Reading: Pro Stock Jeg, Troy out early

In the opening round Jeg Coughlin, Jr. was pitted against Mike Thomas. Jeg had lane choice and took the right lane. The Jeg's machine left the starting line beams first by .035 seconds (.453 to .488). The yellow and black Oldsmobile Cutlass...

In the opening round Jeg Coughlin, Jr. was pitted against Mike Thomas. Jeg had lane choice and took the right lane. The Jeg's machine left the starting line beams first by .035 seconds (.453 to .488).

The yellow and black Oldsmobile Cutlass rocketed down the middle of the groove to the stripe. Jeg and the men in yellow and black turned on the win light by .088 seconds. The NHRA Pro Stock points leader ran a 6.886 at 198.64 mph and was the quickest of the first round.

"The guys made a good call on the set up," explained Jeg. "We did not want to be too aggressive. We wanted to get down the track and move on to the next round with solid data to tune from."

The starting line advantage went to Yates by .013 seconds (.473 to .485). Both cars battled to get to the finish line first. The win light came on for Yates. Troy ran a 6.908 at 199.20 mph and was the quickest in the left lane in the opening round.

"We made a good run," stated Troy. "It felt great all the way down the track. We just needed a little better 60-foot time and the win light would have been on in our lane."

In the second round Jeg faced off against Darrell Alderman. Jeg had lane choice and stayed in the right lane. The Jeg's machine left first by .023 seconds (.448 to .471).

Jeg was out in front the second he left the line and never looked back. The win light came on for Coughlin by .031 seconds at the stripe. Jeg ran a 6.901 at 198.64 mph and was rewarded with lane choice for the semifinal round.

"We are making good call and good runs," stated Jeg.  "We are not beating 
ourselves!  We are focusing on not making mistakes in our lane."
The semifinal match up put Jeg Coughlin and Warren Johnson head-to-head.  Jeg 
had lane choice and decided to stick with the right lane.  Both drivers 
waited in the pre stage lights.  WJ rolled in first and Jeg quickly followed. 
 

Jeg grabbed the starting line advantage by .011 seconds (.433 to .444). Jeg was out in front all the way until half track. The win light came on in the other lane. Jeg ran a 6.906 at 198.52 mph and lost by .010 seconds at the stripe.

"We made good runs all day today," noted Jeg. "We have the lead in the points. We had it when we got to the track and we have when we leave the track."

Jeg remains the NHRA Winston Pro Stock points leader with a commanding 1592 points. Troy left Maple Grove Raceway Park tied for the No. 5 position with 926 points.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Mike Thomas , Jeg Coughlin , Darrell Alderman , Warren Johnson