World champ Erica Enders dealing with ‘unhappy’ car as Reading turns to eliminations

READING, PA – Two-time Pro Stock world champ Erica Enders only made one decent pass in qualifying for the 33rd annual Dodge NHRA Nationals, but the ever-hopeful Texan says she’s confident team owner Richard Freeman has the crew in place to turn their fortunes around during Sunday’s eliminations at Maple Grove Raceway. “At the end of July when we were racing in Sonoma (Calif.), we didn’t get down the track in any of the four qualifying rounds,” Enders recalled. “On Sunday, we go out in [...]

2017-09-24T11:21:57+00:00 September 23rd, 2017|Categories: 2017, Chevrolet, Erica Enders, NHRA, Qualifying|Tags: , , , , |

Jeg Coughlin Jr. gains ground on Pro Stock field in second day of Reading action

READING, PA – Five-time world champion Jeg Coughlin Jr. got quicker in each of Saturday’s qualifying sessions for the 33rd annual Dodge NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway, finally finishing the time trials portion of the race hanging on the No. 12 rung on the race day ladder. In the end, the 76-time national event winner topped out at 6.608 seconds and 209.79 mph in his JEGS.com/Elite Performance Chevrolet Camaro, which places him opposite Drew Skillman on the sudden-death elimination grid. “Last weekend in Charlotte [...]

2017-09-24T11:18:22+00:00 September 23rd, 2017|Categories: 2017, Chevrolet, Jeg Coughlin Jr., NHRA, Qualifying|Tags: , , , , |

Pro Stock ace Erica Enders focused on flying high in Pennsylvania

READING, PA – As the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series’ Countdown to the Championship playoffs continue with this weekend’s 33rd annual Dodge NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway, two-time Pro Stock world champion Erica Enders has her sights set on gaining traction in championship points by taking her bright red Melling Performance/Elite Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro to another winner’s circle. Enders, a feisty 33-year-old Houston native, goes into the second round of the Countdown to the Championship sixth in points. Even though she and her [...]

2017-09-20T12:19:28+00:00 September 19th, 2017|Categories: 2017, Chevrolet, Erica Enders, NHRA, Pre Race|Tags: , , , , |

As fall season arrives, Jeg Coughlin Jr. looking to rise in Pro Stock championship chase

READING, PA — Jeg Coughlin Jr. is a five-time Pro Stock champion and a five-time winner at Maple Grove Raceway, site of this weekend’s 33rd annual Dodge NHRA Nationals. But neither of those impressive stats are what has him pumped up about the second of six races in the NHRA’s Countdown to the Championship, where he currently ranks seventh overall. Jeg Coughlin Jr. “I’m excited about the change of seasons and a move back up north to what typically are cooler conditions,” Coughlin said. “Without [...]

2017-09-20T12:13:49+00:00 September 19th, 2017|Categories: 2017, Chevrolet, Jeg Coughlin Jr., NHRA, Pre Race|Tags: , , , , |

Erica Enders opens 2017 playoffs with quarterfinal showing at NHRA Carolina Nationals

CONCORD, NC — Two-time world champion Erica Enders went one-up, one-down Sunday at the first of six races in the 2017 Countdown to the Championship, the 10th annual NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMax Dragway. Enders scored a mild upset over Elite Motorsports teammate Alex Laughlin in Round 1 when the slightly higher-qualified Laughlin was forced to surrender his run. She then matched her Melling Performance/Elite Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro up against local Tanner Gray with Gray evening their season record against one another at 3-3. “It’s [...]

2017-09-18T15:43:07+00:00 September 17th, 2017|Categories: 2017, Chevrolet, Erica Enders, NHRA, Race Recap|Tags: , , , , |

Quarterfinal finish represents a decent start to the Coutndown for Jeg Coughlin Jr.

CONCORD, N.C. — Having won six NHRA championships and 76 national events in the past, Jeg Coughlin Jr. has become used to finishing a given race day on top of the heap. But he’s also been around long enough to know that round wins are tough to come by so you sometimes have to take what you can and move on to the next race and fight another day. That was the case Sunday at the 10th annual NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMax Dragway, where [...]

2017-09-18T15:41:16+00:00 September 17th, 2017|Categories: 2017, Chevrolet, Jeg Coughlin Jr., NHRA, Race Recap|Tags: , , , , |

Melling Performance pro Erica Enders excited about eliminations in Charlotte

CONCORD, N.C. — Throughout her record-setting career, two-time Pro Stock champion Erica Enders always has done her best work in pressure-packed situations. When others wilt, she blossoms, which is one of the many reasons she’s excited about the first of six race days left in the 2017 season. “The playoffs are definitely a different animal,” Enders said. “We’ve lived it, we’ve fought down to the last round of the season, we’ve felt the most pressure you can feel in this sport and we’ve come out [...]

2017-09-17T12:02:16+00:00 September 16th, 2017|Categories: 2017, Chevrolet, Erica Enders, NHRA, Qualifying|Tags: , , , , |

Playoffs begin with five-time Pro Stock champ Jeg Coughlin Jr. looking sharp in Charlotte

CONCORD, N.C. — Jeg Coughlin Jr. hopes to pad his illustrious resume even more in this year’s Countdown to the Championship playoffs, which begin in earnest with eliminations for the 10th annual NHRA Carolina Nationals running Sunday at zMax Dragway. A six-time drag racing champion with 76 national event victories, Coughlin has done the majority of his winning in Pro Stock, where he’s collected five titles and 58 Wally trophies. He’ll be at it again down the stretch of this season in his powerful JEGS.com/Elite [...]

2017-09-17T12:00:18+00:00 September 16th, 2017|Categories: 2017, Chevrolet, Jeg Coughlin Jr., NHRA, Qualifying|Tags: , , , , |

Two-time Pro Stock champion Erica Enders says ‘Don’t bet against us’

CONCORD, NC — Erica Enders’ two Pro Stock championships both came in the 10-year-old playoff era so she has intimate knowledge of how the six-race Countdown to the Championship works. With the first playoff race taking place this weekend at zMax Dragway, Enders and her Melling Performance/Elite Motorsports crew know it’s time to put up or shut up. “The regular season is all about securing a spot in the top 10 so you’ve got a ticket to the playoffs,” Enders said. “We’ve done that part. [...]

2017-09-14T13:50:37+00:00 September 14th, 2017|Categories: 2017, Chevrolet, Erica Enders, NHRA, Pre Race|Tags: , , , , |

Jeg Coughlin Jr.’s landmark 400th Pro Stock race represents ‘a fresh start’

CONCORD, NC — The timing is right for Jeg Coughlin Jr. to begin his quest for a seventh NHRA national championship and sixth Pro Stock title at this weekend’s 10th annual NHRA Carolina Nationals at zMax Dragway near Charlotte. The 76-time national event winner will be entering his 400th Pro Stock race this weekend, a mark eclipsed by just two other active drivers — Greg Anderson and Allen Johnson. By chance, Coughlin’s historic start comes at the beginning of the NHRA’s Countdown to the Championship, [...]

2017-09-14T13:51:51+00:00 September 14th, 2017|Categories: 2017, Chevrolet, Jeg Coughlin Jr., NHRA, Pre Race|Tags: , , , , |