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50 Days until the Northeast Grand Prix – IMSA 50 for $50 ticket sale Lime Rock Park

Your Lime Rock Park Fan NewsVolume 2, Issue 17. Celebrate IMSA’s 50th Anniversary In 50 Days. The Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park To Host Special Tribute To 50 Years Of IMSA. IMSA’s golden anniversary celebration continues, including special 50-year tributes being held at the Detroit Grand Prix this Saturday (watch on NBC Sports at 12:30pm) as well as the Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park on July 19 and 20.
In celebration of IMSA’s anniversary, many teams are sporting throwback liveries to significant cars from the past. In early May, the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge TCR class championship-leading Honda Civic Type-R debuted a throwback livery at the Mid-Ohio race.
At the Northeast Grand Prix, IMSA’s merchandise booth located on The Midway will offer commemorative items such as T-Shirts and the book, “IMSA: Celebrating 50 Years.” The book follows the history of the series from its formation between John and Peggy Bishop and Bill France, Sr., to the first race at Pocono in 1969, to its current standing. 
The Fan Hospitality Tent and Insider’s Club at the Northeast Grand Prix will host special 50th anniversary offerings, including guest speakers, book signing and autograph sessions, as well as memorabilia from Lime Rock Park’s IMSA history.
SPECIAL $50 RACE DAY TICKET. On Friday, May 31, 2019, to celebrate the 50-day countdown until the Northeast Grand Prix, Lime Rock is offering a special, IMSA 50 ticket discount, providing Saturday Race Day tickets at $50, a $10 savings. If you’ve already purchased your tickets, please share the sale with friends and family members. Along with tickets to the IMSA Northeast Grand Prix or Historic Festival 37, dad will love a gift from the Lime Rock Store. Check out these fun gift bundles.Father’s Day Gift Bundles. June 9: Paint and Sip Charity Fundraiser Paint a scenic landscape of Lime Rock Park through guided instruction by a trained artist during our Paint and Sip Charity Fundraiser on June 9, 2 pm-4 pm. A portion of the participation fee will be donated to Lime Rock Park’s official charity The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. Bring your own snacks and beverages. Sign up in advance by 2019 Major Events Memorial Day Classic featuring Trans Am Series by Pirelli with SVRA and International GT. MAY 24-27, 2019 IMSA Northeast Grand Prix featuring WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. JULY 19-20, 2019 Historic Festival 37 and Sunday in the Park Concours & Gatheringof the Marques. AUG. 29-SEPT. 2, 2019 Competitor Entry Now Open For Historic Festival. Calling all competitors!Entry is now open for the 37th annual Lime Rock Park Historic Festival and the Sunday in the Park Concours. Lime Rock Park | 860.435.5000 | limerock.comConnect With The Editor | marlane@limerock.comSee What’s Happening At Lime Rock Park | The Lime Rock Park Store | limerockstore.comCater Your Event | limerockcatering.comJoin Lime Rock Drivers Club |
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Honoring Joey Logano Dinner-North East Motor Sports Museum

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Joey Logano seen here after winning a Monster Cup race at NHMS

Friday July 19th 

North East Motor Sports Museum New England’s NASCAR Cup champion Joey Logano will be honored with an elegant sit-down dinner at the North East Motor Sports Museum on Friday night, July 19, the weekend of the Foxwoods 301. There will be speeches, stories, laughter and applause. Speakers include family, race team members and friends. Be there for all of it! Tickets are $100 for museum members and Logano Fan Club members and $125 for non-members. Net proceeds benefit the North East Motor Sports Museum.

Tickets are limited to 150 total Call 603-783-0183 to order by phone!

Order by mail by sending check to North East Motor Sports Museum 922 Rt 106, Loudon, NH 03307.

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Best of Quebec set to defend their turf in ACT Doubleheader

Claude Leclerc (#11QC) will be on the entry list for his namesake race on Saturday, June 1, as will former Serie ACT Champion Jonathan Bouvrette (#41QC). (Alan Ward photo)

Waterbury, VT – The American-Canadian Tour (ACT) arrives in Quebec on Saturday, June 1 for the first round of a Canadian twin bill. But while plenty of U.S. stars are making the trip, the best ACT racers in Quebec will be trying to keep the big trophies and big checks at home.

