in mind. Avoid a centerline points violation at all costs. The John Force Racing Team driver could clinch his third NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series title by coasting down the track. After all, Hight had already thrilled the stands with a convincing win over fellow title contender, Matt Hagan, to all but lock up the championship. In a classic Don Schumacher Racing versus John Force Racing showdown, Fast Jack's Infinite Hero Dodge was rock solid and the Funny Car...

November 18, 2019
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Tempers Flare as Kalitta Claims Final Wally in NHRA Top Fuel at Pomona

Tempers Flare as Kalitta Claims Final Wally in NHRA Top Fuel at Pomona Image

The cool down area at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona CA was needed for more than cooling off the 11,000 horsepower super-charged power plants after Sunday's opening rounds at the Auto Club NHRA finals. Top Fuel points leader Steve Torrence leaped ahead of the field on Saturday by earning his fifth Number One qualifier of the year and the 24th of his career. Torrence's outstanding run at 3.686 ET for a 329.99 mph stamped his ticket for the finals of the NHRA Countdown to the Championship at Pomona. Second in the points for 2019, Brittany Force trailed Torrence by just 22 points going into Sunday's finals, where the past champions could have a head-to-head matchup in second round eliminations. Naturally, emotions run high when you are in the hunt for a second straight championship. As...

November 18, 2019
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Hagan, Force & Enders Dominate Dodge NHRA Nationals

Hagan, Force & Enders Dominate Dodge NHRA Nationals Image

Brittany Force (Top Fuel), Matt Hagan (Funny Car), Erica Enders (Pro Stock) and Matt Smith (Pro Stock Motorcycle) all won in their respective categories at the penultimate event in the 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. The 19th annual Dodge NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway was the fifth of six Countdown to the Championship playoff events. Don Schumacher Racing MOPAR driver Leah Pritchett came alive in the final Top Fuel qualifying session on Saturday, making the quickest run in track history with a remarkable 3.654 ET at 329.83 mph. By setting the track record, Pritchett eclipsed the record-setting run on Friday by Advanced Auto's Brittany Force. Qualifying Number One in Top Fuel for the first time this season and 12th time in her...

November 5, 2019
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E3 Pro Mod Schedule Announced for 2020 NHRA Season

E3 Pro Mod Schedule Announced for 2020 NHRA Season Image

National Hot Rod Association has released the 2020 national event schedule for the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service, which includes several new stops at the Route 66 NHRA Nationals in Chicago, the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals in Brainerd, Minn., and the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals in Dallas. The exciting doorslammer series features an eclectic mix of power plants and body styles will compete at 12 of the 24 events on the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule. Pro Mod muscle cars can use superchargers, turbochargers, or nitrous-oxide injection to run more than 250 mph. In 2020, these fierce competitors will visit a few new stops including the Route 66 NHRA Nationals in Chicago, the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals in Brainerd, Minn., and the AAA...

November 5, 2019
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NHRA Female Drivers Continue to Rewrite the Record Books

NHRA Female Drivers Continue to Rewrite the Record Books Image

Massive crowds attended the 19th annual Dodge NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the penultimate round of the twenty-four races that comprise the 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. The ten fastest drivers in Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock, and Pro Stock Motorcycle battled through NHRA's 18-event regular season to compete in a six-race playoff to earn a world title in their respective division. As the thundering sounds of the National Hot Rod Association echoed across the Nellis Dunes on Sunday, two of the sport's top female drivers added their names to the history books. First up in Sunday's final for Pro Stock was Erica Enders, the points leader in the 2019 Countdown to the Championship. Thanks to a .018 reaction time with a 6.617...

November 4, 2019
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Jackson Wraps Pro Mod Title Season with Las Vegas Win

Jackson Wraps Pro Mod Title Season with Las Vegas Win Image

Stevie “Fast” Jackson already clinched his first world championship with a victory at the rain-delayed NTK NHRA Carolina Nationals in Charlotte NC. But, the native of Augusta GA, also known as the Honey Badger, has one purpose in life and that's to win races behind the wheel of whatever he's driving at any track he's racing at. So, it was of no surprise to the elite field of Pro Mod competitors that he showed up at The Strip in Las Vegas and was the Number One qualifier. Jackson's pass of 5.735 at 250.37 mph set the stage for Stevie "Fast" to cap off one of the most impressive seasons in E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service. The Honey Badger put an exclamation point on his amazing, championship winning season in the doorslammer...

November 4, 2019
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Part Time Driver Captures Top Honors at AAA Texas Fall Nationals

Part Time Driver Captures Top Honors at AAA Texas Fall Nationals Image

Without doubt, when Top Fuel pilot Billy Torrence has enough time to go racing, he may be the fastest part-time drag racer on the planet. This past weekend at Fall Nationals near Dallas the founder of the CAPCO Contractors race team claimed his fourth victory of the season in his sixth final round appearance, which is incredible when you consider he raced only 14 of the 22 Top Fuel events during the 2019 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing series. But, INCREDIBLE is one of the words that comes to mind when you're talking about the Kilgore-native Billy and his son Steve. Billy's strategy all year has been to score enough victories to qualify for the Countdown to the Championship ten-driver field, which he did. After qualifying for the Fall Nationals was complete, it appeared that Brittany...

October 21, 2019
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Stevie Fast Claims E3 Spark Plugs Pro Mod Championship

Stevie Fast Claims E3 Spark Plugs Pro Mod Championship Image

If your peers call you "Stevie Fast", you would think that would be your nickname. Not true for the native of Augusta GA. Steve Jackson grew up with only one passion... to make enough money to go drag racing. In his teens, Jackson worked two jobs while going to school full time. With a small block Chevy in an S-10 body and little money in his pocket, he would sneak across the state line to Jackson SC to race on Thursday nights. Nonetheless, it would be racing in big money grudge matches where Jackson would earn his stripes as the "Honey Badger". The concept was simple. Build an insanely fast car that didn't show its true colors until it was too late for the competition know. That will put some extra money in your pocket but requires the tenacity of a honey badger, whose natural...

October 15, 2019
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Cream Rises to the Top at the NHRA Carolina Nationals

Cream Rises to the Top at the NHRA Carolina Nationals Image

Steve Torrence and Robert Hight remained unaffected by Sunday's rain delay and returned to zMAX Raceway on Monday to claim the top Nitro event wins in Top Fuel and Funny Car. Moreover, both drivers took over their respective points lead at the 12th annual NTK NHRA Carolina Nationals for the Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship for 2019. Pro Stock driver Deric Kramer and Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Andrew Hines also won in their divisions at the third of six races deemed as playoffs to the NHRA World Championship. Funny Car legend Robert Hight posted his 500th round win, when the John Force Racing Team driver posted a 3.917 ET at 329.02 mph in his Automobile Club of Southern California to defeat Fast Jack Beckman. Beckman was the number one qualifier in the purple Infinite Hero...

October 15, 2019
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