Coughlin Brothers Are Firmly Qualified After Two Sessions Pro Stock, NHRA's most competitive competition class took on the quarter mile battle field for the first time this week. There are three races remaining in the '99 NHRA season for the...
Coughlin Brothers Are Firmly Qualified After Two Sessions
Pro Stock, NHRA's most competitive competition class took on the quarter mile battle field for the first time this week. There are three races remaining in the '99 NHRA season for the "factory hot rods" and the opportunity to make a run in the point standings is decreasing with each race.
Jeg Coughlin Jr. was the first of the two JEG'S Mail Order cars to go down the Texas Motorplex track, Jeg was in the left lane. The car launched from the starting line beams and was a little on the aggressive side. The yellow and black JEG'S machine stayed in the center of the groove as it traveled to the finishline.
Jeg marched up to the number three spot after the first of four scheduled qualifying sessions. Coughlin commented, "We attacked the track a little on the aggressive side, but we got away with it. We gained some valuable information from our first run which will help us throughout the weekend."
The #24 JEG'S Mail Order Olds Cutlass driven by Troy Coughlin took of the right lane during the first qualifying session. The car left the starting line and pulled the engine rpm's down, which caused the engine to hesitate delivering the power to the chassis. Troy wisely pushed the clutch in and coasted to the finishline.
Troy noted, "We are not really sure what happened, the engine showed that it was fine on the graph and when we looked over it at the trailer. We made some equipment changes which we feel will solve the problem."
The second qualifying session gave the naturally aspirated engines improved conditions. The combination of low humidity, a 4 degree decrease in the air temperature and a corrected altitude of 2543' feet above sea-level (331' better then the first session) set the stage for some shuffling among the qualifying order.
Jeg rolled into the right lane for the second session. The yellow and black JEG'S Mail Order machine blasted off of the starting line with authority. Jeg made a move to the right 100' feet out and then quickly returned to the middle of the groove. Jeg improved his qualifying time, but he slipped to the number six spot.
Jeg explained, "When the car went to the right it hurt our time a little. On the other hand we made a very competitive run for the session and it shows that our team is on target."
Troy started the session from the outside looking in. The team made a hand full of equipment changes to Troy's car in an effort to solve the power delivery problem which occurred during the first qualifying session. The team came into the night session feeling very confident about the changes that they made to Troy's car.
Coughlin lined up in the left lane with the objective of getting firmly into the field. The #24 JEG'S Mail Order machine pulled up to the starting line ready for the challenge. The car rocketed from the starting line and never left the middle of the groove.
Troy began the session sitting in the number thirty spot and marched up to the number seven position. Coughlin noted, "I can't say enough about our team, they work great together. We did not want to be too aggressive with the setup during the second session. The team showed their strength and the ability to adapt."