JEG'S Mail Order Racing Saturday Pit Notes Mopar Parts Nationals Englishtown, NJ Special Note: Jeg Coughlin, Jr wins the '99 Holley Dominator Duel and $50,000 Mike Coughlin/ ...
JEG'S Mail Order Racing Saturday Pit Notes Mopar Parts Nationals Englishtown, NJ
Special Note: Jeg Coughlin, Jr wins the '99 Holley Dominator Duel and $50,000
Mike Coughlin/#28 Pro Stock Truck:
Mike Coughlin began his day from the number 16th position and faced off against Randy Daniels. Daniels, who was coming off of a win from the last race, was put to bed. Mike and his #28 JEG'S Mail Order S-10 left the line first and never looked back. "Winning the first round is a relief, it helps to take a lot of pressure off. Your nerves really calm down," said Mike.
In the second round Mike lined up next to Mark Osborne. Mark and Mike have raced four times so far this year, Osborne is 4 and 0 against Coughlin. Mike takes the win light in this ongoing battle. Mike had the advantage off of the starting line and took it to the big end for the win! The record now stands at 4 & 1. Mike and his #28 JEG'S Mail Order S-10 will face Brad Jeter in the semifinal round tomorrow. "The race tomorrow will be close no matter what happens. We will throw everything that we have at this truck to win this round," stated Mike.
John Coughlin/#31 Pro Stock Truck:
Pro Stock Truck "rookie" John Coughlin qualified in the number xx spot and went up against Dale Eaton in the first round. Dale Eaton had the advantage off of the line. However, John and his DART Machinery powered S-10 was back in front by half track. "It's a great feeling to go rounds. The team has been working so hard to give me a truck that is competitive, they have done a great job this weekend," stated John.
In round two John faced Bob Panella, Jr. a classic battle of the Chevy S-10's. The JEG'S S-10 left the line first, but ran into problems down track. Bob Panella, Jr took the win. "We had a great weekend and learned more about the truck and what setup that the truck likes. I am getting more runs under my belt in competition, which is extremely important to winning," said Coughlin.
Troy Coughlin/#24 Pro Stock:
Troy spent the day trying to improve his qualifying position. The team made an engine change after the third session of the weekend, first of the day. The graph showed that the engine was not performing upto pair. Troy made a competitive run. However, the team ran into transmission problems and the run wasn't enough to get Troy back in the show after being bumped out. "The car started off very strong this weekend. I just got bit with some bad luck," said Troy.
Jeg Coughlin/#2 Pro Stock:
This day marked the first time in Jeg Coughlin, Jr's Pro Stock career that he has been among the Pro Stock elite in a special race. The race is the Holley Dominator Dual which puts the top eight drivers in qualifying points head to head for $50,000. One unique piece to this event is that these eight drivers are involved in a race where runs count toward their qualifying positions for the Mopar Parts Nationals, which is held on Sunday.
In the first round Jeg went head to head against Kurt Johnson. Many of the cars were having a hard time getting down the left lane in front of them. Kurt, who had lane choice, decided to stick with the left lane. Kurt decision proved to fatal. Jeg and his #2 JEG'S mail Order machine left the starting line first. Kurt launched and ran into traction problems, forcing him to watch Jeg take the win light with an impressive 6.958 @ 200.20 mph. "It's great to see the teams hard work and dedication pay off. We have really been struggling lately and there is nothing better putting strong numbers up on the board for everyone to see," noted Jeg.
Jeg faced Jim Yates in the second round. The two cars put on the pre-stage and stage lights, Yates leaves early and puts the win light on in Jeg's lane. Coughlin said, "A win is a win, but I could think of better ways to win."
The final round of the '99 Holley Dominator Duel put the '99 number one and two drivers head to head in a classic battle. Lane choice went to Warren Johnson. The two drivers had a bit of a staging battle before the tree was activated. The battle bit WJ and he turned it red. Jeg takes the win and $50,000.
This win gives Jeg the opportunity to win an additional $50,000 bonus if he wins the Mopar Parts Nationals in Pro Stock. In addition, if Jeg were to be chosen as the "No Bull" driver tomorrow before first round he could win an additional $50,000 from Winston. This payday would be a total of over $197,000 if everything comes together. "Our entire team worked well together today to make this win happen. I would like to thank my family, our entire race team and all of the employees at JEG'S who make all of this possible," said Jeg.