A huge field of Quebec-based Late Model drivers have already committed to the Claude Leclerc 150 at Vallée-Jct., QC’s Autodrome Chaudiere on Saturday, June 1 and the Jean-Paul Cabana 125 at Ste-Croix, QC’s Circuit Riverside Speedway on Sunday, June 2. Champions such as Patrick Laperle, Jonathan Bouvrette, and Samuel Charland join a mix of popular veterans and rising stars who are eager to claim the $5,000 USD winner’s check at Chaudiere and/or the $5,000 CAD top prize at Circuit Ste-Croix.

What might be most notable is that the man the Saturday night event is named for is also on the entry list. Lanoraie, QC’s Claude Leclerc continues to put the pedal down at age 77 as a full-time competitor on the ACT Late Model Tour. While the Claude Leclerc 150 is a tribute to the racing legacy of “The Ironman”, he has a chance to add to that legacy with a strong run in his namesake event.

St-Denis, QC’s Laperle remains a threat to win almost anywhere he goes, and he will be on the short list of contenders this weekend. The former Série ACT and ACT U.S. Champion currently is tied with Brian Hoar for the most victories in ACT-sanctioned Late Model touring events. Having two events on his home turf could be Laperle’s best chance to break that tie.

Several Canadians who have been traveling with the ACT Late Model Tour this season get to race much closer to home for this round. Blainville, QC’s Bouvrette is another prime contender to watch, as the 2017 Série ACT Champion captured the $10,000 CAD-to-win Bacon Bowl 200 at Chaudiere last August. However, his teammate Mathieu Kingsbury is the highest Canadian in the ACT point standings right now as he sits sixth overall. Saturday’s event is an opportunity to make a big statement in his first year with the Tour. Another former Série ACT Champion, Quebec City’s Jean-Francois Dery, has committed to the Jean-Paul Cabana 125 at a track where he has always run strong.

Autodrome Chaudiere also has a strong weekly NASCAR Late Model class that uses ACT rules. Many of those weekly runners have already filed their entries for the big shows. Victoriaville, QC’s Samuel Charland, the 2018 Autodrome Chaudiere Champion and Triple Crown Champion, looks to start his title defense with a win. Other top-10 runners from 2018 such as Beauceville, QC’s Jeff Cote; St-Raymond, QC’s Christophe Paquet; and Sainte-Georges, QC’s Jonathan Bergeron will come to compete.

Those who follow ACT action around the region may see some other familiar names. Vallée-Jct., QC’s Marc-Andre Cliché; Saint-Joseph du Beauce, QC’s Pier-Luc Labbe; St-Paul de Juliette, QC’s Remi Perreault; and Notre Dame des Pins, QC’s Alexendre Tardif now all have experience with the ACT Late Model Tour or Série ACT. They will surely be in their element as they attempt to qualify for what are expected to be two of the biggest ACT fields of the year.

They’ll have to contend with a strong contingent of U.S.-based Late Model racers who are determined to show why they’re at the top of the ACT Late Model Tour heap. Current point leader Rich Dubeau of Plainfield, NH; two-time defending champion Scott Payea of Colchester, VT; multi-time winner Jimmy Hebert of Williamstown, VT; and top rookie Stephen Donahue of Graniteville, VT will all be rolling into the pits on Saturday. They’ll be joined by Dylan Payea, Christopher Pelkey, Ryan Kuhn of E. Bridgewater, MA, Brandon Atkins, Reilly and Peyton Lanphear, and many others crossing the border.

A huge weeked Quebec racing begins on Saturday, June 1 with the Claude Leclerc 150 at Vallée-Jct.’s Autodrome Chaudiere on Saturday, June 1. Post time is 5:45 pm for a card that also includes a 75-lap Série Sportsman Quebec event plus the NASCAR Sport Compact Amateur division. The pits open at 12:00 pm and the front gates open at 3:00 pm. Admission is $38 CAD ($30 USD) for adults and free for ages 17 and under.

ACT wraps up the weekend at Ste-Croix’s Circuit Riverside Speedway on Sunday, June 2 at 1:00pm. The Jean-Paul Cabana 125 is joined by a 50-lap feature for the NASCAR Série Procam Super Trucks and a 30-lap “combo event” for Sport Compact Amateur and Sport Compact Elite. The pits open at 8:30 am with the front gates at 10:00 am. Admission is $40 CAD ($35 USD) for adults and free for ages 17 and under.

