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DeJoria’s run at Norwalk ends in quarterfinals; closing in on Top 10 in Funny Car points

Alexis DeJoria Racing
2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series
Event 12 of 24
Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals
Summit Motorsports Park
1300 State Route 18
Norwalk, Ohio 44857
June 23-25, 2017


Alexis DeJoria Racing Elimination Report- Norwalk
Alexis DeJoria, Driver of the Kalitta Motorsports Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry Funny Car

No. 7 (3.943 E.T. at 318.77 MPH)

The Results:
E1: 3.972 E.T. at 324.75 MPH defeated Del Worsham 7.528 E.T. at 98.54 MPH
E2: 4.741 E.T. at 180.16 MPH defeated by Robert Hight 3.978 E.T. at 321.73 MPH

Race Recap:
For the second week in a row, the Patrón team earned a spot in the top half of the qualifying field, starting Sunday seeded seventh. Three solid qualifying passes not only yielded the advantage of lane choice going into the first round of eliminations, but also a bonus point.

DeJoria’s first round matchup found her squaring off against former teammate and crew chief, Del Worsham. DeJoria had no trouble racing her way into round two, as her 3.972-second pass easily defeated Worsham’s tire smoking effort.

Unfortunately, DeJoria’s day would end at the quarterfinals. The Patrón Toyota Camry overpowered the track before the 660-foot cone, and her opponent Robert Hight was able to cross the finish line first and advance to the semifinals.

Despite the early exit, DeJoria was successful in gaining ground on the Top 10 points rankings, closing the margin from 70 to 50 points.

Not great, but not too bad. We narrowed the gap in points, which is good. We qualified in the middle of the pack again, but hey, we got in the show and got a first round win. We’re going to stay and test tomorrow and make as many runs as we can; we’re hoping for five. We’re going to keep working on the setup we have right now and get ready for Chicago.

NHRA Countdown to the Championship Points Standing:
Alexis DeJoria:
381 points, ranked 14th
50 points out of 10th
Leads 15th ranked Jeff Diehl by 144 points
Trails 13th ranked Jim Campbell by 28 points

Photos courtesy of Gary Nastase Photography and Will Lester.


RACE RECAP WRITTEN BY Allison McCormick; COURTESY Alexis DeJoria Racing

Blue Jackets announce Prospects Development Camp for June 26-29



Fourth annual 3-on-3 Tournament to be held on Thursday, June 29 at 4:30pm

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets will conduct their annual prospect development camp at the OhioHealth Ice Haus, the club’s official practice facility at Nationwide Arena, with on-ice practice sessions scheduled from Monday, June 26 through Thursday, June 29, the club has announced.


This year’s camp is highlighted by the fourth annual 3-on-3 Tournament, which will be held on Thursday, June 29 beginning at 4:30 p.m.  All on-ice practice sessions are free and open to the public.  A complete schedule of on-ice sessions can be found below:


2017 CBJ Development Camp On-Ice Schedule (Times subject to change)

Monday, June 26

9-10 a.m. – Group 1 On-Ice… 10:30-11:30 a.m. – Group 2 On-Ice

4-4:45 p.m. – Group 2 On Ice… 5-5:45 p.m. – Group 1 On-Ice

Tuesday, June 27

10-11 a.m. – Group 2 On-Ice… 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Group 1 On-Ice

Wednesday, June 28

7:30-8:15a.m. – Group 1 On-Ice… 8:30-9:15 a.m. – Group 2 On-Ice

Cleveland Indians Game
1-2 p.m. – Batting Practice… 7:10 p.m. – Indians vs. Rangers


Thursday, June 29

10-11 a.m. – Group 2 On-Ice… 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Group 1 On-Ice… 4:30-6:30 p.m. – 3-on-3 Tournament



The players participating in this year’s camp will feature club prospects and playersthat were  selected in the 2017 NHL Draft, which was held on Friday and Saturday, June 23-24, at United Center in Chicago.


Leading the group of prospects will be two of the club’s first round picks in the most recent NHL Drafts – 2015 first round pick Gabriel Carlsson (29th overall) and 2016 third overall selection Pierre-Luc Dubois.  Other drafted players scheduled to participate in the camp include: 2016 – Andrew Peeke, Vitaly Abramov, Peter Thome, Calvin Thurkauf; 2015 – Keegan Kolesar, Kevin Stenlund, Veeti Vainio; 2014 – Ryan Collins, Tyler Bird.  A complete development camp roster will be available prior to the start of camp.

