Columbus: Jeg Coughlin Friday summary

Jeg Coughlin cruises on opening day Much to the delight of a partisan hometown crowd, Jeg Coughlin proved he had one of the quickest racecars in the Pro Stock category Friday by posting two of the quickest passes of opening day. Coughlin opened...

Jeg Coughlin cruises on opening day

Much to the delight of a partisan hometown crowd, Jeg Coughlin proved he had one of the quickest racecars in the Pro Stock category Friday by posting two of the quickest passes of opening day. Coughlin opened with a third-best 6.783-second run at 203.09 mph and improved to a 6.771 at 203.98 mph to finish Day 1 of the 41st annual Pontiac Performance NHRA Nationals a lofty fifth in the standings.

"That was a pretty good start for us," Coughlin said. "But there's some room to improve. We see a few areas we can tweak and get this Jeg's car to run quicker and hopefully move up the pack. Who knows what the weather will bring but I'm confident that if it's better conditions, we'll be ready to take advantage of them."

Tune-ups were at a premium as cool temperatures wreaked havoc for many crew chiefs. Only a handful of nitro-powered cars managed to get down National Trail Raceway and many of the Pro Stockers were equally perplexed. But Jeg's Mail Order Dodge Stratus R/T crew chief Bob Glidden, a veteran racer with 10 NHRA title and 85 event victories, including nine here in Columbus, knew how to handle the conditions.

"Bob's the best," Coughlin said. "He's seen it all and he's done it all. Pro Stock cars love it when it's cool like this but sometimes you can over try too hard or go up there too soft. I think we saw a little of that today. Some people weren't expecting it to be this good. But we've tested a lot here and Bob's been racing here for years so we were ready."

Qualifying continues Saturday at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

-jegs-

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Series NHRA
Drivers Jeg Coughlin , Bob Glidden