Distracted Coughlin earns top-half berth On an evening marred by a horrendous accident involving Pro Stock veterans Bruce Allen and Ken Koretsky, Jeg's Mail Order Dodge Stratus R/T driver Jeg Coughlin quietly cruised to the No. 8 spot in the ...
Distracted Coughlin earns top-half berth
On an evening marred by a horrendous accident involving Pro Stock veterans Bruce Allen and Ken Koretsky, Jeg's Mail Order Dodge Stratus R/T driver Jeg Coughlin quietly cruised to the No. 8 spot in the provisional qualifying field of the O'Reilly Fall Nationals. Coughlin seemed unconcerned about his 6.700-second, 205.35-mph run, with his thoughts and prayers aimed instead towards his injured Pro Stock brothers.
"Unfortunately we are sometimes reminded of how insignificant racing is when something horrible like this happens," Coughlin said. "Bruce Allen is one of the nicest guys in the sport and to see him go through an accident like that is horrifying. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and Deb at this point. Kenny also got banged up and we're concerned about him as well.
"The groove at this racetrack has always been very narrow downtrack and they have ground it since the last time we were here so it's even tighter than normal. Obviously Bruce got into some trouble and his car got loose. It made that second session very hard to execute. My mind wasn't really on racing."
Allen lost control around mid-track and his car went up on its left side. He then slid in front of Koretsky's car, which impacted the under side of Allen's machine. Allen's car was demolished and both men were air-lifted to the hospital.
"We all race our hearts out but things like this put it in perspective," Coughlin said. "We're all a family and we live with each other for a good part of every year. We can't wait to hear some good news on Bruce and Kenny."
Coughlin neared his career-best elapsed time number of 6.685 with his opening round pass of 6.700 at 205.35 mph, which initially placed him sixth overall. After a 6.710 at 205.32 mph in the evening round failed to improve his standing he slipped just two spots to his current eighth-place slot.
"It's not very often that it's hotter at night than it is during the day but we actually had that situation today," Coughlin said. "We weren't able to go any quicker but we did get down with a decent time so we've got some solid information to tune from for tomorrow."