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LAUGHLIN IS A JACK-OF-ALL TRADES, MASTER OF THEM ALL

 

Versatility is in Alex Laughlin's DNA. 

Laughlin, the face of the Gas Monkey enterprise in drag racing, has raced a variety of race vehicles from Pro Stock to an A/Fuel Dragster to a 10.5-inch tire Drag Radial entry and soon a turbocharged Pro Modified. 

"A lot of people asked last year the difference between the A/Fuel Dragster and the Pro Stock car and how you adjust because they’re so different, and they are," Laughlin admitted. "Everything about them is different, wherein the Pro Stock car the shifter is the brake handle in the Dragster. 

JOHN FORCE TO HELP TRIAD PARKERSTORE CELEBRATE 25 YEAR ANNIVERSARY

Sixteen-time Funny Car world champion John Force will be making a special appearance at the Triad ParkerStore located in Brook Park, Ohio (5305 W 137th St.) on Thursday, June 21.
 
“ParkerStore is a great partner of ours. I’m always excited to get out to any of their stores but getting to be a part of the 25th anniversary celebration of the Triad location in Brook Park just makes it even better,” said Force, driver of the PEAK Coolant and Motor Oil Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Car. “The whole day is going to be a great show and I’m looking forward to getting to meet the fans and employees at the store. Our partners are important to us and coming out for events like this is just a small way for us to show them that.”

SCHUMACHER HALTS 33-RACE TOP FUEL DROUGHT AGAINST FIRST-TIME FINALIST SALINAS

Tony Schumacher has insisted all year long that he and his U.S. Army Dragster team “know we’ve got a good car, and sooner or later things are going to start going our way on Sundays.”

It happened sooner rather than later, in Sunday’s Top Fuel finish to the Fitzgerald USA Thunder Valley NHRA Nationals at Tennessee’s Bristol Dragway.

CAPPS GETS TOBLER BACK ON TRACK FOR FIFTH BRISTOL WIN AND FIRST OF THE YEAR

It’s hard to imagine Ron Capps with pompons in his hands and leaping into the splits Saturday upon entering crew chief Rahn Tobler’s office in one of the NAPA AUTO PARTS technical trailers at zMAX Dragway at Bristol, Tenn.

But if that’s what it would have taken to help his Mello Yello Funny Car team snap out of a 13-race slump, the 2016 NHRA Funny Car champion would have happily taken the chance on ripping a groin muscle.

COUGHLIN GETS NHRA TROPHY FOR THIRD STRAIGHT WEEK, EARNS PRO STOCK WALLY AT BRISTOL

Jeg Coughlin Jr. hadn’t been in a winner’s circle for about four years until he won the NHRA Pro Stock title two weeks ago near Chicago in his JEGS.com/Elite Performance Chevrolet Camaro.

He followed that by winning the Super Comp Sportsman title a week ago in Virginia and made it three straight Sunday when he won the Pro Stock title in the Fitzgerald USA NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol, Tenn.

ENCORE: A FATHER'S DAY TRIBUTE

There isn't a day that passes when I don't think about my father. I miss him that much.
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My dad inspired me into being what I am today, even though he never drag raced.

I was the only son of three children. My father was my hero.

We were never rich. Dad’s education was no different than most young men growing up poor in South Carolina. He quit school in the eighth grade to help support his grandparents working in the Carolina textile mills.

That’s all he knew to do – work. When he got married, he worked hard, yet he made time for his only son, me. 

OSWALD JOINS THE LEGENDS OF THUNDER VALLEY

SCHUMACHER, CAPPS AND COUGHLIN JR. EMERGE VICTORIOUS AT THUNDER VALLEY NATIONALS

Tony Schumacher was able to lock down his first Top Fuel victory of the season Sunday as he emerged victorious at the 18th annual Fitzgerald USA NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals.

Ron Capps (Funny Car) and Jeg Coughlin Jr. (Pro Stock) were also victorious in their respective categories at the 11th of 24 events on the 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule.

ALBALOOSHI SECURES FIRST PRO MOD VICTORY SINCE 2015 AT THUNDER VALLEY NATIONALS

Khalid AlBalooshi drove to his first victory of the season and fourth of his career Sunday during the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by presented by J&A Service portion of the Fitzgerald USA NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway. This weekend’s Pro Mod racing, presented by Elite Motorsports, was the sixth of 12 events this season.

AlBalooshi used a 5.924-second pass at 247.38 mph in his Bahrain ‘17 Chevy Camaro to take down Todd Tutterow in the finals.

EVENT COVERAGE - HOLLEY HOT ROD REUNION, BOWLING GREEN, KY.

Legends of the sport of drag racing were honored on Friday at the second day of the Holley National Hot Rod Reunion® presented by AAA Insurance at Beech Bend Raceway Park on Friday. The racing action also didn’t disappoint as qualifying and time trials concluded at the historic track. 

Grand Marshall Larry Lombardo along with the 2018 honorees including Jay Howell, Bo Laws, Ed Miller, Joe Williamson, and Greg Xakellis were honored during the day. The legends in attendance took part in autograph sessions, talked with the fans, and were involved with meet and greats during the afternoon. 

The evening concluded with the Honoree Reception at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green. Various hot rods, customs, and Cacklefest cars were on display as the legends were celebrated during the evening. 

 

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