Date published: August 27, 2010
Rookie sensation LE Tonglet, who enters the Countdown playoffs as the seventh-ranked Pro Stock Motorcycle competitor, hopes to continue his quest for the Full Throttle world championship and the Automobile Club of Southern California Road to the Future Award at the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals presented by Lucas Oil. Tonglet, winner of the United Association Route 66 NHRA Nationals presented by Miller Welders in Chicago, destroyed his only engine during an opening-round loss at the Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals in Brainerd. Racing on a shoestring budget, Tonglet initially posted a note on his Facebook page that said that his family-run team was done for the season and would not attend the six events in the Countdown playoffs. However, after returning to their Louisiana home, Tonglet and his father, Gary, and brother, GT, have begun to evaluate their options and are hopeful that they can continue. "We are trying to get some help to fix the engine," said Tonglet. "It's gonna come down to the wire, but don't count us out just yet. We could always use some funding, and it's still race to race for our team. We're trying to get this engine fixed, and hopefully it will be a cheap fix because this was a fast engine. We're scraping together every dollar we can in order to fix this thing because I don't want to go out without a fight."