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COUGHLIN CONTINUES RETURN TO PROMINENCE, COLLECTS THIRD WIN OF SEASON

When Jeg Coughlin crossed the stripe first last month at Route 66 Raceway, it marked the first time the hall of fame racer had won an NHRA national event in Pro Stock in more than four years.

Since then, the floodgates have opened and the five-time champion has found himself back at the top of his game.

PSM STANDOUT TONGLET WINS SOMONA FOR THIRD STRAIGHT YEAR

Former NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle champion L.E. Tonglet came out swinging for eliminations Sunday at the Sonoma (Calif.) Nationals.

Tonglet knocked out all comers, including Harley-Davidson teammates Eddie Krawiec and Andrew Hines in the semifinals and finals as he claimed the 18th win of his career and second this season.

THE MOMENT WHEN JOHN FORCE GOT RIGHT IN DENVER

 

John Force didn't mince words when he addressed his crew assembled in the team's hauler just moments before the start of the Dodge Mile High Nationals outside of Denver. 

Force was tired, but no more than is to be expected for a 69-year old man, who has made more trips down the drag strip than any fulltime fuel racer in drag racing. He'd crashed four cars already, been to the hospital three times, failed to qualify once and was already a million dollars in the hole from the aforementioned calamities. 

"It’s hard to motivate when you feel beat up and tired," Force admitted.

Force smiled when he remembers the words that did the trick. 

EXPLODING A FC DURING THE WESTERN SWING CAN CREATE A LOGISTICAL NIGHTMARE

 

Caleb Cox's Facebook post told the story.

"I can’t do this anymore ...," Cox wrote just moments after Cruz Pedregon exploded an engine, destroying the new Toyota Camry body during the Q-1  session at the Dodge Mile High Nationals outside of Denver.

Two hours later, the team manager for Cruz Pedregon Racing posted to Facebook again.

REPAYMENT OF A FAVOR, AND PASSION FOR HELPING OTHERS FUELED JEB ALLEN'S RETURN

 

NHRA's 1981 Top Fuel champion Jeb Allen wanted to repay a favor to his longtime friend Don Schumacher for extending an opportunity for his son to work for the motorsport giant.

Instead of accepting any monetary reimbursement for himself, Schumacher encouraged Allen to donate to one of the charities Don Schumacher Racing promotes, the Make A Wish Foundation.

Allen made a $10,000 donation, and $490,000 later, he's still repaying the favor.

ALEXANDER, HIGHT, COUGHLIN JR. AND TONGLET EMERGE VICTORIOUS IN FRONT OF SELLOUT CROWD AT SONOMA RACEWAY

California native Blake Alexander brought home the second Top Fuel victory of his career in front of a sellout crowd at the 31st annual Toyota NHRA Sonoma Nationals at Sonoma Raceway.

Robert Hight (Funny Car), Jeg Coughlin Jr. (Pro Stock) and LE Tonglet (Pro Stock Motorcycle) were also winners in their respective categories at the 15th of 24 events on the 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule.

POINT STANDINGS FOLLOWING 2018 NHRA SONOMA NATIONALSEVENT

Point standings (top 10) following the 31st annual Toyota NHRA Sonoma Nationals at Sonoma Raceway, the 15th of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series:

 

ROUND BY ROUND RESULTS FROM 2018 NHRA SONOMA NATIONALS

 Final round-by-round results from the 31st annual Toyota NHRA Sonoma Nationals at Sonoma Raceway, the 15th of 24 events in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series:

 

FAST & FURIOUS JEG’S STYLE

 

Northern California’s Sonoma Raceway has hosted some of the most dramatic performances in drag racing history. Fans come to enjoy the beautiful weather and pit-side access to intense drag racing action. JEGS Automotive, Inc., one of the largest e-commerce and mail order high-performance auto parts retailers worldwide, and Team JEGS, the official racing team of JEGS Automotive, Inc., supercharged the experience this weekend. 

SMITH WINS FIRST MICKEY THOMPSON PRO BIKE BATTLE DURING UPSET-FILLED AFTERNOON

Let this be a lesson to all in the Pro Stock Motorcycle ranks - don’t ever count out Matt Smith.

Smith stunned the PSM category on Saturday, surviving an upset-laden bracket featuring the top eight riders in the Pro Stock Motorcycle class from the previous season to win his very first Mickey Thompson Pro Bike Battle crown during the 31st annual Toyota NHRA Sonoma Nationals at Sonoma Raceway.

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