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Beyond the Cockpit with John and Courtney Force: May the Forces Be With You

Beyond the Cockpit with John and Courtney Force: May the Forces Be With You

Frontstretch provided live coverage of the NHRA Pep Boys Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway in Concord, N.C., last month. During the weekend our Toni Montgomery and Mike Neff had the chance to sit down with NHRA Funny Car legend John Force as well as his daughter Courtney Force. Force talked about racing and winning at the age of 65, and told us a few of those patented John Force stories, bringing back memories of the old days in NHRA. Plus, as ... Read More »

Beyond the Cockpit with Jason Line: NASCAR Tech on the Drag Strip

Beyond the Cockpit with Jason Line: NASCAR Tech on the Drag Strip

After Jeg Coughlin, Jr. told Toni Montgomery and Mike Neff last month that Jason Line brought his experience in the engine department at Joe Gibbs Racing to Pro Stock and revolutionized the class, there was no question that Frontstretch needed to catch up with Line and find out what he meant. The current Pro Stock points leader is still hard at work in the shop even though the NHRA is taking a few weeks off before the final two races ... Read More »

Beyond the Cockpit with Richie Crampton and Morgan Lucas: Drag Racing in Australia, Amazing Rookie Seasons, and MAVTV

Beyond the Cockpit with Richie Crampton and Morgan Lucas: Drag Racing in Australia, Amazing Rookie Seasons, and MAVTV

Richie Crampton came a long way to race in the NHRA. From the other side of the world, as a matter of fact. Crampton, who originally hails from Adelaide, South Australia, is in his rookie season driving the Geico Top Fuel dragster for Morgan Lucas Racing. He’s off to a fast start, scoring two victories already this season. Crampton took time out to talk to Frontstretch’s Toni Montgomery and Mike Neff at the Carolina Nationals last month about how he ... Read More »

Beyond the Cockpit with Jeg Coughlin, Jr.: How Much Can You Cram Into 11 Seconds?

Beyond the Cockpit with Jeg Coughlin, Jr.: How Much Can You Cram Into 11 Seconds?

Jeg Coughlin, Jr. is a five time champion in the NHRA’s Pro Stock class, but he’s also busy off the track with his family business. Most automotive enthusiasts are familiar with the JEGS catalog, and in more recent years, JEGS.com.  It’s a go-to supplier with just about anything you need in your garage on hand and ready to be delivered to your door. Toni Montgomery and Mike Neff talked with Jeg last month at the Carolina Nationals and learned about ... Read More »

Beyond the Cockpit with Andy Seuss, 2014 Whelen Southern Modified Tour Champion

Beyond the Cockpit with Andy Seuss, 2014 Whelen Southern Modified Tour Champion

Andy Seuss grew up in New Hampshire just a short drive from the heart of Modified country. He grew up running go-karts and progressed to Modifieds but didn’t have the resources to contend for the Tour in the North. He raced in the South because it was more affordable and caught the eye of some owners who saw that he had the talent to be successful in the very powerful, open-wheeled cars. Seuss relocated to the South this year and ... Read More »

Beyond the Cockpit with Erica Enders-Stevens: Momentum, Movies and Who’s In the Other Lane?

Beyond the Cockpit with Erica Enders-Stevens: Momentum, Movies and Who’s In the Other Lane?

The competitiveness of female drivers across all the classes of the NHRA’s Mello Yello series this season has been a huge story. Women have been competing in the NHRA since Shirley Muldowney broke through the gender barrier over 40 years ago, and starting with Muldowney, they have enjoyed success, winning races, and, in the cases of Muldowney and Angelle Sampey-Drago, championships. This season, five women in four classes made it into the championship Countdown and four of those women, Alexis ... Read More »

Beyond the Cockpit: Mason Mitchell Makes History in the ARCA Racing Series

Beyond the Cockpit: Mason Mitchell Makes History in the ARCA Racing Series

Mason Mitchell may be a youngster, but he drives like a veteran and proved that by winning the 2014 ARCA Racing Series championship in only his second season. Though the team only won one race all year, Mason Mitchell Motorsports–a team that didn’t even exist a year ago–showed speed all season and was able to win the championship against other talented drivers such as Grant Enfinger, Tom Hessert III, and Frank Kimmel. On Friday night at Kansas Speedway for the ... Read More »

Beyond the Cockpit: Driver or Crew Chief, Mike Neff Knows Speed

Beyond the Cockpit: Driver or Crew Chief, Mike Neff Knows Speed

Mike Neff has been in racing since the early 90s. He won a NHRA title with Gary Scelzi before joining John Force racing in 2007 to be a fourth driver. He became the seventh person in history to win a race as a driver and a crew chief. He was the first to actually win as a crew chief first and then a driver. He’s currently the crew chief for Robert Hight. During the Carolina Nationals he sat down with ... Read More »

Beyond the Cockpit: John Force on Racing ’til You Drop and the Ladies

Beyond the Cockpit: John Force on Racing ’til You Drop and the Ladies

Frontstretch.com provided live coverage of the NHRA Pep Boys Carolina Nationals at zMAX Dragway in Concord, NC, last week. During the weekend our Toni Montgomery and Mike Neff had the chance to sit down with NHRA Funny Car legend John Force. Force talked about racing and winning, at the age of 65, told us a few of those patented John Force stories, bringing back memories of the old days in NHRA, and as the father of four daughters, two of ... Read More »

Beyond the Cockpit: Darrell Wallace, Jr. on Photography, a Legend in a Legend and Busting Out the Xbox

Beyond the Cockpit: Darrell Wallace, Jr. on Photography, a Legend in a Legend and Busting Out the Xbox

Darrell ‘Bubba’ Wallace, Jr. is in his second full year of Camping World Truck Series competition for Kyle Busch Motorsports. The twenty-year-old driver has scored two wins this season and three in his Truck career. He is a graduate of the NASCAR Drive for Diversity program who cut his teeth in the INEX racing ranks of Bandolero and Legends racing. Wallace made his first appearance on the national stage by racing door-to-door with Kyle Busch for the win in the Denny ... Read More »