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TEAM JEGS SPORTSMAN STARS HAVE RESPECTABLE START TO 2014 CAMPAIGNS

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jegs 1 Mike Coughlin qualified fifth and went two rounds at his first race of the season.Mike, Troy Jr., and Clay Coughlin set out for the JEGS NHRA Cajun SPORTSnationals with specific goals in mind, and after completing the opening weekend of their 2014 campaigns, all three drivers described a measured feeling of accomplishment.
 
Two-time Division 3 champion Mike proved he'll be a contender right out of the gate by qualifying a lofty fifth overall with a 6.62 at 210 mph at aptly named No Problem Raceway Park. 

MICKEY THOMPSON MIROCK SUPERBIKE SERIES DELIVERS IN ROCKINGHAM

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PJ1speedBLACKWhen the world economy plummeted in the fall of 2008, attendance at Mickey Thompson MIRock Superbike Series events at Rockingham Dragway dipped along with it. But if the health of motorcycle drag racing is an economic indicator, then things are looking up. “This is our best MIRock event since 2009,” Rockingham owner Steve Earwood said at noon on Saturday, well before the Grudge pits filled and brought along the fans who love them. And while 48 Afterdark Underground grudge bikes may not be the 100+ that The Rock has seen in the past, it’s a promising step in the right direction.
 
In fact, the Adams Performance Spring Bike Open—the first MIRock round of 2014—was such a feel-good event, that no one even complained when rain, wind and unseasonable cold shut Rockingham down after only one round of eliminations on Sunday. Sportsman purses were split, Pro classes postponed until MIRock returns to The Rock in August, and there was nary a frown in the crowd. Rockingham is the spiritual home of motorcycle drag racing, and The Rock as we’ve all known it is back!

AREND JOINS FRANK HAWLEY DRAG RACING SCHOOL AS SALES REP

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arendJeff Arend is back in familiar surroundings. The veteran NHRA nitro Funny Car driver recently was hired as a Program Sales Representative for Frank Hawley’s Drag Racing School.

“From like 1997 to like 2001 I was an instructor and I tuned the cars and all that kind of stuff at Frank’s school,” Arend, 51, said. “For now, I’m just doing sales and it is something I had been looking to do. I had enjoyed working with Frank earlier and he and I get along really well. I’m really excited to get to do this again. He (Hawley) has some different programs he is doing, probably the biggest thing is the corporate stuff he wants to do. For example, if you have a big company and you want to reward your workers, you can have them come drive 130 mph race cars at the drag strip.”

Arend said that along with his new position with the Hawley school, he will remain as a full-time driver for Jim Dunn’s Grime Boss Funny Car.

FORCE HOOD PLANS TO RENEW LICENSE IN LAS VEGAS

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ashley force6Nitro Funny Car driver Ashley Force Hood has not raced since the NHRA Finals in November of 2010 at Pomona, Calif.

The popular driver is scheduled to get back behind the wheel March 31 at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

“I’m just going to be updating my license because it expired last year,” Force Hood said in a phone interview with CompetitionPlus.com Monday morning. “Obviously, I was pregnant so I couldn’t do anything about it. I’m going to be making some runs Monday after Vegas because we will be there testing anyway.”

UPON FURTHER REVIEW ENDERS-STEVENS' MPH RECORD RUN EVEN MORE IMPRESSIVE

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DSB 1134When Erica Enders-Stevens set the new NHRA Pro Stock mph record at 214.69 mph March 14 at the Gatornationals, it was quite impressive.

The run was even more memorable after realizing what took place before Enders-Stevens drove her Elite Motorsports Camaro up to the starting line at Gainesville, Fla.

"It was pretty awesome," said Rickie Jones, who is co-crew chief on the car with his father, Rick Jones. "Any time you can say you have the fastest Pro Stock car in the world that is cool. It's a testimony to the good equipment we have right now. Elite Performance has done a great job. Richard Freeman and everyone at the engine shop have done a great job with the engines. That was a brand new engine that was shipped to the track. We took a brand new motor out of the crate from our engine shop and we set the speed record."