-Michael R. Stridsberg/American-Canadian Tour Media Director

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Devil’s Bowl Speedway – Schedule and Event Info – Sunday, June 2

BHello, everyone!
Please find attached the schedule and event information sheet for this Sunday, June 2, at Devil’s Bowl Speedway in West Haven, VT.

NOTES:–We are watching the weather forecast closely, and it keeps improving for us on Sunday.  As of now, at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, we are planning to race on schedule!  If you have not already done so, you can sign up for text and/or email alerts at (search for Devil’s Bowl Speedway).

–This Sunday’s event will be a continuation of the May 19 event that was rained out.  The night will pick up right where we left off two weeks ago.  The 500cc Mini Sprint division has already completed its heat races, and two of the three Sportsman Modified heats have been completed.  The event will begin with Heat #3 for the Sportsman Modifieds.

–Drivers in attendance this Sunday who were not in attendance on May 19 will start at the rear of qualifying heats and/or features.  Drivers in attendance on May 19 who do not return this Sunday will earn “last place” appearance points per the 2019 rulebook.

–Our track crews have removed 9-12 inches of clay from the track surface this week in an effort to dry things out and decrease the chance of rutting.  This spring has been a major challenge with the rain, but we are working hard at it and we appreciate your patience and understanding!

–Sportsman Modifieds & Limited Sportsmen – NO DOUBLE BARS on the right side rub rails!  This is not a new rule!
As always, please contact us with your questions and concerns:Mike Bruno – (802) 236-9141Justin St. Louis – (802) 355-3282Track Office – (802) 265-3112

Thanks, and we’ll see you all on Sunday!–Devil’s Bowl Speedway Staff

Troy Coughlin Jr. to banner ‘WELD Racing At JEGS’ design at Route 66 NHRA Nationals

Note: The Mello Yello NHRA Nationals will be performing on the July 4th Weekend 2019 at New England Dragway in Epping, NH

Scott “Woody” Woodruff: Source

JOLIET, Ill. (May 30) — Reigning North Central Region Top Alcohol Dragster champion
Troy Coughlin Jr. will unveil a special “WELD Racing At JEGS” design on the top-
running McPhillips Racing dragster he’ll pilot at this weekend’s Route 66 NHRA

Coughlin, a four-time winner in the category in 2018, is fresh off a runner-up finish at
last weekend’s Division 1 series opener in Reading, Pa., and hopes another strong
performance will pay immediate dividends for WELD Racing, an industry leader in high-
performance racing and street car wheels.

“The car’s looking great and I can tell you it’s a real honor to represent a company with
as deep a racing tradition as WELD,” Coughlin said. “My thanks to Vic Wood and all the
great people at WELD for jumping on board with us.

“It’s going to be fun to promote their V-Series and RT-S wheels and hopefully we’ll sell a
lot of product for them. What’s really neat is if you jump on and use our
wheel simulator, you can see what all the different WELD wheels look like on your own

Founded in 1967, WELD makes wheels for the street, drag strip, oval tracks, trucks and
off-road segments. WELD Racing’s production facility is located in Kansas City.

“JEGS is a premium partner of ours,” Vice President of Sales Vic Wood said. “And
we’ve been big fans of Troy Jr. since he started racing and we love the professionalism
of the entire group at McPhillips Racing. We are very proud to be a part of the team this

“This is just a fun way to wave the flag in a different manner and draw attention to the
fact that WELD Racing wheels are available 24 hours a day at We hope
everyone in need of wheels gives our products a look and cheers on Troy Jr. at the
same time.”

About JEGS Automotive, Inc.JEGS Automotive, Inc. (JEGS) is one of the largest e-commerce and mail order high-performance auto parts retailers worldwide. Founded in 1960 by racing legend Jeg Coughlin Sr., JEGS remains family-owned to this day and offers more than 1 million SKUs available for purchase. The JEGS corporate headquarters is located in Delaware, Ohio, and is home to a 225,000-square-foot warehouse and distribution center, two state-of-the-art call centers, the Coughlin Family classic car and truck collection, the Team JEGS racing research and development facility and The JEGS Foundation.

