MORRISON, Colo. - Jeg Coughlin Jr., won his second national event this season by edging out his brother Troy in the Pro Stock final during the 21st annual Mopar Parts Mile-High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway on Sunday. Coughlin, from ...
MORRISON, Colo. - Jeg Coughlin Jr., won his second national event this season by edging out his brother Troy in the Pro Stock final during the 21st annual Mopar Parts Mile-High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway on Sunday. Coughlin, from Columbus, Ohio, defended his '98 victory at Bandimere by covering the quarter-mile in 7.267 seconds at 188.67 mph in his Jeg's Mail Order Oldsmobile Cutlass, a new elapsed-time track record. His brother and opponent, Troy Coughlin, also driving a similar Jeg's Mail Order Oldsmobile Cutlass, ran 7.345 seconds at 187.73 mph in the second Pro Stock final round for both brothers this season. "This is the best season we've ever had," Coughlin said. "Our whole program has grown just leaps and bounds this season, it's a win-win situation for both of us." Joe Amato, Tony Pedregon, and Dave Schultz also were winners in their respective pro categories at the $1.6 million race, the 12th of 22 events in the $40 million NHRA Winston Drag Racing Series. Coughlin used a combination of his driving skills, some of which he learned from sibling Troy, along with crew chief Richard Maskin's consistent tuning to defeat Mike Edwards, Steve Schmidt, and Kurt Johnson to advance to the final round. "We struggled a little bit in the first half of the year," Coughlin said. "Our crew chief Richard Maskin has been doing a heck of a job to come up with a handful of combinations to get us set up for this race. We feel like we've got both cars as close as they've ever been set-up wise. This win proves that we're still on the right track. Hopefully we can go to Seattle and see both cars in the top four again." Pro Stock points leader Warren Johnson was eliminated by Troy Coughlin in the semi-finals after Troy cut a perfect reaction time of .400 seconds. Despite the event outcome, Johnson still leads third place Jeg Jr., by 289 points and second place Kurt Johnson by 181 points in the Winston standings. Amato, from Exeter, Pa., captured his third Top Fuel victory of the year in his Tenneco dragster by pedaling to a 5.710-second pass at 253.85 mph and upsetting Doug Kalitta in a thrilling tire-smoking Top Fuel final round. "I must have pedaled it about four times," Amato said. "It was tough because I could hear Doug coming, but I just kept on pedaling until I saw the finish line." The effort was enough to get past Doug Kalitta's pass of 6.024 at 233.92 in his Kitty Hawk dragster after he also lost traction several times during the run. "It wasn't pretty but we'll take it," Amato said. "You try and just get there as fast as you can and hope it was good enough, in this case it was not real fast but it was real good." The win was Amato's fifth victory at Bandimere Speedway and moved him into a tie for the sixth position in points along with defending NHRA Winston Top Fuel Champion Gary Scelzi at 722 points, both are only four points out of fourth place. Despite losing in the first round, Mike Dunn holds the Winston points lead, 44 ahead of Kenny Bernstein. Pedregon of Gardena, Calif., also posted his third victory of the year in Funny Car to continue his reign at Bandimere Speedway. "Right now we've got a good solid team and this is a great way for us to start off the second part of the season," Pedregon said. "It feels really good, to come out and win this event back-to-back, especially when you don't qualify that hot." The '98 Mile-High Nationals champion ran 5.209 at 279.96 in his Castrol Syntec Ford Mustang to hold off '97 winner Whit Bazemore's Kendall Chevrolet Camaro, which lost traction just past the starting line, going 13.182 at 70.68. Semi-final loser John Force still holds a 251 point lead over Pedregon in the Winston standings. Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Schultz, of Fort Myers, Fla., visited the winner's circle for the first time since the '97 Mac Tools Gatornationals on his Sunoco Suzuki. "I feel more confident now that I finally have a win under my belt," Schultz said. " I tried not to stub my toe like I've done several other times in the final. I've been doing well but when it comes to the final I try to take too big a chunk and make too many changes, I found myself trying to make the bike do something that it's not ready to do yet." The victory was also number 43 for the six-time NHRA Winston Pro Stock Motorcycle champion "I'm not dead yet," Schultz said. "I'm old, but I'm not dead. After Chicago, I began a new engine program with Byron Hines and now that I feel I have some power, I also have more confidence and it's actually made me a lot better". Schultz's run of 7.655 at 175.07 was more than enough to beat Team 23 Suzuki rider Antron Brown, who fouled out. Pro Stock Motorcycle points leader Angelle Seeling, who fouled out in the first round, maintains a 97 point lead over bike runner-up Brown. The estimated four-day attendance was 105,000 The next NHRA event is the 12th annual Prolong Super Lubricants Northwest Nationals, presented by Al's Auto Supply, July 30-Aug. 1 at Seattle International Raceway in Kent, Washington.
