Two-time J&A Service Pro Mod Series world champion Troy Coughlin Sr., driver of the Chevrolet C7 Corvette Pro Mod, raced to the final round of eliminations Labor Day at the 63rd annual running of the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway
at Indianapolis.

En route to the final round, Coughlin, the No. 2 qualifier (5.743 seconds at 258.76 mph), powered his twin-turbo Corvette to wins over Jim Whiteley, Jonathan Gray, and Rickie Smith respectively.

n the final round, Coughlin went to battle with Brazilian Sidnei Frigo. Coughlin's bright yellow race car struggled to get traction almost immediately, which let Frigo get the win light, 9.079, 122.76 to 6.318, 203.68.

"We had a fantastic weekend," Coughlin said. "We just lost a little traction in the final and weren't able to get the win. We had a good Round 1 match-up with Jim Whiteley - We hate to beat the sponsor of the series (J&A Service) but a race is a race. We ran great against Jonathon Gray in the second round and pretty strong against Rickie Smith in semis. He's such a strong competitor, so we were looking really good going into the final but strange things happen sometimes, that's just racing."

With the points leader Mike Castellana losing in Round 1, Coughlin knew he and his team had to "strike while the iron is hot" and take advantage of their unexpected good fortune.

"Mike Castellana is still leading the points but we picked up three rounds in the points so we are now just a round or two behind him at this point," Coughlin said. "We just keep nipping at their heels.

"Shane Molinari who is third in points went out in the second round, so we separated ourselves from him a little more. We just have to keep shortening the gap on Castellana and stretching it out
on Molinari.

"I certainly have the best team in Pro Mod lead by Steve Petty (crew chief), Kyle Pettis and Mike Rees. A special thanks to all the people at, Pro Line Racing Engines, Mac...
NORWALK, Ohio (June 25) -- Two-time Pro Mod world champion Troy Coughlin gained more ground on the J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series points lead Sunday by racing to his third final of the last three weeks before settling for runner-up honors to Shane Molinari.

It was almost a perfect weekend for Coughlin, who set the national speed record at 259.31 mph during a 5.756-second pass in qualifying No. 1 for the third time this year, before powering through a talented field to get to the trophy round. He's now finished second-first-second in the last three national events to jump from fifth to second in the rankings. Coughlin now trails Mike Castellana by just 82 markers.

"We would have loved to close it out with a win here but going to three finals in a row over the last three weeks has been an incredible run for this team," Coughlin said. "We were No. 1 qualifier in Englishtown and ended up as runner-up, we won Bristol from the No. 2 qualifying position, and then we get here and break a six-year-old national speed record, qualify No. 1 again and get to the finals. That's pretty awesome.

"This car has been very fast and very consistent, and we're not breaking anything. The guys at Proline build great motors, obviously, and Steve Petty, Mike Rees and Kyle Pettis have kept us rolling. We have a very stout car on our hands."

After dismissing Danny Rowe Saturday night in the first round of eliminations, Coughlin opened Sunday's action with a win over Michael Biehle, lowering the track elapsed time record he'd set in qualifying to a jaw-dropping 5.729 during a 258.67-mph pass. That was more than enough to beat Biehle's 5.802 at 256.11 mph.

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BRISTOL, Tenn. (June 18) -- Two-time world champion Troy Coughlin won the 17th annual NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals Sunday to continue his rapid ascension up the championship points standings in the J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.

Just a little over a week ago, the 2012 and 2015 titlist was a distance fifth in the rankings, 234 points behind early-season class dominator Mike Castellana, but a runner-up finish last weekend in Englishtown, N.J., and Sunday's win at Bristol Dragway, coupled with a rough couple of races by Castellana and others ahead of him in the points, have helped Coughlin rise to second place, 105 out of the lead.
"We've had a fantastic car for the last two races, for sure," Coughlin said. "It's true we struggled a little bit in the middle part of the first half of the season but we are coming on strong now and nipping at the points leader's heels.

"What can I say about my guys? Steve Petty, Kyle Pettis, Mike Rees, all of the guys on the team back home and everyone from Proline and Mac Tools that help our winning effort, we just have a badass group all the way around. I tell you what, that Proline power and all the parts they put in this car helped get this baby to the winner's circle today, no doubt about it."

Coughlin's toughest test Sunday came in his quarterfinal race against Bob Rahaim. Although he got a .007-second jump on Rahaim, he was soon passed and had to use all the power in his twin-turbo Chevrolet Corvette C7 to catch Rahaim and retake the lead, winning with a 5.890 at 253.95 mph ahead of Rahaim's 5.933 at 246.66 mph.

In the semis, Coughlin cruised away from an out-of-shape Jonathan Gray,...
PITTSBORO, N.C. (June 13, 2017): Last week the Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) announced a rule change that nitromethane would be allowed in the Pro Extreme category. However, previously unknown factors have come to light since the June 8 statement, and nitromethane will not be allowed in PDRA in 2017.

