Reading: Troy Coughlin wins first national event

The sixteen qualified position represent the quickest filed in NHRA Pro Stock history. The field was separated by .06 seconds and the top spot was an impressive 6.771 at 202.82 mph. The weather conditions on raceday were about as perfect as it...

The sixteen qualified position represent the quickest filed in NHRA Pro Stock history. The field was separated by .06 seconds and the top spot was an impressive 6.771 at 202.82 mph.

The weather conditions on raceday were about as perfect as it gets for the factory hot rod class. The sky above was partly cloudy and the

In the opening round Troy Coughlin started the batting order for Team Jeg's from the No. 15 position. He lined up next to Kurt Johnson. Troy rocketed off of the line first by .030 seconds (.442 to .472). The yellow and black Jeg's Chevy Cavalier passed the 60-foot clock with a .999 and never looked back. The win light went to Troy at the stripe by .0724 seconds. He posted a 6.771 at 203.83 mph and the run was the fastest in Pro Stock history.

"I knew that we were on a good run because everything felt so smooth from the seat. The Jeg's machine never missed a beat and the car responded well all the way down the track. We made the fastest run in history in a Pro Stock car and that speaks highly of our program from top to bottom," commented Troy.

Jeg Coughlin began raceday from the No. 2 qualifying position and faced off against V. Gaines in round one. Jeg has beat V. Gaines all six times that the two drivers have battled.

Both drivers rolled into the lights slowly. Jeg left the starting line first by .001 seconds (.435 to .436). Jeg was in front from start to finish in this battle and reset the NHRA national record in the process with a crowd cheering 6.750 at 202.55 mph.

"That was an impressive run all the way down the track. The Jeg's Chevy performed the second we launched from the line. The horsepower hooked up all the way down track," said Jeg after the first round.

In the second round Troy went head-to-head against retired NBA star Tom Hammonds. The pairing put two Chevrolet Cavaliers into the ring. Lane choice went to Troy and he took the right lane.

Troy took off first from the starting line by .021 seconds (.449 to .470). The car made a quick move to the left at the 330-foot clock and Troy drove it back to the middle of the groove. Troy turned on the win light by .047 at the stripe and ran a 6.789 at 203.31 mph.

"It is so rewarding for Team Jeg's to run the kind of numbers that we are. Everyone has put in a lot of hours of dedication and the results are speaking loudly," said Troy.

Jeg took on Bruce Allen in the second round. The Chevrolet Cavalier had lane choice over the Pontiac Grand Am. Jeg rolled into the right lane. Both drivers staged slowly and precisely. Jeg grabbed the advantage off of the line by .008 seconds (.435 to .443).

Both cars darted down the track and they looked like they were welded at the door handles. The win light went to Jeg by .0402 seconds at the big end. Jeg ran a quicker 6.760 at 202.64 mph.

"We are making great calls and the car has responded to every change the way that we thought that it would before we even make the run," commented Jeg.

In the semifinal round Jeg and Troy Coughlin faced off. Lane choice went to Jeg and he opted for the right lane. The two have faced each other nine times and the win has gone to Jeg in seven of the match ups

The reaction time advantage went to Troy by .013 seconds (.477 to .464) and Jeg followed close behind. The yellow and black Jeg's Chevy Cavaliers raced side-by-side to the finish line. The win light came on for Troy and he ran a quicker 6.769 at 202.64 mph.

"My goal going into the semifinal round was to get lane choice for the final. We knew that we would have a Jeg's Mail Order car in the final so there wasn't really any pressure. Everyone did their job and we advanced to the final round," explained Troy after the semifinal round win.

"I was focused on the bottom bulb and it was apparently burned out because it never came on. I obviously saw the flash of the other amber lights and took off. When I got down track I could see Troy's front end and I knew that I was not going to win. We left here with the national record and gained some points. The most important thing is that we gained a lot of momentum and we are ready to finish the season with a bang," said Jeg.

In the final round Troy faced off against Tom Martino. Lane choice went to Troy and he took the right lane. The two drivers had a bit of a burn-down on the starting line. Ultimately, the starting line advantage went to Martino by .057 seconds (.443 to .500).

The Jeg's in-house horsepower came on strong after third gear. Troy turned on the win light and scored his first professional NHRA national event. He ran a 6.768 at 203.40 mph.

"This is better then I expected. The TV interviews, the media room and all of the great fans and friends that were all excited to see me win. I just can't let go of this trophy and stop smiling," said Troy

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Series NHRA
Drivers Jeg Coughlin , Troy Coughlin , Kurt Johnson , Bruce Allen , Tom Martino