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Ford Racing announces new Cobra Jet bonus contingency program

By Steve Turner
Photos courtesy of Ford Racing

Hot on the heels of a successful Cobra Jet run at the NHRA’s US Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis, Indiana, Ford Racing has announced a new bonus contingency program for Cobra Jet racers. Any CJ racer that earns qualifying or higher points toward the 2014 NHRA Manufacturers’ Cup at races from September 2 through November 16 is eligible for a contingency bonus.

To urge on its already successful pack of Cobra Jet racers, Ford Racing announced a bonus contingency program rewarding those races that contribute to a potential Manufacturers’ Cup run. In addition to a contingency bonus of $300, participating racers will also score a commemorative jacket should the Cobra Jets take home the Cup.
To urge on its already successful pack of Cobra Jet racers, Ford Racing announced a bonus contingency program rewarding those races that contribute to a potential Manufacturers’ Cup run. In addition to a contingency bonus of $300, participating racers will also score a commemorative jacket should the Cobra Jets take home the Cup.

“When it comes to heads-up racing in Stock and Super Stock, winning class at the U.S. Nationals is the highest honor,” Ford Racing Drag Racing Competition Manager Jesse Kershaw said. “Our teams continue to push the envelope and put Ford in the winner’s circle with their Cobra Jets.”

In the Stock and Super Stock classes at the U.S. Nationals 128 cars qualified. Of those cars, a whopping 37 were Cobra Jets and eight of them took home class trophies, including:

• Drew Skillman, 2012 Cobra Jet, AA/SA, Ray Skillman Ford, Axalta, Valvoline Max Life

• Joe Shipp, 2012 Cobra Jet, AAA/SA, Ray Skillman Ford, Axalta, Valvoline Max Life

• Charles Downing, 2010 Cobra Jet, G/S, Downing Farms

• Brad Zaskowski, 2014 Cobra Jet, D/S, Downing Farms

• Anthony Bongiovanni, 2008 Cobra Jet, SS/BA, Micro Strategies

• Gary Richards, 2010 Cobra Jet, SS/EA, PC Richards and Sons Electronics

• Randy Hopkins, 2014 Cobra Jet, SSA/A, Varsity Ford

• Brett Candies, 2012 Cobra Jet, SS/BA, Candies Family Racing

A hero for the Ford Racing camp at Indy was Watson Racing’s Chris Holbrook. He took out Bruno Massel’s 2014 Copo Camaro in the FS/A  and Kevin Helm’s 2011 Dodge Challenger in the overall Factory Showdown final. In the latter race, Chris’ 8.694/154.19 mph was more than enough to overcome Kevin’s 9.029/146.93. “This was the largest and most competitive field we’ve seen in the Factory Stock Showdown making a Cobra Jet victory that much sweeter,” Jesse Kershaw said. “This win is a tribute to the hard work and dedication Chris has given the Cobra Jet program.”
A hero for the Ford Racing camp at Indy was Watson Racing’s Chris Holbrook. He took out Bruno Massel’s 2014 Copo Camaro in the FS/A and Kevin Helm’s 2011 Dodge Challenger in the overall Factory Showdown final. In the latter race, Chris’ 8.694/154.19 mph was more than enough to overcome Kevin’s 9.029/146.93. “This was the largest and most competitive field we’ve seen in the Factory Stock Showdown making a Cobra Jet victory that much sweeter,” Jesse Kershaw said. “This win is a tribute to the hard work and dedication Chris has given the Cobra Jet program.”

With such a strong showing in Indy, Ford racing decided to reward its supporters and give them a little extra incentive as the end of the season approaches.

“As an auto manufacturer, we are in this sport to win championships like the Manufacturers’ Cup. We are committed to supporting Ford teams to win and to achieve that goal,” Jamie Allison, director, Ford Racing, said.

If Ford does win the cup, the participating racers will not only take home bonus contingencies, but they will be presented with a commemorative Manufacturers’ Cup jacket.

Factory Cobra Jets and Cobra Jet-powered rides helped Ford Racing’s chase for the Manufacturers’ Cup at the US Nationals. Nick Morris’ way-cool 1998 Mustang is propelled by a 2010 Cobra Jet powerplant and it won the Super Stock class. “The Cobra Jet engine makes a lot of power and has been extremely reliable,” Nick said. “Ford is behind sportsman racers and it shows. I wouldn’t have anything else.”
Factory Cobra Jets and Cobra Jet-powered rides helped Ford Racing’s chase for the Manufacturers’ Cup at the US Nationals. Nick Morris’ way-cool 1998 Mustang is propelled by a 2010 Cobra Jet powerplant and it won the Super Stock class. “The Cobra Jet engine makes a lot of power and has been extremely reliable,” Nick said. “Ford is behind sportsman racers and it shows. I wouldn’t have anything else.”

“We have won the NHRA Manufacturers’ Cup three years in a row thanks to extraordinary team efforts and Ford is dedicated to supporting our teams as they try to keep that streak alive for a fourth consecutive year,” Jesse added.

Of course, in order to earn any contingencies from Ford Racing, you’ll have to register here. Once registered, you will receive decals specific to their class and series. Drivers will also receive an exclusive Ford Racing drivers’ suit patch.

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4 thoughts on “News: Cobra Jet Countdown”

    1. — I saw an interview with John Force — He’s a Ford man — Just like the old time guys , kinda like me — He bleed’s Blue, as I , I own 7 fords — This I understand is a complete change for the better in some regards but I still think loyalty should always pay even if your a professional because most Americans will never know the likes of the small people that make up Drag Racing nor watch it — but when one of those John Force Funny cars goes down the track it pays for the weekend

  1. I wish Ford would not pull the money our of NHRA racing not just use it as a contingency and make a better pro stock program. Did anyone watch the U.S. Nationals. It was a damn Chevy parade. Its a bone headed move to do what Ford is doing. Look at what John Force Racing is doing this year and Ford is going to leave them at the end of year. I wish Ford would reconsider. I don’t watch drifting so quit dumping money into that. Its a shame:nonono::nonono::nonono::nonono:. And don’t every get me started on the NASCAR Programs.

  2. I wish Ford would not pull the money out of NHRA racing (not just use it as a contingency) and make a better pro stock program. Did anyone watch the U.S. Nationals. It was a damn Chevy parade. Its a bone headed move to do what Ford is doing. Look at what John Force Racing is doing this year and Ford is going to leave them at the end of year. I wish Ford would reconsider. I don’t watch drifting so quit dumping money into that. Its a shame:nonono::nonono::nonono::nonono:. And don’t every get me started on the NASCAR Programs.

    I agree with this. It’s a bad move for Ford to dump the televised portion of NHRA. They need to be involved with the prostock program. Morgan fronts his own car with no support from Ford from what I understand.

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