Coughlin carries consistency into race day Jeg Coughlin doesn't have the quickest car at the Texas Motorplex, but he does have one of the most consistent machines in the Pro Stock class. The three-time series champion and former Dallas winner ...
Coughlin carries consistency into race day
Jeg Coughlin doesn't have the quickest car at the Texas Motorplex, but he does have one of the most consistent machines in the Pro Stock class. The three-time series champion and former Dallas winner shrugged off drastically different weather conditions and wildly varying track temperatures Friday and Saturday to post four nearly identical passes that were all within one thousandth of a second.
"Having a consistent racecar is key in drag racing," Coughlin said. "Of course you strive to have the quickest car on the property and it's great when you have one moon shot run because it puts you higher on the qualifying sheet, but when you're car repeats what it's doing every pass, regardless of deteriorating conditions, it's encouraging.
"You know what you need to do as a driver and the crew knows what they need to do with this Jeg's Mail Order Dodge Stratus R/T."
Coughlin's runs spanned from 6.700 seconds to 6.710 seconds. His two Saturday passes, both performed under direct sunshine, showed a 6.702 and a 6.707.
"We improved in relation to the field today," Coughlin said. "That's exciting because it's much more likely that we'll see sunshine again tomorrow rather than the cold overcast skies we had here Friday."
For the fifth time this year Coughlin will face his Don Schumacher Racing teammate Richie Stevens in eliminations, this time in Round 1. So far, Coughlin holds a 3-1 edge over his good friend, but Stevens will carry lane choice into this battle as his 6.688 at 205.79 mph was slightly quicker than Coughlin's run of record.
"I guess the good news is that one of us will advance to the second round," Coughlin said. "We always have fun when we race. I know Richie's a great driver and he's tough to beat. We keep saying we need to meet in the final round and duke it out for the trophy. I'm sure that will happen soon. For now, we'll get after it and may the best driver win."