Monthly Archives: May 2017

Thunder Road announces Myers Container Service Triple Crown for Flying Tigers


Thunder Road Speedbowl lived up to its motto "The Nation's site of excitement!

Thunder Road Speedway offers Thursday night stock car action in the spring and summer seasons.



Thunder Road officials have announced the creation of the Myers Container Service Triple Crown Series for the Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel Flying Tigers. The series will feature a trio of extra-distance races for the famed division with its own season-ending championship and point fund. Continue reading

GSPSS headed back to roots




A gaggle of GSPSS drivers will be looking for their first win at White Mountain Motorsports Park in NH. (

A gaggle of GSPSS drivers will be looking for a win at  Claremont Speedway in NH on Friday night. (


 On the heels of his first career Granite State Pro Stock Series victory at Riverhead Raceway on May 20, Mike Mitchell is leading the series into action this Friday night at Claremont Speedway. A 100 lap, $2,000 to win feature event will showcase some of the top Northeast Super Late Model talent on the very track where the series began back in 2011. Continue reading

News from New England Dragway’s NHRA National being held in Epping, NH this coming weekend

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Prerace Notes: NHRA New England Nationals
Team JEGS Prerace Notes
NHRA New England Nationals
New England Dragway
Epping, N.H.
June 2-4
The JEGS Mail Order team will field three entries during this weekend’s NHRA New England Nationals in Epping, N.H. Six-time world champion Jeg Coughlin Jr. will lead the effort behind the wheel of the Elite Motorsports Camaro in Pro Stock. Troy Coughlin Jr. will be driving the SealMaster Top Fuel dragster fielded by Kalitta Motorsports. Samantha Coughlin, the wife of Jeg Jr., will race the team’s Corvette in Super Gas.
Jeg Coughlin Jr. and his wife Samantha

Jeg Jr. will continue his pursuit of a sixth NHRA Mello Yello Pro Stock title (and seventh overall) at this weekend’s event. Jeg Jr. will be driving a Rick Jones Race Cars-built Chevy Camaro as a member of the Elite Motorsports team.

Following a runner-up finish at the most recent event in Topeka, Kan., Jeg. Jr. enters this week’s Atlanta race as the No. 4-ranked driver in the Pro Stock class. So far this year, Jeg Jr. has earned runner-up finishes in Houston and Topeka to go with three semifinal results.
Last season, Jeg Jr. raced in his first full season for the Elite team and recorded the 16th top-10 finish of his career.
Jeg Jr. is teammates with two-time world champ Erica Enders, Vincent Nobile and Alex Laughlin. Veteran crew chiefs Rick Jones, Mark Ingersoll and Brian “Lump” Self are the tuners of the Elite Pro Stock cars and regularly share data.
This weekend’s event will mark the fifth time that NHRA has held a Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event at New England Dragway and the fourth time that Jeg Jr. has raced there as a professional. In his first appearance in 2013, Jeg Jr. qualified No. 1 and drove to a semifinal finish.
In his three previous Pro Stock races at New England Dragway, Jeg Jr. has qualified No. 1, 5 and 7. All told, he has been the No. 1 qualifier 22 times in his career.
This season, Jeg Jr. has been Pro Stock’s No. 1 qualifier in Houston and Charlotte.
Jeg Jr. has won at least one NHRA national event at 24 different facilities but has not yet scored a victory at New England Dragway. The only other current venue on the NHRA Mello Yello tour where he has not won is Norwalk Raceway Park.
Jeg Jr. behind the wheel of the Elite Motorsports Camaro

Jeg Jr.’s best elapsed time in a Pro Stock car is 6.484 seconds and his best speed is 214.62 mph, both recorded in Gainesville in 2014. Earlier this season in Houston, he ran a best of 6.499-seconds, his best run in the fuel injection era.

