Team Jeg's is ready for action in Brainerd. Cooler temperatures and improved atmospheric conditions helped to foster a significant change in the quick sixteen qualifying field in Saturday's third round of Pro Stock qualifying from Brainerd, MN.
Team Jeg's is ready for action in Brainerd.
Cooler temperatures and improved atmospheric conditions helped to foster a significant change in the quick sixteen qualifying field in Saturday's third round of Pro Stock qualifying from Brainerd, MN. Team Jeg's drivers Jeg and Troy Coughlin were hopeful of getting both Jeg's Mail Order Chevrolet Cavaliers solidly qualified for eliminations on Sunday.
Troy Coughlin entered the third round of qualifying out of the field. Troy responded with a solid pass of 6.936 seconds at 199.08 mph. The run was strong enough to earn Troy the No.10 position after three rounds of qualifying.
"It was a great clutch run for us," said Troy. "The run felt really good, but we still lost some traction down track. Fortunately, we were able to make a solid hit and get our Jeg's Mail Order machine into the show."
Jeg followed several pairs behind brother Troy in Saturday's opening session. Jeg's elapsed time was nearly identical to that of Troy's, tripping the beams in 6.939 seconds at 198.90 mph.
"We got a little too aggressive on that run," explained Jeg. "Fortunately it was still plenty competitive enough to keep us in the field. It was still a solid run, that provided plenty of data to fine tune from."
Cooler temperatures continued to prevail as the factory hot rods of the Pro Stock class took to the quarter mile at Brainerd International Raceway for the fourth and final qualifying session for the Rugged Liner NHRA Nationals. Jeg and Troy entered the final session both qualified in the quick sixteen. Both drivers were looking for strong runs in the fourth session to solidify there qualifying spot as well as to continue to search for the ideal setup for eliminations on Sunday.
Jeg was first into the water-box in the final session for Team Jeg's. Jeg posted a 6.910 second pass at 198.88 mph which was good enough to hold down the sixteenth position.
"By the time we pulled to the line, we were already bumped from the show," explained Jeg. "We needed to step it up and the team delivered with a solid run that turned out to be just enough to get us into eliminations on Sunday."
Troy Coughlin posted his best time of the weekend in the final session with a pass of 6.916 seconds at 199.20 mph. Troy's final round time looked to be good enough to claim the seventeenth position just six-thousandths of a second out of the quick sixteen. However, one of the quick sixteen cars was disqualified after failing to meet the minimum weight requirement in post qualifying tech. The disqualification consequently shifted Jeg to the No. 15 spot which left Troy to occupy the vacant No. 16 position.
"I'm pretty excited about getting the chance to run tomorrow," said Troy. "We would prefer to have made the show strictly on our performance, but sometimes you benefit from a technicality. We'll take the opportunity and do everything we can to take advantage of it tomorrow."
Jeg will face off against Allen Johnson in first round action, while Troy lines up against Ron Krisher in Sunday's first session.
Jeg faces off against No. 1 qualifier Ron Krisher in first round action on Sunday.