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Congratulations to all of the
TEAM ProTorque Racers at the
Qatar Racing Club. Including
Jassim for his ADRL Round #3
Event win in Super Street with
John Carters old Proline
equipped Outlaw Drag Radial car.
Not bad for a win the first time
out for this car over in QATAR
Do you remember this car? This was John Carter's PLR
670-powered Outlaw 10.5
Corvette. Now, this is the
Crisafulli Brothers new Outlaw
Drag Radial Covette. Slapping on
radial tires and removing the
wheelie bars from Outlaw 10.5
cars seems to
be a normal practice these days,
and in many cases, an effective
way to jump into the Outlaw
Radial ranks. Either way, the
Crisafulli Brothers have a
badass ride for sure!
They brought the Vette down to
the U.S. Street Nationals in
Bradenton to see what their
machine was capable of, and they
were not let down! Steve
Crisafulli ran a 4.33@191mph to
take the #1 qualifier spot, low
E.T. of the event, and high MPH
of the event! He made it all the
way to the semifinals where he
lost in an extremely close,
side-by-side race against Frank
Menshaw (4.436 to a 4.437!)
TEAM ProTorque has been
doing very well over in QATAR
and took every single 10.5 win
so far including a win for Turky
in the old Dan Millen's old
Mustang. This Proline equipped
car has been a serious player
since its trip over to QATAR.
This last race no exception
taking the win in an all TEAM
ProTorque final and ran a 4.16
at 190 mph
Fiscus/Klugger Team got it done
at The US Nationals in Bradenton
Florida, taking the win in
R2B2 Race Cars to
debut new A-Cim2.7 Chassis design at the PRI
Show in Indianapolis!
November 25, 2013
GA – R2B2 Race Cars, known
for building safe,
record-breaking race cars
will be exhibiting once
again at the Performance
Racing Industry Show (PRI),
December 12 thru December
14, 2013 in Indianapolis,
Two chassis designs will be
on display in their Booth
In additional to a
Pro Mod Dual Frame Rail
Chassis, R2B2 Race Cars will
debut their new A-Cim2.7
a lighter, safer and
stronger chassis design!
“We wanted to make the best
chassis design even better!
This took a lot of
thought and planning because
we only changed what we knew
would Increase Performance
and Improve Safety
Dramatically,” said Jim
Geese, Lead Designer and
Chassis Shop Manager.
The new R2B2 Race Cars’
designed by Jim Geese and
Don Carey, boasts the
following performance gains:
The bare chassis is 48 lbs.
lighter than the Lightweight
Dual Frame Rail Chassis
• Torsional load
• Design makes
• The majority of
the weight loss is to the
right of center
n addition to
increased performance, a
driver’s safety is
• Smaller cabin for
increased strength and
• Cowl bar does not
interrupt the windshield bar
• Windshield bar is
one-piece from main hoop to
• The main impact
area is not a three-piece
union at cowl bar
• True 6-point Funny
• Driver sits
correctly and SFI legal
within the Funny Car cage
• Crumple zone
entire right hand side of
• Crumple zone
entire back of car
• Crumple zone
entire front of car
• Crumple zone means
less G-force impact on the
driver because the chassis
absorbs the majority of the
R2B2 Race Cars will also
have a Pro Mod Dual Frame
Rail Chrome Moly Lightweight
Chassis set up for the
Titanium Removable Body
system on display.
This chassis style is
built with the necessary
hardware needed for the
Titanium Removable Body
system, making servicing the
race car much easier.
Some of the parts
installed on this chassis
will be Santhuff Struts,
Stiletto Rack and Pinion,
lightweight steering column,
titanium quick-slip design
driveshaft enclosure, 11”
Mark Williams Rear, Penske
Pro Mod Shocks, Pro Mod
adjustable 4-Link system,
X-Link locator, titanium
pedals, titanium handbrake,
anti-roll system and much
Stop by this unique booth
setup where you can
compare both chassis designs.
You’ll be able to
speak with the innovators of
the new A-Cim2.7 Chassis
design, Jim Geese and Don
They are eager to
share the benefits of this
new sleeker chassis design
and answer your questions.
Cars is also offering 15%
off of ANY welded chassis
and chassis kits if you
place your order during the
That’s over $1,200
off of a Welded Dual Frame
Rail Chassis and over $1,500
off of the new A-Cim2.7
Chassis, both on display at
Take advantage of
this trade show special and
speak to one of the R2B2
Race Cars’ staff members at
the booth to discuss your
Deposit is required
by December 31, 2013.