At the most recent event in Topeka, Jeg Jr. became just the 10th NHRA racer to win 600 elimination rounds when he defeated Bo Butner in the semifinals. The other nine drivers with 600 wins are: John Force (1,274), Warren Johnson (874), Tony Schumacher (794), Greg Anderson (732), Kenny Bernstein (682), Larry Dixon (678), Ron Capps (647), Antron Brown (641), and Doug Kalitta (601).
Jeg Jr. is a five-time NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro Stock champion. He earned season titles in 2000, 2002, 2007-2008 and 2013. As a sportsman driver, Jeg Jr. also claimed the NHRA Super Gas championship in 1992.
Jeg Jr. is the only driver to win national event titles in seven different categories. He has won in Pro Stock, Comp, Super Stock, Stock, Super Comp, Super Gas and Top Dragster.
Jeg Jr. is the only professional racer in history to win a national event title from all 16 starting spots. During his Indy win in 2000, Jeg qualified No. 16.
With 58 Pro Stock wins in his career, Jeg Jr. ranks fourth all-time among Pro Stock drivers. Only Warren Johnson (97), Greg Anderson (87), and Bob Glidden (85) and have more titles.
In 389 career Pro Stock races, Jeg Jr. has reached the final round 102 times, recording 58 wins. Including his 18 sportsman victories, Jeg Jr. has won a total of 76 times, good for ninth place on NHRA’s all-time list. During his career, Jeg Jr. has appeared in 126 final rounds, 102 as a professional and 24 as a sportsman racer.
During his Pro Stock career, Jeg Jr. has competed in 389 events and has a round-win record of 600-315. He has red-lighted just 22 times and failed to qualify just 16 times.
Troy Coughlin Jr.

In 2017, Troy Coughlin Jr. carried on a longstanding family tradition when he joined his grandfather, Hall of Famer Jeg Coughlin Sr., in the Top Fuel class. Jeg Sr. raced Top Fuel from 1977-79. He finished No. 7 in the 1978 standings and recorded career bests of 5.97 seconds and 249.30 mph during his career.

Troy Jr. is driving the SealMaster Top Fuel dragster, which is owned by drag racing and aviation legend Connie Kalitta. The car is tuned by veteran crew chief Jim Oberhofer. Troy Jr. is racing as a teammate to 42-time national event winner Doug Kalitta and 2013 Top Fuel champion Shawn Langdon. Troy Jr.’s teammates also include Funny Car drivers J.R. Todd and Alexis DeJoria.
Following the Topeka event, Troy Jr. is the No. 9-ranked driver in the Top Fuel class. So far this year, Troy Jr. has reached the quarterfinals at three events in Pomona, Gainesville and Houston. His best elapsed time is a 3.696, recorded in Phoenix, and his best speed is 328.86 mph, recorded in Gainesville.
Troy Jr. is one of the leading contenders for the Automobile Club of Southern California Road to the Future award that honors NHRA’s top professional rookie. Troy Jr.’s uncle, Jeg Jr., was named NHRA rookie of the year in 1998 after a second-place finish in the Pro Stock class.
Troy Jr. is a five-time NHRA national event winner and the first third-generation Coughlin to win a major event. Troy Jr. won Super Comp titles at the 2009 Las Vegas race and the 2010 U.S. Nationals. He won a pair of national events last season at the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals and the JEGS Northern SPORTSnationals.
Troy Jr. also is the 2013 NHRA North Central Division Super Gas champion.
During his career, Troy Jr. has appeared in nine Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series divisional final rounds and has claimed three victories.
In addition to his success in NHRA events, Troy Jr. also is regarded as one of the sport’s best E.T. bracket racers. He has accumulated several major victories including a $25,000 payday at the Atco Dragway Superbucks event and a $10,000 win the Spring Buck Blast at South Georgia
Motorsports Park.
Samantha Coughlin will pilot the Corvette for a second time this season.

Samantha Coughlin is making her second start of the season behind the wheel of the Corvette in Super Gas.

