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 Saturday qualifying summary. Team Jeg's is ready for battle in Atlanta. Heavy rains ...
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
Saturday qualifying summary.
Team Jeg's is ready for battle in Atlanta.
Heavy rains continued to pour well into the late morning at the Atlanta Dragway on Saturday. After several hours of silence, the rains departed and the sound of big blocks filled the air signaling the start of the second Pro Stock qualifying session.
Team Jeg's driver's Jeg and Troy Coughlin entered the second session fifth and tenth in the quick sixteen respectively. Both drivers were looking for improved performances as cooler air and improved track conditions led to a significant shift in the field.
Troy was the first into the water box on Saturday. Troy ran an improving 6.906 second pass at 199.97 mph.
"It was a pretty good run for us," said Troy. "The car got a little loose at the top end, but we were able to keep our Jeg's Mail Order machine on line and we stepped our performance up a little bit. We are definitely headed in the right direction, and I think we have a lot more left to play with."
Jeg Coughlin was forced to shut off after his Jeg's Mail Order Chevy got out of the groove at the big end. Jeg posted a slower 7.173 second pass at 157.54 mph.
"We really just got too aggressive on that pass," commented Jeg. "It really got out of shape at the top end, and I fought it as long as I could. We had a pretty good handle on what we needed to get down the track, we just gave the track a little more than it could hold."
Jeg started the assault for Team Jeg's in Saturday's third qualifying session. Jeg ran his best pass of the weekend with a 6.84 second run at 200.40 mph.
"It was a really solid pass for us," commented Jeg. "It felt great to run that well in the final session. I think we should be in pretty good shape for tomorrow, we still left some out there on the track."
Troy followed up with his best pass of the weekend, streaking down the quarter mile to the tune of 6.87 seconds at 199.46 mph in the final round of qualifying.
"The crew at Team Jeg's did a great job during qualifying," said Troy. "We had significantly different track and atmospheric conditions each time that we took to the track and the guys did a great job of making the right adjustments to the car. We'll take a look at all the data and give it our best shot in first round tomorrow."
Jeg and Troy finished up qualifying in the eighth and thirteenth positions respectively. Jeg will face off against Mark Osborne in first round action. Troy will go head to head against Jim Yates in tomorrow's first session.
Coverage of the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals begins at 5:30-7:30 PM Eastern on ESPN2 Sunday, May 3.