Blue Jackets Assistant Coach Kenny McCudden along with Development Coaches Chris Clark, Jarkko Ruutu and Gregory Campbell, the Cleveland Monsters’ coaching staff, the club’s American Hockey League affiliate, and skating consultant Lee Harris will lead the on-ice portion of development camp.


Full and partial season tickets for the Blue Jackets’ 2017-18 campaign are currently available for purchase.  Information on all ticketing options can be obtained by calling (800) NHL‐COLS or by visiting



Coach Holtmann shows he means business in suspension of Funderburk

COLUMBUS, Ohio-Chris Holtmann, Ohio State head men’s basketball coach, suspended redshirt freshman forward Derek Funderburk Thursday for failure to meet team expectations.

Derek Funderburk


Funderburk, a native of Lakewood, Ohio, played his senior year of high school at Hargrave Military Academy. He redshirted in 2016-17 at Ohio State and has four years of eligibility remaining.

Holtmann is showing right away that he is setting the tone for how he wants players to carry themselves in his program more than any kind of serious off-the-floor transgression.

“I really want him to be successful overall,” Holtmann said. “He’s talented, but he has some work to do in some areas outside of basketball. I’ll let you guys kind of figure that out, but one of them is in the classroom. He has some definite work to do. When we see progress in that area, and significant progress, then we’ll reevaluate things. But we need to see and have to see definite progress.”




Higuain, Manneh lead way as Crew SC dominates Montreal, 4-1


Federico Higuain

Kekuta Manneh

Federico Higuain records a brace, reaches 48 goals in Black & Gold;
Kekuta Manneh records first regular-season goal and assist with Crew SC;
Ola Kamara scores his 25th career goal for Crew SC;
Josh Williams makes 100th MLS career start

For Immediate Release: June 24, 2017

Columbus Crew SC 4 – Montreal Impact 1
MAPFRE Stadium (Columbus, OH)
Saturday, June 24, 2017

CLB – Federico Higuain (Unassisted) 17’ [HIGHLIGHT:]
MTL – Anthony Jackson-Hamel (Blerim Dzemaili, Hernan Bernardello) 19’ [HIGHLIGHT:]
CLB – Kekuta Manneh (Ola Kamara) 70’ [HIGHLIGHT:]

CLB – Ola Kamara (Kekuta Manneh) 72’ [HIGHLIGHT:]

CLB – Federico Higuain (Adam Jahn, Zack Steffen) 88’ [HIGHLIGHT:]

NEXT MATCH FOR CREW SC (8-9-1, 25 points):
Columbus Crew SC vs. Atlanta United FC (MAPFRE Stadium – Columbus, OH)

Saturday, July 1 (7:30 p.m. ET / The CW Columbus, Spectrum Sports, BCSN2, CD102.5 FM, La Mega 103.1 FM, English radio stream on, TSN).











MAPFRE Stadium (Columbus, OH)
Referee: Armando Villarreal
Assistants: Nick Uranga, Corey Parker
Fourth Official: Robert Sibiga
Attendance: 16,592
Weather: 77 degrees and clear



CLB – Federico Higuain (Unassisted) 17’

MTL – Anthony Jackson-Hamel (Blerim Dzemaili, Hernan Bernardello) 19’

CLB – Kekuta Manneh (Ola Kamara) 70’

CLB – Ola Kamara (Kekuta Manneh) 72’

CLB – Federico Higuain (Adam Jahn, Zack Steffen) 88’



MTL – Kyle Fisher (caution) 16’’

MTL – Hassoun Camara (caution) 34’

CLB – Justin Meram (caution) 45+1’

CLB – Harrison Afful (caution) 78’


Columbus Crew SC: Zack Steffen; Harrison Afful, Josh Williams, Jonathan Mensah, Jukka Raitala; Wil Trapp ©, Artur; Ethan Finlay, Federico Higuain, Justin Meram (Kekuta Manneh 69’); Ola Kamara (Adam Jahn 87’)

Substitutes not used: Brad Stuver; Hector Jimenez, Alex Crognale, Dilly Duka, Mohammed Abu,

Montreal Impact: Evan Bush; Wandrille Lefevre, Laurent Ciman, Kyle Fisher; Hassoun Camara (Michael Salazar 76’), Hernan Bernardello, Marco Donadel (Ballou Jean-Yves Tabla 72’), Chris Duvall; Blerim Dzemaili; Anthony Jackson-Hamel (Matteo Mancosu 54′), Ignacio Piatti ©