For more information, call (800) 345-4545 or visit us at www.JEGS.comAbout Team JEGSTeam JEGS is the official racing team of JEGS Automotive, Inc. (JEGS), and is fueled by the legacy of one of racing’s most winningest families, the Coughlin Family. Led by JEGS founder and International Drag Racing Hall of Fame Inductee Jeg Coughlin Sr. and his four eldest sons, John, Troy Sr., Mike and Jeg Jr., Team JEGS has claimed nine National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) World Championships, 17 divisional championships and 122 NHRA national event victories. Meet Team JEGS, follow the Team JEGS race schedule and results, and learn more about racing by visiting

Team JEGS, 101 JEGS Place, Delaware, OH 43015

Nick Salva off to a good start In SK Modified


(Stafford Springs, CT)—Four races into the 2019 season at Stafford Speedway, SK Modified® driver and Cheshire, CT native Nick Salva is enjoying the best year of his SK Modified® career.  Coming into the 2019 season, Salva, driver of the #8 K & J Automotive Chevrolet, had twice posted a best finish of 9th in 24 career starts spanning the 2016-2018 seasons.  Salva has already tripled his career SK Modified® top-10 total with top-10 runs in each of the first four races of the 2019 season, including a career best finish of third this past Friday night.

“I expected to run well this season, maybe not necessarily this well so early in the season, but I’ll take it,” said Salva.  “We’ve always had a good car but I’ve just lacked experience with car setups.  We’ve also never really had the funds or time to experiment with the car setup but we have Stash Butova on board with us this season and he’s really helped fill in the gaps to get the car set up properly and handling well.  I could get the car to be a good 5-lap car but Stash has helped make it a 25 plus lap car.  Stash has been the missing puzzle piece for us.  Finishing third last Friday night was an incredible feeling.  Obviously winning is the best feeling but there’s no better feeling than being able to turn left onto the mini-mile after the race is over to drive to the podium area.”

Normally a new driver/crew combination takes a few races for both parties to get to know each other and translate that understanding of one another into success on the race track.  But Salva and Butova crewed together over a decade ago which made for a smooth transition and lessened the learning curve.

“We’ve really clicked well right off the bat,” said Salva.  “Back 10 or 12 years ago when Bo [Gunning] stopped driving for Ed Partridge and drove one of Frank Ruocco’s cars, I spent the summer working in Frank’s shop with Stash and Steve Butova on Frank’s cars so we had a relationship back then.  We had talked over the years and Stash has been able to help me out here and there but now for this year we were finally able to put a deal together for a full season commitment and we’ve worked really well together.”

With two finishes of 6th to go along with his podium last Friday and an 8thplace finish thus far in 2019, Salva enters the May 31st Military Appreciation Night sitting third in the SK Modified® standings, only 16 points or 8 positions on the track behind leader Michael Gervais, Jr.  While Salva’s results look amazing on paper, the 2019 season hasn’t been a 100% smooth ride for Salva and the #8 team and Butova isn’t the only crew member that Salva has to thank for helping him to get to third in the standings.

“The first couple races we ran into some bad luck situations but we were still able to get great finishes with some great recoveries,” said Salva.  “The first lap of the Sizzler feature Tom Bolles spun and I got into him and that ripped the shock mounts off of the car.  We went a lap down fixing the car but we were able to come back up to finish sixth thanks to Glenn Jensen.  He has been my saving grace.  Between him, Stash, and my stepfather Tommy Gunning, I think between them, they’ve got about 100 years of experience and they’re the only reasons why I’m still doing this and why we’re having the success that we’ve been having.”

As good as Salva has been this year, he is looking for additional sponsorship in order to be able to coninue the season on a high note.

“We have great partners right now with K & J Automotive, Del’s Vinyl Siding, FK Rod Ends, and T/A Engines but we’re looking for additional support in order to finish out the year on the path that we’re on right now,” said Salva.  “When it comes time to get the motor refreshed is going to be crunch time for us.  We’re going to run the best we can until we run out of money and then evaluate what our situation is and if we can keep on going or if we need to park the car for a while.  Some extra sponsorship would be the ingredient we need for peace of mind knowing that no matter what happens we can have the car back together and at the track for the next week.”