The Department of Homeland Security regulates every use of nitromethane in the United States, and those who use the additive must undergo rigorous screening and meet certain regulations. An imminent addition of nitromethane, as was proposed for the next stop on the PDRA tour, is simply not possible.

“The PDRA always strives to run our association to the highest standard,” stated PDRA’s Bob Harris. “We make every effort to abide by our sanctioning requirements. It is unfortunate that we initially proceeded with the rule changes before learning about the additional security measures surrounding nitromethane. We do hope that this has not caused any inconvenience to our racers and apologize to everyone for our oversight. We will continue doing everything in our power to grow the PDRA, provide the best possible platform for our racers, sponsors and fans, and continue to be the world’s premier eighth-mile drag racing association.”


Based in Pittsboro, North Carolina, the Professional Drag Racers Association is the top sanctioning body in the United States for the sport of eighth-mile drag racing. The PDRA’s professional categories include Pro Extreme, Pro Nitrous, Pro Boost, Extreme Pro Stock and Pro Extreme Motorcycle along with several sportsman and various exhibition categories. The 2017 PDRA schedule consists of eight national events. For more on the world’s premier eighth-mile drag racing organization visit Follow the PDRA: Facebook, Instagram,...
ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. (June 11) -- By successfully converting his top qualifying effort into a runner-up finish at this weekend's 48th annual NHRA Summernationals, two-time world champion Troy Coughlin jumped from fifth to third in the J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series championship standings.

"We'll take it," Coughlin said. "To go from not qualifying in Atlanta, to a tough first-round loss in Topeka and then to come here and earn No. 1 qualifier honors and have the fastest car every single round but one, that's an awesome weekend. We couldn't be more happy about how things turned out today."

"Everyone at JEGS, all of the guys at Pro Line Racing Engines, our friends at Mac Tools, what a great group we have supporting this team. It's so good to be associated with these companies. And I always like to thank my crew chief Steve Petty as well as Mike Rees and Kyle Pettis for keeping this thing together and giving me a good fast hot rod every round, even in the intense heat we
had today."

Coughlin used a 5.788 at 256.55 mph to beat Jonathan Gray in Round 1, a 5.833 at 256.55 mph in a quarterfinal win over Khalid alBalooshi and a 5.848 at 255.73 mph to dispatch championship rival Steve Jackson in the semifinals.

With the trophy on the line, Coughlin lined up against longtime friendly foe "Tricky Rickie" Smith, who used a .015-second starting line advantage to squeak out a 5.884 to 5.882-second victory.

"We ran well all weekend and I've had some decent reaction times," Coughlin said. "The Corvette got down the track every time, which is nice because if you can get from the starting line to the finish line every session, you get great data for the ensuing...
ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. (June 9) -- Fulfilling a prerace promise to hold nothing back in his pursuit of a third world title in the J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series, Troy Coughlin came out swinging at this weekend's 48th annual NHRA Summernationals, charging to the top of the provisional field with a stout 5.772-second quarter-mile pass at 257.53 mph in his twin-turbocharged
Chevrolet Corvette.

"It's pretty awesome," Coughlin said. "I'll tell you, it's a lot of work and a lot of passion in this class
for sure.

"After our first (aborted) run we had to find out what caused a little bit of an issue with some electronics in the car and the guys came back and found a connection that wasn't the way it's supposed to be," Coughlin said. "You know, when you have a five-star team, they just jump on it and put everything back in line. Then we go out there and take the No. 1 spot like it was meant to be. That's pretty cool."

Obviously, Coughlin qualified better than the four guys he's currently chasing in the championship points. Points leader Mike Castellana is 13th with a 5.858, second-ranked Steve Whiteley is third overall with a 5.795, No. 3 Steve Matusek is 11th with a 5.847, and fourth-place Steve Jackson is 12th with a 5.851.

"Qualifying anywhere in the top five would have been great but to end up No. 1 in the J&A Pro Mod Series is a feat in itself," Coughlin said.

There is one more round of Pro Mod qualifying scheduled for 3:30 p.m., Saturday. Then the field will be set and eliminations will begin with a single round at 6 p.m., also on Saturday. The final three rounds of eliminations will resume at 12:45 p.m., Sunday.

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Just days after declaring its expansion in the USA, Noonan Race is proud to announce that 10-times Australian Top Doorslammer Champion John Zappia will race the Noonan-owned ’69 Jerry Bickel Promod.

The car is the newest of the three Jerry Bickel ’69 Camaro Promods in existence, and Zappia will compete in the last three races of the PDRA for Noonan Race using the all-new Noonan 4.9 borespace engine.

The team will be fully serviced and maintained from the Noonan stable, with Noonan principal and engine builder Jamie Noonan stating it was an exciting time for the company.

