Sonoma: Jeg's final qualifying notes

Troy Coughlin went into the third qualifying session sitting in the No. 19 position. The car took on the preferred left lane. He launched from the starting line and made a quick move to the right after the 60-foot clock. The car quickly...

Troy Coughlin went into the third qualifying session sitting in the No. 19 position. The car took on the preferred left lane. He launched from the starting line and made a quick move to the right after the 60-foot clock.

The car quickly recovered and motored to the big end. He ran a 6.964 at 198.93 mph and ended up in the No. 17 spot by the end of the session.

"The run we made in the third session was an improvement for us, but we expected more. We set the car up almost identical to Jeg's car and it responded more aggressive. Our entire program is focused on getting both of these Jeg's Chevy Cavaliers firmly into the top half so we have lane choice on raceday," said Troy.

Jeg began the second and final day of qualifying in the top spot. After an almost full track burnout in the right lane Jeg returned to the starting line with the crowd cheering on their feet. He darted off of the line and shook hard. The car made a quick move to the right and Jeg shut off. He remained in the No. 1 position.

"Hearing the crowd cheering as I backed up to the starting line was extremely energizing. They were fired up and it got me fired up," explained Jeg. "Wow, that was tire shake. I believe that I can say without a doubt that was most violent tire shake that I have ever had."

Troy began the final session on the outside looking in from the No.17 slot. The conditions that the Pro Stock cars had during the final session are very close to what is expected for raceday.

Troy took on the right lane. He darted off of the line and the car made took off and favored the right side of the groove. Troy was forced to shut off.

"That was not the run that we were looking for. Our team was more then capable of getting into the show even with the hot conditions that we had," commented Troy.

Jeg lined up in the left lane for the final qualifying run. He began the session sitting in the top spot and stayed in the No. 1 position. Jeg was also forced to shut off soon after launching from the starting line.

"We were expecting to run a 6.91 or 6.92 in the last session. We got too aggressive and got burned," said Jeg. "We qualified No. 1 for the first time this year and Team Jeg's will carry that positive momentum into raceday. Our entire group would like nothing more then to end the West-coast swing on a high note and get another win."

In the opening round Jeg Coughlin will face off against fellow Ohio Pro Stock driver Larry Morgan. This is the sixth time that Jeg has qualified No. 1 in his Pro Stock career (4 in '00 & 1 in '99).

-Jeg's

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Series NHRA
Drivers Jeg Coughlin , Troy Coughlin , Larry Morgan