Rumor Mill

:::::: News ::::::

T.J. COUGHLIN SET TO CARRY ON GRANDPA’S TRADITION

 

Troy Coughlin Jr. thought he was in trouble.

He was at work at JEGS, the family automotive mail-order business in Delaware, Ohio, one day last September. And The Boss – his grandfather – called him into his office.

But Granddad – “Pappy” to the youngest generation of racers – had something besides sales on his mind. He encouraged 25-year-old T.J. to think about giving Top Fuel dragsters a whirl.

NHRA SAYS HODGSON FC NOW WITHIN "SPIRIT OF RULES"

 

When Ron Hodgson and his son Ryan arrived at the NHRA California Hot Rod Reunion this past October in Bakersfield, Calif., their Nostalgia Funny Car didn’t go unnoticed.

Their brand-new Victory Race Cars-built 1969 Camaro Funny Car – primarily the body – didn’t sit well with some fellow Nostalgia Funny Car competitors as they felt it was against the spirit of the rules.

ET RECORD CHANGES NOT POPULAR WITH SOME TEAM OWNERS

 

Not everyone is pleased with the NHRA's decision to eliminate to point-reward procedure about national elapsed time records. Two individuals who have "skin" in the game voiced their displeasure on Thursday during testing  in Phoenix, Az. Team owners Bob Vandergriff Jr. and Don Schumacher said the decision removes an exciting aspect of the game, an aspect desperately needed at this time as Peter Clifford seeks to take drag racing to higher visible profile.

"I just don't understand the whole premise of why it needed to be messed with in the first place," said Vandergriff. "I mean, it only comes into play in very few instances, and for a sport trying to grow excitement and drama it just doesn't add up to what we've already done. 

"We've added points to qualifying, to add excitement. Then there's the Countdown ... again, to add excitement and drama. Then we turn around and remove probably the most drama-filled experience from our sport? A sport built on performance, speed and excitement, we've done the equivalent in football of removing the Hail Mary pass play."

BECKMAN AND SCHUMACHER SET THE PACE FRIDAY AT NHRA NITRO SPRING TRAINING

NHRA Funny Car racer Jack Beckman posted a time quicker than the current national record that he owns and veteran Top Fuel driver Tony Schumacher almost bettered the national record in his category Friday during the third day of NHRA Nitro Spring Training at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park near Phoenix.

NHRA Top Fuel and Funny Car teams are utilizing the four-day pre-season test session to prepare for the season-opening Circle K NHRA Winternationals, next weekend (Feb. 11-14) at historic Auto Club Raceway at Pomona in Southern California. The tradition-rich race near Los Angeles is the season-opening event for the 2016 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.

TWO NEW NHRA PROGRAMS WILL PROVIDE RACE COVERAGE WORLDWIDE

 

NHRA will launch a premium live streaming service, anticipated to start in March 2016, which will deliver live video streams from NHRA Mello Yello Series events to internet-connected devices, including mobile devices.  This subscription service will give NHRA fans around the world the chance to see all of the action from NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series events like never before.

“NHRA All Access” will feature live and continuous coverage of all Pro and most Sportsman races from the qualifying runs on Friday through the finals on Sunday.  The live stream of the in-venue feed will include audio from track announcers and video from trackside big screen displays.  Subscribers will be able to experience all of the racing action as if they were sitting in the stands.  

TORRENCE AND BECKMAN QUICKEST IN NHRA NITRO SPRING TRAINING THURSDAY

 
Steve Torrence and Jack Beckman were the quickest in their respective categories Thursday during the second day of NHRA Nitro Spring Training at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park near Phoenix.

 

NHRA Top Fuel and Funny Car teams are utilizing the four-day pre-season test session to prepare for the season-opening Circle K NHRA Winternationals, next weekend (Feb. 11-14) at historic Auto Club Raceway at Pomona in Southern California. The tradition-rich race near Los Angeles is the season-opening event for the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.

DON'T HAVE TWITTER? NO PROBLEM WATCH LIVE RESULTS HERE @COMPETITIONPLUS

PDRA PN RACER RINI READY TO MAKE HIS MARK IN 2016

PDRA Pro Nitrous has been a hotbed of big talk this offseason. The class has risen to elite status in recent years. Just qualifying for an event deserves ample accolade, which at times, has given birth to ample ego among competitors, as well. Not all Pro Nitrous drivers are alike, however. Chris Rini isn’t one for all the talk, but that doesn’t mean he’s not more than ready to prove himself on the track. In 2016 he’ll follow the entire PDRA Pro Nitrous circuit for the first time, and the competition can be sure that while his mouth may not be hard at work, his racing program certainly is.

Rini is debuting a brand new ‘69 Chevy Camaro built by Jerry Bickel Race Cars this season. The slick-looking car will pay tribute to the late founder of ATI, Jim Beattie, by copying the Funny Car ‘Black Magic’ paint scheme he made famous in the ‘70s.

SUPER CHEVY SHOW GOES COAST-TO-COAST WITH NEW SCHEDULE

The Super Chevy Show Series, owned by SCSW, LLC, will return to Epping, N.H., for the first time in 10 years, make its first appearance in Shreveport, La., and work with a new management team in Topeka, Kan., as part of a 12-state tour that features some of the quickest and most aesthetically-pleasing Chevrolets on the planet.

Everything from Corvettes to Corvairs, Impalas to El Caminos, Camaros to Cobalts, Biscaynes to Bel Airs, Malibus to Monte Carlos, Nomads to Luminas, Tahoes to Suburbans, Colorados to Silverados, Cavaliers to Vegas, Berettas to Blazers and Chevy IIs to Chevelles will be on display during the new season.
 

PSM VETERAN MATT SMITH EXCITED FOR 2016 SEASON

Last season was one of transition for NHRA world champion Pro Stock Motorcycle racer Matt Smith.

Smith was in the first year of his sponsorship agreement with Victory Motorcycles. He and his wife, Angie rode Victory sponsored motorcycles powered by S&S motors. Matt, NHRA’s Pro Stock Motorcycle world champion in 2007 and 2013, finished fourth in the points standings and Angie was 13th.

Pages