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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.
PRO STOCK 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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