Memphis: Jeg Coughlin finals report

Day ends in the semifinal round for Jeg Coughlin In the opening round Jeg Coughlin Jr. and his yellow and black Jeg's Mail Order Chevrolet Cavalier went head-to-head against Brad Jeter. The match up put the two preferred General Motors brands...

Day ends in the semifinal round for Jeg Coughlin

In the opening round Jeg Coughlin Jr. and his yellow and black Jeg's Mail Order Chevrolet Cavalier went head-to-head against Brad Jeter. The match up put the two preferred General Motors brands against each other.

The two drivers had faced each other one time prior and the win went to Jeter. Brad Jeter went into raceday being one of only two Pro Stock drivers to have a winning record against the reigning Pro Stock Champion and Coughlin was focused on turning the tables.

Jeg had lane choice and took the left lane. Both drivers rolled into the stage lights carefully. The Jeg's machine left first by .021 seconds (.450 to .473). Jeg was in the lead from start to finish and never looked back. Jeg ran a 6.99 at 198.09 mph and took the win light by .0387 seconds at the stripe.

"We went out there focused on making a solid run so that we could get lane choice for the second round. The win light came on and we were a little shy in getting lane choice," said Jeg. "The track conditions weren't as good as we thought it would be and the track has really come closer to our set up."

In the second round Jeg lined up next to Ricky Smith. Lane choice went to "tricky" Ricky and he took the right lane. The two drivers have faced off three times and the win has gone to Coughlin twice before this meeting.

Ricky showed why his nick name is "tricky." Jeg sat in the pre stage light waiting for Ricky to roll into both lights and that is exactly what Ricky did. Coughlin mowed the Christmas Tree over with a .427 reaction time compared to Ricky's .443 light.

The two cars were side-by-side with the Jeg's Mail Order Chevy Cavalier inching ahead with each foot the two cars got closer to the finish line. The win went to Coughlin on a holeshot by .0015 seconds at the finish line. Jeg ran a 6.955 at 198.32 mph.

"We were ready and the track is continuing to come to us. We are making better runs with each round and we are learning more about the track in the process," commented Jeg.

In the semifinal round Jeg Coughlin Jr. had lane choice over Mark Pawuk. The two Ohio drivers have raced each other 11 times and the Jeg's machine has turned on the win light in 10 of their meetings.

The two pulled into the lights together and Coughlin left first. His reaction time was a .412 compared to the .466 in the other lane. The Jeg's machine was a car length ahead until Jeg put the car into fifth gear and the engine made a loud bang. The win went to Pawuk as Jeg coasted to a 7.478 at 141.18 mph.

"It was disappointing to be that far ahead and have the engine go away. Our team had a lot of momentum today and we were going in the right direction as a team all weekend. We will head back to the shop and come out swinging in Chicago," explained Jeg after the semifinal round.

-NHRA-

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Series NHRA
Drivers Jeg Coughlin , Brad Jeter , Mark Pawuk