In addition to the welded
chassis, R2B2 Race Cars will
have various racing parts,
brackets, tabs, and kits on
Pick up a copy of
their catalog or a copy of
one of their predetermined
car package sheets available
for Pro Mod, Top Sportsman
and Pro Stock builds.
R2B2 Race Cars will be at
BOOTH #3359 or you can go to
for more information on
chassis, kits and racing
o learn more about
our PRI Show exhibit,
Lead Designer/Chassis Shop
R2B2 Race Cars LLC
880 Cripple Creek Drive
Lawrenceville, GA 30043
Fiscus Klugger Racing at the Big Go - Pro Line
Fiscus, of Fiscus/Klugger Racing,
made his NHRA debut last weekend at
the US Nationals in Indianapolis! In
the process, he qualified #4 with a
6.00@243mph! In fact, out of 7
turbos cars, Fiscus and Troy
Coughlin were the only two to
qualify!In round 1 of eliminations,
Fiscus made his first ever 5 second
pass with a 5.97@240mph to move on
to the next round! In the second
round, Fiscus met with the 2012
World Champion and fellow
PLR-powered racer, Troy Coughlin.
Coughlin took the win with a
6.04@243mph to Fiscus’ 6.21@240mph.
There performance in the US
Nationals has shown us that
Fiscus/Klugger Racing will be a hard
team to beat this year! Congrats to
Kevin, Josh, Brandon, and the whole
Troy Coughlin Wins NHRA Finale in Vegas
Last year at the NHRA finale in
Las Vegas, Troy Coughlin took a
giant leap into the history books.
He won a wally and secured his
points championship in NHRA Pro Mod.
This year promised to be very
Coughlin recently switched his
engine to the new
PLR 481X STAGE 3, featuring the
latest AJPE Stage 3 Billet Cylinder
Here is a summary of his passes over
This victory meant a lot to
Coughlin; low ET 3 out of 4 rounds
of eliminations, back to back wins
at NHRA Vegas, finished 2nd in
points (only 2 rounds out of first
place), and the 100th NHRA win for
the Coughlin family!
If we can take anything from
Coughlin's performance, it would be
the fact that consistency
wins races! It is a true
pleasure working with the Jegs.com
team and we look forward to another
great season of NHRA Pro Mod!
Congrats to Troy, Petty, and the
whole Jegs.com crew!
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Troy Coughlin earns milestone WIN in Las Vegas !
Troy Coughlin picked up his second
win of the 2013 season in the NHRA
Pro Mod Drag Racing Series at the
NHRA Toyota Nationals at The Strip
at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The
race is the final in 2013 for NHRA’s
popular 250-mph doorslammer touring
Coughlin, the 2012 world champion
in the class, also earned his fourth
career NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing
Series victory and the 100th for the
Coughlin family in NHRA national
events by taking his turbo-powered
JEGS.com Chevy Corvette past Danny
Rowe in the final round.
It topped off a strong display in
eliminations for Coughlin, who
finished second in the points
standings. After qualifying No. 2
with a 5.922 at 245.99, Coughlin
claimed a victory in the first round
over Dan Stevenson by going 5.918 at
245.72 on Saturday. Coughlin’s
Sunday started with a bye run and
weekend-best pass of 5.889 at 246.75
to move into the semifinals, where
he knocked off Mike Knowles before
taking on Rowe.
As soon as Coughlin won he
dedicated the Wally trophy to his
younger brother Jeg Coughlin Jr. The
Vegas win was the 100th for the
Coughlin family in NHRA national
events, with Jeg earning 72 of that
“I thought about it for a long
time,” Coughlin said. “We’ve all
raced about the same amount of
years, and every now and then,
someone asks, ‘Which one of you guys
is the better driver?’ I said,
‘You’ll have to let the trophies
speak for themselves because Jeg’s
got a ton of them. The rest of us
have a good amount, but he’s got
quite a bit.”
Troy signed the base of the
trophy with, “To Jeg: You’ve paved
the way to the 100th. This one’s for
you. Love, Troy.”
“I handed it to him down at the
finish line,” Coughlin said. “It’s
pretty neat. It’s a proud moment for
the family, and to be able to
dedicate this to him, there’s
Jeg Coughlin had just lost in the
semifinals of Pro Stock, but
watching his older brother blitzing
Danny Rowe in the Pro Mod final put
a wide smile on Jeg’s face.
