Strong showing for Mike and John in the Holley Dominator Duel Mike and John will battle from opposite sides on raceday The Holley Pro Stock Truck Dominator Duel is a chance for race fans to see the elite eight drivers of NHRA's newest...
Strong showing for Mike and John in the Holley Dominator Duel
Mike and John will battle from opposite sides on raceday
The Holley Pro Stock Truck Dominator Duel is a chance for race fans to see the elite eight drivers of NHRA's newest professional class go head-to-head. The winner walks away with $20,000, bragging rights and a chance for an additional bonus of $20,000 if the driver who wins the Holley Dominator Duels win the Pro Stock Truck title on raceday.
In the first round John faced off against Steve Johns. Coughlin qualified No. 5 for his career debut in the all-star race. The JEG'S S-10 launched off of the line with authority and rocketed down the middle of the groove. John ran a quicker 7.548 at 178.73 mph and took the win light by .012 seconds.
"The format that NHRA and Holley Performance Products have put together is rewarding for both the teams and the fans," explained John. "It's a great feeling to race among the best that the Pro Stock Truck class has to offer."
Mike Coughlin pulled up to the starting line for his second career appearance in the Holley Dominator Duel in the No. 8 position. Bob Panella, Jr left the starting line first by .002 seconds. Both Chevy S-10's raced side-by-side to the finishline. Mike ran a 7.491 at 179.09 mph and got beat by .016 seconds at the stripe. Although he did not win the race, he moved up to the No. 2 qualifying position.
"Our S-10 made a great run. There was only one driver who made a quicker run and that was who I raced," said Mike. "The good thing is that we moved up to the No. 2 spot and our program is continuing to show strength."
In the second round John lined up next to Bob Panella. The reaction time advantage off of the starting line went to Panella (.454 -vs- .460) by .006 seconds. Panella took the win and John ran a 7.555 at 179.04 mph.
"The truck nosed over during the launch," said John. "We will turn our focus to improving our qualifying position during the final session."
Both of the JEG'S Mail Order Chevy S-10 got one more shot at the track to improve their qualifying position during the final session.
Mike made the quickest run of the session, which was not an improvement. He ran a 7.517 at 178.66 mph and remained in the No. 2 position.
"We made a great run for the session," stated Mike. "I believe that the men in yellow and black have a strong hold on the set up for raceday. I am really looking forward to gaining some points tomorrow."
Mike will face off against Tim Freeman in round one. Mike entered the Prestone Nationals five points out of the top ten and is looking forward to breaking back into the top ten.
John Coughlin did not improve. He ran a 7.553 at 178.66 mph and moved to the eight position. John will go head-to-head with Todd Patterson in the first round.
"We learned a lot today," said John. "The truck clearly showed us what it wanted and where the line was. I think that we are looking strong going into raceday. Our goal will be to have an all-JEG'S final."