Chicago Team JEG'S Pro Stock Truck Race Report

John stays No. 4 and Mike moves up to the No. 8 spot in the NHRA Winston points In the first round Mike Coughlin went head-to-head with Tim Freeman. The two Chevy S-10's lined together and went into the staging lights without delay. Freeman...

John stays No. 4 and Mike moves up to the No. 8 spot in the NHRA Winston points

In the first round Mike Coughlin went head-to-head with Tim Freeman. The two Chevy S-10's lined together and went into the staging lights without delay. Freeman took the starting line advantage by . 028 seconds. The JEG'S machine blasted down the track and turned the win light on. Mike ran a quicker 7.517 at 178.10 mph.

"The first round always seems like the hardest round to win," said Mike. "We were rewarded with lane choice for the next round."

John faced off against Todd Patterson in round one. Coughlin left the starting line first and never looked back on his way to the big end. John ran a 7.538 at 178.19 mph.

"The guys on this team make it look easier than what it is," commented John. "They gave me all the tools to do my job."

Mike took on Larry Seay in round two.  Larry turned on the red light and
put the win light on for Team JEG'S.  Mike ran a 7.515 at 178.35 mph.

"We made a good run and I know that there is more left under the hood," explained Mike. "We have everything we need on our team to go the distance."

John lined up next to Bob Panella in the second round. Coughlin launched from the starting line beams first (.442 to 461). The two Chevy S-10's raced side-by-side to the finish line. Panella won by .036 seconds and John ran a 7.535 at 178.35 mph.

"Our program is making improvements with every run," stated John. "Were not going anywhere, we will just keep knocking on the door until we knock it down!"

In the semifinal round Mike faced Randy Daniels. Mike left the starting line first by .026 seconds. Both Chevy S-10's rocketed toward the finish line like they were welded together. Daniels won by .046 seconds at the stripe and Mike ran a 7.579 at 177.74 mph.

"Our goal coming into this weekend was to get back into the top ten firmly," said Mike. "We did that and now we will focus on the next race, which is in our backyard."

John Coughlin holds the No. 4 spot in the NHRA Winston Championship and is 111 points from taking over the No. 3 position. Mike moved up to the No. 8 position and is 37 points from the No. 7 spot.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Bob Panella , Todd Patterson , Randy Daniels , Mike Coughlin , Tim Freeman