JEG COUGHLIN LOOKS FOR GREAT SHOW AT MIDWEST NATIONALS MADISON, Ill., May 2, 2007 -- Bravo! Brands Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: BRVO): Jeg Coughlin is a win waiting to happen, and it could come as early as Sunday night at the conclusion of the...
JEG COUGHLIN LOOKS FOR GREAT SHOW AT MIDWEST NATIONALS
MADISON, Ill., May 2, 2007 -- Bravo! Brands Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: BRVO): Jeg Coughlin is a win waiting to happen, and it could come as early as Sunday night at the conclusion of the O'Reilly Midwest Nationals at Gateway International Raceway.
Coughlin, at the controls of the Cagnazzi Racing Slammers Ultimate Milk Pro Stock Chevy Cobalt, has been to the finals once, the semifinals once and qualified No. 1 twice in the first six NHRA POWERade Series events. He is a threat to win each time he pulls up to the starting line. He is third in points with 371, eight more than his Slammers Ultimate Milk teammate, Dave Connolly.
"I have great confidence going into the event," said Coughlin, of Delaware, Ohio. "We have worked on a handful of things with the car to improve our inefficiencies and to make quicker runs with quicker reaction times. We are leaving no stone unturned.
"I am fortunate to have a great team behind me, like Victor Cagnazzi, Roy Simmons (his crew chief) and Tommy Utt (Connolly's crew chief) and the entire team. That's what it takes to continue to drive our stock to the top."
Coughlin was eliminated in the quarterfinals of last week's race at Atlanta by a driver with a quicker reaction time.
"The team went back, regrouped and got ready for St. Louis," he said. " Maybe we'll gain a little more (power) down low (early in the run) and get the car to accelerate better so Dave and I can capitalize on it."
Coughlin, series champion in 2000 and 2002, won the 2002 race here and was runner-up in 1998. He has 34 career victories in 53 final rounds.
"I think the new format here with day racing will be exciting," Coughlin added. "I always enjoyed the night racing here for two reasons -- one, we don' t have many night races, and two, because it was so darn hot here it was better to run at night.
"The fans will be in for a real treat with the daytime schedule. We look forward to putting on a great show this weekend."
This event, making its early May debut in place of its traditional time in late June, begins with qualifying Friday at 4 and 6:30 p.m., followed by Saturday's sessions at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Sunday's eliminations get underway at 11 a.m.