MORRISON, Colo. -- Sunday's final results from the 21st Annual Mopar Parts Mile High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway. The $1.6-million race is the 12th of 22 events in the $40-million NHRA Winston Drag Racing Series:
Top Fuel - Joe Amato, Exeter, Pa., 5.710 seconds, 253.85 mph def. Doug Kalitta, Ypsilanti, Mich., 6.024 seconds, 233.92 mph.
Federal-Mogul Dragster - Darren Nicholson, Laguna Hills, Calif., 5.684, 245.00 def. David Wells, LeMars, Iowa, 5.729, 246.21.
Funny Car - Tony Pedregon, Chino Hills, Calif., Mustang, 5.209, 279.96 def. Whit Bazemore, Indianapolis, Camaro, 13.182, 70.68.
Pro Stock Bike - David Schultz, Fort Myers, Fla., Suzuki, 7.655, 175.07 def. Antron Brown, Chesterfield, N.J., Suzuki, foul.
Pro Stock - Jeg Coughlin, Columbus, Ohio, Cutlass, 7.267, 188.67 def. Troy Coughlin, Columbus, Ohio, Cutlass, 7.345, 187.73.
Federal-Mogul Funny Car - Sam Blue, Red Wing, Minn., '97 Achieva, 5.945, 234.66 def. Tony Bartone, Manhasset, N.Y., '99 Camaro, 6.450, 221.09.
Comp Eliminator - David Cook, Houston, Dragster, 6.942, 194.74 def. Tom Snyder, Longmont, Colo., '23 Chevrolet, 7.193, 187.52.
Super Stock - Dan Fletcher, Rochester, N.Y., '69 Chevrolet, 11.896, 91.72 def. Kevin Helms, Byers, Colo., '67 Corvette, 17.663, 46.29.
Stock - Jody Lang, Puyallup, Wash., '79 Malibu Wgn, 13.832, 93.16 def. Steve Wann, Modesto, Calif., '70 Plymouth, 11.403, 116.50.
Super Comp - Michael Miller, Santa Fe, N.M., Dragster, 9.473, 155.90 def. Frank Kohutek, Mesquite, Texas, Dragster, 9.495, 162.57.
Super Gas - Ronnie Loomis, Dickinson, Texas, '27-T Ford, 10.567, 132.19 def. Steve Johnson, Littleton, Colo., '41 Willys, 10.687, 137.81.
Morrison, Colo. -- Final round-by-round results from the 21st Annual Mopar Parts Mile High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway, the 12th of 22 events in the $40-million NHRA Winston Drag Racing Series:
ROUND ONE -- Jim Head, Columbus, Ohio, 5.648, 255.10 def. Mike Dunn, Wrightsville, Pa., 6.029, 217.74; Cory McClenathan, Anaheim, Calif., 4.777, 300.53 def. Eddie Hill, Wichita Falls, Texas, 4.824, 286.25; Kenny Bernstein, Lake Forest, Calif., 4.665, 309.13 def. Gary Scelzi, Fresno, Calif., 4.767, 293.79; Doug Kalitta, Ypsilanti, Mich., 4.702, 299.20 def. Garth Widdison, Hooper, Utah, 4.936, 290.38; Joe Amato, Exeter, Pa., 4.839, 250.23 def. Randy Parks, Lombard, Ill., 7.372, 102.34; Paul Romine, Indianapolis, 5.184, 255.97 def. Doug Herbert, Cherryville, N.C., 5.156, 238.13; Larry Dixon, Cardiff, Calif., 5.075, 264.91 def. Bob Vandergriff, Alpharetta, Ga., 5.158, 263.10; Tony Schumacher, Park Ridge, Ill., 5.187, 258.42 def. David Grubnic, Ennis, Mont., 5.535, 251.34; QUARTERFINALS -- Amato 4.670 306.26 def. Head, 5.139, 255.39; Dixon, 4.950, 262.59 def. Bernstein, 7.673, 108.73; Kalitta, 4.797, 293.98 def. Schumacher, 4.844, 281.19; McClenathan, 4.973, 238.68 def. Romine, 5.040, 272.56; SEMIFINALS -- Kalitta, 4.736, 298.60 def. McClenathan, 4.861, 296.96; Amato, 4.643, 312.50 def. Dixon, 6.967, 127.84; FINAL -- Amato, 5.710, 253.85 def. Kalitta, 6.024, 233.92.
