Dallas: Jeg Coughlin preview

Jeg hoping to have another fast weekend Three-time NHRA champion Jeg Coughlin returns to the Texas Motorplex as the quickest and fastest Pro Stock driver in the 20-year history of the sport's only all-concrete quarter-mile. Coughlin posted a ...

Jeg hoping to have another fast weekend

Three-time NHRA champion Jeg Coughlin returns to the Texas Motorplex as the quickest and fastest Pro Stock driver in the 20-year history of the sport's only all-concrete quarter-mile. Coughlin posted a stunning 6.774-second pass at 204.35 mph during the qualifying sessions of last year's event to secure the No. 1 spot in the field. It was one of the highlights of the 45-time national event winner's 2004 campaign.

"It was a great effort by the team, one we'd very mush like to duplicate this weekend," Coughlin said. "Bob [Glidden, crew chief] called and he was upbeat because they really found something with the engines and they look solid on the dynos. It certainly has us all optimistic about the weekend.

"We've been four or five hundredths off the pace for awhile now. If we could even cut that deficit in half and get it down to two hundredths or less we'll really increase our odds for winning rounds. The adrenaline is pumping on this team."

Coughlin has been the low qualifier two times in his numerous visits to Dallas. Aside from last year's speedy jaunt, he also put the No. 1 by his name in 2000. The 35-year-old also has enjoyed strong race days in North Texas, winning the event outright in 2002 and taking runner-up honors in his championship season of 2000 and in 2003.

Currently Coughlin is ninth in the championship standings but could easily move as high as sixth over the weekend, providing his Jeg's Mail Order Dodge Stratus R/T delivers.

"We're going to hold nothing back," Coughlin said. "If there is a good side to being out of championship contention it's that you can take chances and try things during a race. Testing is always important but when you can race at a national event and still test some things, like this new motor we have coming, it's even better."

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Drivers Jeg Coughlin