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3 Rounds Won by Coughlin at Epping D1 Points Race

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    Mike Coughlin qualified No. 1 and won three rounds at the Division 1 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Epping. He is shown at the Indy D3 points race earlier this month. / Photo by Fred Noer

D3 RACERS AT D1 EVENT - Division 3 racers Mike Coughlin, Mark Nowicki, and Doug Wood competed Thursday and Friday in the Division 1 Lucas Oil series event at New England Dragway near Epping, N.H. Of the three, Coughlin’s performance stood out.

Running in Top Dragster, which is sponsored by Tommy Tape and presented by Select Performance in the division, Coughlin qualified No. 1 and advanced to the semifinals. His 2017 Dan Page machine was at the top of the 29-car field with a 6.128 at 224.81, giving him a first-round bye.

Ken LeBlanc went .010 red against Coughlin round two. He put together a .020 package to defeat Nick Willard in the third round. Coughlin was .015 on the tree and ran 6.155 at 221.49 on a 6.15 dial. Those numbers topped those of Willard, who had a .028 light and was .009 over his 6.85 dial at 187.94.

Coughlin, of Delaware, Ohio, could have used such a package when he faced Lauren Cultrera in the semis. His .025 light and 6.169 at 224.06 on a 6.14 dial were bettered by Cultrera, who left with a .019 bulb and ran 7.216 at 184.95 on a 7.19 dial. She finished as the runner-up when she caught a .006 red light against Al Kenny, who added a second LODRS Wally this season to his career total of nine.

The long tow from his home in Gaylord, Mich., ended for Super Stock racer Nowicki in the third round. Driving his 1998 Dodge Avenger FGT/H, Nowicki was on the wrong side of a double breakout against Mike Iacono in his 1987 Camaro GT/HA.

Nowicki, who qualified No. 22 at 9.690 on a 10.35 index, had a .055 light and put up a 9.708 at 138.37 on a 9.75 dial. Iacono, who went on to win the six-round event over Anthony Bertozzi, turned a 9.964 at 124.04 on a 9.97 dial after a .039 light.

Had he had a reaction time consistent with his first two rounds, Nowicki may have defeated Iacono. Nowicki was .007 against a red-lighting Dean Ribeiro in the first round. In round two Nowicki cut a .008 to better Byron Worner’s .013 and then won the double breakout with a 9.743 at 137.37 on a 9.76 to Worner’s 9.745 at 137.25 on a 9.77.

Fifty-two racers were in the Super Street field, and Doug Wood from Massillon, Ohio, in his 1969 Cutlass was the only one from D3. He lost in the first round by breaking out at 10.878 at 136.50 after a .009 light. Shawn Fricke won the race in 2002 Firebird with a 10.916 at 133.09 after a .030 light.

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