JEG'S Mail Order Racing Sunday/Final Pit Notes After 24 hours, the JEG'S Mail Order Racing Team went back to work. The rain took over at the Bristol Dragway. The Second All-JEG'S, All-Coughlin Pro Stock Final Jeg Coughlin, Jr. Takes The...
JEG'S Mail Order Racing Sunday/Final Pit Notes
After 24 hours, the JEG'S Mail Order Racing Team went back to work. The rain took over at the Bristol Dragway.
The Second All-JEG'S, All-Coughlin Pro Stock Final
Jeg Coughlin, Jr. Takes The Win From The Pole & $50,000
Jeg Coughlin/Pro Stock:
In the first round Jeg took on Mark Osborne, Jeg had lane choice. At the last minute the team decided to take the left lane. Both drivers left the starting line with identical reaction times (.427). Jeg left the beams and made a move to the left at the 60' foot clock. He drove the car back to the center of the groove at the 300' foot clock and blasted down the track to stripe and took the win light. "I knew that I was out in front by the time I put my car into fifth gear," said Coughlin. Jeg was the second quickest and third fastest of the round.
Jeg and "tricky" Rickie Smith went head-to-head in the second round, lane choice went to Coughlin. The "trickster" reached deep into his bag of tricks, but Jeg put a whole in his bag. Jeg and his JEG'S Mail Order machine took the reaction time advantage and never looked back. Coughlin took the win light and sidelines "tricky Rickie." Jeg had the second quickest ET and was the third fastest of the round. "The team did their job. My goal was to have lane choice for the next round and I did what I had to do," said Coughlin.
Greg Anderson and Jeg stepped into the ring in the semifinal round. A car blew up in the left lane and oiled the track from 150' feet from the starting line to the finishline. Jeg had lane choice and stuffed Anderson in the right lane. Greg took the advantage off of the starting line, but the DART Machinery/Richard Maskin horsepower combined with the setup that the team gave the car puts on the win light. This put the two Coughlin brother's head-to-head for the second time in the '99 season. The two faced went head-to-head at the season opener in Pomona, Jeg grabbed the win when Troy ran into traction problems and was forced to shut off. "I can't think of anyone else I would like to race in a final round, it's a win-win situation for us and JEG'S Mail Order," commented Jeg.
The younger Coughlin brother had lane choice and put Troy in the right lane. The two brother's left together from the starting line, Troy .418 to Jeg's .417 reaction time. Jeg blasted down the middle of the groove all the way to finishline. Troy was forced to shut off when the car made a big move toward the wall when the car went into second gear. Jeg ran an impressive 7.004 @ 196.85 to take the win light and the $50,000 check from Winston. "Winning this race makes it a clean sweep from the JEG'S team at the special event for the '99 NHRA season. Team work made all of this possible without it none of this would be possible," said Jeg.
Troy Coughlin/Pro Stock:
Troy faced of against Tom Martino in round one. Coughlin had lane choice and took the right lane for his battle ground. Troy rockets off of the starting line and followed the groove all the way down the track. Martino turned on the dreaded red light and the win light went on for Coughlin. Troy was the third quickest and second fastest of the round. "I did my job, the team did there's and the car did it's job," stated Troy.
In the second round Troy faced off against Kurt Johnson, Troy had lane choice. The consistency of the #24 JEG'S Mail Order car continued in the second round. Troy left the starting line first with an awesome .408 reaction time. The combination of a great reaction time and the DART/Maskin horsepower took the win light. Troy was the third quickest and second fastest again. "We really understand what the car wants and what the track will take," noted Troy.
The semifinal round put the hometown favorite Allen Johnson and Troy head-to-head. Troy took the right lane for the same reason as Jeg. Allen Johnson pushed the Christmas tree and turns it red. Not even seeing the red light, Troy rockets out of the starting line beams and cruises down the middle of the groove all the way to the big end. The win goes to Troy, which puts the two Coughlin brother's head-to-head in a rematch of the '99 WinterNationals in Pomona. "This is great! It's our teams goal to have this happen at every race. You need a lot of things to fall your way and it obviously doesn't happen very often. Having the two of us race eachother in the final very speaks highly of how well that our team works together," said Troy.
The brother -vs- brother battle that the fans were waiting for happened. Jeg and Troy left together, but Troy and his #24 JEG'S Mail Order Olds Cutlass ran into problems when he put his car into second gear. Troy said, "The right side of the car really held onto the track, but the left side spun. That's what caused the car to move toward the wall. However, this final round was a win-win situation for Team JEG'S."