Congratulations to the following teams, drivers, and riders on their exceptional performance in this past weekend's events.
Jeg Couglin, Jr. had his third win of the season in the Fram Autolite NHRA Nationals Pro Stock Series Final, at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, CA. Coughlin defeated Jason Line with a 6.59 to 6.60 victory. The win is Coughlin’s 51st in Pro Stock and 65th overall.
Allen Johnson set both ends of the Pro Stock track record on Friday with a 6.545 pass at 210.77 mph in his Mopar Dodge Avenger. Johnson was the No. 1 qualifier earlier this season in Atlanta and Bristol, and has qualified in the top four at 12 of the season’s first 14 events.
Will Power of Team Penske drove to his fourth victory of the season on Sunday at the Honda Indy Toronto. Starting in 2nd position, Power took over the lead from Justin Wilson of Dreyer & Reinbold Racing in Lap 72 to win the event and give Penske Racing their 150th open-wheel racing victory. Power currently has a 42 point championship lead.
GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing won round 9 of the Grand-Am Rolex Series at the NJMP 250 in Millville, NJ, this weekend. One day after Jon Fogarty gave the team its first pole position of the season on Saturday, Alex Gurney took over the lead in the race with less than two laps remaining, and went on to win by 3.674 seconds, giving the defending Daytona Prototype champions their first GRAND-AM Rolex Series victory of the season.
Short Track Racing
Travis Rilat won in Monday night’s ASCS Northwest Speedweek opener at Southern Oregon Speedway. This was Rilat's first ASCS win of the year in the Shark-powered F&J Construction No. 29 Triple-X.
Brad Brightbill, who took the lead on lap twenty-three of the forty lap ROC Sportsman feature at Grandview Speedway on July 14th, held off a late race charge to earn his first ever Grandview Speedway Thunder on the Hill victory. A field of thirty-four sportsman turned out for this first time visit by ROC at Grandview Speedway.
Rick Laubach of Hellertown, PA, had his fourth win of the season on Saturday night in the 30-lap Modified feature at New Egypt Speedway. Laubach started in 18th position and charged thru the field, passing leader Billy Pauch in turn three on lap 29 and then holding off the 4 time champ to get his ninth career victory.
Travis Rilat won the IXL Metal Conditioner Northwest Wingless Tour event at Grays Harbor Raceway on Thursday night. The ASCS National Tour star from Forney, Texas was in town a day early for this weekend's Fred Brownfield Memorial event, and decided to remove his wings and go after the $1,200 first place prize. The decision paid off for Rilat, who led 29 of 30 laps to take the victory in his own No. 29 Shark-powered XXX.
Todd Burley of Spencerport, NY, picked up his second win of the season at the Mighty Taco Modifieds on Friday night. The 2009 track champion took the lead on lap twenty-five of the thirty lap main and quickly pulled away from the field. Todd Gordon had been leading the main till that time.