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Coughlin closed last season with a runner-up finish in Las Vegas and a huge win in Pomona, Calif., that secured his fourth drag racing world title. After a busy holiday break, the 51-time national event winner returned to Las Vegas in his JEGS.com Cobalt and promptly won the Pontiac Showdown preseason test, before heading back to Pomona for the '08 season opener, where he finished as runner-up in a field of 22 cars.
Completing at the Summernationals, the team treated the big crowd that attended the event with numerous benchmark performances with the highlight being Kath Stevens World Record setting performance in her 3000 horsepower Jack Daniel’s Racing Ford Falcon Top Doorslammer.
Kath created history on Saturday (16th June), which was also her 31st birthday, by becoming the first ever women to run a 5 second quarter mile pass in a ‘doored’ car when she laid down a stunning 5.96 Elapsed Time.
"I have been racing a while and I would have to say this event is as good as any I have been in or seen before, it might be a while before we see an event like this again - anywhere," remarked Doorslammer runner-up and Championship points leader, John Zappia.
Even at of the time of this writing, the WSID PR and administration have already been besieged by competitors across all categories, spectators and corporate partners from around the country as to the amazing quality of the 2008 Summernationals stanza and interestingly the crowd atmosphere during the event reached new levels of excitement never seen before at the multi-million dollar, world-class purpose built Drag Racing facility nestled in the heartland of Western Sydney.
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Based just outside of St. Louis in Kirkwood, Doc's is the number 1 (out of 682) Harley-Davidson dealer in the country for the new purchase experience over a rolling 12 month average. Interestingly, Doc's is also owned by a woman—Pat Bush. "Pat rides, used to drag race, and loves Pro Stock Motorcycle racing," said Doc's marketing director Rich Blosser. "She's attracted to the idea of Angelle as a woman rider. She'd heard from George Bryce (the six-time champion tuner of Sampey's Rush Racing Buell) that Angelle had the best natural talent he'd ever seen."
"When Karl brought Angelle on board, it was the biggest story in racing and we wanted to be a part of it," said Jim Wagner of Doc's. Wagner is Doc's sales leader now, but in the past he led Doc's racing assault on the flat tracks.
Queensland based Drag Racing star Kath Stevens from the Jack Daniel’s Racing team celebrated her 31st birthday in fine style by setting a World Record at the Western Sydney International Dragway tonight (16th February).
Kath is the only female in Australia that competes against the men in the professional Top Doorslammer bracket, and took it another step further by becoming the first female in history anywhere in the world to drive a ‘doored’ car down the quarter-mile strip in 5 seconds.
Lining up against team mate Steve Packman in his SP Racing Ford Falcon in the B quarter-finals, Kath surprised all by laying down an amazing 5.96 second pass to take the round win in her 3000 horsepower beast.
“This is amazing! We have been working and developing our Brett Stevens Racing built Ford Falcon Top Doorslammers now for around 18 months and it has all finally paid off,” Kath Stevens said.
As the memories of a magical 2007 racing season fade, Bruce Litton is ready to turn the page. A few short months removed from claiming his first career Top Fuel world championship, Litton and his Lucas Oil Race Team are gearing up for an all-out assault on the 2008 points chase.
“Winning the IHRA championship was very special, something I will never forget,” Litton said from his Indianapolis-based race shop. “But I just looked at the calendar and saw its 2008 now. Everyone is even and I know it’s going to be a dogfight this season. We’ll have to be at the top of our game if we hope to make some noise on the IHRA tour this season. We’re confident we can do well again this season, but if we think we can just show up and not put in the work we’ll get our tails kicked. We have to work harder this season than we did last season because everyone always guns for the guy with the #1 on his car.”
Litton’s 2007 Hadman Dragster will look different in 2008 it recently received a fresh coat of paint, but the chassis will be the exact one he drove to three national event victories and the world championship last season.
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