“I had just gotten beat by V
Gaines in the semifinals, and I was
making my pass in front of the
stands,” Jeg Coughlin said. “We’ve
had such a fantastic crowd here all
weekend. I saw Troy leave, and I
said, ‘Please get down, please get
down,’ because it looked like he
tattooed (Rowe)on the Tree. He came
screaming by us for a commanding
“That’s pretty special. Not many
teams in any form of motorsports can
say they won 100 major titles. To my
entire family: Congratulations. It’s
been a lot of fun getting to those
100, and we’re going to celebrate
this 100th shortly.”
The Coughlin family, including
John, Troy, Mike, Jeg Jr., and Troy
Jr., has combined for 100 NHRA
national event victories since 1990.
The Coughlins have won in nine
different categories, including Pro
Stock, Pro Stock Truck, Pro Mod,
Comp, Super Stock, Super Comp, Super
Gas, Top Sportsman and Top Dragster.
Troy now has seven national-event
victories, including two this
season. His victory Sunday moved him
to second in the final points
standings a season after winning the
Pro Mod championship.
“What a milestone for any team,”
Coughlin said. “I couldn’t be any
more proud to be a part of our team
and our family. To win the 100th
race – and to do it at the last race
of the season – it’s the icing on
Coughlin was thankful for his
team, his family and all the JEGS
employees in what was a shining
moment in his career.
“What can I say about (crew
chief) Steve Petty; Brian
Metzenheim; Mike Rees; Kyle Pettus;
my wife Julie; my dad; my kids T.J.,
Meghan, Paige and Kelly; the whole
family back at home – what can I say
when you’ve got a support group like
that who stands behind you,”
Coughlin said. “And all 400 folks
back at JEGS.com sticking behind
you, it’s pretty awesome. They make
it easy for us, that’s for sure.”
Coughlin came to Las Vegas fifth
in the points after a bit of an
up-and-down season. He’s raced to
four final rounds but also failed to
qualify in Charlotte last month and
lost in the first round three times.
But a recent test at Osage Casino
Tulsa Raceway Park proved fruitful
for Coughlin and the team, as they
were the fastest car in Vegas from
the final qualifying session on.
“We had a fantastic season, no
doubt,” Coughlin said. “It was kind
of roller-coaster, but Steve and
those guys worked on this thing in
testing in Tulsa, Okla. What a great
place to test, and they just kept
working difference pieces and parts
and got it to where it would repeat
and be fast. We just kept picking on
the tuneup. What can I say about
Petty? He’s the man.”
Coughlin was quickest in three of
the four rounds of eliminations in
Vegas. He had a bye in the second
round Sunday, but still made a solid
pass to advance to the semifinals.
There, he and Mike Knowles had
identical reaction times, but
Coughlin’s run of 5.902 seconds at
247.29 mph overpowered Knowles’
5.938-second pass at 243.85 mph.
Against Rowe, Coughlin had a
stellar .047-second reaction time to
get an .056-second jump, and then
ran 5.913 seconds at 248.34 mph to
take down Rowe and his supercharged
Agave Underground Tequila Camaro,
which posted 5.975 at 242.63 mph.
“I couldn’t tell you who staged
first or who staged second,”
Coughlin said. “When you’re in the
zone, you’re in the zone. We just
need to stay there.”
Unfortunately for Coughlin, he’ll
have to wait until 2014 for the next
NHRA event, in Gainesville, Fla.
“I wish it was next weekend,”
Coughlin said. “We could shove it in
the trailer and take it straight to
Florida. We’ve got a PSCA race here
(Las Vegas) in a couple weeks, and
it should be pretty cool. It’s a
pretty big payday, so it should be
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Coughlin Races to Semi-Finals at the US Nationals
INDIANAPOLIS (Sept. 2) – JEGS.com
Pro Mod driver Troy Coughlin's 2013
season has been hot or cold, as he's
reached three final rounds – winning
once – while falling in the first
round three times.
But the U.S. Nationals on Monday at
Lucas Oil Raceway were lukewarm, as
Coughlin raced to the semifinals
before dropping a fierce race to
"It's definitely good," Coughlin
said. "It's nice to get past the
first round and go some rounds. The
JEGS.com car is running pretty damn
Coughlin, crew chief Steve Petty and
the team stepped up when they needed
to in Indy, posting their best
elapsed time in eliminations.
Coughlin, the No. 12 qualifier, beat
Tim Tindle in the first round on
Sunday with a pass of 5.977 seconds
at 244.43 mph.