Substitutes not used
: Maxime Crepeau; Patrice Bernier, Calum Mallace, Dominic Oduro


With his two goals in tonight’s match, Federico Higuain has now scored 48 goals in 140 regular-season appearances (135 starts). Only Jeff Cunningham (64 goals) and Brian McBride have scored more goals for Crew SC than Higuain. Through 17 appearances (all starts) in the 2017 MLS regular season, Federico Higuain has scored nine goals (tied for team lead with Ola Kamara) and notched five assists for the Black & Gold. This was the fourth consecutive match in which Federico Higuain scored a goal for Crew SC. Higuain previously scored in a home match against Seattle Sounders FC (May 31) and in road contests against the Colorado Rapids (June 3) and Atlanta United FC (June 17).

With his game-winning goal in tonight’s match against the Montreal Impact, forward Kekuta Manneh tallied his first goal for Crew SC since joining the club in March of this year. Manneh also provided the assist on Ola Kamara’s goal in the 72nd minute. Through the 2017 MLS regular season, Manneh has made six appearances (three starts) for the Black & Gold, registering one goal and one assist.

Forward Ola Kamara tallied his ninth goal and his third assist of the 2017 MLS regular season tonight. The goal was also Kamara’s 25th goal for Crew SC in 43 regular-season appearances (37 starts) in tonight’s match. With the goal, Kamara is now one of only four players on Crew SC’s current roster to have scored 25 or more regular-season goals. The other players on the roster to have scored at least 25 goals are Federico Higuain (48), Justin Meram (32) and Ethan Finlay (30). Last year, Kamara scored 16 goals in 25 regular-season appearances (20 starts). This season, Kamara has made 18 appearances (17 starts) and is currently the co-leading scorer for the Black & Gold in the 2017 MLS regular season along with Higuain (nine goals).

Two Crew SC players recorded their first assist for the club: forward Adam Jahn and goalkeeper Zack Steffen. Steffen played a ball to Jahn, who then passed to Federico Higuain, allowing Higuain to score the fourth goal in the 88th minute.  This season, Adam Jahn has made 13 regular-season appearances (one start) for the Black & Gold. Zack Steffen has made 18 appearances (all starts) for Crew SC in the 2017 MLS regular season.

Defender Josh Williams made his 100th start and 112th appearance in MLS regular-season action. Williams played the entire 90 minutes, making 51 passes and getting 62 touches on the ball. This season, Williams has made nine regular-season appearances (seven starts) for the Black & Gold.

Tonight’s match marked the 16th regular-season meeting between Crew SC and the Montreal Impact. With the win, the Black & Gold’s record is now 8-5-3 against the Impact. Crew SC has scored 11 goals over the past four regular-season contests against the Impact.

Next up, Crew SC hosts Eastern Conference opponent Atlanta United FC on Saturday, July 1 at MAPFRE Stadium (7:30 p.m. ET / The CW Columbus, Spectrum Sports, BCSN2, CD102.5 FM, La Mega 103.1 FM, English radio stream on, TSN).



Troy Coughlin secures #1 qualifying position at Saturday’s Norwalk NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Series



NORWALK, Ohio – Troy Coughlin raced to the No. 1 qualifying position in dramatic fashion and won the first round of competition at the NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series portion of the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park. This weekend’s Pro Mod racing, presented by Real Pro Mod Association, is the eighth of 12 events on the 2017 schedule.

Coughlin raced to the qualifying lead in his Chevy Corvette, with his pass of 5.756-seconds at 259.31 mph for his third No. 1 qualifying position of the season. His speed of 259.31 bested the previous record set by Melanie Troxel in 2011.
In the first round of eliminations Coughlin faced Danny Row and was able to parlay his top qualifying position to advance to the second round. Coughlin posted a winning run of 5.751 at 258.42 to the trailing pass of Row at 6.274 at 178.71. Coughlin will face Michael Biehle II when racing resumes tomorrow.
“It’s pretty awesome,” said Coughlin. “To be at home, in our home state, with a lot of the associates from up here, we couldn’t be more excited to be able to be No. 1 and national record-holder. We strive to break records and there’s going to be people who break our records. We’re just pretty excited to be a big piece of J&A Service Pro Mod series and the NHRA. All the folks at, Pro Line, Mac Tools, I mean, there’s many that are out here that help support our racing program and we couldn’t be more excited for sure.”
In other racing action, points leader Mike Castellana races Shannon Jenkins, Rickie Smith will face off against Jonathan Gray and Shane Molinari will square up against Stevie Jackson.
The second round of eliminations for the NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Series are slated to begin at 12:45 p.m. Sunday.