ROUND ONE -- Whit Bazemore, Indianapolis, Chevroet Camaro, 5.182, 296.24 def. Dale Creasy Jr., Lansing, Ill., Pontiac Firebird, broke; Al Hofmann, Umatilla, Fla., Firebird, 5.334, 275.28 def. Tommy Johnson Jr., Ottumwa, Iowa, Firebird, 5.348, 268.12; John Force, Yorba Linda, Calif., Ford Mustang, 5.225, 275.28 def. Frank Pedregon, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., Firebird, 6.543, 145.81; Mitch McDowell, Jerome, Idaho, Firebird, 5.403, 276.07 def. Tim Wilkerson, Springfield, Ill., Firebird, 7.396, 124.26; Jerry Toliver, Huntington Beach, Calif., Mustang, 5.213, 286.86 def. Del Worsham, Laguna Hills, Calif., Firebird, 5.937, 179.40; Tony Pedregon, Chino Hills, Calif., Mustang, 5.516, 239.61 def. Gary Densham, Bellflower, Calif., Firebird, 7.409, 116.68; Ron Capps, La Costa, Calif., Camaro, 5.190, 284.03 def. Cory Lee, R.S.M., Calif., Dodge Avenger, 5.311, 267.06; Scotty Cannon, Lyman, S.C., Firebird, 5.192, 278.81 def. Dean Skuza, Brecksville, Ohio, Avenger, 5.306, 266.85; QUARTERFINALS -- Bazemore, 5.140, 289.38 def. Toliver, foul; T. Pedregon, 5.113, 282.60 def. Hofmann, 5.973, 171.08; Force, 5.059, 290.07 def. Capps, 7.037, 131.50; Cannon, 5.856, 253.42 def. McDowell, 7.006, 154.79; SEMIFINALS -- Bazemore, 5.139, 287.96 def. Cannon, 5.388, 256.36; T. Pedregon, 5.041, 291.70 def. Force, 5.186, 251.44; FINAL -- T. Pedregon, 5.209, 279.96 def. Bazemore, 13.182, 70.68.
ROUND ONE -- V. Gaines, Lakewood, Colo., Chevrolet Camaro, 7.412, 184.32 def. George Marnell, Las Vegas, Pontiac Firebird, broke; Steve Schmidt, Indianapolis, Firebird, 7.392, 185.23 def. Ron Krisher, Warren, Ohio, Firebird, 7.425, 185.82; Jim Yates, Alexandria, Va., Firebird, 7.391, 185.08 def. Mark Pawuk, Akron, Ohio, Firebird, broke; Greg Anderson, Jacksonville, N.C., Firebird, 7.397, 185.61 def. Darrell Alderman, Morehead, Ky., Dodge Avenger, broke; Kurt Johnson, Sugar Hill, Ga., Camaro, 7.375, 186.36 def. Richie Stevens, New Orleans, Firebird, 8.215, 122.88; Warren Johnson, Sugar Hill, Ga., Firebird, 7.323, 188.36 def. Ray Franks, New Carlisle, Ohio, Firebird, 7.435, 184.37; Jeg Coughlin, Columbus, Ohio, Oldsmobile Cutlass, 7.330, 187.29 def. Mike Edwards, Broken Arrow, Okla., Camaro, 7.402, 185.41; Troy Coughlin, Columbus, Ohio, Cutlass, 7.377, 186.67 def. Bruce Allen, Arlington, Texas, Firebird, 7.407, 186.33; QUARTERFINALS -- T. Coughlin, 7.362, 186.74 def. Anderson, 7.402, 186.41; K. Johnson, 7.352, 186.54 def. Yates, 7.502, 170.69; J. Coughlin, 7.303, 187.11 def. Schmidt, foul; W. Johnson, 7.315, 188.91 def. Gaines, 7.376, 186.02; SEMIFINALS -- T. Coughlin, 7.346, 187.91 def. W. Johnson, 7.308, 188.99; J. Coughlin, 7.285, 188.49 def. K. Johnson, 7.374, 186.54; FINAL -- J. Coughlin, 7.267, 188.67 def. T. Coughlin, 7.345, 187.73.
PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE:
ROUND ONE -- John Smith, Champlin, Minn., Suzuki GSXR, 7.811, 176.30 def. Steve Johnson, Birmingham, Ala., Suzuki, 7.840, 169.30; Gary Tonglet, Metairie, La., Suzuki, 7.812, 174.57 def. Craig Treble, Chandler, Ariz., Suzuki, 7.938, 167.99; Larry Cook, West Linn, Ore., Suzuki, 7.815, 174.23 def. Ron Ayers, Greenville, N.C., Suzuki, 7.838, 174.80; Matt Hines, Trinidad, Colo., Suzuki, 7.728, 177.30 def. Chris Reuter, Gretna, Neb., Suzuki, 8.073, 164.39; C.J. Smith, Champlin, Minn., Kawasaki ZX7R, 7.994, 171.23 def. Angelle Seeling, New Orleans, Suzuki, foul; David Schultz, Fort Myers, Fla., Suzuki, 7.727, 173.78 def. Geno Scali, Palatine, Ill., Suzuki, 7.978, 166.68; Antron Brown, Chesterfield, N.J., Suzuki, 7.809, 173.34 def. Brian Ayers, Greenville, N.C., Suzuki, 7.918, 170.71; Greg Underdahl, Forest Lake, Minn., Suzuki, 7.826, 175.34 def. Tony Mullen, Houston, Suzuki, 7.812, 171.84; QUARTERFINALS -- Tonglet, 7.815, 170.32 def. C. Smith, 7.991, 167.57; Brown, 7.805, 175.09 def. Cook, 7.785, 174.32; Schultz, 7.756, 176.49 def. Underdahl, 7.854, 171.21; Hines, 7.704, 175.25 def. J. Smith, 7.812, 171.31;
SEMIFINALS -- Schultz, 7.711, 173.32 def. Tonglet, foul; Brown, 7.782, 176.05 def. Hines, foul; FINAL -- Schultz, 7.655, 175.07 def. Brown, foul. POINT STANDINGS:
TOP FUEL: 1. Mike Dunn 814; 2. Kenny Bernstein, 770; 3. Doug Herbert, 759; 4. Larry Dixon, 726; 5. Tony Schumacher, 724; 6. Gary Scelzi, 722; 6. Joe Amato, 722; 8. Cory McClenathan, 677; 9. Doug Kalitta, 642; 10. Bob Vandergriff, 614.
FUNNY CAR: 1. John Force, 1,246; 2. Tony Pedregon, 995; 3. Whit Bazemore, 759; 4. Tim Wilkerson, 599; 5. Dean Skuza, 582; 6. Cruz Pedregon, 542; 7. Frank Pedregon, 524; 8. Del Worsham, 487; 9. Cory Lee, 460; 10. Jim Epler, 445.
PRO STOCK: 1. Warren Johnson, 988; 2. Kurt Johnson 807; 3. Jeg Coughlin Jr., 699; 4. Jim Yates, 698; 5. Richie Stevens, 632; 6. Troy Coughlin, 579; 7. Allen Johnson, 572; 8. Mike Edwards, 526; 9. Mark Pawuk, 504, 10. Greg Anderson, 503.
PRO STOCK MOTORCYLE: Angelle Seeling, 760; 2. Antron Brown, 663; 3. Matt Hines, 660; 4. David Schultz, 488; 5. John Smith, 476; 6. Greg Underdahl, 448; 7. Tony Mullen, 408; 8. Steve Johnson, 404; 9. Craig Treble, 359; 10. Gary Tonglet, 359.