Team Jeg's ready for Sunday's action. Cooler temperatures made for an uncharacteristically interesting third round of qualifying action for the factory door slammers of the Pro Stock Class at the Pontiac Excitement Nationals Saturday morning. ...
Team Jeg's ready for Sunday's action.
Cooler temperatures made for an uncharacteristically interesting third round of qualifying action for the factory door slammers of the Pro Stock Class at the Pontiac Excitement Nationals Saturday morning. The cooler conditions helped to foster a significant shift in the field of quick sixteen qualifiers.
Jeg Coughlin was the first of the two brother Pro Stock tandem to roll into the water-box Saturday morning. Jeg ran his lowest time of the weekend with a solid run of 6.902 seconds at 199.26 mph.
"It was a good run for us," commented Jeg. "We knew we would have to step it up, and we were able to get it done. It wasn't all that we had for the track, but it was definitely a step in the right direction."
Troy Coughlin followed with a 6.90 of his own with a speed of 199.49 mph in Saturday's first session. The Jeg's Mail Order Chevrolet Cavalier made a significant move left out of the groove in the first 100 feet of the pass, which lead to a slightly slower elapsed time than Troy's previous run from Friday evening.
"We definitely had plenty more in the car on that run," explained Troy. "It made a pretty big move out of the groove which certainly effected our E.T."
Increasing track temperature and diminishing air quality led to a slight drop in performance for the majority of the Pro Stock qualifying hopefuls in Saturday's fourth and final session. Jeg Coughlin led the initial charge for Team Jeg's in Saturday afternoon action. Jeg crossed the finish line beams with a pass of 6.927 seconds at 197.57 mph.
"We continued to struggle a little bit with the setup on that run," explained Jeg. "The important thing is that we got both of the Jeg's Mail Order Cavaliers into the show. We'll make some adjustments on our cars this evening and get ready to race tomorrow."
Troy Coughlin followed Jeg with a nearly identical run to that of his younger brother. Troy also posted a 6.927 second run with a speed of 198.44 mph.
"The car shook in second pretty hard," said Troy. "Besides some tire shake, it was still a good solid pass down the race track. Jeg and I both have plenty of great memories of this track, and it was pretty important for us to get both cars into the show. Now that we have both cars qualified, it's time to get ready for eliminations. Eliminations are usually a totally different ball game. Tomorrow should be an exciting day of racing. Hopefully we can put the yellow and black into the winner's circle."
Jeg and Troy qualified No. 13 and No. 9 respectively. It's a battle of the Ohio teams in first round action tomorrow. Jeg faces off against Ron Krisher in first-round action, while Troy goes toe to toe with Mark Pawuk in Sunday's opening round.