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NOTEBOOK Rickie Jones' runner-up was not only remarkable because of his holeshot wins against Mike Edwards, Greg Anderson, and Johnny Gray but also because of the progress he has made after switching from a Mopar ride to an Elite Motorsports Pontiac over the winter. Said Jones, Richard Freeman has done an excellent job with his engine program, and my father has done the same with our R.J. Race Cars chassis operation and in his role as the crew chief.

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       30th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals, May 14-16, Atlanta




                                                                                         (Above) Jeg Coughlin Jr. made up for losing the Madison final
                                                                                         when he defeated upstart Rickie Jones in Atlanta’s trophy dash,
                                                                                         6.65 to 6.68. Jones advanced to the final on a series of deadly
                                                                                         holeshots. (Right) The Cagnazzi Racing crew, which has worked
                                                                                         hard to overcome their car’s recent handling problems, was
                                                                                         justifiably jubilant after the victory. (Below) Jones began his
                                                                                         drive toward the final by strapping a .001 to .078 holeshot on
                                                                                         defending Pro Stock champion Mike Edwards for a 6.69 to 6.64
                                                                                         upset in the first round.




                                                                                           NOTEBOOK                                           [including] a 6.68 in the final, which
                                                                                                                                              helped my confidence.” As for his
                                                                                                                                                                                           Gray had his best weekend to date with
                                                                                                                                                                                           his engine program, qualifying a season-
                                                                                                                                              driving, Jones said, “I was just hungry      best third with a 6.652 and reaching the
                                                                                          Rickie Jones’ runner-up was not only                and wanted to win.”                          semi’s only to shut off against Jones after
                                                                                          remarkable because of his holeshot                                                               cutting a tardy .426 light. Said Gray, “We
                                                                                          wins against Mike Edwards, Greg                     Untimely engine problems contributed to      had a new clutch pedal installed, and it
                                                                                          Anderson, and Johnny Gray but also                  Allen Johnson’s loss in the semi’s           was positioned in a way that I could only
                                                                                          because of the progress he has made                 against Jeg Coughlin Jr. Johnson’s           get half of my foot on the pedal surface.
                                                                                          after switching from a Mopar ride to an             engine builder/father Roy said, “We lost     In the semi’s, the car started to creep
                                                                                          Elite Motorsports Pontiac over the                  one mph and .01-second in the back           forward when I revved the engine up, so I
                                                                                          winter. Said Jones, “Richard Freeman                half. When we got back to the pits, we       pressed in the clutch, and that’s when
                                                                                          has done an excellent job with his                  could barely turn the engine over, so        the Tree came on.”
                                                                                          engine program, and my father has                   something was going away. Allen did his
                                                                                          done the same with our R.J. Race Cars               job by staying within .01-second of          Following a marathon 10-day rebuilding
                                                                                          chassis operation and in his role as the            Jeggie on the Tree, so I guess you’ll have   effort by chassis builder Jerry Haas,
                                                                                          crew chief. The car was very consistent,            to put the blame for this one on me.”        Rodger Brogdon showed up in Atlanta
(Above) Even though staging
problems contributed to a tardy                                                                                  (Above) With semifinal opponent Johnny
light in the semi’s, Johnny Gray                                                                                 Gray encountering clutch pedal problems,
was glad to qualify in the top half                                                                              Rickie Jones advanced to the final with a
of the field for the first time this                                                                             6.70. (Left) Allen Johnson, who qualified
year with a third-best 6.652 and                                                                                 No. 1 with a 6.63, lost a narrow 6.657 to
go three rounds in eliminations.                                                                                 6.655 semifinal decision to Jeg Coughlin
(Below) Jason Line rebounded                                                                                     Jr., who was aided by his .033 to .044
from his first Pro Stock      
								
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