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2014 NHRA: No. 4 Qualifier Coughlin Leads Three Mopar Dodge Darts into Topeka Elimination Rounds
Posted by: newsla on May 25, 2014 - 07:25 AM
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2014 NHRA: No. 4 Qualifier Coughlin Leads Three Mopar Dodge Darts into Topeka Elimination Rounds


Mopar/JEGS.com Dodge Dart driver Jeg Coughlin Jr. will look to keep a pair of streaks alive when he starts from the No. 4 spot in eliminations tomorrow at the NHRA Kansas Nationals at Heartland Park Topeka. Coughlin will seek to defend his 2013 event win at Topeka, and will also attempt to double up following his victory earlier this week in the rain-delayed NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing event in Atlanta.

 

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Inclement weather also played a role in Friday qualifying at Topeka, with the Pro categories limited to just one qualifying attempt. Coughlin made the most of that single session, recording his quickest qualifying effort with a 6.618-second elapsed time, at 208.65 mph. After more wet weather, the defending Pro Stock series champ added runs of 6.627/207.53 and 6.624/207.53 in his final two qualifying attempts on Saturday. Coughlin draws Rodger Brogdon to begin eliminations tomorrow.

"Coming off a hot win in Atlanta was amazing," Coughlin said. "The timing of that win was great. We struggled a little bit through qualifying there, and this week has been a bit of a flip from that. We've been real consistent through qualifying."
Allen Johnson, Coughlin’s Johnson & Johnson Racing stable mate, saved the best for last, driving his “Magneti Marelli Offered by Mopar” to its quickest qualifying run of the weekend on his final attempt with a 6.620 ET to move up to the sixth position. Johnson will face Larry Morgan in round one tomorrow. Fellow Dodge Dart pilot V. Gaines earned the seventh slot on the starting grid thanks to a 6.621 run and meets Greg Anderson in the opening round.

“We got our best run of the weekend on the last pass today, so that’s encouraging,” said Johnson, the 2012 Topeka event champ. “With Jeg in the top half at No. 4, and V. as well, we’ve got a great chance to keep the Topeka trophy in the Mopar camp.”

Mopar Express Lane Dodge Charger R/T racer Matt Hagan led the four-driver Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) NHRA Funny Car squad, taking the fourth spot in qualifying with a best ET of 4.064, setting up a first-round battle with Chad Head. Hagan’s Mopar-fueled DSR teammates clocked in a bit further back in the pack, with Jack Beckman closest in the No. 9 spot thanks to a 4.081 pass. Beckman will square off with another Dodge Charger, steered by No. 8 starter Jeff Arend. Ron Capps, No. 10 with a 4.095, will line up against Del Worsham, and No. 12 starter Tommy Johnson Jr. (4.116) faces Alexis DeJoria.

“This is only our eighth race of the year and there are still 10 more before the Countdown to the Championship, but we don't like being ninth and plan to start moving up,” Hagan said. “Most important to us right now is to win rounds on Sunday and leave here with that Wally (trophy).”
ESPN2 and ESPN2HD will provide television coverage of elimination rounds at the NHRA Kansas Nationals, with three hours of coverage set for Sunday, May 25, beginning at 10 p.m. (ET).

Mopar Brand

Mopar (a simple contraction of the words Motor and PARts) was trademarked in 1937 with the launch of an antifreeze product but truly made its mark in the 1960s during the muscle-car era. From Mopar Performance Parts to enhance speed and handling for both road and racing use, the brand soon expanded to include technical service and customer support.

Today, Mopar is Chrysler Group LLC’s service, parts and customer-care brand and distributes more than 500,000 parts and accessories in more than 130 markets, integrating service, parts and customer-care operations in order to enhance dealer and customer support worldwide. Mopar is the source for genuine parts and accessories for Chrysler Group brands as well as FIAT brands.

Mopar parts are unique in that they are engineered with the same teams that create factory-authorized vehicle specifications for Chrysler Group and FIAT vehicles – a direct connection that no other aftermarket parts company can provide. A complete list of Mopar accessories and performance parts is available at www.mopar.com.

Mopar-first Features

Mopar has introduced numerous industry-first features including:
• Vehicle-information apps: first to introduce smartphone vehicle-information applications, a new channel of communication with customers
• Electronic owner manuals: first to introduce traditional owner manuals in a DVD and brief user-guide format. First to offer complete vehicle-information kits in Spanish
• Wi-Fi: first to offer customers the ability to make their vehicle a wireless hot spot
• Wireless charging: first to introduce in-vehicle wireless charging for portable devices
• Electronic Vehicle Tracking System (EVTS): first to market with interactive vehicle tracking device that sends owner a text when vehicle is driven too fast or too far based on pre-set parameters
• wiAdvisor: first to provide factory-connected tablet technology in the service lane for instant vehicle diagnosis
• wiTech: first to support vehicle diagnosis and software updates leveraging off-the-shelf personal computers and a dedicated wireless tool network
• 2011 Mopar Challenger Drag Pak: first to introduce a 500-plus cubic-inch V-10 drag-race package car


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