Site: Norwalk, Ohio.
Schedule: Friday, qualifying, 3:45 & 7:45 p.m.; Saturday, qualifying, 2 & 5:15 p.m.; Sunday, finals, 4 p.m.
Track: Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park.
Last year: Blake Alexander was the surprise winner in Top Fuel.
Last race: Mike Salinas took first in Bristol.
Fast facts: Matt Hagan (Funny Car), Tanner Gray (Pro Stock) and Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle) also won in Ohio in 2018. …Funny Car point leader Robert Hight, who beat Matt Beckman in Chicago and in the finals in Topeka, has a series-leading four wins so far this season. …Greg Anderson has three Pro Stock wins in Norwalk.
Next race: New England Nationals, July 5-7, New England Dragway, Epping, New Hampshire.
NORWALK, Ohio (NHRA) — As citizens of the Buckeye State know all too well, it’s been a soggy spring this year, but if history can provide any sort of lesson it’s that the NHRA’s annual pilgrimage to Northwest Ohio always seems to be the true start of the summer months.
That’s certainly the hope of five-time pro Stock champion Jeg Coughlin Jr., who brings his JEGS.com Elite Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro home for what he hopes will be a memorable weekend.
“I think we’re all anxious for summer to finally get here and normally the conditions at the Norwalk race are more conducive to eating ice cream than anything else,” Coughlin said. “It’s been very rainy and cooler this spring, even lately, which is unusual this far into June, so if the NHRA visiting our state can turn the tide, I’m all for it.”
With a legion of friends, family and JEGS associates expected to be on hand, Coughlin also is hoping a return to his home state results in a return to his early season form, which was highlighted by his 61st career Pro Stock win, gathered in Phoenix.
“The Norwalk weekend would be a perfect place to see this yellow and black JEGS Camaro back on top,” he said.
Based in the Columbus suburb of Delaware, Ohio, JEGS High Performance employs more than 400 associates, many of whom plan to make the trek to Norwalk to root on the JEGS-branded hot rods of Jeg Jr. and his nephew Troy Jr., who races the JEGS Top Alcohol Dragster out of the McPhillips Racing camp.
“Whenever we race Norwalk or back home at National Trail Raceway we always have a huge fan base rooting for us,” Jeg Jr. said. “That makes it so special for everyone that proudly supports our brand. It also makes it extra satisfying to perform well in front of them because these are people we see every day in the hallways at work.
“We’re proud to be from Ohio and represent our state all around the country, but nothing beats doing well at home.”
1, Steve Torrence, 1,048. 2, Doug Kalitta, 709. 3, Mike Salinas, 691. 4, Antron Brown, 676. 5, Brittany Force, 663. 6, Clay Millican, 611. 7, Leah Pritchett, 571. 8, Richie Crampton, 499. 9, Austin Prock, 486. 10, Terry McMillen, 470.
1, Robert Hight, 990. 2, John Force, 786. 3, Tommy Johnson Jr., 783. 4, Ron Capps, 741. 5, Jack Beckman, 720. 6, J.R, Todd, 711. 7, Matt Hagan, 624. 8, Tim Wilkerson, 587. 9, Bob Tasca III, 574. 10, Shawn Langdon, 528.
1, Bo Butner, 598. 2, Alex Laughlin, 431. 3, Erica Enders, 393. 4, Jason Line, 390. 5, Greg Anderson, 389. 6, Matt Hartford, 379. 7, Deric Kramer, 357. 8, Jeg Coughlin, 330. 9, Rodger Brogdon, 286. 10, Chris McGaha, 273.
Pro Stock Motorcycle
1, Andrew Hines, 606. 2, Eddie Krawiec, 534. 3, Hector Arana Jr, 514. 4, Matt Smith, 444. 5, Karen Stoffer, 349. 6, Ryan Oehler, 296. 7, Angie Smith, 275. 8, Angelle Sampey, 263. 9, Hector Arana, 239. 10, Jerry Savoie, 233.
June 20-23 — Summit Racing Equipment Nationals, Norwalk, Ohio
July 5-7 — New England Nationals, Epping, N.H.
July 19-21 — Dodge Mile-High Nationals, Morrison, Colo.
July 26-28 — Sonoma (Calif.) Nationals
Aug. 2-4– Magic Dry Organic Absorbent Northwest Nationals, Kent, Wash.
Aug. 15-18 — Lucas Oil Nationals, Brainerd, Minn.
Aug. 28-Sept. 2 — Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals, Indianapolis
Sept. 12-15 — Mopar Express Lane Nationals, Mohnton, Pa.
Sept. 27-29 — AAA Insurance Midwest Nationals, Madison, Ill.
Oct. 11-13 — Carolina Nationals, Concord, N.C.
Oct. 17-20 — AAA Texas FallNationals, Ennis, Texas
Oct. 31-Nov. 3 — Dodge Nationals, Las Vegas
Nov. 14-17 — Auto Club Finals, Pomona, Calif.