Erica Enders completes 2017 season in qualified of 53rd annual NHRA Finals

POMONA, CA — Two-time Pro Stock world champion Erica Enders ended her one-win 2017 campaign with a quarterfinal run at the season-ending 53rd annual Auto Club NHRA Finals. Showing off her trademark killer instincts in the seat of her Melling Performance/Elite Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro, Enders trailered her best friend in the sport, the retiring Allen Johnson, before bowing to outgoing champ Jason Line when her car got out of shape in the suspect right-hand lane. “It’s disappointing because we had a racecar that could have [...]

2017-11-15T05:19:35+00:00 November 12th, 2017|Categories: 2017, Chevrolet, Erica Enders, NHRA, Race Recap|Tags: , , , , |

Five-time Pro Stock champ Jeg Coughlin Jr. already thinking about next season

POMONA, CA — Jeg Coughlin Jr. had his hands full Sunday, both in beating first-round opponent Matt Hartford and again in a quarterfinal defeat to Bo Butner as his JEGS.com/Elite Performance Chevrolet Camaro seemed a bit unhappy all day. In the end, Coughlin said it’s time to put this race and season in the rear-view mirror and look at the big picture, and what the team needs to do to be title contenders in 2018. “We’ve got horsepower, we’ve got cars and we’ve got the [...]

2017-11-15T05:19:38+00:00 November 12th, 2017|Categories: 2017, Chevrolet, Jeg Coughlin Jr., NHRA, Race Recap|Tags: , , , , |

Erica Enders emotional as race against retiring pro Allen Johnson looms

POMONA, CA — Two-time Pro Stock champion Erica Enders found herself getting emotional as the race day ladder for the 53rd annual Auto Club NHRA Finals came together and she realized she’d be facing retiring pro and fellow champion Allen Johnson in the opening round of Sunday’s eliminations. “Me and Allen, his wife Pam and (my husband) Richie took a photo right before that last qualifying session and it was definitely emotional,” Enders said. “He’s my best friend out here and after his final qualifying [...]

2017-11-12T11:28:22+00:00 November 11th, 2017|Categories: 2017, Chevrolet, Erica Enders, NHRA, Qualifying|Tags: , , , , |

After another strong qualifying effort, Jeg Coughlin Jr. primed for final race of the year

POMONA, CA — Proving the noticeable uptick in performance he enjoyed two weeks ago in Las Vegas wasn’t an anomaly, five-time Pro Stock world champion Jeg Coughlin Jr. earned his best starting spot since grabbing the pole in Bristol, Tenn., Saturday at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona. The strong effort of 6.558 at 209.46 mph in the JEGS.com/Elite Performance Chevrolet Camaro puts Coughlin in one of the favored positions to perhaps claim a seventh trophy at this historic facility. He’ll get his first test against [...]

2017-11-12T11:25:37+00:00 November 11th, 2017|Categories: 2017, Chevrolet, Jeg Coughlin Jr., NHRA, Qualifying|Tags: , , , , |

Erica Enders concludes 2017 season with renewed optimism for bigger things ahead

POMONA, CA — Returning to the site of her biggest single triumph — the 2014 title-clinching, final-round victory against Jason Line — Erica Enders is prepped to finish the year at this weekend’s 53rd annual Auto Club NHRA Finals with firm designs on a brighter future. “For the second year in a row we didn’t quite have the season we wanted or expected,” said Enders, driver of the Melling Performance/Elite Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro. “But this season we made so many strides in the right direction [...]

2017-11-09T11:56:25+00:00 November 9th, 2017|Categories: 2017, Chevrolet, Erica Enders, NHRA, Pre Race|Tags: , , , , |

With six Pomona wins, six-time champ Jeg Coughlin Jr. ranks track as one of his favs

POMONA, Calif. (Nov. 7) — Auto Club Raceway in Pomona always has been a favorite spot for six-time world champion Jeg Coughlin Jr. who has amassed six of his 76 career victories at the historic facility on the Los Angeles County Fairgrounds. With the 53rd annual Auto Club NHRA Finals on tap this weekend, Coughlin is hoping to find some more Pomona magic to close out 2017 with a long-awaited victory. “Let’s finish this season off in style with a big win,” Coughlin said. “Of [...]

2017-11-09T11:44:59+00:00 November 9th, 2017|Categories: 2017, Chevrolet, Jeg Coughlin Jr., NHRA, Pre Race|Tags: , , , , |

Expired engine ends Erica Enders weekend in opening round of Toyota Nationals

LAS VEGAS, NV — It doesn’t happen often for Erica Enders and her Elite Performance race team but an expiring engine ended the six-time Vegas champion’s day in the opening round of competition. “As hard as we push these motors it’s actually surprising it doesn’t happen more often but we got bit today and that ended our race,” Enders said. “We’ll be fine. It’s an easy fix and we have lots of spares so we’ll be prepared for Pomona, no problem.” Had the motor survived [...]

2017-10-30T05:36:48+00:00 October 29th, 2017|Categories: 2017, Chevrolet, Erica Enders, NHRA, Race Recap|Tags: , , , , |

Six-time Las Vegas winner Erica Enders looking for lucky no. 7 in Sin City

LAS VEGAS, NV — In a city that lives on numbers, Erica Enders is looking to roll “7” on Sunday when the 17th annual NHRA Toyota Nationals turn to elimination racing at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Enders won six consecutive races here in her championship years of 2014 and 2015, including both the spring and fall national events and back-to-back K&N Horsepower Challenges. “We know the way to the winner’s circle here, that’s for sure,” Enders said. “It’s pretty crazy because this [...]

2017-10-30T05:33:56+00:00 October 28th, 2017|Categories: 2017, Chevrolet, Erica Enders, NHRA, Qualifying|Tags: , , , , |

There’s reason for excitement in JEGS.com pit, says multi-time champ Jeg Coughlin Jr.

LAS VEGAS, NV — After putting the finishing touches on his best qualifying effort in 10 races, five-time Pro Stock world champion Jeg Coughlin Jr. says the confidence he has in the JEGS.com/Elite Performance Chevrolet Camaro is higher than it’s been in four months. “We are pretty excited for game day tomorrow,” Coughlin said. “This JEGS car is running so much better now and I’m definitely looking forward to getting out there, running hard tomorrow, and turning on some win lights.” That’s great news for [...]

2017-10-30T05:28:04+00:00 October 28th, 2017|Categories: 2017, Chevrolet, Jeg Coughlin Jr., NHRA, Qualifying|Tags: , , , , |

Nothing but positive Vegas memories for multi-time champ Erica Enders

LAS VEGAS, NV — In her championship years of 2014 and 2015, Erica Enders was untouchable at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, winning six straight events, including both the spring and fall national events and consecutive K&N Filters Horsepower Challenges. The spunky Texan is hoping to recapture some of that magic this weekend when she returns to her favorite racetrack for the 17th annual NHRA Toyota Nationals, the penultimate race of the 2017 Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. “It’s no secret I love [...]

2017-10-26T16:36:10+00:00 October 26th, 2017|Categories: 2017, Chevrolet, Erica Enders, NHRA, Pre Race|Tags: , , , , |