Seattle: Jeg Coughlin preview

Jeg Coughlin is psyched about Seattle The fastest naturally-aspirated race cars in the world take their turn at a track that's tailor-made for them this weekend when the NHRA tour arrives at Pacific Raceways in Seattle for the annual Carquest ...

Jeg Coughlin is psyched about Seattle

The fastest naturally-aspirated race cars in the world take their turn at a track that's tailor-made for them this weekend when the NHRA tour arrives at Pacific Raceways in Seattle for the annual Carquest NHRA Nationals. One of the most decorated drivers in class history, Jeg Coughlin, is certainly happy to be heading to the Great Northwest, especially after a weekend spent gasping for air in Denver's mile-high climes.

"Pro Stock racing is all about horsepower and there aren't many places on the POWERade tour better for our style of racing then Pacific Raceways," said Coughlin, the 2002 event champion. "The more oxygen you have the better the car's perform and Seattle is pretty close to sea-level and there are trees all over the place. Plus, the weather is always cool and that helps a bunch.

"I'm really excited about this race. Seattle is one of the most picturesque cities in the world and little Jeggy is coming with me this trip and he's my good luck charm so there's lots to look forward to."

Coughlin hasn't won a race in 2005 but his former success in Seattle combined with crew chief Bob Glidden's record six victories at this facility has him ready to roll.

"We were intrigued by our performance in Denver," Coughlin said. "Now that we're back at sea level we should only see improvement. We've established our Jeg's Mail Order Dodge Stratus R/T as one of the top eight cars in the class. We're finding consistency and repeatability with our tune-up. If we can just get on a little roll, we'll start winning."

Currently seventh in the POWERade championship points standings, Coughlin needs a strong outing in Seattle to close the gap on a breakaway group of five racers who have distanced themselves from the Pro Stock pack. He is 216 points out of the top five.

-jegs-

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Series NHRA
Drivers Jeg Coughlin , Bob Glidden