JEG'S Mail Order Racing Sunday Pit Notes Jeg Coughlin, Jr is runner-up at hometown race. John Coughlin wins his first professional race. Jeg Coughlin/Pro Stock: Jeg faced off against Ron Krisher in the first round. The yellow and black ...
JEG'S Mail Order Racing Sunday Pit Notes
Jeg Coughlin, Jr is runner-up at hometown race. John Coughlin wins his first professional race.
Jeg Coughlin/Pro Stock:
Jeg faced off against Ron Krisher in the first round. The yellow and black JEG'S machine had the advantage off of the starting line. Krisher got to the 60' foot clock first, but the Maskin/DART horsepower came on strong and the home town boy got the win light. Jeg will face off against Richie Stevens in a battle of the two Pro Stock "young guns". "The track threw us a bit of a curve ball. But the team learned from the run," said Jeg.
The second round put the two "young guns", Jeg and Richie Stevens, head-to-head. Richie took the advantage off of the starting line by .008 seconds. Coughlin and his JEG'S Mail Order Olds Cutlass were out in front by half track. Jeg takes the win light and faced Mike Edwards in the semifinal round, Jeg had lane choice. Coughlin noted, "The track is very tricky. The bald spots on the starting line are getting bigger each time we make a run, traction seems to be the name of the game and lane choice was very important."
In the semifinal round Jeg met up with Mike Edwards, Jeg had lane choice. The reaction time advantage went to Jeg in this battle. Edwards was very strong, but the Maskin/DART horsepower comes on stronger in the second half of the track. The win light came on for Jeg and the home town boy advanced to the final round to meet WJ.
The final round put the WJ and Jeg in a battle for the '99 Pontiac Excitement Nationals title. The two cars had a bit of staging battle before Jeg staged. Jeg took the reaction time advantage (.437 to .486). The JEG'S car ran into traction problems in the first 60' feet. WJ turns on the win light and wins by .007 seconds. "The crew worked hard all weekend to give me the tools that I needed to get to the final round. My car ran into traction problems in the final round. We gained a lot of points this weekend and have a lot of momentum going into the next race," said Jeg.
Mike Coughlin/Pro Stock Truck:
Mike faced Brad Jeter in the semifinal round, who was the number one qualifier. Coughlin left the starting line prematurely and the red light came on, which gave the win to Jeter. "This isn't what I had in mind. We had a strong weekend and gained more valuable points, which is the name of the game," said Mike.
John Coughlin/Pro Stock Truck:
Pro Stock Truck "rookie" John Coughlin disposed of Todd Patterson in the semifinal round. John had the better reaction time and took it all the way to the stripe for the win. "The truck ran well this run, but we still have more left. Our entire team is working toward the same goal," stated the oldest Coughlin brother.
The final round put Brad Jeter and John Coughlin face to face. Jeter had lane choice and was in the right lane. The two trucks took off together and Jeter had traction problems down track. John took the win light and wins his first professional race in front of the hometown crowd. John said, "What a great feeling! My dad said that we had a truck good enough to win, which helped me to not think much about the setup of the truck and concentrate on what I had to do to win."