NORWALK, Ohio (June 24) -- NORWALK, Ohio (June 24) -- Troy Coughlin Jr. drove his McPhillips Racing Top Alcohol Dragster to a runner-up finish Sunday, leading the Team JEGS effort in their home state of Ohio. Troy Jr.'s uncle, six-time world champion Jeg Coughlin Jr., reached the second round before falling to teammate Erica Enders, ending a three-race winning streak for the 79-time national event winner.

A winner at this facility one month ago during a divisional race, Troy Jr. almost repeated the feat but ultimately fell to Megan Meyer by a thousandth of a second. Troy Jr. was up for the race, peeling off a stellar .027-second reaction time, well ahead of Meyer's lazy .075-second start, but Meyer managed to make up the deficit and win with a 5.320 at 277.94 mph to Troy Jr.'s 5.369 at 275.67 mph. The margin of victory was six inches.
"I desperately wanted to win another race in my home state of Ohio," Troy Jr. said. "We got very close but credit to that Meyer team, they were strong all weekend. I wanted to do all I could to help my guys in the final and I'm pleased to have made a race out of it. I actually thought we had it won but she must have nipped us right at the line. Good race.

"Thank you so much to everyone here who gave us so much support all weekend long. The JEGS brand is strong here and we appreciate our loyal customers and fans. I also want to thank Steve and Samantha Bryson at Global Electronic Technology for their support. I'm humbled by the hard work put in by the crew at McPhillips Racing. I could not be on a better team. We'll get 'em, next time."

In reaching his second final of the year, Troy Jr. beat Jeff Chatterson, Duane Shields and Todd Bruce....
NORWALK, Ohio (June 21) -- Shane Conway has never driven a racecar down Summit Motorsports Park so he's looking at this weekend's NHRA National event as the perfect place for a fresh start in his Magic Dry/CatSpot Organic Cat Litter Top Alcohol Dragster.

"I like Norwalk, I just haven't raced a car there myself," said Conway, who hails from Spring, Texas. "I've been there as a crew chief and I've been there as a crewman, just not as a driver. I was crew chief on Mike Manner's team when he won Norwalk in 2010 and now he's a sponsor on our car with his company, Anglia Homes, so that's kind of cool.

"My dad (vaunted drag racer Tom Conway) had a huge win in Norwalk in 2008. He actually hadn't driven a car in like 11 years and had the urge to drive again so he returned at Norwalk and won the race. Funny thing is, he won't be here this weekend. He's actually going to the drag boat race in San Angelo (Texas)."

Just like his young career -- he won his first-ever Top Alcohol Dragster race in Noble, Okla., last year -- Conway's season started off great with a No. 1 qualifying effort at the Dallas regionals. But in his four races to date, he's only won a single round of eliminations.

"I should have retired after Noble," Conway said with a hearty laugh. "I could have saved us all a lot of time, money and frustration. But there's no doubt it's a lot of fun to drive this Magic Dry/CatSpot Dragster.

"We've been struggling with the heat. We've used a lot of passes to scuff tires for the two CatSpot Top Fuel dragsters (driven by Scott Palmer and Dom Lagana) and the two CAPCO Top Fuel dragsters (driven by Steve and Billy Torrence) and we're having issues getting them to work for us with
any consistency.

"The CAPCO guys like them back after one run and Scott likes them back after two runs and it's been hard for us to get a good combination and tune up with a different tire pretty much every round. We can do it, for sure, we just have to keep working at it to figure out what...
The Randy Meyer Racing Team has been racing at Tulsa Raceway Park for decades but has had a wide range of success at the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event held at the track in June. Last year, driver Megan Meyer earned a Runner-Up finish to James Stevens, ending her streak of a perfect 5-race win record.

This year, Megan and her sister, Rachel Meyer, who was driving the team’s second A/Fuel Dragster, dominated the field. The girls were the only females competing in the 8-car field and were very successful taking down the boys. Megan and Rachel qualified first and second with a 5.22 ET and 5.25 ET respectively, running over a tenth of a second ahead of the competition.

After defeating Terry Schmidt and Dean Dubbin in first round, Megan and Rachel both won in the semi-finals against Gary Cooper and Spencer Massey. Megan had the faster time to get lane choice over Rachel, which set up the Meyer Sisters for the first time to race each other in the nitro-injected machines. This is only the third time in history that both Randy Meyer Racing dragsters have faced-off in the final round.

Megan staged deep and got out of the gate first to hold off Rachel for the holeshot win. Megan ran a 5.29 ET at 282 MPH, and Rachel’s 5.28 ET at 276 MPH was only .007 of a second crossing the finish line second.

“This race in the final round was the most fun, yet most intense, race I’ve ever had,” said Megan. “I have always wanted to race against my sister in the Top Alcohol Dragsters, and it couldn’t have come at a better time. We both gave it our all and had one of the closest drag races I’ve ever seen. My dad and our guys worked hard in the heat to give us the best race cars and I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect birthday weekend.”

With this win, Megan takes over the points lead for the Central Region of the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series. The next event for the Meyer Sisters will be on July 27-28 in Topeka, Kansas where Rachel hopes to get redemption against her...