/Tag: Chicago

Jeg Coughlin Jr. breaks four-year drought with huge win at JEGS Route 66 NHRA Nationals

2018-06-18T08:49:23-05:00June 3rd, 2018|Categories: 2018, Chevrolet, Jeg Coughlin Jr., Race Recap|Tags: , , , |

JOLIET, IL -- Six-time world champion Jeg Coughlin Jr. couldn't have picked a better place to break a four-year winless drought than Sunday's 21st annual JEGS Route 66 NHRA Nationals, the first pro event ever sponsored by the high-performance part company his father started 58 years ago. Coughlin had a stellar day behind the wheel of his JEGS.com/Elite Performance Chevrolet Camaro, posting an impressive string of super-quick reaction times in all four elimination rounds to help turn on the win lights he needed, and his [...]

Erica Enders charges to Pro Stock finals in Chicago, settles for second place

2017-07-10T09:02:49-05:00July 9th, 2017|Categories: 2017, Chevrolet, Erica Enders, NHRA, Race Recap|Tags: , , , |

CHICAGO, IL — Two-time Pro Stock world champion Erica Enders nearly recreated history Sunday at the 20th annual Fallen Patriots NHRA Route 66 Nationals before coming up a fraction of a second short of her ultimate goal of winning another Wally trophy. Enders was the first woman in history to win a Pro Stock race in 2012 when she reigned supreme at Route 66 Raceway. Although she couldn’t close the deal this time through, her third final-round showing of the season proves her Melling Performance/Elite [...]

JEGS.com Camaro gets loose in Round 1, prevents Jeg Coughlin Jr. from advancing

2017-07-10T09:04:55-05:00July 9th, 2017|Categories: 2017, Chevrolet, Jeg Coughlin Jr., NHRA, Race Recap|Tags: , , , |

CHICAGO, IL — What should have been a routine first-round victory for Route 66 Raceway kingpin Jeg Coughlin Jr. literally went askew 150 feet into the race when the JEGS.com/Elite Performance Chevrolet Camaro lost traction and turned sideways. Coughlin expertly pedaled his car and managed to regain control, but opponent Kenny Delco was already far enough ahead to beat Coughlin by a smidge. “Unfortunately, we had our hands full there in the first round,” Coughlin said. “That was not something we expected the car to [...]

TWO-TIME PRO STOCK CHAMP ERICA ENDERS TRENDING THE RIGHT WAY AT ROUTE 66 RACEWAY

2017-07-10T09:10:41-05:00July 8th, 2017|Categories: 2017, Chevrolet, Erica Enders, Qualifying|Tags: , , |

CHICAGO, IL — One of the most popular drivers in NHRA history, Erica Enders is used to “trending” on social media as she always seems to be at the forefront of fan’s online conversations. This weekend at the 20th annual Fallen Patriots NHRA Route 66 Nationals, Enders is executing a different type of “trending,” this time involving her Melling Performance/Elite Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro. Since the start of qualifying, Enders has managed to improve in each of the four sessions, finally settling on a respectable 6.600-second [...]

CHICAGO CONQUEROR JEG COUGHLIN JR. LOOKING TO ADD TO HIS STELLAR ROUTE 66 RESUME

2017-07-09T09:43:20-05:00July 8th, 2017|Categories: 2017, Chevrolet, Jeg Coughlin Jr., NHRA, Qualifying|Tags: , , , |

CHICAGO, IL — Jeg Coughlin Jr. already holds the distinction of being the most decorated Pro Stock driver in Route 66 history with five victories at the 20-year-old facility. Now the six-time world champion wishes to pad his lead in that category with another big win at this weekend’s 20th annual Fallen Patriots NHRA Route 66 Nationals. “I’m looking forward to race day tomorrow,” Coughlin said. “It’s time to put our game face on and get after it. We know what we need to do [...]

Erica Enders eager to take her Melling Performance/Elite Motorsports Pro Stocker to Chicago

2017-07-07T09:58:42-05:00July 6th, 2017|Categories: 2017, Chevrolet, Erica Enders, Pre Race|Tags: , , , |

CHICAGO, IL – Two-time NHRA Pro Stock world champion Erica Enders has a wealth of quarter-mile excitement to draw from this weekend as she takes the controls of her Melling Performance/Elite Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro at the 20th annual Fallen Patriots NHRA Route 66 Nationals, just outside of Chicago. “Chicago has a lot of meaning to me because we won our first Pro Stock race there in 2012 after seven long years of trying,” Enders said. “It was such a huge deal, a culmination of so [...]

Jeg Coughlin Jr. hopes busy weekend in Chicago concludes with breakthrough victory

2017-07-07T09:56:47-05:00July 6th, 2017|Categories: 2017, Chevrolet, Jeg Coughlin Jr., Pre Race|Tags: , , , |

CHICAGO (July 5) – Jeg Coughlin Jr. has 58 NHRA national event wins but not one of his Wally trophies has this year attached to faceplate. The five-time Pro Stock world champion looks to change that fact this weekend as the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series hits the quarter-mile for the 20th annual Fallen Patriots NHRA Route 66 Nationals at Route 66 Raceway, just a few miles southwest of the Chicago city limits. Coughlin will be a very busy man this weekend both as [...]

Despite stellar driving effort, Erica Enders falls in Chicago first round

2016-07-11T09:01:41-05:00July 10th, 2016|Categories: Erica Enders, Mopar, NHRA, Race Recap|Tags: , , , |

CHICAGO, IL — Route 66 Raceway will always hold special memories for Elite Motorsports/Mopar Dodge driver Erica Enders. The track is where Enders scored her first Pro Stock victory in 2012, helping elevate her to superstar status in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. The 2016 race, the K&N Filters Route 66 NHRA Nationals on Sunday, won’t carry the same memories, but it could become a memorable event. Enders, the 2014-15 Pro Stock champion, has struggled this season as her team continues to develop [...]

Jeg Coughlin Jr.’s ‘confidence is building’ with Elite Motorsports team

2016-07-11T09:00:24-05:00July 10th, 2016|Categories: Jeg Coughlin Jr., Magneti Marelli, NHRA, Race Recap|Tags: , , , |

CHICAGO, IL -- Jeg Coughlin Jr.'s faith in his Elite Motorsports team has never wavered. Now, with an increase in performance with his Magneti Marelli offered by Mopar/JEGS.com Dodge Dart, that devotion has intensified. Coughlin outran his higher-qualified opponent in the first round of the K&N Filters Route 66 NHRA Nationals on Sunday at Route 66 Raceway and then took the Pro Stock points leader to the wire in the second round. "Our confidence is building in the engine shop, our confidence is building here [...]

Pro Stock champ Erica Enders: Progress ‘absolutely’ being made

2016-12-09T13:09:43-05:00July 9th, 2016|Categories: Erica Enders, Mopar, NHRA, Qualifying|Tags: , , , |

CHICAGO, IL -- The smile is slowly creeping back onto the face of two-time Pro Stock champion Erica Enders. Enders and her Elite Motorsports/Melling Performance Dodge team snared the No. 9 spot for the K&N Filters Route 66 NHRA Nationals on Saturday at Route 66 Raceway, inching closer to the top cars in the Pro Stock class. "I absolutely feel like we've made progress this weekend," Enders said. "After Norwalk, the guys went back to the shop and made some pretty significant changes. The scoreboard [...]