THE CHAMP BELIEVES DART IS A BULLSEYE

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DSB 1128When you've won as much as Jeggie Coughlin, you tend to know the difference of close and a bullseye. The new Dodge Dart, according to the defending Pro Stock champion, is as good as it gets.

"I love this car," Coughlin said. "I immediately felt extremely comfortable in the driver's seat, the sight lines are better than what we had in the Avenger, and the stability at speed is great.

"We feel as though we already have the Dart at the point where the Avenger was when we won the championship last year. The difference is the upside potential is much larger. This car is a game changer."

RACE FANS, NHRA RACERS RAISE $8,000 AT CHARITY KARTING EVENT IN SONOMA

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Beckman.Pollacheck.Capps.MMills MFinneganNearly 30 lucky race fans mingled with stars from the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series on Saturday and helped support a great cause at the 12th annual NHRA Tour de Charity at the Sonoma Raceway Karting Center.
 
The charity event, which pitted race fans against NHRA racers for a day of karting on the raceway’s challenging course, raised $8,125 for Speedway Children’s Charities, bringing the 12-year total for the event to more than $130,000.

2014 CAROLINA COALITION BRACKET SERIES THIS WEEK AT ROCKINGHAM

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Top Winner Eric AmanReigning series champions Tommy Plott of Winston-Salem, Ricky Greer of Fayetteville and Lula Egger of Crumpler will find themselves in the crosshairs this weekend (March 29-30) when Rockingham Dragway plays host to the opening event in the 2014 Hoosier Racing Tires Carolina Coalition Bracket Series.

The four-race series, hosted by Rockingham Dragway, Farmington Dragway, Piedmont Dragway and GALOT Motorsports Park (formerly Dunn-Benson Dragway), again will crown champions in Top Eliminator, Footbrake and Jr. Dragster divisions.

MSD POWER GRID™ TRAINING

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msd powergridGet the Extra Edge You Need to Be a Winner using your MSD Power Grid and ARC Module!

Training Session on Tuesday, April 15th, Following the NHRA Four-Wide Spring Nationals at zMax Dragway in Charlotte by: Joe Pando, Drag Racing/Engine Builder Support at MSD and Thurman Exum, Professor Motorsports.

RAIN-DELAYED DIVISION SHOWDOWN AT SUNDOWN WINNERS CROWNED

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Div4 SouthCentral-4cJerry Emmons led the list of winners for the rain delayed Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Showdown at Sundown originally scheduled at Royal Purple Raceway in Baytown, Texas.  Six classes finished up their elimination rounds this weekend at the JEGS Cajun Sportsnationals at No Problem Raceway in Belle Rose, La.

Emmons, Pasadena, Texas, drove his Lucas Oil sponsored ’05 Cavalier Super Stock to the win over Jimmy Hidalgo Jr., out of Donaldsonville, La., with a lap of 9.645 seconds at 134.03 mph.

Emmons was one of four Texas racers taking home trophies as he was joined by Deborah Ridenhour, Clint Parker and Robert Sanders in the winner’s circle.  Ridenhour, Kennedale, Texas, drove her ’77 Volaire to the win over Jimmie Hutto, Houston, in Stock and Parker, Gilmer, Texas, went 10.917, 140.78 mph to defeat Charlie Owens, White Oak, Texas in Super Street.  Sanders, Katy, Texas, road his ’82 Suzuki to victory in the Sportsman Motorcycle presented by Harley-Davidson class holding off Derek Dorey, Kingswood, Texas.

RACING COMPLETE; WINNERS CROWNED AT JEGS SPORTSNATIONALS

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CajunSPORTSnatsSlate Cummings and Kade Albarado took home trophies for the Stock/Super Stock CIC and the King of the Bayou specialty racers on the final day of the JEGS Cajun SPORTSnationals at No Problem Raceway.