With his first career SK Modified® podium finish under his belt, Salva is creeping ever closer to winning his first SK Modified® feature event.  Salva has 4 career SK Light wins and 1 career DARE Stock win at Stafford but to win an SK Modified® feature would be the realization of a life-long goal.

“A win would be unbelievable for us,” said Salva.  “I’ve been working tirelessly since I was five years old because all I’ve ever wanted to do was win an SK race at Stafford.  It’s been a lifelong goal of mine and we’re knocking on it and getting real close.  There’s been a lot of blood, sweat, and money that we’ve put into this car and I think everyone would see me shed a tear or two in victory lane if we do win a race.”

Salva will look to continue to build on his good finishes this season this Friday night, May 31, which is Military Appreciation Night with Fireworks.  Tickets for this Friday night’s Military Appreciation Night program are $20.00 for adults, $5.00 for kids 6-14, and as always 5 & under free.  Any active or reserve military members can get a general admission ticket at the gates with proper I.D. for only $10.00.  Reserved seating is priced at $23.00 for all ages. All tickets include 10% CT Admission Tax.  General admission gates open at 5:15pm, with qualifying races beginning at 6:15pm and feature races to follow.

Source: Scott Running/Stafford Speedway PR

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Sunday June 2nd NCSC Spring Race 7 Capeway Rovers Middleboro, MA

mX Riders line up and wait for the drop of the bars so they can get the “hole shot” at the green flag startr! (Credit: AMA Monster Energy photo.)

NCSC Spring Series Race 7 Sunday June 2nd Capeway Rovers M/C Middleboro, MAWeather: Sunny 70’s”WARM & DRY”BEST RACING OF THE SEASON

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Watch WRC Rally Portugal with Red Bull TV

World Rally cars compete on all types of surfaces such as snow, ice, dirt, gravel and pavement in every season of the year! (Credit: Hoonigan Racing photo)

Rally Portugal May 30, 2019
From the complete unknown of Rally Chile three weeks ago, the World Rally Championship rolls on to much more familiar territory of Rally Portugal, which has been part of the WRC calendar on and off since the championship’s founding in 1973.

Reigning six-time World Rally champion Sébastien Ogier is back on top of the championship standings but has Ott Tänak and Thierry Neuville in hot pursuit, only 10 and 12 points behind respectively.  It’s already round seven of 14 in the 2019 WRC season and yet there’s still nothing to separate the trio.

Make sure you keep up with the epic championship fight by catching  the best of the action from Portugal with Red Bull TV, with coverage live and on demand throughout the weekend on or via the Red Bull TV app.Rally Portugal: Need to know* Rally Portugal is returning to the iconic roads around Arganil this year, which featured heavily in the 1980s and ’90s but haven’t been seen since 2001, after which the rally went on hiatus for nearly a decade.

* Older events on the calendar have stages or sections which are etched in rally folklore: Ouninpohja in Finland, Col de Turini on the Rally Monte-Carlo, El Cóndor in Argentina. Portugal has its own: Fafe, home to the spectacular jump that even the most casual of rally fans will recognise.

* There’s a distinct road evolution over the course of the morning and afternoon loops: a sandy gravel base will hurt the early runners in the basking Portuguese sun, offering little in the way of grip. Wind the clock forward and the roads become rutted and rocks begin to rear their head, posing extra risk to the cars.

* Sébastien Ogier is tied with Markku Alén, the FIA Cup for Drivers winner in 1978, for most victories on Rally Portugal with five. Neuville has one victory to his name while Tänak is still trying to score his first win here.Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia, Rally Portugal 2019Ott Tänak/Martin Järveoja, Rally Argentina 2019WRC champion Luis Moya joins Mike ChenWhen it comes to rally stars from the Iberian Peninsula, no duo in WRC history come close to matching the success of three-time champions Carlos Sainz and his co-driver Luis Moya.

Moya, who also worked behind-the-scenes for Subaru and Volkswagen after hanging up his helmet, will join Mike Chen to provide expert analysis, banking on his decades of top-level rally experience.

Both Moya and regular host Mike Chen will bring you the best of the action from the stages throughout the weekend, with all broadcasts available on demand at or via the app.