That put him up against Kevin Fiscus
for Round 2 on Monday, and though
the turbocharged Corvette didn't
make a perfect run, it was more than
good enough. Coughlin's pass was
6.043 seconds at 243.63 and took
down Fiscus' 6.218-second run at
"We put a conservative, 5.97-,
5.98-type of a tune-up in it," said
Coughlin, who remained second in the
points standings. "It got a little
bit loose probably 300 feet or so
and started skating toward the
centerline a little bit. We backed
it down just a little bit to try to
get it back in the groove so we
could stand on it again. It ran
6.04, 243, and I was like, 'Wow,
it's definitely got a lot of
He proved that in the semifinals
against Smith, the No. 1 qualifier.
Coughlin's run was 5.951 seconds at
247.02 mph, and he nearly overcame
Smith's early lead out of the gate.
Smith, though, made a pass of 5.948
seconds at 240.72 mph to get the win
by .024 seconds, or about 9 feet.
"Both of us made a fantastic run
that session," Coughlin said. "I
think it was the fastest two runs of
the whole race. But we'll just have
to dig a little harder, from a
driving standpoint and everything
and try to get her to go.
"Rickie's doing a good job. He's
leading the points and picked up a
couple more rounds. It’s not near
over, but it was his day today."
Coughlin, though, knows he had a
pretty good day, too, as he shaved
two-tenths of a second off his first
pass of the weekend.
"As a team, we did a good job," said
Coughlin, the 2012 Pro Mod champion.
"We added some points. From Friday
to Monday, we made a big
Thanks to Teamjegs.com
Pro Mod Champ Coughlin heads to NMCA race to
NORWALK, Ohio (Aug. 23) – In
preparation for next week's
Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals
and the remaining races on the NHRA
Pro Mod schedule, JEGS.com driver
Troy Coughlin will race his Corvette
in the NMCA Muscle Car Nationals
this weekend in Norwalk.
Coughlin sits second in the Pro Mod
points standings with four races
remaining as he tries to defend his
2012 championship. This weekend he
hopes to perfect his tune-up in
anticipation of a strong stretch run
"It's an important time of the
year," Coughlin said. "We've only
got a few races left in the
championship and the next race is
the biggest one of them all so we
wanted to make sure we had this
JEGS.com Corvette ready to go."
Coughlin hasn't raced since July 4
weekend, also at Norwalk, when he
qualified No. 3 but stumbled in the
"It's been a long summer break for
me," Coughlin said. "I'm anxious to
drive again. We certainly haven't
been sitting around. The guys at Pro
Line have been hard at it trying to
make us better. We've got a new
suspension, and the motor has been
worked on to try and make us more
Coughlin has one victory and two
other final-round appearances in six
Pro Mod races this season, but he'd
like some more consistency out of
the JEGS.com Corvette, and crew
chief Steve Petty and the team have
worked to improve the car's
"We want the car to get through the
air a little better," Coughlin said.
"The Camaro was so slick and we want
the Vette to be as close to that as
possible. It would be awesome to go
to a wind tunnel but since we don't
have that resource the next best
thing to do is test. They changed
the air induction chutes on the hood
to try and get more air in there, so
we're also curious to see how that
Coughlin is no stranger to the NMCA,
having won the NMCA Pro Street world
title in 2009. Winning this
weekend's race would be nice, but
Coughlin and the team have other
"I'm excited to see everyone up there,"
Coughlin said. "I haven't raced NMCA
since I won the championship with them.
Of course, the competitor in me wants to
race this event and that's kind of the
loose plan for the weekend, but if Steve
says we need to change something up and
test it, then that will take
All-in Again!! For aspiring Eastern Canadian Pro Mod racer
Derek Hawker — necessity is breeding opportunity…
Earlier this season during the Victoria
Day weekend event at Cayuga, the PMRA
circuit regular had some misfortune. During
a qualifying lap for that event Hawker
experienced some issues during an ill fated
run and ultimately collected the guard wall
at high speed severely damaging the popular
’63 Corvette he has raced for about five
For the independent and self-funded racer
that was a serious setback for sure — but
instead of crying in his coffee Hawker
decided to pick his program back up quickly
and in fact attended the very next PMRA
event driving a new car — a ’68 Firebird.
“I got talking with Jim Geese at R2B2
Race Cars and he let me know about a good
car that was available,” Hawker explained.
“It was a car that was originally built by
Vanishing Point for Scotty Cannon Sr about
2008. The car actually went to Qatar one
winter where it was raced before coming back
to North America where it sat for quite a
while. So we went to Illinois and picked it
up from Jerry Bickel’s shop — all of that
happened in only a few days.”
