Columbus: Coughlin seeks hometown victory

KIRKERSVILLE, Ohio - It took a while, but Jeg Coughlin finally found his match. The car that ended his victory parade was a familiar yellow and black Oldsmobile Cutlass. Hey, what are brothers for anyway? Troy Coughlin ended Jeg's stranglehold...

KIRKERSVILLE, Ohio - It took a while, but Jeg Coughlin finally found his match. The car that ended his victory parade was a familiar yellow and black Oldsmobile Cutlass. Hey, what are brothers for anyway? Troy Coughlin ended Jeg's stranglehold on the 200-mph category at Dallas, handing the season's points leader and six-time winner a rare first round loss. Their photo-finish duel was one of the closest, side-by-side races of the season. Troy used a holeshot start to defeat his younger brother's quicker racecar by .003 seconds. In layman's terms, that's about the length of an eyelash. "When you run two competitive cars it's bound to happen eventually," said Troy, still winless after seven career final rounds. "Our mentality has always been to focus on getting the most out of the car and winning the race, no matter who is in the opposite lane." Despite defeating his points-leading brother in the opening stanza, Troy met his match in an equally close semifinal contest with the category's 'professor', Warren Johnson. Johnson's Firebird edged the Columbus driver's Olds by .002 seconds at the finish -- or by about six inches. "The racing we did in Dallas is about as close as it gets," Troy said. "At the stripe the margin was so slim that I didn't know who had won either race until I got out of the car." Troy expects even more tight, side-by-side racing at the 36th annual Pontiac Excitement Nationals presented by Summit Racing, June 15-18, at historic National Trail Raceway. The $1.9 million race is the 11th of 23 events in the $45 million NHRA Winston Drag Racing Series. "Our program has a lot of momentum right now and that's a good thing as we're heading home for our favorite race of the year," Troy said . "We need to stay focused and continue to treat every race the same - like it's the first one of the season."

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Series NHRA
Drivers Jeg Coughlin , Troy Coughlin , Warren Johnson