“It has been a great few weeks for Noonan Race – to announce our expansion into new state of the art facilities in South Carolina was huge and now to confirm that Australia’s leading drag racer will be flying the flag for us over the last three races of the PDRA is very exciting,” Noonan said.

“The Jerry Bickel 69 Camaro Promod is a brilliant machine and I can’t wait to see what Zap can do with it and our all-new Noonan 4.9 borespace engine at these events.”

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Noonan Ultimate Race Engineering is one of Australia’s premier race engine building and development facilities and a world leader in billet component innovation and boasts a growing presence in the US market. Their track-proven products were utilized in 2016 during the NHRA Top Alcohol championship-winning efforts of Joey Severance and Jonnie Lindberg, and by 10-time Australian Top Doorslammer Legend – John Zappia.

Offering engine components for motor racing including drag racing, tractor pull, drag boat racing, and the diehard...

Noonan Race Engineering is expanding its USA operations with the purchase of a new facility in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

The new location will boast the latest in state of the art advancements in both machinery and management practices, and will be headed up by Noonan Chief Executive Officer and Engine Builder Jamie Noonan and his wife and business partner Renee Noonan.

For the past 12 months Jamie has lived part-time in the States while Renee has managed the Australian operation. Now, they and their family will relocate permanently to South Carolina from July 2017, leaving the Australian arm of operations in the care of new Operations Manager, Dan Case.

The entire Hemi and LS engine programs will now be manufactured in the USA, with the transition of the cylinder heads and manifold program by the end of the year.

“We are so excited to be taking this next step with the Noonan Race Engineering business, cementing our place in the USA marketplace with a facility that takes us into the future,” Jamie Noonan said.

“At the same time, our Australian headquarters will remain in full operation, concentrating on special projects, research and development, and prototyping.

“As part of this expansion we will welcome a number of highly skilled personnel to our team both in Australia and the United States, and we look forward to sharing more information about these appointments shortly.”

The expansion comes 12 months after Noonan made its first steps into the US market at its Utah facility, which was initially set up purely for Noonan’s engine block program...
PITTSBORO, N.C. (June 8, 2017): The world’s premier eighth-mile drag racing association has not forgotten its outlaw roots. Pro Mod was birthed by asphalt desperados, and while the class has evolved and expanded to its current sophisticated and perhaps even exclusive state, the PDRA has not lost its first love. In true outlaw fashion, the biggest and baddest of the PDRA will now be even bigger and badder.

Effective at the Mid America Showdown in Indianapolis, Indiana, July 13-15, nitromethane will be allowed in Pro Extreme.

“This move is going to be great for the class, great for the racers, great for the fans,” stated PDRA’s Bob Harris. “This type of excitement is what the PDRA is all about. We are home to the quickest and fastest eighth-mile doorslammers on the planet and we plan to keep it that way.”

The PDRA has implement just two rules in using nitromethane. First, injected nitro is allowed at 98 percent with dual mags allowed and no restriction on one fuel pump. Weight requirements are the same as screw cars at 2350 lbs. Second, roots supercharged engines up to 14-71 are allowed no more than 40 percent nitro with one mag and no limit on fuel pump size. These are limited to 70 percent overdrive. All other rules for Pro Extreme can be found in on PDRA’s competition page.

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Based in Pittsboro, North Carolina, the Professional Drag Racers Association is the top sanctioning body in the United States for the sport of eighth-mile drag racing. The PDRA’s professional categories include Pro Extreme, Pro Nitrous, Pro Boost, Extreme Pro Stock and Pro Extreme Motorcycle along with several sportsman and various exhibition categories. The 2017 PDRA schedule consists of eight national events....
ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. (June 6) -- By most drag racing standards, two-time world champion Troy Coughlin is having a solid 2017 campaign in the J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series. He's ranked a lofty fifth in the points heading into this weekend's 48th annual NHRA Summernationals, and with seven of 12 races left in the season, there's plenty of time to rally for a push up the rankings.

But when your last five years of competition have ended in two world titles (2012 and 2015) and three runner-up finishes (2013, 2014 and 2016), anything other than contending for the crown to the bitter end is completely out of character for the team.

"It's time to make some noise," Coughlin said. "This has turned into an incredible year of racing in this class. It's always been super tough but this year more teams have stepped up and we are seeing things we've never seen before. It's always been a challenge but I don't think any of us expected this level of competition."

Coughlin could make a big move this weekend should he once again find success at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park, where he won in 2005 and 2016. He currently trails fourth-place Steve Jackson by 15 points, third-place Steve Matusek by 22, and second-place Jim Whiteley by 56. They're all chasing Mike Castellana, who is 234 points ahead of Coughlin, the equivalent of 11 and a half rounds of elimination action.

"We've had a couple weeks since the last Pro Mod race and you look at where you are and realize it's time to start taking chances if any of us want to catch Mike," Coughlin said. "It could be a great weekend for us. We've won this race twice, last year and back in 2005, which was actually my first...