Derek and his team then went to work
transferring their drivetrain which includes
a 526 CID engine program by Atchison Machine
into the frame rails of the new Firebird,
and were back on the PMRA circuit much
sooner then some people expected.
“The new car drives really nice,” he
added. “The vision from it is taking a
little getting used to because of the
drivers position and the windows are down
about 10% compared to my Corvette. We’ve
still got a few bugs to work out but we are
making some good progress.”
Hawker also confirmed that his Corvette
is repairable and he is making plans to
complete that project this coming off
“It’s very fixable — all it really needs
is a new front end,” he confirmed. “We’ll
get all that done this winter and then the
plan will be to see which car is the better
car for going forward in 2014.”
Despite the rather rough road so far in
2013, Derek does sit 4th in PMRA
championship points going into this
weekend’s event at Grand Bend Motorplex — a
testament to his determination.
Posting and Photos by: Bruce Biegler
Derrick Hawker goes to Final his first time
in his '68 Firebird Pro Mod at Canada PMRA event.
Fiscus/Klugger Racing to Join Mustang Pro Mod Ranks in R2B2 Race Cars-built Mustang!
The new addition to Fiscus/Klugger Racing is
this 2012 Mustang Pro Mod built by R2B2 Race
This Mustang has four NHRA event wins
including the 2011 Indy Nats while driven by
We got an email from Drag Radial racer Kevin
Fiscus the other day with some big news for
Fiscus/Klugger Racing. We know Kevin has
been talking about running Pro Modified and
after selling their current Drag radial car.
Recently, the opportunity came up to
purchase a 2012 Mustang out of R2B2 Race
Cars shop. Don’t worry though, the team will
still be solidly in the Drag Radial scene
with their soon to be completed Mustang from
As schedule allows, the team will run both
cars at select events – like the ADRL and
some Outlaw events where both Pro Modified
and Drag Radial are offered. As we write
this Kevin and Josh are headed to Route 66
Raceway in Joliet, IL for the 8th annual
Nitto Tires NMCA/NMRA Super Bowl to get some
testing under their belts with the new car.
Running Pro Modified is a step up and the
team looks forward to the challenge and the
opportunity to expand their racing career.
“Fiscus / Klugger Racing is excited to step
up and try our hands at ProMod racing but we
are still equally excited about our new
Racecraft Inc. Mustang which will run in
Outlaw Drag Radial. The ProMod will be an
entirely new ball game for us but with the
continued support from the great companies
that have brought us this far we have high
hopes for our ProMod program”, said Kevin
Fiscus. Current plans include running the
ADRL in Memphis and if all goes well NHRA
Indy. After that they will run NHRA, NMCA,
ADRL and XDRL where schedule permits. I
would also look for them at Orlando for the
20th running of the Orlando World Street
Nationals November 6th -10th this year.
The Mustang is powered by a Proline 481X
Engine with Precision Promod Gen II 88
the boost. A Pro Torque Converter transfers
the torque to a Proformance Racing
Turbo 400 transmission. Other sponsors
include Menscer Motorsports (AFCO Canister
Mickey Thompson Tires, TurboSmart, Big Stuff
3 and PTC.
by Rob Cossack on July 11, 2013
JEGS goes to Finals in Bristol! First in Points!
THE OLD STOMPING GROUNDS - Rickie Smith made it back-to-back wins at Bristol
Dragway, beating Troy Coughlin on a holeshot on
Sunday in the finals of the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing
Series at the 13th annual Ford NHRA Thunder Valley
Nationals presented by Tri-Cities Area Ford Dealers.
The race is the fifth of 10 races in 2013 for NHRA’s
popular 250-mph doorslammer touring series.
After winning at legendary Thunder Valley in 2012,
the King, N.C. native held off a hard-charging
Coughlin, the 2012 NHRA Pro Mod Series world champ,
in the final, running a 5.991 at 240.47 mph in his
IDG Chevy Camaro to claim his second straight
victory in Bristol. Coughlin ran a quicker 5.984 at
246.26 in his JEGS.com Corvette, but Smith’s better
.061 reaction time sent him to the win, his first in
the 2013 season.
“This has been a good track to us over the years and
it’s a great deal to win here,” said Smith, whose
name is listed on the Legends of Thunder Valley at
the track. “We’ve been blessed here and to go out
and win every now and then, it’s just a major
accomplishment for us.
“We had a rough weekend and we were just trying to
save the engine each round, but we’re glad and just
so happy to get this win.”
