Columbus JEG'S Trucks Will Battle to Face Off in the Final

Mike Coughlin was the first of the two identical looking JEG'S Mail Order Chevy S-10's to make a run this weekend at their home track National Trail Raceway. The JEG'S machine charged out of the starting line beams toward the finish line. Mike...

Mike Coughlin was the first of the two identical looking JEG'S Mail Order Chevy S-10's to make a run this weekend at their home track National Trail Raceway. The JEG'S machine charged out of the starting line beams toward the finish line. Mike ran a 7.658 at 176.33 mph and ended up in the No. 4 spot after the first of four scheduled qualifying sessions.

"The first run of the weekend is always the hardest to make," said Mike. "We showed that we have a pretty good handle on the track."

John Coughlin followed his younger brother Mike a couple of pairs of trucks back in the same lane. The yellow and black machine blasted down the track to the big end. He ran a 7.654 at 175.14 mph to begin his weekend and landed in the No. 3 position after the first session.

"It's a good feeling to get that first run out of the way. Now we can focus on fine tuning," commented John. "We are really looking forward to having a big weekend in our hometown."

With the data to use from the first qualifying session the team went to work to improve their qualifying times and positions on Saturday.

Mike improved by running a 7.654 at 176.37 mph and jumped over his brother Mike to grab the No. 3 spot. John did not improve his previous time of 7.654 at 175.14 mph moved him down a spot complements of his younger brother.

"We went the right direction fine tuning our set up for the second session," explained Mike. "We just need to keep going the right direction until late Sunday night."

"If I'm going to move down a spot, it doesn't bother me as much when I know that it's my brother and teammate," said John.

The rain set in at the conclusion of the second qualifying session Friday night. After a long evening filled with heavy rain showers NHRA's newest professional class took to the track.

During the third session the conditions improved for the naturally aspirated small block engines. John ran a 7.628 at 176.37 mph. He improved his qualifying time, but slipped down to the No. 4 slot.

"We made a better run then our time showed," noted John. "It think that we have a great handle on the track."

Mike Coughlin and his JEG'S Chevy S-10 machine continued to show that small measurable changes can yield rewarding improvements in your qualifying time. He ran a 7.628 at 176.37 mph. Mike improved and ended up in the No. 4 position.

"We are showing that we are on as a team this weekend," commented Mike. "We have a lot of people cheering us on here. It's rewarding to do well for them."

John also improved his qualifying time during the third session. He ran 7.634 at 175.98 mph and took the No. 5 spot.

"The small little improvements that we are making are showing that we are on to something," said John. "Our guys work so well together and it shows!"

Mike made an improvement during the final session. He ran a 7.607 at 176.77 mph and moved up to the No. 3 position.

"The guys are doing a great job reading the track," said Mike. "I am really looking forward to racing tomorrow."

John also made an improvement in his qualifying time. The other JEG'S Chevy S-10 ran a 7.616 at 175.98 mph and remained in the No. 5 slot for raceday.

"We did what we wanted to do," explained John. "Have both JEG'S trucks in the top five and start raceday from opposite sides of the ladder. Our goal will be to paint this track yellow and black tomorrow."

A total of 31 Pro Stock Trucks battled over three qualifying session to be a part of raceday. Mike Coughlin ended up in the No. 3 spot and will face off against Ruben Celedon in the first round. Defending Pontiac Excitement Nationals Pro Stock Truck Champion will go head-to-head with Rick Jones from the No. 5 position.

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Drivers Ruben Celedon , Mike Coughlin