Englishtown Chevrolet Racing Truck Final

Mike Coughlin Beats Tim Freeman in All-Chevy S-10 Dead Heat in E'Town ENGLISHTOWN, N.J.; May 25, 1999: In an absolute dead heat, the winner of which had to be determined electronically, Mike Coughlin defeated Tim Freeman in the Pro ...

Mike Coughlin Beats Tim Freeman in All-Chevy S-10 Dead Heat in E'Town

ENGLISHTOWN, N.J.; May 25, 1999: In an absolute dead heat, the winner of which had to be determined electronically, Mike Coughlin defeated Tim Freeman in the Pro Stock Truck final of the NHRA Nationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway in Englishtown, N.J. It was Coughlin's first professional drag racing win in a 14-year career. Both drove Chevy S-10 Pickups. Reaction times were the name of the game in this eighth race of the 14-event category, in its second season as part of the NHRA Winston Drag Racing Series. Coughlin bested each of his competitors in every round of final eliminations with his reaction times (.400 is perfect): .428 against Randy Daniels' .493 in the first round; .410 against Mark Osborne's .466 in the second; .408 versus Brad Jeter's .412 in the semifinals; and .448 to Freeman's .471 in the final, taking the victory on a holeshot advantage. Coughlin, 36, of Columbus, Ohio, driving the Jeg's Mail Order Chevy S-10, eliminated Freeman's Bluegrass Transportation Chevy S-10 with a 7.637-second pass at 174.50 mph to Freeman's 7.614/175.43. "I could see just a little bit of him out of my peripheral vision," said Coughlin, one of four Coughlin brothers competing in the NHRA Drag Racing Series. I could just see the tip of his S-10's nose. I felt I was ahead of him. I tried to hang on as long as I could. When the win light came on I knew it had to be literally inches. It was probably three or four inches; it was snug. "Our engine development program is starting to turn around," he added. "We are not running the big speeds like some of the other competitors are, but we are getting closer. I have been working real hard on focusing on driving and trying to have good reaction times and that's what it takes. Sometimes you can run slower and win. There are a lot of factors involved and that's one of them. That's something I can control and I've been working real hard on it." Freeman, 33, of Roan Mountain, Tenn., winner of one title in 1998, was disappointed but not frustrated. "You know it's going to be a tough race any time you race him. It's tough to lose by that margin, I'd rather it had been by a mile, but it's not frustrating, it's exciting. I can't wait to go again. That's what it's all about. It's fun." Freeman disposed of Larry Perkins, Jerry Haas, and Bob Panella Jr. on his way to the final. Chevy S-10s have won each of the first six events of the '99 season and dominate the top seven spots in the point standings. Mark Osborne continues to lead with 530 points, followed by Brad Jeter with 458, and Bob Panella Jr. in third with 427. The next event on the Pro Stock Truck schedule is the Fram Nationals, in Joliet, Ill., June 3-6.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Bob Panella , Brad Jeter , Randy Daniels , Mike Coughlin , Tim Freeman , Jerry Haas , Larry Perkins