Hometown heartbreaker for Jeg Coughlin If NHRA drag races were won with fan support, than Jeg's Mail Order Dodge Stratus R/T driver Jeg Coughlin of nearby Delaware, Ohio, would have taken home the trophy at driver introductions. Unfortunately,...
Hometown heartbreaker for Jeg Coughlin
If NHRA drag races were won with fan support, than Jeg's Mail Order Dodge Stratus R/T driver Jeg Coughlin of nearby Delaware, Ohio, would have taken home the trophy at driver introductions. Unfortunately, Coughlin ran into red-hot reigning champ Greg Anderson in Sunday's opening round of the 41st annual Pontiac Performance NHRA Nationals and just couldn't match-up to Anderson's best quarter-mile pass of the race.
With hundreds of family members, friends, and Jeg's Mail Order employees urging him on, Coughlin was beaten in the opening round when Anderson uncorked a 6.744 at 204.17 mph against Coughlin's 6.792 at 204.05 mph.
"There's not much to say other than Greg had the better car today and we got beat," Coughlin said. "It's disappointing in the fact that we're at home and so many people wanted us to do well. We wanted to show them all a good time and maybe even a winner's circle celebration but obviously that's going to have to wait.
"I continue to be impressed by the hard work of our two-car race team. My teammate Richie Stevens and I have identical racecars now and the results we've both been posting are more and more encouraging each week. Eight races into this arrangement with [team owner] Don Schumacher it's impossible to be anything but pleased. Of course, that's hard to say when we just lost a race."
Coughlin, a 45-time winner on the NHRA tour with three world titles to his credit, will now shift his attention to next weekend's Summer Nationals at Heartland Park Topeka in Kansas. Coughlin won that race in 2000, the same year he won his first of two Pro Stock championships.