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  Jegs ProMod Challenge releases expanded 2009 schedule
 J   egs ProMod Challenge competitors
     will have an opportunity to race in 12
 events under an expanded 2009 schedule,
                                               NHRA national events in Gainesville,
                                               Houston, Madison, Bristol, Englishtown,
                                               Indianapolis, Richmond, and Las Vegas.
                                                                                              history of the series. We plan to build on
                                                                                              the solid platform we created this year.”
                                                                                                 Each race will feature 24 entrants
                                                                                                                                           and     drivers
                                                                                                                                           compete in supercharged, nitrous-
                                                                                                                                           assisted, or turbocharged race cars over
 which includes first-time visits to              “We wanted to make a statement              attempting to qualify for a 16-car field,    a quarter-mile.
 Heartland Park Topeka and zMax                about our commitment to the series
 Dragway. The popular cars and drivers         while also showing our appreciation to            2009 Jegs ProMod Challenge Schedule
 also will headline the Jegs NHRA              NHRA for allowing us to race at its
 SPORTSnationals events in Belle Rose,         premier events,” series organizer and                          ACDelco NHRA Gatornationals, Gainesville       (March 12-15)
 La., and Hebron, Ohio. Additionally, Pro      racer Troy Coughlin said. “By all                      Jegs NHRA Cajun SPORTSnationals, Belle Rose, La.       (March 20-22)
 Mod action will take place during the         accounts, 2008 was the best year in the                          O’Reilly NHRA Spring Nationals, Houston      (March 27-29)
                                                                                                             O’Reilly NHRA Midwest Nationals, Madison        (May 1-3)
                                                                                                                 NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals, Bristol      (May 15-17)
Flying high: Four-time NHRA season champion                     instrumental in leading                        O’Reilly NHRA Summer Nationals, Topeka        (May 29-31)
Jeg Coughlin became the latest NHRA Professional                the team this season and                              NHRA SuperNationals, Englishtown       (June 11-14)
to soar with the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, the               in making a lot of                                Mac Tools U.S. Nationals, Indianapolis     (Sept. 2-7)
world’s top air-demonstration team. The eventful day            decisions with the car. I’m                                    NHRA Nationals, Charlotte     (Sept. 17-20)
took place the Tuesday after the ACDelco Las Vegas              confident that he will do a          Jegs NHRA Northern SPORTSnationals, Hebron, Ohio        (Sept. 24-27)
NHRA Nationals, but it wasn’t without preflight                 great job in Pomona and                              Virginia NHRA Nationals, Richmond       (Oct. 9-11)
trepidation. “I’ll admit, I was pretty worried about this       throughout 2009.” Stewart,                        Las Vegas NHRA Nationals, Las Vegas        (Oct. 29-Nov. 1)
deal,” Coughlin                                                 36, has more than a
said. After                                                     decade of drag racing
celebrating his Las                                             experience. He worked for Darrell Gwynn Racing for          operator of Doug Foley’s Drag Racing School, quickly
Vegas victory with                                              three years and was crew chief on the Scott Griffin         offered Nickerson free tuition in any two-day licensing
his team Sunday                                                 Motorsports dragster driven by Andrew Cowin. Prior to       course at his school. “I’m looking forward to having
night, one that all                                             joining Herbert at the beginning of the 2008 season,        Lynn at our school and teaching him how to drive a
but clinched the                                                Stewart spent two years at Kalitta Motorsports, where he    dragster,” said Foley. “After all those years of talking
2008 NHRA                                                       worked on Doug Kalitta’s Top Fuel dragster and the late     about racing, he’s finally going to have a chance to
POWERade Pro                                                    Scott Kalitta’s Funny Car. Scott Gaddy will remain as car   experience the thrill firsthand. I promise he won’t be
Stock title,                                                    chief and will serve as an assistant to Stewart.            disappointed.” Foley’s next school will take place Nov. 7-
Coughlin arrived Tuesday at nearby Nellis Air Force                                                                         8 at zMax Dragway in Charlotte.
Base for a preflight medical evaluation, a flight-suit          Fast bike: Korry Hogan made history at the
fitting, and a safety briefing by several Thunderbird           AMA Dragbike Fall Nationals at Summit Motorsports           Event news: Salinas Diesel Service has been
personnel. His pilot, Maj. Tony “Split” Mulhare, then           Park in Norwalk when he became the first person to          named title sponsor of the seventh annual
took him on an unforgettable thrill ride in an F-16 that        exceed 250 mph in the quarter-mile on a motorcycle.         Thanksgiving Weekend 
				
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