‘Chenny’ will again be filming a vlog from behind the scenes in the service park and looking ahead to the weekend – catch it from Friday on the Red Bull MotorsportsYouTube channel.Luis MoyaMike ChenRED BULL TV BRO


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Ryan Preece returning to Thompson next week

Current Monster Energy Cup Series set for Sunoco Modified and NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour races (Credit NASCAR Home Track photo.)

By Kyle Souza, Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park

THOMPSON, Conn. – Current Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series star Ryan Preece is returning to his racing roots next week.

The Berlin, Connecticut, driver will compete in both the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Thompson 125 and the 30 lap Sunoco Modified feature next Wednesday, June 5 right here at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.

“It’s another chance for me to race, and I think that’s a huge part of it. I always enjoy going to this race,” Preece said. “Thompson and I have a love-hate relationship, where I have had some really good runs, but also a lot of bad luck, where things haven’t worked out.”

In 43 career Thompson starts in Whelen Modified Tour competition, Preece has three wins – one of them driving for Eric Sanderson and two for Ed Partridge. Next week, he will sit behind the wheel of the No. 6, owned by Partridge. He has been to Victory Lane in two of his last six Thompson starts, including the Thompson 125 back in 2017.

The car he will compete in for the Whelen Modified Tour race will be brand new for him on the track. He’s been working on the car down south to prepare it for action.

“It’s a place I enjoy racing at because it’s so difficult to position yourself at the end of the race to have the track position, but also have the speed,” Preece said. “It’s something I am looking forward to doing.”

In Sunoco Modified competition, Preece is no stranger to the front of the field. He has two championships in the competitive class in 2012 and 2014, and picked up a victory last year driving for the Moniz family, adding to a list of many checkered flags.

“The Sunoco Modified is still up in New England with the Moniz family, I’ve been running that car for about eight years, and it’s been a great relationship,” the JTG Daughtery Racing driver said.

Even though he will have just limited practice behind the wheel, the veteran of modified racing isn’t concerned about it.

“I feel confident in the setups we are bringing and the people that are preparing the cars. I have more than enough laps to know what I need,” Preece said. “It’s a tough place to race at, but I do feel confident that we will have some good cars.”

For Preece, one of the most important parts of returning to New England and his racing roots is coming home to see his hometown fans that have been watching him compete on the Cup circuit. In his first 13 starts this season, Preece has a best finish of third in Cup action at Talladega Superspeedway. He also was in the front draft at the finish of the Daytona 500 in February.

“I remember when I was younger and watching Tony Stewart come to Thompson and do a match race. Going there, from the Northeast, and from Connecticut, having raced weekly there and run the Whelen Modified Tour for many years, it’s something that I make a point to get back and show that I love the racing,” Preece said. “I want to continue to do it when I can.”

Preece isn’t going to be the only driver chasing the checkered flag in these two modified races next week. In the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Thompson 125, Justin Bonsignore looks to make it six Thompson victories in a row driving the No. 51 Phoenix Communications Chevrolet for Ken Massa. Names like Doug Coby, Timmy Solomito, Woody Pitkat and Ron Silk aren’t going to be far behind.

When the Whelen Modified Tour was in town for the Icebreaker back on April 7, Bonsignore beat Silk, Eric Goodale, Patrick Emerling and Coby to the finish line. The Thompson 125 is well known for the pit strategy teams will use during the race.

It will be important for fans to keep an eye on when cars pit early in the race, because it’s likely they will stay out in the second half while some of the leaders pit, creating thrilling final restarts. Bonsignore is the defending winner of the race.

In the Sunoco Modifieds, George Brunnhoelzl III adds to a star-studded field making a start for Justin Albernaz in a backup car. NASCAR K&N Pro Series East regular Max McLaughlin will begin to tune-up his Thompson driving line in the same feature, as the rising star will compete in a car for Keith Rocco Racing. Rocco and Ronnie Williams scored the first two wins of the year.

Drivers return to the track at Thompson on Wednesday, June 5, for the Thompson 125. The schedule includes qualifying and feature racing for all five NASCAR Whelen All-American Series divisions and the Whelen Modified Tour.