Samantha is a former NHRA national event champion, having won the Super Comp title at the 2009 Norwalk event.
Samantha is the daughter of former NHRA Super Comp national champion Al Kenny and the sister of multi-time Divisional champ Jason Kenny.
The Coughlin family, including John, Troy, Mike, Jeg Jr. and Troy Jr. has combined for 113 NHRA national event victories since 1990. The Coughlin’s have won in nine different eliminators including Pro Stock, Pro Stock Truck, Pro Mod, Comp, Super Stock, Stock, Super Comp, Super Gas, Top Sportsman and Top Dragster.
TEAM JEGS – By the Numbers
NHRA New England Nationals
  3        Team JEGS entries in action this weekend in Epping in Pro Stock, Top Fuel and Super Gas
  7        Different classes where Jeg Coughlin Jr. has won at least one NHRA national event title (the
            only driver in history to do so)
10       Number of classes where the Coughlin family has earned an NHRA national event victory
16       Top-10 finishes for Jeg Coughlin Jr. in the Pro Stock class since 1998
113       Combined NHRA national event victories for the Coughlin family
600      Professional round wins for Jeg Coughlin Jr., one of just 10 NHRA pros to reach that


Source: JEGS PR

Christopher and Preece headline Exit Realty Modified Touring Series entries at Stafford

Ted Christopher of  Plainville, CT still manages to pull off  another win at the Stafford Motor Speedway in Connecticut.  Credit: NASCAR Home Track photo.)

Ted Christopher of Plainville, CT still manages to be a threat whenever he races at the Stafford Motor Speedway in Connecticut. Credit: NASCAR Home Track photo.)

The Exit Realty Modified Touring Series will make its Stafford Speedway debut this Friday, June 2nd with a strong contingent of top modified talent lining the roster.  Headlining the current entry-list are two of the top modified drivers in the region, Ted Christopher and 2017 NAPA Spring Sizzler® Champion Ryan Preece. Continue reading

Edwards crowned king, Hanson makes history at Devil’s Bowl Speedway

Devil's Bowl Speedway

Packed house watches Vermont dirt track opener


It’s sometimes better to be lucky than good, but Chad Edwards found out that it’s even better to be both at The Dirt Track at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Sunday, May 28.  A big crowd got its money’s worth at the action-packed event and saw Edwards survive a rough race to win the “Green Mountain State Clash” for the King of Dirt Series Sportsman Modifieds and Lacey Hanson make history as the first woman in Vermont racing history to win a Sprint Car race.  Joey Trudeau and Jason Porter were also in victory lane during the event. Continue reading

Andrew McLaughlin wins Coastal 200 at Wiscasset Speedway


The NEMA Midgets paid a visit to the Wiscasset Speedway over the weekend.


By Ken Minott

     Harrington, Maine’s Andrew McLaughlin has come close, very close, to winning the state’s biggest Late Model Sportsman race; The Coastal 200, on more than one occasion. Finally, on a near perfect sunny Sunday afternoon at Wiscasset Speedway, McLaughlin finally sealed the deal and took home the biggest win of his career in dominant fashion. Over 2600 fans packed the house for the Memorial Day weekend tradition, including a large contingent of veterans & active duty military who were admitted free of charge as the track’s special guests. Starting from the pole position in front of the 26 car field, McLaughlin led 181 of the 200 laps but was still tested on several occasions by a handful of drivers waiting for him to make a mistake. That mistake never happened as he was the best car all day, nailing down the win by a comfortable 3 seconds over Fairfield’s Ben Ashline and local favorite Nick Hinkley of Wiscasset. For his efforts, Mclaughlin raked in $5100 in winnings and lap leader money, including $500 for leading halfway. The race was once again presented by Jordan Lumber and Jordan Excavation of Kingfield. Other winners on the program included Jonathan Emerson of Sabbatus in the Norm’s Used Cars Strictly Streets; Mark Lucas of Harpswell in the Midcoast Region Napa Modifieds; and Zac Audet of Skowhegan in the Kennebec Equipment Rental Outlaw Minis.  Continue reading

Adam Gray return’s to victory lane in ACT Type Late Model Open event at Madog

It was another busy Saturday night at the Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, NH.

It was another busy Saturday night at the Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, NH over the Memorial Day Weekend

By Ryan Lawliss
 With a full card of racing action scheduled on this Memorial Day weekend the racing got started an hour earlier than normal but that didn’t seem to deter the fans from getting their seats early. Fans were treated to every division of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series plus the Great School Bus Race (2016 edition), spectator races, and the ACT Type Late Model Open race. Leary and Millette returned to victory lane; while Robie, Jacobs, Kozacka, and Morse collected their first wins of the season. Continue reading