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Two-time Pro Stock champ Erica Enders gunning for Houston three-peat

2016-04-30T21:22:06-05:00April 30th, 2016|Categories: Erica Enders, Mopar, NHRA, Qualifying|Tags: , , , |

HOUSTON, TX -- Racing in her home state of Texas always puts a smile on the face of two-time Pro Stock champion Erica Enders. So does going fast with her Elite Motorsports/Mopar Dodge, which she did in qualifying for the 29th annual NHRA SpringNationals on Friday at Royal Purple Raceway. Enders grabbed the No. 6 spot -- her second-best qualifying position of the season -- with a pass of 6.635 seconds at 209.14 mph. "It is nice to be back home," said Enders, the 2014 [...]

Jeg Coughlin Jr. hoping a fifth Houston title is in the cards at this year’s SpringNationals

2016-12-09T13:09:44-05:00April 30th, 2016|Categories: Jeg Coughlin Jr., Magneti Marelli, NHRA, Qualifying|Tags: , , , |

HOUSTON, TX -- Five-time world champion Jeg Coughlin Jr. secured the No. 11 starting spot for Sunday's elimination action at the 29th annual NHRA SpringNationals with a best pass of 6.655 at 207.91 mph on a challenging Royal Purple Raceway. Battling humidity and overnight rain storms that only exacerbated issues with the track surface, Coughlin and his Magneti Marelli offered by Mopar/JEGS.com Dodge Dart race team are doing their best to prepare a race car capable of scoring what would be Coughlin's fifth Pro Stock [...]

Texas girl Erica Enders hopes for a three-peat in Houston

2016-04-27T11:11:43-05:00April 27th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

HOUSTON, TX -- Two-time Pro Stock World Champion Erica Enders is a tried-and-true Texas girl, so racing at her home track this weekend is a special treat. Enders, who grew up in Houston, will return to Texas for the 29th annual NHRA SpringNationals, a race she has won the last two years. "Houston was the place where I won my first national event in the Sportsman ranks," Enders said. "And 10 years later, we were able to get it done in Pro Stock and then [...]

With most wins among active Pro Stock drivers, Houston race a favorite for Jeg Coughlin Jr.

2016-12-09T13:09:44-05:00April 26th, 2016|Categories: Jeg Coughlin Jr., Magneti Marelli, NHRA, Pre Race|Tags: , , , |

HOUSTON, TX -- Five-time Pro Stock champion Jeg Coughlin Jr. has collected five of his 76 national event victories at Royal Purple Raceway, making it one of his favorite tracks on the NHRA Mello Yello tour. That's one of the main reasons he's pumped up to return for this weekend's 29th annual NHRA SpringNationals, but it's not the only one. "I don't know that I've ever been more excited to get to Houston," Coughlin said. "Elite Motorsports has a special relationship with Stan and Sheila [...]

Two-time Pro Stock champ Erica Enders reaches Four-Wide semi’s

2016-12-09T13:09:44-05:00April 24th, 2016|Categories: Erica Enders, Mopar, NHRA, Race Recap|Tags: , , , |

CHARLOTTE, TX — The results may not be obvious, but Erica Enders and her Elite Motorsports/Mopar Dodge team continue to make progress at the start of the 2016 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season. Enders raced to the semifinals of the seventh annual NHRA Four-Wide Nationals presented by Lowes Foods on Sunday at zMax Dragway, moving up to seventh in the Pro Stock points standings. The two-time Pro Stock world champion switched manufacturers for 2016, and combined with some NHRA-mandated rules changes, Enders and [...]

Glory at Four-Wide NHRA Nationals will have to wait for Jeg Coughlin Jr.

2016-12-09T13:09:44-05:00April 24th, 2016|Categories: Jeg Coughlin Jr., Magneti Marelli, NHRA, Race Recap|Tags: , , , |

CHARLOTTE, NC -- After qualifying 12th at this weekend's seventh annual NHRA Four-Wide Nationals presented by Lowes Foods, five-time world champion Jeg Coughlin Jr. knew he needed to squeeze everything he could out of his Magneti Marelli offered by Mopar/JEGS.com Dodge Dart to have a chance at advancing. Unfortunately, this time he squeezed a little too hard, fouling out at the starting line in his Round 1 race against Bo Butner, Deric Kramer, and Shane Gray. Coughlin's -.006 red-light start negated his pass on the [...]

Perseverance is key for reigning Pro Stock champion Erica Enders

2016-04-24T11:21:19-05:00April 24th, 2016|Categories: Erica Enders, Mopar, NHRA, Qualifying|Tags: , , , |

CHARLOTTE, NC -- After two years of running roughshod over the competition in winning back-to-back Pro Stock world championships, Erica Enders has come back to the pack this year in her Elite Motorsports/Mopar Dodge Dart. Her seasoned race crew and engine builders knew it wasn't going to be easy switching from another brand to Mopar and the Hemi powerplant, and the growing pains they've experienced in the first four and a half races would cripple most teams, but not Enders' group. "We just need to [...]

Jeg Coughlin Jr. asking for more from his Mopar/JEGS.com Dodge Dart

2016-12-09T13:09:44-05:00April 23rd, 2016|Categories: Jeg Coughlin Jr., Magneti Marelli, NHRA, Qualifying|Tags: , , , |

CHARLOTTE, NC -- Jeg Coughlin Jr.'s bid for his first four-wide nationals trophy will begin from the bottom half of the qualifying ladder after the five-time Pro Stock world champion posted a 12th-best 6.660 at 207.62 mph in his Magneti Marelli offered by Mopar/JEGS.com Dodge Dart. The result was a bit of a disappointment for the 58-time national event winner, who was hoping for a loftier starting slot after seeing the progress the team made between races. "Coming into the event we certainly felt like [...]

Pro Stock champ Erica Enders always a threat in Charlotte

2016-12-09T13:09:48-05:00April 19th, 2016|Categories: Erica Enders, Mopar, Pre Race|Tags: , , , |

CHARLOTTE, NC -- Two-time Pro Stock champion Erica Enders has an enviable record at zMax Dragway, site of this weekend's seventh annual NHRA Four-Wide Nationals presented by Lowes Foods. She won last October's national event here, and she raced to the Four-Wide final in 2012, 2013, and 2014, so expect Enders and her Elite Motorsports/Mopar Dodge team to be contenders when the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series races there this weekend. "We've been to a handful of finals in Charlotte, and we were finally [...]

Productive week at Vegas bracket race has Jeg Coughlin Jr. prepped for Four-Wides

2016-12-09T13:09:48-05:00April 18th, 2016|Categories: Jeg Coughlin Jr., Magneti Marelli, Pre Race|Tags: , , , |

CHARLOTTE, NC -- The unique format of the seventh annual NHRA Four-Wide Nationals presented by Lowes Foods presents the best drag racers in the world with a variety of challenges, all of which require extra intensity and laser-sharp attention to detail. Even the way drivers prepare for the one-of-a-kind event is different, and five-time Pro Stock champion Jeg Coughlin Jr. has taken his prerace routine to a different level. "We just left Las Vegas after four full days of high-pressure bracket racing at the K&N [...]