Seattle: Troy Coughlin Friday summary

Troy Is Focused On Day-Two Troy Coughlin ended the first day of qualifying looking to improve from the No. 19 position on the final day of qualifying. Coughlin's best qualifying effort was a run of 6.856 at 200.56 mph. In the first ...

Troy Is Focused On Day-Two

Troy Coughlin ended the first day of qualifying looking to improve from the No. 19 position on the final day of qualifying. Coughlin's best qualifying effort was a run of 6.856 at 200.56 mph.

In the first qualifying session Coughlin a run of 6.896 at 201.76 mph. By the close of the session he had dropped to the No. 17 slot and was .002 seconds from being above the cut line.

"We start off on the aggressive side," explained Coughlin. "The car spun down low and took awhile to recover. The run felt smooth down track."

Coughlin was focused on improving and breaking into the quick-16 during the second qualifying session. The run was an improvement over his previous time. He laid down a run of 6.856 at 200.56 mph and slipped to the No. 19 spot.

"We are inching up on it," stated Coughlin. "We hurt an engine in the middle of fifth gear. I heard some noise from ahead of me that just didn't sound good. We got the engine out and on its way back to our shop. We replaced it with a fresh piece that was just finished this week. It was very close to what we had in the car, but we will see tomorrow (Saturday). We are going in the right direction with our set up and the car was responding pretty well to half-track. The morning session tomorrow will be even more important now."

-jegs-

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Drivers Troy Coughlin