SPORTSnationals Columbus Thursday summary

Jeg's Northern SPORTSnationals underway in Columbus The inaugural Jeg's NHRA Northern SPORTSnationals is underway at National Trail Raceway in Columbus, Ohio. Nearly 600 competitors are expected to participate in the event, which began this ...

Jeg's Northern SPORTSnationals underway in Columbus

The inaugural Jeg's NHRA Northern SPORTSnationals is underway at National Trail Raceway in Columbus, Ohio. Nearly 600 competitors are expected to participate in the event, which began this morning and continues through Sunday, July 31.

In early qualifying action, Allyn Armstrong, Brian Oakes, and Keith Lynch are the provisional leaders in Comp, Super Stock, and Stock, respectively.

Armstrong, of Kingston, N.S., drove his L/A Opel GT to a run of 9.106-seconds to pace the 32-car Comp field. Comp racers will participate in their first-ever class eliminations run-offs tomorrow afternoon. JOakes, who resides in DeBary, Fla., leads the Super Stock field with a 9.386 behind the wheel of his SS/DS '69 Chevy Camaro. Super Stock racers will get two more qualifying runs on Friday and will participate in class eliminations on Saturday, setting the field for Sunday's final eliminations.

Former two-time NHRA World Champion Lynch, of Mt. Ayr, Iowa is the early leader in Stock with a run of 10.423-seconds in his '70 Camaro. Stock drivers will also receive two more qualifying runs tomorrow, and will take part in class eliminations on Saturday.

Team Jeg's Members John, Troy and Mike Coughlin are participating in the Jeg's Northern SPORTSnationals. John is driving in Super Stock and Super Comp. He is currently qualified third in Super Stock. Troy is also doing double duty by driving his Jeg's Mustang in the AMS Staff Leasing/TLR Pro Mod series and the Team Jeg's Corvette in Super Gas. Mike, who won the Jegs.com NHRA Cajun SPORTSnationals earlier this year in Belle Rose, La., is racing in Super Comp.

Not all of the festivities took place on-track Thursday. At the conclusion of qualifying, event sponsor Jeg's Mail Order hosted a free racer appreciation picnic featuring a barbecue, live band, and other fun and games including a dunk tank where racers were able to submerge NHRA Northeast, Southeast, and North Central Division Directors Bob Lang, Bill Holt, and Jay Hullinger.

Racing at the inaugural Jeg's NHRA Northern SPORTSnationals will continue Friday.

-www.teamjegs.com

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