Team Jeg's hanging tough in Brainerd. Overcast skies and intermittent rain showers hampered first round qualifying action for the Rugged Liner NHRA Nationals in Brainerd, MN Friday afternoon. After a short delay, the skies cleared and ...
Team Jeg's hanging tough in Brainerd.
Overcast skies and intermittent rain showers hampered first round qualifying action for the Rugged Liner NHRA Nationals in Brainerd, MN Friday afternoon. After a short delay, the skies cleared and action resumed as the field of Pro Stock qualifying hopefuls rolled into the staging lanes. A "green" race track and less than favorable atmospheric conditions were certainly the catalyst for what developed into a relatively slow first session for the factory door slammers.
Troy Coughlin led the initial charge for Team Jeg's in Friday's first session. The Jeg's Mail Order Cavalier made a hard move off the line but quickly lost traction by the sixty foot mark.
"We simply gave the track more than it was ready to handle on our first pass," explained Troy. "We would have certainly liked to have made a good run right out of the gate, but I am confident that we will get a handle on it quickly."
Jeg Coughlin was next into the water-box for Team Jeg's. The 2000 Series Champion was hopeful that they had made the right adjustments to get down the slick right hand lane. Jeg posted a 7.040 second run at 196.02 mph in his first qualifying attempt placing him solidly in the quick sixteen.
"It was good that we got down the track under power," said Jeg. "We know that we left a lot on the table with that run, but it served as a good base line to work from. The track will continue to improve as the weekend progresses. Hopefully we can make that work to our advantage."
Qualifying action was halted once again Friday with the resurgence of intermittent showers. Round two of Pro Stock qualifying was subsequently pushed back to the late evening hours. Once again, Troy Coughlin led the initial charge for Team Jeg's in second round action. Troy ran a much improved 7.016 second pass at 195.90 mph to finish out the day.
"It was pretty important for us to get down the track on that run," said Troy. "We couldn't afford to go into Saturday's sessions without getting a descent handle on the track. Fortunately or guys made the right calls, and got the job done. We should have something to work with when we enter third round action tomorrow morning."
Jeg Coughlin was also hopeful that he could generate an improved performance in Friday's evening session. The Jeg's Mail Order Chevrolet Cavalier responded with a solid pass of 6.987 seconds at 196.76 mph.
"We knew that we had plenty of room for improvement going into that session," explained Jeg. "We still left quite a bit on the table, but we were able to stay qualified solidly in the top half of the field. We are optimistic about our chances of improving further when we roll back into action tomorrow."
Jeg is currently qualified in the No.4 position after two rounds of qualifying. Troy Coughlin is outside the quick sixteen by a mere five-thousandths of a second. Qualifying for the Rugged Liner NHRA Nationals will resume Saturday morning.