NORWALK, Ohio — First round results from the 11th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park, the eighth of 12 events in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.

ROUND ONE — Michael Biehle, Ford Mustang, 5.842, 255.00 def. Sidnei Frigo, Chevy Corvette, 8.170, 113.25; Jonathan Gray, Chevy Camaro, 5.835, 249.44 def. Steven Whiteley, Cadillac CTS-V, 5.933, 247.25; Shane Molinari, Pontiac Firebird, 5.803, 256.21 def. Eric Latino, Camaro, 5.857, 249.49; Troy Coughlin, Corvette, 5.751, 258.42 def. Danny Rowe, Corvette, 6.274, 178.71; Rickie Smith, Camaro, 5.875, 246.44 def. Steve Matusek, Camaro, Foul – Outer Boundary; Steve Jackson, Camaro, 6.537, 166.60 def. Pete Farber, Dodge Daytona, 10.185, 93.75; Shannon Jenkins, Mustang, 5.860, 246.66 def. Khalid alBalooshi, Camaro, 8.083, 109.83; Mike Castellana, Camaro, 5.914, 248.57 def. Doug Winters, Chevy Chevelle, Foul – Red Light.
NORWALK, Ohio – FastNews Network – Final order after 3 rounds of qualifying in Pro Modified at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, 11th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals:
Psn—Num-Driver, Home Town, Car Type—————Qual-ET–Qual-Spd
1    2 Troy Coughlin, Delaware OH, ’15 Corvette       5.756@ 259.31
2    1 Rickie Smith, King NC, ’17 Camaro              5.821  248.80
3 6718 Shane Molinari, Battle Ground WA, ’68 Firebird 5.831  257.28
4   44 Mike Castellana, Oyster Bay NY, ’17 Camaro     5.841  246.98
5   77 Shannon Jenkins, Tuscaloosa AL, ’16 Mustang    5.843  246.93
6  280 Steve Jackson, Evans GA, ’17 Camaro            5.846  244.03
7   13 Jonathan Gray, Artesia NM, ’17 Camaro          5.848  246.93
8    4 Michael Biehle, North Vernon IN, ’67 Mustang   5.857  254.71
9  288 Sidnei Frigo, Sao Paulo BZ, ’16 Corvette       5.873  252.61
10 5200 Steven Whiteley, Grand Junction CO, ’14 CTS-V  5.874  248.02
11 1518 Pete Farber, Baldwinville MA, ’69 Daytona      5.895  247.61
12    7 Khalid alBalooshi, Dubai UA, ’17 Camaro        5.895  247.16
13 2105 Doug Winters, Pleasant Garden NC, ’69 Chevelle 5.899  237.09
14 1938 Eric Latino, Port Perry ON, ’69 Camaro         5.900  248.61
15    5 Steve Matusek, Olathe KS, ’68 Camaro           5.903  249.58
16    8 Danny Rowe, Laguna Hills CA, ’15 Corvette      5.906  247.57
———— Not Qualified ————
17 1456 Mike Janis, Lancaster NY, ’16 Camaro           5.920  242.98
18  325 Harry Hruska, Hebron IN, ’14 Camaro            5.921  248.43
19  213 Chip King, Roxboro NC, ’70 Charger             5.937  244.21
20 5011 Mike Knowles, Grand Junction CO, ’67 Mustang   6.041  240.12
21 1262 Chuck Little, Atkinson NH, ’63 Corvette        6.058  241.50
22    3 Bob Rahaim, Grosse Pointe MI, ’14 Camaro       6.103  241.58
23  701 Clint Satterfield, Albuquerque NM, ’68 Firebi  6.145  245.32
24 5087 Jim Whiteley, Grand Junction CO, ’69 Camaro    6.162  193.29
25  303 Dan Stevenson, Bolingbrook IL, ’16 Camaro      6.818  159.95
26 275T Ruben Tetsoshvili, Wesley Chapel FL, ’17 Cama  8.125  109.81



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