JEG'S Mail Order Racing Sunday Pit Notes Raceday started off with a constant drizzle and low cloud cover over the Brainerd International Raceway facility. During the pre-race ceremony the clouds lifted and the drizzle went away. The two...
JEG'S Mail Order Racing Sunday Pit Notes
Raceday started off with a constant drizzle and low cloud cover over the Brainerd International Raceway facility. During the pre-race ceremony the clouds lifted and the drizzle went away.
The two yellow and black JEG'S Mail Order Pro Stock machines driven By Troy and Jeg Coughlin began the day on the opposite sides of the ladder. The opportunity to have an all-JEG'S final for the fourth time this season existed at the beginning of the day. In 1997 team JEG'S scored their first ever all-JEG'S final in Super Stock, Jeg came out on top.
Jim Yates, Allen Johnson, Mike Edwards and George Marnell all failed to qualify. This gave Troy the opportunity to lengthen his points lead over Allen Johnson and Mike Edwards. Jeg started the day with his destiny in his hands to close the 124 point lead that Yates had going into this race.
Troy went head-to-head with Greg Anderson in round one. The two cars were the first pair to started off the first round of Pro Stock at the Colonel's Truck Accessories NHRA Nationals. Greg Anderson had the reaction time advantage off of the starting line. Troy and his JEG'S machine were out in front by the time the two cars got to the 60' foot clock. Both cars raced side-by-side down the track. When Troy got to half track the car got loose and started to favor the right side of the groove. Troy stayed in it and carefully drove to the finishline. However, Greg Anderson took the win light and won on a holeshot. Troy said, "I will now focus on winning the US Nationals and that race has my full attention." Troy won the '91 NHRA US Nationals in Super Gas and will focus on winning his first professional NHRA National Event in Pro Stock.
On the other side of the ladder the two "young guns" lined up against each other. Jeg had lane choice over Richie Stevens in this match up. This race was an important one to win for the team because Richie Stevens came into this race 75 points ahead of older brother Troy. After the team saw Troy get loose at half track they quickly put more wing into the car. Richie took a small advantage on the starting line. Jeg was ahead of Richie at the 60' foot clock and never looked back. The yellow and black JEG'S Mail Order machine took the win light and ran the third quickest ET of the round. The teams efforts gave Jeg lane choice over Darrell Alderman in the second round. Jeg commented, "My number one goal was to gain lane choice for the second round. We accomplished this and we move on to the next round." Jeg and the men in yellow and black took out Richie which put a halt to him gaining any points over Troy.
In the second round Jeg and Darrell Alderman went to battle. Alderman who is known for his quick reaction times and mental games on the starting line tried to throw the young Coughlin off of his game. Darrell rolled in and put both the pre-stage and stage bulbs on quickly as Jeg put the pre-stage light on. Alderman did this in an effort disrupt Jeg's focus. The reaction time battle was won by Coughlin. Jeg left first and never left the middle of the groove on his way to the win light. The run looked awesome and Jeg was the second quickest car of the round, which gave him lane choice over Kurt Johnson for the next round. Jeg noted, "The team did their job, I did mine. The win light came on and we have lane choice for the semifinal round."
After a two hour rain delay Jeg and Kurt took to the track. The pair was in the water box when the action was delayed. Jeg had lane choice on the "green" racing surface over Kurt. Jeg took the reaction time advantage off of the starting line. Both cars left the starting line and moved around a lot is there respective lanes. Jeg took off and favored the left side of the groove and then drove the car back to the middle of the groove. The rear of the car continued to move around and at 1000' feet out the car hit a bump, which upset the stability of the car. Jeg did a great job driving and turned on the win light. Jeg said, "It wasn't pretty, but the win light came on and we are in the final round again."
The final round was a classic match Pro Stock match up, old school -vs- new school. Warren Johnson had lane choice over Jeg, WJ took the right lane. Jeg took a serious reaction time advantage off of the line (.444 -vs- .507). WJ got to the 60' foot clock first but by the time Jeg was to the 330' clock he and his #2 JEG'S Mail Order machine were out in front to stay. The Jeg and the men in yellow and black turn on the win light. Jeg stated, "I had two game plans in my head going into the final roundmajor. One of them worked out and the better team at that moment turned on the win light. I can't say enough about how well that our team works together, we are one group working toward the same goal; WINNING!"