After winning his first-round matchup against Chris
Juliano on Saturday, Smith, who qualified second,
started Sunday with a second round victory against
Pete Farber, going 5.994 at 240.38. In the
semifinals, Smith faced off against Robert Patrick
and his Ford Mustang, powering to a 6.418 at 169.23
to advance to the finals.
With the victory, Smith also jumped to second in the
points standings at the halfway mark of the season.
By advancing to the finals, Coughlin, who
knocked off Mike Janis and No. 1 qualifier Danny
Rowe to reach the championship round, took over the
points lead from the Summit Racing Equipment team of
Kenny Lang. Lang dropped to third with a
The next NHRA Pro Mod Series race takes place on
July 4-7 at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA
Nationals at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk,
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Orlando Speed World Dragway, Saturday June 8, 2013
Runner-up finish for Pro Mod champ Coughlin has JEGS team pumped up
ENGLISHTOWN, NJ - Troy Coughlin and his
JEGS.com Chevrolet reached the Pro Mod final
round of the Toyota NHRA Summernationals at Old
Bridge Township Raceway Park for the second year
in a row, but the reigning world champion again
came up just short.
A year ago, Coughlin finished runner-up to Danny
Rowe. This season, Coughlin charged all the way
to the finals before falling to Mike Janis.
"I can't complain," Coughlin said. "Our stuff is
running pretty good and we are going rounds and
having fun. We were just trying to get the boost
up as fast as we can and get the motor to
accelerate in the hot air. It was just a bit
more of a challenge. Steve (Petty, crew chief)
and the guys did a good job. We got to the
finals and made good headway."
Coughlin has now reached the final round two
times in the last four races, following his
victory in Charlotte. On a hot track this
weekend, he made four consistent passes in
eliminations but fell .0334 seconds short in the
"We are excited about it," Coughlin said. "We
wanted to win the race, obviously, but we came
in here and made some decent runs. It was not as
fast as we thought it would be, but we just kept
picking at the tune up trying to get the car to
run faster. Things were starting to come
together the last couple rounds.
"The last round we just got maybe a little too
aggressive, but you have to be fast to beat
After taking out Harold Martin in the first
round Saturday, Coughlin made his best pass of
the weekend in the second round on Sunday. His
run of 6.005 seconds at 242.76 mph knocked out
Mike Castellana, who slowed with a pass of
11.341 seconds at 80.35 mph.
Coughlin then had a run of 6.019 seconds at
243.99 mph to beat Rickie Smith's 6.264-second
run at 175.57 mph in the semifinals.
Janis and Coughlin had nearly identical reaction
times in the final, but Janis was able to earn
his first career victory with a pass of 6.035
seconds at 240.51 mph, barely holding off
Coughlin's run of 6.060 seconds at 244.12 mph.
"It was a good race," Coughlin said. "I'm pretty
happy with that. We moved to second place, so
we're gaining ground. It's not too bad."
Coughlin Races to NHRA Pro Mod Series Victory at ZMAX Dragway!
Troy Coughlin raced to the NHRA Pro Mod Series
victory Sunday at the Dollar General NHRA Four-Wide
Nationals fueled by Full Throttle at zMAX Dragway.
The NHRA Pro Mod Series portion of the event was
contested in the traditional two-lane configuration.
"Charlotte's such a great place to race," Coughlin
said. "The JEGS.com car was rocking and rolling.
I've got my family with me, and I couldn't be more
Defending world champion Coughlin powered his
JEGS.com Corvette to his third career victory in the
popular 250-mph doorslammer touring series with a
final round performance of 5.893 seconds at 242.19
mph. Runner-up Kenny Lang trailed Coughlin with a
5.898 at 246.98 in his Summit Racing ’63 Corvette.
"I'm not sure what the reaction times were there in
the final, but it was a tight race," Coughlin said.
"I could sense that he was there. I could hear that
thing humming. But we got him. Thank God. What a
To advance to the final round, Coughlin raced past
Chip King, Mike Castellana and Mike Knowles in
"(Crew chief) Steve (Petty) and all the guys did a
fabulous job of putting this car together for race
day," Coughlin said. "It's been a dream to drive."
With the win, Coughlin moved into second place in
the series standings, 19 points behind leader Von
Smith. Smith lost in the second round to eventual
The NHRA Pro Mod Series continues with the O’Reilly
Auto Parts NHRA SpringNationals presented by Super
Start Batteries, April 26-28 at Royal Purple Raceway
Final round-by-round results from the Fourth annual
Dollar General NHRA Four-Wide Nationals fueled by
Full Throttle at zMax Dragway, the race is the
second of 10 events in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing
ROUND ONE --
Clint Satterfield, Chevy Camaro, 6.090, 238.68 def.
