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RACING FOR JUNIOR INSPIRES CHIP ELLIS

 

NHRA Carolina Nationals Pro Stock Bike champion Chip Ellis said team owner Junior Pippin was more concerned with making sure his team had enough equipment to compete in the next five races than celebrating their first victory.

Ellis admits he wasn't surprised by the reaction; this is just how Pippin operates.

"The first thing he said was, 'How many motors do we have in the truck?" Ellis recalled.

The response, as Ellis explained, didn't mean he wasn't proud.

LIVING IN THE SHADOWS OF THEIR FAMOUS COUSINS FINE FOR THESE TOP SPORTSMAN RACERS

They live in the shadows of their famous cousins, and they are okay with it.

Top Sportsman racers Jack Robison and Dylan Stott are two of NHRA Division II's premiere Top Sportsman racers, and for them, they are just carrying on a family tradition.

Robison's cousin is Scotty Cannon, the six-time Pro Modified champion, and an iconic figure in the early years of the volatile division.

KNOWING WHEN TO HOLD 'EM AND WHEN TO FOLD 'EM FUELS INDEPENDENT TF RACER WURTZEL

Kyle Wurtzel knows the oldest joke in racing, all too well.

How do you make a small fortune at the track?

Answer: Start with a large one.

Wurtzel, a financial planner in his “real” life, pilots a Top Fueler dragster when he’s not crunching numbers at Northwestern Financial. He’s been racing about 12 years now and recognizes that maybe he should’ve started smaller when he entered the sport.

IHRA NAMES AUSTRALIA MANAGING DIRECTOR AND ADDS WIDE BAY MOTOR COMPLEX

The progressive international movement into Australia has continued as the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) has announced Maurice Allen, IHRA Australia managing director and signed Wide Bay Motor Complex to a three-year sanctioning agreement.

Veteran motorsports professional Maurice Allen has been named the new IHRA managing director in Australia. Mr. Allen started his career in motorsports as a Pro Stock motorcycle racer at the age of 20 and later set-up the Australia Dragbike School in Melbourne, Australia. Prior to joining the IHRA, Mr. Allen was the CEO of the Australian Professional Drag Racing (APDR) - 400 Thunder, Australia's premier drag racing series sanctioned by the IHRA.

BECKMAN TAKES WIN DURING EVENTFUL AFTERNOON IN ST. LOUIS

Jack Beckman couldn’t have made the road to victory any harder for himself in St. Louis.

Three rocky rounds of qualifying, a narrow escape to a smaller, independent team in round one, a paper-thin .0012 margin of victory to the most recent event winner in round two, and a couple of close calls against his teammates in typical Beckman fashion, all added up to the second win of the year and 24th of his career for the boisterous driver of the Infinite Hero Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car.

LANGDON TAKES ST. LOUIS TOP FUEL CROWN

Sometimes it seems Shawn Langdon gets lost in the Don Schumacher Racing Top Fuel stable which also consists of Antron Brown, Leah Pritchett and of course Tony Schumacher.

Well, Langdon was the one basking in the spotlight at the Midwest Nationals Sunday in St. Louis.

SAVIOE CLAIMS PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE VICTORY IN ST. LOUIS

Jerry Savoie is a veteran Pro Stock Motorcycle racer who can’t be overlooked in the six-race Countdown to the Championship.

The Cutoff, La., resident proved that Sunday with an emotional win.

LAUGHLIN COLLECTS FIRST CAREER WIN AT MIDWEST NATIONALS

The story of how Alex Laughlin collected his first career win in Pro Stock is one that will be remembered for years to come.

Because, quite frankly, it wasn’t supposed to happen yet.

LANGDON, BECKMAN, LAUGHLIN and SAVOIE RACE TO VICTORY AT MIDWEST NATIONALS

Shawn Langdon raced to his third victory of the year Sunday at the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals at Gateway Motorsports Park just outside of St. Louis.

Jack Beckman (Funny Car), Alex Laughlin (Pro Stock) and Jerry Savoie (Pro Stock Motorcycle) were also victorious in their respective categories at the 20th event of 24 on the 2016 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule. The AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals is the second race of the six-race NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship playoffs.

COUGHLIN RACES TO PRO MOD VICTORY SUNDAY AT MIDWEST NATIONALS

 

Troy Coughlin raced to victory Sunday in the NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series portion of the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals. This weekend’s Pro Mod racing at Gateway Motorsports Park is presented by Precision Turbo & Engine. This is the ninth of 10 Pro Mod events on the 2016 season.

Coughlin, the reigning and two-time world champion, powered his JEGS.com Chevy Corvette to a 5.802-second pass at 253.85 mph to defeat two-time world champ Rickie Smith’s 5.830 at 250.09 in his late model IDG Chevy Camaro. Coughlin earned his second victory of the season and eighth of this career. Coughlin trails Smith by 93-points with one event to go.

 

 

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