Memphis: Jeg's Pro Stock final qualifying notes

Jeg and Troy Coughlin started the second and final day of qualifying sitting in the No. 3 and No. 25 spots respectfully. Team Jeg's had their sights set on improving their qualifying times and positions. In the third session Troy took on the ...

Jeg and Troy Coughlin started the second and final day of qualifying sitting in the No. 3 and No. 25 spots respectfully. Team Jeg's had their sights set on improving their qualifying times and positions.

In the third session Troy took on the right lane and was the first of the two yellow and black Jeg's machines to take on the track. Troy's run was an improvement. He ran a 6.955 at 197.08 mph and moved up to the No. 20 position.

"We left the starting line on the aggressive side and it hurt us. The car struggled to maintain traction through third gear. After I put the car into fourth gear it took off. We are headed in the right direction we just need to calm it down a notch or two," explained Troy.

Jeg did not improve in the third session. He ran a 6.985 at 198.12 mph and slipped to the No. 8 slot. Jeg was also plagued by being on the aggressive side.

"We were also on the aggressive side leaving the starting line. The fortunate thing is that we are in the show and we know what we need to do to fix the problem for the final session," said Jeg.

Troy began the final session on the outside looking in. He blasted off of the starting line and made another aggressive move at the 330-foot clock. Troy crossed the finish line with a 7.042 at 197.62 mph.

"We came up a little short. We are looking forward to next weekend when we will have our second new in-house engine in my car," stated Troy.

In the final session Jeg launched from the line and was as straight as an arrow all the way down the track. Jeg ran a 6.955 at 198.29 mph and stayed in the No. 8 spot.

"We made a nice run from start to finish. The important thing is that we have lane choice for the first round and we will work hard to defend our title on raceday," commented Jeg.

Jeg will face off against Brad Jeter in the opening round. Jeter and Coughlin have faced each other only won time and Jeter is one of only two drivers that have a winning record against the defending NHRA Winston Pro Stock Champion.

-Jeg's

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Series NHRA
Drivers Troy Coughlin , Brad Jeter