Pete Farber, Dodge Daytona, foul; Von Smith, Camaro,
5.884, 245.67 def. Eric Latino, Camaro, 5.928,
246.80; Troy Coughlin, Chevy Corvette, 5.909, 248.52
def. Chip King, Daytona, 6.015, 249.81; Steve
Matusek, Ford Mustang, 5.987, 250.55 def. Mike
Janis, Camaro, 7.000, 147.79; Mike Castellana,
Camaro, 5.945, 243.06 def. Kevin McCurdy, Camaro,
6.096, 239.53; Rickie Smith, Camaro, 9.215, 100.24
def. Chris Juliano, Mustang, 9.285, 128.38; Kenny
Lang, Corvette, 6.401, 173.52 def. Doug Winters,
Chevy Bel Air, 7.199, 150.03; Mike Knowles, Camaro,
5.963, 241.67 def. Danny Rowe, Camaro, 10.359,
Matusek, 6.213, 240.12 def. R. Smith, DQ; Knowles,
6.158, 239.70 def. Satterfield, 9.204, 95.58;
Coughlin, 5.902, 247.84 def. Castellana, 6.257,
238.76; Lang, 5.951, 245.54 def. V. Smith, 6.107,
SEMIFINALS -- Lang, 5.944, 246.17 def. Matusek, 6.936, 153.40;
Coughlin, 5.882, 248.25 def. Knowles, 5.967, 247.25;
Coughlin, 5.893, 242.19 def. Lang, 5.898, 246.98.
Point standings (top 10) for NHRA Pro Mod Drag
Racing Series following the fourth annual Dollar
General NHRA Four-Wide Nationals fueled by Full
Throttle at zMax Dragway, the second of 10 events in
1. Von Smith, 175; 2. Troy Coughlin, 156; 3. Kenny
Lang, 142; 4. Chip King, 133; 5. Rickie Smith, 120;
6. Pete Farber, 118; 7. Danny Rowe, 105; 8. Mike
Castellana, 103; 9. Mike Janis, 95; 10. Clint
Lindberg Bros Motorsports wins 2012 Swedish National Championship!
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Eric Dillard Wins SCSN Extreme Drag Radial in Vegas!
Eric Dillard ran the fastest
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JEGS wins SCSN Championship in NEW R2B2 Race Cars-built Car!
The talk all weekend at Street Car Super Nationals
VIII at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway was
quicker versus faster. Dominican Republic native and
2011 event winner Jose “El General” Gonzalez had
broken the doorslammer ET record twice, finishing
with a 5.730-second lap on Saturday. Detroit’s Don
Walsh Jr., was fast, running in the 261 mph range
all weekend. Fans were salivating at the thought of
the two finally meeting in the Pro Street finals of
the Pacific Street Car Association’s marquee event.
And sitting quietly in the background was 2012 NHRA
Pro Mod champion Troy Coughlin.
Coughlin and his JEGS.com Corvette was both quick
and fast, but as the racer who qualified third, he
was expected to be fodder for one of the two
aforementioned drivers. But Walsh went out in the
second round and last year’s runner-up Mike Maggio
was sent packing in the first round early Sunday
morning. Both Coughlin and Gonzalez tore through the
ladder, Coughlin running low 80s, El General running
mid 70s. So it was no surprise that the two met in
the finals to decide the Pro Street title.
Gonzalez, unfortunately, was standing behind
Coughlin’s car after breaking a rod on his hot rod
in the semi-final round as the yellow and black
‘Vette made a solo pass down the strip for the win.
“We made a lot of good runs this weekend and
consistency paid off,” Coughlin said after the
event. “They had an issue with Jose’s car when the
finished the (semi-final) round and he said he
didn’t think he could get it done. We talked for a
little bit and he said he just didn’t think he could
get it fixed. Definitely glad for our guys. What a
deal. What a season!”
Coughlin was impressed that Gonzalez came out to
watch the final pass of the night that would put
Coughlin in the same Winner’s Circle Gonzalez
himself had stood in one year ago. “It was pretty
awesome,” Coughlin said. “He’s a really good dude
and he’s become a great friend. I’m looking forward
to cruising down to the Dominican Republic to go
fishing with those guys. It’s going to be a good
“I can’t say enough the respect I have for Jose,”
said PSCA President Mel Roth. “It had to be eating
him up to have the car he did all week and make it
to the finals and not be able to run. For him to
come out and watch Troy’s run and be there to
congratulate the JEG’s crew, that is the sign of a
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JEGS New Car gets the Nod!
