JEG'S Mail Order Racing Sunday Pit Notes Troy Coughlin/Pro Stock: The ...
JEG'S Mail Order Racing Sunday Pit Notes
Troy Coughlin/Pro Stock:
The #24 JEG'S Mail Order Olds Cutlass came into the Route 66 Fram Nationals with the goal of gaining points. Troy qualified in the number twelve spot. The first round put Greg Anderson and Troy head to head. Anderson had the reaction time advantage but ran into problems. Troy followed the groove of the track all the way to the stripe for the win. The second round placed Darrell Alderman in the ring with Troy. There wasn't any messing around on the starting line, both drivers went into the lights without delay. Again, the driver in the other lane leaves the starting line first. The Maskin/DART horsepower came on strong for the yellow and black JEG'S machine and the win light comes on for Troy. Troy advanced to the semifinal round and met Pro Stock "rookie" Mike Trumble, lane choice went to Troy. Troy sidelined the "rookie" and went on to the final where he faced Warren Johnson.
The team made a last minute engine change while the cars were being called to the staging lanes. With no time to warm to engine Troy and the team headed to the lanes. This was Troy third final round appearance of the '99 season. Troy took the reaction time advantage in this battle (.432 to a .518). Troy's car was in the dreaded right lane and made a move toward the center line. The JEG'S car drove back into the groove and continued down track. Warren wins and gives Troy his third runner-up finish. "A lot of things went the right way for us this weekend. The team worked great under pressure, I can't say enough for the team. With this race done our team will focus on the Pontiac Excitement nationals, which is held this weekend at our home track in our hometown," stated Troy.
Jeg Coughlin/Pro Stock:
Jeg continued to show the Pro Stock class that the performance is back in his #2 JEG'S Mail Order Olds Cutlass. In the first round Jeg took on Hurley Blakeney. He left first and never looked back and advanced to the second round. The second round put Warren Johnson and Jeg head to head in a classic battle that you don't normally see until the semifinal round or the finals. Once again, Jeg had the reaction time advantage. However, it wasn't enough to hold off WJ this time. "We showed that the performance and consistency is back. The team made small changes to the car all weekend that helped us to better analyze the data that the car generated. We came out of the trailer strong," said Jeg.
John Coughlin/Pro Stock Truck:
The Pro Stock Truck "rookie" continued to show that he's a force to deal with on raceday. John faced off with Lou Ficco in the first round. The yellow and black JEG'S Mail Order Truck was uncharacteristically late on the tree. The Maskin/DART horsepower showed it's strength this round with a win. In the second round John went to battle against chassis builder Jerry Haas. John took the reaction time advantage off of the starting line but ran into mechanical problems and slowed. "The entire Pro Stock Truck program did well this weekend. We gained more race day data and I got more seat time, which important to the overall success of our team," stated "rookie" Coughlin.
Mike Coughlin/Pro Stock Truck:
The Route 66 Fram Nationals were not as kind to Mike as the Mopar Parts Nationals, the previous race where he was the Pro Stock Truck champion. In the first round Mike faced off against Brad Jeter, in a rematch of the semifinal round of the Mopar Parts Nationals. Mike and his yellow and black JEG'S S-10 had the reaction time advantage but it wasn't enough to hold of Jeter. Jeter took the win light and put an end to Coughlin's day. "We had a good weekend here. The truck ran well right out of the trailer, which is always nice. We made small changes all weekend that we could measure and that's where the consistency came from," said Mike.