NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series Team Jeg's - Pro Stock Jeg and Troy Coughlin 22 Annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals Presented by Pontiac Team Jeg's looks to Englishtown. A total of 37 hungry Pro Stock drivers battled over...
NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series
Team Jeg's - Pro Stock
Jeg and Troy Coughlin
22 Annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals Presented by Pontiac
Team Jeg's looks to Englishtown.
A total of 37 hungry Pro Stock drivers battled over three qualifying sessions and numerous rain delays to be among the quick sixteen. The qualified field was separated by .092 seconds. Team Jeg's took up residence for race day in the No. 8 and No. 13 positions.
Jeg Coughlin had lane choice against Mark Osborne in the opening round. The two drivers had battled 8 times previously and Jeg turned the win light on in 5 of those meetings.
Both cars rolled into the pre stage lights carefully and Jeg rolled in first. As Coughlin sat ready and focused Osborne rolled forward to turn on his stage lights. The first car out of the box was Osborne with a red light. Jeg posted a 6.863 at 199.91 mph and advanced to round two.
"The car started to drift out of the groove down track and I fought to get the car back into the middle of the groove. When the car stopped responding and I could not see the other car I stayed with it. I did not even see the win light. I was focused on getting my car back into the middle of the groove," said Jeg.
Troy and his Jeg's Mail Order machine lined up opposite of Jim Yates in the left lane. Yates launched first and Troy followed right on his heals. The two cars looked like they were welded together at the door handles until the cars reached the 1000-foot clock. The win went to Yates. Troy ran a 6.865 at 200.11 mph compared to the slightly quicker run of 6.862 at 200.77 by Yates.
"We had a good weekend and picked up some additional points. Anymore to just qualify for races in Pro Stock is a handful. Our program is really starting to make the advances in the performance area that we need to. We will head back to the shop and carefully prepare for the next three races," commented Troy.
In the second round Jeg went head-to-head against No. 1 qualified Greg Anderson. Both drivers are known by their peers in the class as being very strong off of the starting line. The two Chevy Cavaliers rolled into the pre stage lights and sat there for a minute waiting for the other driver to make a move. Anderson rolled the rest of the way in and Jeg waited. Coughlin pushed the limits of the auto start system and the red light came on.
"We had a good car all weekend and we missed a great opportunity to pick up ground in the points. The guys on our team did a great job and this one is on my shoulders. Our team will head back to the shop and prepare for the three race stretch that starts in Englishtown," explained Jeg.