NEW CAR GETS THE NOD - Although JEGS.com racer Troy Coughlin won
the last event on the NHRA Pro Mod Series
presented by ProCare Rx and drew to within
two rounds of the championship lead, he has
elected to make the wildly unusual decision
to switch to a new racecar for this
weekend's season-ending 12th annual Big O
Tires NHRA Nationals.
"The response has been the same across the
board," Coughlin said. "Everyone thinks
"My response is pretty simple; I've driven
both cars and the Corvette is better,
period. All you have to do is look at the
in-car camera of the old car, the '68
Camaro, and it's easy to see it was an
accident looking for a place to happen. I
learned how to drive it throughout the
course of the season, but it was always a
handful. This 2013 Z06 Corvette, on the
other hand, is the smoothest racecar I've
ever driven. To me, the choice was easy."
No matter which hot rod he's piloting,
Coughlin has a golden opportunity to
drastically affect the finish of this year's
thrilling title chase. Currently, Mike
Castellana is in the catbird seat with a
41-point edge over second-place Rickie Smith
and a 42-point advantage over Coughlin.
Lurking in fourth and fifth place are Don
Walsh (-57 from lead) and Danny Rowe (-60).
A handful of bonus points are available in
qualifying, but bigger gains can be made in
eliminations where each round is worth 20
"We have a great chance to win the race and
an outside chance to win the title,"
Coughlin said. "That makes this a really fun
weekend no matter how you look at it. Plus,
we're in Vegas, so you're already having fun
before you ever get in the car.
"It would be great to trim Mike's lead by a
few points before eliminations and then get
him early and try to take him out. Then
it'll pretty much be a shootout between me
and Rickie, with both of us keeping an eye
on Walsh and Rowe. There are so many
possibilities right now and that's
JEGS wins Championship in NEW R2B2 Race Cars-built car!
COUGHLIN BEATS THE ODDS ALL THE WAY TO PRO MOD TITLE
Troy Coughlin didn’t let overwhelming odds deter his
As a result, the Pro Modified driver made his trip
for Delaware, Ohio, doubled down and in the end
scored the jackpot with his first career NHRA Pro
Modified world championship.
Coughlin entered the NHRA Big O Tires Nationals at
The Strip in Las Vegas as a longshot, ranked third
in the points. He reeled in Rickie Smith, surpassing
him based on qualifying points and then defeated
Mike Castellana in the second round. Needing to win
the event to clinch, Coughlin beat Leah Pruett in
the semis and No. 1 qualifier Donnie Walsh in the
The margin of victory in the championship battle was
“Steve Petty and all the guys back at Jegs have done
such a fabulous job in making my job much simpler,”
said Coughlin. “What a great hot rod and what a
His victory was made even more special based on the
decision to run a new C-6 Corvette for the first
“We weren’t going to bring the new car out until
next year and then we tested it last week,” said
Coughlin, of his new R2B2-built, twin-turbo entry.
“I thought to myself, ‘Wow, this thing drives pretty
nice. It drives like a bracket car.
“A bracket car is smooth and straight. This
thing will spin the tires at half-track going
straight at 220 miles per hour, and I said, ‘I’ve
never had a car like that before.'
“I just made an executive decision and decided to
run this car.”
Coughlin, no stranger to racing, competed in various
NHRA sportsman categories before a stint in Pro
Stock and later moving into Pro Modified. The deep
level of experience paid off nicely.
“We approached the day as we were going to go out
and run as fast as we can and not overpower the
track,” Coughlin explained. “We wanted to take the
day, one race at a time and go up there and just
make laps. I knew I needed to get off of the
starting line on time and light up the win lights.”
When you’re in the Coughlin bloodline, you are born
into a championship tradition. Younger brother
Jeggie Coughlin has five series titles and with this
victory Troy adds a second crown since winning the
NMCA Pro Street title in 2009.
“When Jeggie won his first championship, he had a
ring and added a stone to it,” said Coughlin. “Each
year he won a championship, he added a stone to it.
When I won my championship on the street car series,
I added a stone to it. I get to add one and now we
have seven stones. It’s so awesome to be a piece of
that history with the group of guys we have here.”
Written by Bobby Bennett; Photo by Roger Richards.
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