Columbus JEG'S Cars to Battle From Opposite Sides

Troy Coughlin and his yellow and black JEG'S Mail Order Olds Cutlass rolled into the waterbox to begin his race weekend at his home track (National Trail Raceway). He ran a 7.065 at 195.03 mph and landed in the No. 12 spot after the first ...

Troy Coughlin and his yellow and black JEG'S Mail Order Olds Cutlass rolled into the waterbox to begin his race weekend at his home track (National Trail Raceway). He ran a 7.065 at 195.03 mph and landed in the No. 12 spot after the first qualifying session.

"I think that what we learned from that run will help us for the rest of the weekend," said Troy. "It's nice to miss a little and know that it's still competitive."

NHRA Pro Stock points leader Jeg Coughlin, Jr. pulled up to the starting line with plenty of eyes focused on his Olds Cutlass. Jeg rocketed off the starting line and cruised down the middle of the groove to the big end. He marched straight to the top with a 7.016 at 196.16 mph.

"That's a great way to start this weekend in front of our hometown fans, friends, family and our 340 associates at JEG'S," said Jeg. "It's rewarding for our entire program."

Troy and his JEG'S machine took off down the track. The rear of the car made some moves, but Troy stayed with it and ran a 7.022 at 196.39. He improved his qualifying time and landed in the No. 11 position.

"We were looking for a little more out of our second run," said Troy. "The most important thing is that we got to make a second run to add to our data for raceday."

Jeg started the session with a view from the top. He ran an impressive 6.968 at 197.31, which was the third time that a Pro Stock car has broken into the six-second zone. Jeg stayed in the No. 1 position.

"I just can't say enough about the men in yellow and black," said Jeg. "They are doing a great job reading the track."

By the time that Troy pulled up to the line he had been bumped out. He rocketed off of the starting line and headed straight down the middle of the groove. Troy ran a 6.968 at 196.70 mph and broke back into the field. He made the fourth quickest run of the session.

"Last year I did not qualifying here," said Troy. "Our program is extremely strong right now and we are is a position to make some noise tomorrow."

Jeg improved his qualifying time during the final session. He ran a 6.961 at 196.90 mph and slipped down to the No. 3 spot.

"This class is so competitive and can change at the blink of an eye," noted Jeg. "Our performance today was extremely consistent and we have a great handle on what the track wants."

A total of 37 Pro Stock drivers battled for 16 available spots for raceday. The rain came before the "factory hot rod" class could make a final attempt at improving their qualifying position or being among the quick sixteen.

Jeg Coughlin, Jr. will begin raceday at his home track for the No. 3 position. The NHRA Pro Stock points leader will face off against Mark Osborne in the first round.

"I am really looking forward to tomorrow," commented Jeg. "It is so energizing to do well at your home track in front of all of the fans that have seen our company and race team grow over the last 40 years."

Troy Coughlin and Richie Stevens will go head-to-head when they meet in the first round. Troy landed in the No. 4 position will work toward his tenth professional round appearance and first professional win in front of his home town crowd.

"Our goal coming into every race is to qualifying on opposites sides of the ladder," explained Troy. "Tomorrow we will work as a team to have an all-JEG'S final at our home track!"

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Series NHRA
Drivers Jeg Coughlin , Troy Coughlin