Team Jeg's drivers Jeg and Troy Coughlin are ready to battle it out at the O'Reilly NHRA Spring Nationals after surviving a tough couple of days of qualifying action from Houston Raceway Park. Warm and humid conditions continued to prevail as the...
Team Jeg's drivers Jeg and Troy Coughlin are ready to battle it out at the O'Reilly NHRA Spring Nationals after surviving a tough couple of days of qualifying action from Houston Raceway Park. Warm and humid conditions continued to prevail as the Jeg's Mail Order machines took to the quarter mile in quest for positions in the quick sixteen.
Troy Coughlin was the first of the Coughlin brothers to take to the quarter mile on Saturday. Troy entered the round one spot out of the field in the seventeenth position. Troy persevered making his best run of the weekend with a pass of 6.870 seconds at 200.23 mph jumping into the fifteenth qualifying spot.
"We were in a pretty tough spot entering that session," commented Troy. "Fortunately we stayed focused on the task at hand and delivered with our best run of the weekend."
Jeg Coughlin posted a 6.878 second pass at 200.80 mph in his third qualifying attempt.
"We got pretty aggressive on that pass," commented Jeg. "We made some wholesale changes on our set up to see how our Jeg's Mail Order Cavalier would react. We experienced a lot of shake in the early stages of the run which certainly affected our elapsed time."
The tension continued to build as Team Jeg's entered the fourth and final qualifying session of the weekend. Jeg and Troy were well aware that several strong competitors would be taking there shots at them in an attempt to make it into the filed for Sunday.
The fourth and final qualifying session failed to yield any changes in the top sixteen qualifying order. Consequently Jeg and Troy finished qualifying in the fourteenth and fifteenth positions respectively. Troy posted a pass of 6.920 seconds and 198.88 mph in his final attempt, while Jeg shut off early after chattering the tires in second gear.
"It was good to get it down the track in the heat of the day," said Troy. "We still had a pretty solid pass despite being pretty loose down track. We'll take a look at the data and get our Jeg's Mail Order Chevrolet Cavalier ready for eliminations tomorrow."
"It would have been nice to get a solid run in that session," commented Jeg. "The important thing is that Troy and I are both qualified. Eliminations is a whole different ball game, and we'll be ready to go for tomorrow."
Jeg faces off against Warren Johnson in first round action. Troy will take on Greg Anderson in Sunday's first session at the O'Reilly NHRA Spring Nationals.