Cummings, Ponchatoula, La., took on Larry Stewart, Clinton, Miss., posting a 10.138 second lap in his ’00 Corvette to beat out Stewart and his ’10 Challenger while Kade Albarado won the Super Street portion of the King of the Bayou, then posted the best package in the run off for the overall championship.

Albarado’s run off package of 0.123 seconds was enough beat out Ryan Herem and Wes Neely who both broke out in the run off pass.  Herem, all the way from Canyon Country, Calif., won over Jonathan Robin, Luling, La., in Super Comp and Wes Neely went 10.010 at 125 mph in his ’67 Camaro to end Mark Skipper Jr.’s day in Super Gas.

CLASSIC VIDEO - 1983 NHRA WORLD FINALS, OCIR

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The last NHRA event held at the famed Orange County International Raceway. A historic event you won't want to miss if only to see a couple of nasty Mike Dunn crashes. There re also cameo appearances from Shirley Muldowney, Denny Savage, Lee Shepherd, Warren Johnson and "Grizzly" Adams.

ROYAL PURPLE RACEWAY PREVAILS IN LEGAL FIGHT ABOUT DIRT PILE

Written by Susan Wade.


514Seth Angel knows how to move the earth.

At least he knows how get the next-door neighbors to move it.

Angel, executive vice-President and general manager of Royal Purple Raceway at Baytown, Texas, said he's moving forward after reaching a settlement with HPP Materials.

That's the company with which he and the racetrack were locked in a legal duel about a 40-foot-tall pile of construction debris that materialized just over the property line, threatening to wreak havoc on racing operations and jeopardizing the facility's sanction with the National Hot Rod Association.

WILLIAMS, WESTCOTT HEADLINE JEGS SPORTSNATS SPECIALTY EVENT WINNERS

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CajunSPORTSnatsAustin Williams took home the honors in the NHRA Moser Sportsman Shootout and Charlie Westcott captured the Inaugural Tim Hebert “Chootout” in Friday’s action for the NHRA JEGS Cajun SPORTSnationals at No Problem Raceway, Belle Rose, La.

Williams, Burleson, Texas, qualified for the Moser Shootout specialty race in not one but two classes running in both Stock Eliminator and in Super Comp.  Williams defeated David Latino in the round one Stock pairing but fell to former NHRA Lucas Oil world champion Jeff Lopez in the round one Super Comp pairing.  Lopez was also pulling double duty but lost to Jimmy Lewis in Super Gas round 1.

Williams and Lopez were on opposite sides of the 16-car ladder and would both win their second and third round match ups setting up the final round rematch with Williams getting a second chance at Lopez.  Williams was determined not to lose to Lopez a second time taking the win in his ’72 Duster running 6.924 seconds on his 6.91 dial.

FRIDAY QUALIFYING IN THE BOOKS AT IHRA TUCSON SEASON OPENER

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ihra friday 01The return of traditional qualifying and a healthy championship battle was just as sweet as expected as the IHRA Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series opened the 2014 season on Friday to the fanfare of an excited crowd at the 2014 IHRA Southwestern Nationals at Southwestern International Raceway.

Jason Rupert led the way in IHRA's most anticipated championship, taking the top spot in Nitro Funny Car with a well-earned 5.898-second elapsed time at 245 miles per hour. Mike Scott topped the Nitro Harley field on Friday with a 6.353, 221.49 and Kyle Hough took the pole in Nitro Altered with a 6.796, 187.11 run. Mountain Motor Pro Stock will make the first of its qualifying runs on Saturday.

WCOPMA OPENS SATURDAY IN BAKERSFIELD

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JeremyHangerThe West Coast Outlaw Pro Mod Association will kick off their 2014 season today at Auto Club Famoso Raceway in Bakersfield

The West Coast Outlaw Pro Modified Association opens their 2014 season this weekend at Auto Club Famoso Raceway in Bakersfield, Ca.

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