Jeg Coughlin Phoenix Saturday summary

One trophy in hand, Jeg sets sights on another Wally PHOENIX (Feb. 24) -- Even if the 23rd annual CSK Nationals ended right now, Jeg Coughlin's weekend in the Arizona desert would already be considered an unqualified success. Coughlin opened ...

One trophy in hand, Jeg sets sights on another Wally

PHOENIX (Feb. 24) -- Even if the 23rd annual CSK Nationals ended right now, Jeg Coughlin's weekend in the Arizona desert would already be considered an unqualified success. Coughlin opened Saturday's racing action with a win over a red-lighting Pete Kost, which awarded him the Super Stock C-Modified class trophy for this event. The three-time world champion is now locked in on collecting one more trophy at Firebird International Raceway.

"One down," Coughlin said after qualifying No. 4 for the main event in his JEGS.com Chevrolet Cavalier. "Super Stock takes a lot of consistency and a lot of patience. The boys have given me a very consistent car, as usual. Now I need to be patient and work my way through the elimination rounds.

In the sudden-death rounds, Coughlin quickly advanced past Rich Pinoski with a 6.82-second run on a 6.81-second dial-in. Later Saturday night his ride in Super Stock ended with a loss.

The other trophy on Coughlin's to-do list will be up for grabs Sunday in the Pro Stock class where the 47-time national event winner will begin his quest for his second Phoenix pro-level title from the No. 10 position after running a best of 6.667 in qualifying his Slammers Ultimate Milk Chevrolet Cobalt.

"We made a decent run in the final qualifying session," said Coughlin. "Making a solid run in the final qualifying session always helps the confidence level of a team going into race day."

Coughlin will open Sunday's Pro Stock quest against No. 7 qualifier Kurt Johnson, who posted a 6.658 in qualifying.

-credit: team jegs

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