SPORTSnationals Columbus Friday summary

Jeg's Northern SPORTSnationals qualifying continues COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The 500 plus racers who made the trip to National Trail Raceway have completed two days of qualifying and time trials in the inaugural Jeg's NHRA Northern ...

Jeg's Northern SPORTSnationals qualifying continues

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The 500 plus racers who made the trip to National Trail Raceway have completed two days of qualifying and time trials in the inaugural Jeg's NHRA Northern SPORTSnationals.

Friday's racing was highlighted by two qualifying rounds of the AMS Staff Leasing/TLR Pro Mod Series. Currently, Josh Hernandez of Conroy, Texas leads the 16-car field with a run of 6.24-seconds of in his supercharged '57 Chevy. Columbus native Troy Coughlin, driver of the Jeg's Mail Order '67 Mustang, is second with a 6.28 effort. Pro Mod drivers will have two more qualifying runs scheduled for today at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Allyn Armstrong continued to lead the pack in Comp Eliminator with his four-cylinder powered L/A Opel GT. Armstrong, of Kingston, N.S., ran a 9.09 on Thursday and improved to a 9.03 yesterday to cement his hold on the top spot with one qualifying session remaining Saturday.

Kerri Voges, of Findlay, Ohio captured the top qualifying spot in Super Stock yesterday with a run of 11.28 in her SS/NA '88 Oldsmobile. Voges leads fellow Ohio racer Dave Layer of Dayton, who is second with a best of 10.17 in his SS/JA Camaro. Thursday's leader, Brian Oakes of DeBary, Fla., dropped to third.

A pair of former NHRA national champions head the qualifying list in Stock eliminator at Tex Miller of Fayetteville, Pa., took over the top spot with a 10.989 in his F/SA '71 Mustang. Miller is just ahead of two-time champ Keith Lynch of Mount Ayr, Iowa, who is ranked second.

The top eight qualifiers in Super Comp, Super Gas, and Super Street were invited to participate in a special race held Friday. John Stover claimed the win in Super Gas while Rose Richardson and her son, Dustin, shared the winner's circle with victories in Super Comp and Super Street, respectively. Each of the Super class winners received a $300 bonus.

Tomorrow's schedule will include two more rounds of Pro Mod qualifying, class eliminations in Super Stock, and Stock, and the highly anticipated Mopar Performance SS/AA Hemi Challenge.

Thursday was also busy day for the members of Team Jegs. In addition to his two qualifying runs in Pro Mod, Troy Coughlin also made two time trial runs in the team's Super Gas Corvette. John Coughlin is currently ranked fourth in the Super Stock field, and Mike Coughlin prepared for eliminations with two more time trial runs in his Jeg's Super Comp dragster.

Racing at the inaugural Jeg's NHRA Northern SPORTSnationals will continue Saturday at 10 a.m.

-www.teamjegs.com

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Series NHRA
Drivers Troy Coughlin , Mike Coughlin , Tex Miller