Team Jeg's claims top spot in Thunder Valley. Warmer conditions accompanied by direct sun light made for a less forgiving quarter mile at the Bristol Dragway Saturday afternoon. Team Jeg's driver's Jeg and Troy Coughlin entered the second day...
Team Jeg's claims top spot in Thunder Valley.
Warmer conditions accompanied by direct sun light made for a less forgiving quarter mile at the Bristol Dragway Saturday afternoon. Team Jeg's driver's Jeg and Troy Coughlin entered the second day of qualifying for the Mac Tools Thunder Valley Nationals in the sixth and first qualifying positions respectively.
Jeg was the first of the Pro Stock duo to take to the track on Saturday. The Goodyear tires on the Jeg's Mail Order Machine shook severely just past the sixty foot mark. Jeg stayed in the throttle and drove it out to a slowing 7.05 second pass at 197.86 mph.
"We got pretty aggressive on that pass," said Jeg. "The track wasn't quite as good as we thought. We knew that the elapsed time would not be all that good after shaking the tires, but I rode it out to get as much data as I could."
Troy Coughlin followed two pairs behind Jeg in Saturday's early session. Troy also struggled with excessive wheel speed in the early stages of the pass but was able to post a respectable 6.92 second run at 199.37 mph.
"We were off just a little bit on that run," said Troy. "It was still a pretty good run for us. The track conditions changed pretty drastically from last night's session, but I think we still have a pretty good handle on how to get down this track, we just got a little too aggressive."
Increased clouds and cooler temperatures set the stage for an action packed final round of qualifying in Pro Stock as some of NHRA's finest took their shot at the number one spot occupied by Troy Coughlin at the Mac Tools Thunder Valley Nationals.
Jeg entered the final session hopeful that they had made the right adjustments to his Jeg's Mail Order machine to eliminate the tire shake that had plagued them in the day's earlier session. Jeg ran a 6.975 second pass at 198.47 mph.
"We were a little light in that session," commented Jeg. "We were looking to make a good solid run in our final session as we fine tune for eliminations tomorrow. We didn't get exactly what we were looking for in that session, but it's good to get into the top half of the field and to have Troy at the point is a tribute to how far this team has progressed in a short period of time. My hats off to the entire team for an outstanding effort in qualifying."
Troy posted a 7.123 second run at 178.83 mph in the final session shutting off early after shaking the tires.
"We felt comfortable enough with our qualifying that we used the final session to break in some tires," said Troy. "It didn't look too pretty, but it achieved what we were after. It's a pretty good feeling to be the top qualifier, and I have to thank the entire team for working so hard to help make it happen."
Jeg Coughlin qualified in the sixth spot for the Mac Tools Thunder Valley Nationals. He will face off against Tommy Lee in the first round of eliminations on Sunday. Troy was the number one qualifier for the second time in his career. Troy will face Kurt Johnson in first round action.
Coverage of the Second Annual Mac Tools Thunder Valley Nationals begins at 4:00 PM Eastern on ESPN Sunday from 4-6. Coverage continues on ESPN2 from 6-8 PM ET Sunday, April 28.