After a lucrative weekend at the Winston Showdown, Team JEG'S headed straight to Bandimere Speedway from Bristol Dragway. Before leaving Bristol Dragway the engines came out of the cars and headed back to DART Machinery to spend some R&D time on...
After a lucrative weekend at the Winston Showdown, Team JEG'S headed straight to Bandimere Speedway from Bristol Dragway. Before leaving Bristol Dragway the engines came out of the cars and headed back to DART Machinery to spend some R&D time on the dyno preparing for the important "West Coast swing."
The mountain at Bandimere Speedway has smiled on the JEG'S Team the last two years. Jeg Coughlin, Jr. has been the defending Champion for the last two years ('98 & '99). Jeg has an amazing 8-0 record on the mountain since getting behind the wheel of a "factory hot rod."
Troy Coughlin is coming off of his first NHRA major win in Pro Stock. Last year he was runner-up to his brother in the final round. Troy has won four straight rounds coming into the Mopar Mile-High Nationals and is excited about starting where he left off last week.
Jeg, Jr. was the first of the two JEG'S drivers to take on the quarter-mile battlefield on the mountain. The NHRA Pro Stock points leader showed that he is ready to challenge the high altitude. He ran a 7.399 at 186.18 mph and marched up to the No. 1 position.
"The guys did a good job reading the track," said Jeg. "To make a strong first run out of the trailer like we did gives us the ability to fine tune our set up and continue to improve our qualifying time."
Troy and his JEG'S Mail Order machine was in the pair of cars that immediately followed his brother, but he was in the opposite lane. He ran a 7.495 at 184.70 mph and landed in the No. 16 spot after the first session.
"We were a little off on the first pass," explained Troy. "Being able to use the data from both cars will help speed up the learning curve at this track for our program this weekend. After one session we have data on both lanes and that will help both cars."
The second qualifying session began at 7:30 PM (CT). The sun was starting to go down and the air temperature went down 11 degrees over the first session. Traditionally the Friday evening and the Saturday morning sessions at Bandimere Speedway yield the best qualifying conditions of the weekend.
Jeg and Troy gave the fans an interesting match up when they lined up next to each other for the second qualifying session. Troy was in the left lane and Jeg was in the right. Troy ran a 7.369 at 186.38 mph and Jeg ran a slower 7.380 at 185.95 mph. Troy ended up in the No. 6 position. Jeg landed in the No. 9 spot after two qualifying sessions.
"Being in the left lane helped a little with traction," said Troy. "I know that we have more and we will come out swinging in the morning session."
"We got too aggressive and got burned," stated Jeg. "Tomorrow morning will be an important session for everyone and we will be ready."