Pomona II: Jeg Coughlin Thursday summary

Coughlin fifth after opening round of season finale Three-time NHRA champion Jeg Coughlin raced to the No. 5 position in the Day 1 field of the 41st annual Auto Club of Southern California. The year-ending race presents the final chance for ...

Coughlin fifth after opening round of season finale

Three-time NHRA champion Jeg Coughlin raced to the No. 5 position in the Day 1 field of the 41st annual Auto Club of Southern California. The year-ending race presents the final chance for drivers to show their stuff before the off-season and Coughlin took full advantage of the situation, posting a 6.719 at 205.41 mph while many others struggled.

Due to local noise restrictions, the race format in Pomona calls for one qualifying session Thursday, one Friday, and two more Saturday. That's good news for Coughlin as there will not be one lights-out nighttime session that could drastically upset the order.

"I think all the guys that struggled today will get quicker but there's every reason to think we'll be right there with them," Coughlin said. "The track was very green when we got out there and Bob (Glidden, tuner) and the guys did a good job of setting this Jeg's Mail Order Dodge Stratus R/T up for what the track could hold.

"It was a nice smooth run but I feel like we can go quicker, especially as more rubber gets put down out there. We've had some great successes here before and we'd love to add to that this weekend. We're off to a good start."

Coughlin has won four times at historic Pomona Raceway and has three runner-up finishes here as well. Overall, the two-time Pro Stock champion has 45 national event wins, 33 of which came in Pro Stock, making this one of his best tracks.

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