Columbus: Team Jeg's Friday qualifying summary

Team Jeg's looking to shine in hometown race. Team Jeg's drivers Jeg and Troy Coughlin were looking for redemption when they rolled their yellow and black Jeg's Mail Order Chevrolet Cavaliers into action Friday afternoon at National Trail...

Team Jeg's looking to shine in hometown race.

Team Jeg's drivers Jeg and Troy Coughlin were looking for redemption when they rolled their yellow and black Jeg's Mail Order Chevrolet Cavaliers into action Friday afternoon at National Trail Raceway. Both drivers entered the Pontiac Excitement Nationals coming off of an uncharacteristic DNQ in Chicago only a few weeks earlier. Jeg and Troy were hopeful that they could turn the heat up in a big way when they began qualifying at their home town track this weekend.

Troy was first to roll into the water-box in Friday's first session. Troy started the weekend off in fine fashion with a solid pass of 6.954 seconds at 197.39 mph.

"It always good to get off to a strong start early in the weekend," explained Troy. "Our team has been working nonstop since Chicago. It's a pretty big race for our entire team, and it was good to get the first pass under our belt."

Jeg followed Troy with the second best pass of the session blistering the quarter mile in 6.926 seconds at 197.39 mph.

"It was good to start off with such a strong pass," commented Jeg. "The run felt really solid from start to finish. It's a pretty big weekend for Jeg's Mail Order and Team Jeg's. We have an awful lot of support from the local fans, and we hate to disappoint."

Typically the evening session yields some of the quickest and fastest runs of the weekend. Delivering a strong performance in the evening session has become a top priority for the factory door slammers of the Pro Stock class. Troy led the initial charge for Team Jeg's once again in Friday's crucial evening session. Troy jumped straight into the top of the field with a strong 6.89 second run at 199.14 mph.

"The team did a great job of making calls on the car that run," said Troy. "We knew that we had a pretty good handle on it after our first pass so we just got a little more aggressive and it paid off."

Jeg followed shortly behind Troy in Friday's evening session. The 2000 Pro Stock Champion posted a slightly improving 6.925 second run at 198.26 mph.

"The car made a pretty hard move to the left," explained Jeg. "I did what I could to ride it out, but once it got up out of the groove it got pretty rough. We really went after it pretty hard on that run, and we gave the track a little more than it wanted. We'll take a look at the data, and get our Jeg's Mail Order Chevrolet Cavalier ready for two more rounds tomorrow."

Jeg and Troy are qualified thirteenth and fourth respectively after two rounds of qualifying from National Trail Raceway for the Pontiac Excitement Nationals. Qualifying will resume Saturday morning from Hebron, Ohio.

-jeg's-

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series NHRA
Drivers Troy Coughlin