CHEVROLET NEWS Chevy S-10 Pickup Wins Eighth Pro Stock Truck Title of Year John Coughlin Wins His First in Front of Hometown Crowd COLUMBUS, Ohio; June 13, 1999: John Coughlin matched his brother Mike's achievement by claiming his...
Chevy S-10 Pickup Wins Eighth Pro Stock Truck Title of Year
John Coughlin Wins His First in Front of Hometown Crowd
COLUMBUS, Ohio; June 13, 1999: John Coughlin matched his brother Mike's achievement by claiming his first professional victory in the NHRA Winston Drag Racing Series, winning the Pro Stock Truck title today against Brad Jeter. Coughlin, of Columbus, defeated Jeter in the final round of the Pontiac Excitement Nationals at National Trail Raceway with his 7.707-second pass at 175.05 mph to Jeter's 7.751/175.32. Jeter had the edge after taking off with a reaction time of .457 to Coughlin's .470, but his S-10 shook its tires at half track. Chevy S-10 Pickups have now won each of the first eight of 14 Pro Stock Truck national events. Coughlin, one of four racing Coughlin brothers, driving the Jeg's Mail Order Chevy S-10, became the sixth different driver to win a Pro Stock Truck title this year. As No.10 qualifier, he knew his work was cut out for him as he faced polesitter Jeter. "He's a great competitor," said Coughlin. "If I can't win, or Mike can't win, I'd like to see him win. He's a good friend of ours and helped us with our Chevy S-10. We knew we had to run good to beat him. I tried to be on time and it worked out, and everybody smiled. When I got to the finish line the crew got on the radio and they were screaming yay, yay. I almost didn't stop, I almost went off the road. "Jeter was doing the hippy, hippy shake. We just try not to really worry about what's going on, we focus on leaving on time and shifting on time, that's so important. That's the only job I've got. My job is the easiest. The crew are the ones who make this whole thing work, without them it's not possible. It was a great run. We ran the right lane, which was not the lane of choice, but we didn't have lane choice." Winner of one title this season, Jeter, of Greenville, S.C., in the Jeter Racing Chevy S-10, was the favorite to win, after dominating every round of eliminations until the final. "The left lane beat us," he said. "We should have won the race, we had low e.t. in every round, and it didn't help us. It shook the tires all the way down. I should have lifted, but I'd hit the wall before I'd lift in the final. I had him on the (Christmas) tree, the race track cost us a race. We had lane choice, but once I was in the water box, I couldn't change. I saw it was slick and it wasn't prepped properly. The race is over, we got beat, that's the bottom line. There are no excuses. This was an opportunity to take over the points lead, and it just kills me. I congratulate John. He did great." Coughlin defeated John Lingenfelter, Mark Osborne and Todd Pattrson on his journey to the final round. Jeter handily dismissed Don Smith, Randy Daniels and Mike Coughlin on his trip to the final. Osborne continues to lead the point standings with 644, Jeter is second, with 631, and Bob Panella Jr., ousted in the second round by Todd Patterson, is third with 601. Chevy S-10 drivers hold the top six positions. Next on the Pro Stock Truck schedule is the Sears Craftsman Nationals in Madison, Ill., June 24-26.