NHRA O'Reilly Fall Nationals presented by Castrol Texas Motorplex, Ennis, TX Team Jeg's - Pro Stock Truck John & Mike Coughlin Mike Coughlin posts a runner-up finish John Coughlin began raceday sitting in the No. 12 position. He faced ...
NHRA O'Reilly Fall Nationals presented by Castrol
Texas Motorplex, Ennis, TX
Team Jeg's - Pro Stock Truck
John & Mike Coughlin
Mike Coughlin posts a runner-up finish
John Coughlin began raceday sitting in the No. 12 position. He faced off against Greg Stanfield in round one. Lane choice went to Stanfield and he took the left lane.
The reaction time advantage went to Stanfield by .016 seconds (.446 to .462). The two Chevy S-10's raced side-by-side to the big end. The win light went to Stanfield by .0455 seconds. John ran a slightly slower 7.482 at 181.01 mph.
"We were really looking to have a stronger weekend. We started the weekend behind the eight ball and recovered well. It was the first time that we had an in-house engine between the frame rails of my Jeg's Chevy S-10 and we were pleased with the performance," said John.
Mike Coughlin started his quest for his third win of the season from the No. 7 spot. He lined up next to Todd Patterson in the opening round. The two drivers had faced off nine times before this match up and Coughlin has won six times.
Mike and his Jeg's machine mow over the Christmas tree with a .437 reaction time compared to the .458 of Patterson. The Chevy S-10 never looked back and took the win by .0295 seconds over the Dodge. Mike ran a 7.470 at 181.12 mph and made the fourth quickest pass of the round.
"We are working on not making mistakes and capitalizing on the mistakes of others. The Jeg's machine has shown consistency through qualifying and our job on raceday is to not beat ourselves," commented Mike.
In the second round Mike went head-to-head against Don Smith. Lane choice went to Coughlin and he opted for the left lane.
Don Smith left the starting line first and fouled out. The win light automatically came on for Coughlin and he moved on to the semifinal round. Mike ran a 7.462 at 181.56 mph and made the second quickest run of the round.
"I knew when I left the starting line in the second round that I was on my game. The Jeg's horsepower charged from start to finish and we got lane choice for the semifinal round," stated Mike.
Mike Coughlin lined up next to Scott Tidwell in the semifinal round. Coughlin continued to pick the left lane. The two drivers had only raced one time previously and the win went to Coughlin.
The Jeg's Mail Order Chevy S-10 rocketed off of the first with a blistering .406 light. Scott Tidwell followed with a respectful .423 reaction time. The two Chevy S-10's looked like they were welded at the door handles as they traveled to the big end. The closer that they got to the finish line the further Mike charged forward. The win light went to Coughlin by .0109 seconds at the stripe on a hole shot. Mike ran a 7.486 at 180.57 mph.
"We did not get lane choice for the final. However, we turned on the win light in the semifinal round. We slowed a little and the guys immediately went to work when the Jeg's machine returned to the pit area," noted Mike.
The final round pairing put Mike Coughlin and Bob Panella Jr. head-to-head. Lane choice went to Panella and he took the left lane and Mike moved to the right lane. The two had faced each other ten times before this match up and Mike has won four of the meetings. However, Mike has won the only final round match up between the two.
Mike and his Jeg's powered Chevy S-10 took the advantage off of the line by .038 seconds (.414 to .452). Both drivers followed the middle of the groove all the way their respective lanes. At the stripe it was about as close as it can get and the win went to Panella by .0015 seconds. Mike ran a slower 7.499 at 180.50 mph.
"We had a good weekend. We just got a little too aggressive going into the final round in the bell housing. We have one race left and Team Jeg's wants nothing more then to win the last Pro Stock Truck race," explained Mike.