Taylor Pelletier

Event Manager

Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park

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Defending event Pro Stock champ Jeg Coughlin Jr. ready for more Chicago magic

Note: The Mello Yello NHRA will be making their annual stop at the New England Dragway in Epping, NH over the July 4th Weekend 2019.
Source: Scott “Woody” Woodruff
Reigning regional Top Alcohol Dragster champ Troy Coughlin Jr. running strong

JJOLIET, Ill. (May 29) — Pro Stock ace Jeg Coughlin Jr. broke the longest winless streak of his career at last year’s Route 66 NHRA Nationals and ended up going on a tear that left him just one spot short of a sixth national class championship. Now the 62-time Pro Stock national event winner is expecting more Chicago magic, especially since he’s one of just two drivers in his class to have won a race this year.

 Jeg Coughlin Jr.Joining Coughlin at the race is nephew Troy Coughlin Jr., a rising star in the Top Alcohol Dragster category who already has a regional championship and four wins to his credit in the high-speed class.
“Last year’s Chicago race certainly marked a huge turnaround for us,” Jeg Jr. said. “We’re all very much hoping to successfully defend our Chicago title and start another big run. There’s no reason to think we can’t do it.”
Jeg Jr. had a strong outing the last time he raced his Elite Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro, racing to the semifinals in Richmond, Va., before bowing out to eventual victor Bo Butner, the only other Pro Stock driver to win a race this season.

“I told Bo the other day it’s got to be my turn again,” Jeg Jr. said with a laugh. “We’ve had a bit of feast-or-famine year so far. We got that win in Phoenix early on and we certainly felt like we did coming out of here last year but then we had a couple of untimely early-round losses and came back down to earth.
“We did have a good run in Virginia and the car right now is absolutely fantastic. The crew is working hard and Rickie (Jones, crew chief) and the rest of the crew chiefs at Elite are way further ahead with the Rick Jones chassis then we were a year ago so I feel strongly we can challenge for the No. 1 qualifying spot and a win this weekend.”

When he’s not in his racecar, Jeg Jr. will be busy watching two of his favorite events — the annual JEGS Allstars race taking place Saturday at Route 66 and the Memorial PGA Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio, a course that holds a lot of memories for the Buckeye native.

“We have a lot of pride in our hometown and it’s always neat to see the pros playing the course you grew up on,” Jeg Jr. said. “I had a chance to play it last Friday, the final day before they shut it down and for all the final preparations for the PGA event, and it’s in perfect shape. I plan to take a peek whenever I get a minute.
“I’ll definitely be watching the JEGS Allstars also. You’ve got the best Sportsman drivers from the NHRA’s seven geographical areas battling head-to-head in 10 different classes and then you add in the team aspect and it’s one of the most unique experiences you’ll ever have. You end up paying attention to every driver and every class because you’re pulling like crazy for your home division to win the team trophy and the comradery makes it so special, especially in a sport where you’re usually on your own.”

Troy Coughlin Jr.Troy Jr. arrives in the Windy City full of confidence after a stellar weekend at the Division 1 season opener in Reading, Pa., where McPhillips Racing Top Alcohol Dragster was the quickest car in qualifying and every round on race day. Troy Jr. was runner-up at the event after past world champion Duane Shields nipped him in the final on a holeshot, but Troy Jr. says that’s only motivated him further for this weekend’s race.

“The car’s a Cadillac,” Troy Jr. said. “Rich and Richie McPhillips and the entire crew have put in a lot of hard work to make this car perfect and it really is a stellar ride. The ball’s in my court to do a little bit better behind the wheel so we don’t give away rounds we should win.

“I’m focusing on all the positives this week. I’m such a lucky kid that gets to do what he truly loves for a living. We do this drag racing thing week after week because we love it and getting better is part of the process. If I stay focused and relaxed everything will work out the way it’s supposed to. I’m ecstatic with the team and the car.”

Just as it was in Reading with the heavyweights from D1, Troy Jr. knows the JEGS Allstars race will bring the best Top Alcohol racers in the country to Chicago.

“The Allstars race always adds a level of excitement to Chicago, especially with it carrying the name of our family business,” Troy Jr. said. “The best drivers from all over the country are here and they all want to prove they belong in the Allstars field. I know, I’ve been there. There are 19 cars here for the national event, so it’s going to be really exciting. I love races like this. It definitely keeps you on 
your toes.”

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