Englishtown: Team Jeg's finals report

Jeg Coughlin posts runner-up finish. The Pro Stock class showcased the quickest field in NHRA history. A total of .041 seconds separated the top spot from the No. 16 qualifier. Jeg and Troy qualified in the No. 2 and No. 7 positions ...

Jeg Coughlin posts runner-up finish.

The Pro Stock class showcased the quickest field in NHRA history. A total of .041 seconds separated the top spot from the No. 16 qualifier. Jeg and Troy qualified in the No. 2 and No. 7 positions respectively.

The weather conditions were almost perfect for the factory hot rod class. The air temperature was cool and the skies above were partly cloudy.

In the opening round Troy Coughlin and his yellow and black Jeg's Mail Order Chevy Cavalier took on Kurt Johnson. The match up put two Chevy Cavaliers head-to-head. Lane choice went to Troy and he rolled into the left lane.

Both drivers launched from the starting line with almost identical reaction times and were side-by-side from start to finish. The win went to Kurt by .0237 seconds at the stripe. Troy posted an impressive 6.832 at 201.73 mph.

"We made consistent runs all weekend and that's a big part of being successful in this ultra competitive class. Our program is gaining momentum with each race and our goal is to be firmly in the top ten before we race in Columbus," said Troy.

Jeg Coughlin had lane choice over fellow Ohio Pro Stock driver Ron Krisher in round one. Coughlin left the line with a serious advantage (.435 to .536) and never looked back. Jeg crossed the finish line with a quicker 6.783 at 202.40 mph.

"Our goal was to make a nice straight run and get lane choice for the second round. Our team has been busy working hard all weekend and we have found a strong combination. We just making very small changes at this point and focusing on our program," explained Jeg after returning to the pit area after round one.

The second round showcased two of Pro Stock most well know families. With family bragging rights and points on the line Jeg stepped into the ring with Kurt Johnson. The Jeg's machine had lane choice and took the right lane.

Once again, Coughlin leaves the line first and never looks back. There was not a single increment on the track that the Jeg's Mail Order Chevy Cavalier was not in the lead. Jeg took the win light with a quicker 6.794 at 202.27 mph.

"We are just work great together as a team and it is nice to get rolling in the right direction," commented Jeg.

In the semifinal round Jeg Coughlin lined up next to "rookie" Gene Wilson. The two drivers had never previously faced each other in competition. The pairing put a Chevy Cavalier and a Dodge Neon head-to-head.

The starting line advantage went to Wilson by .010 seconds (.447 to .457). Both cars looked like they were welded together at the door handles until half track. The Jeg's machine advanced inch-by-inch and grabbed the win.

Jeg crossed the finish line with a quicker 6.794 at 202.12 mph and advanced to his second final round appearance of the season. He took the win by .0293 seconds at the stripe.

"The Dodge camp decided to switch lanes and put us in the right lane just before rolling into the water box. My dad got on the radio and said now we are in the fast lane. The run that we made was good enough for lane choice and that is our goal each time that we go to the starting line," explained Jeg.

Jeg Coughlin and Greg Anderson squared off in the final round. The two drivers have faced off 8 times in their careers and have split the series with four wins a piece.

The two Chevy Cavaliers rolled carefully into the pre stage lights.  Anderson
left the line first by .021 seconds (.430 to .451).  The two cars were
side-by-side until just after the 330-foot clock.  The win light turned on
for Anderson.  Jeg ran a 6.812 at 202.33 mph.

"We had a great weekend and their was only one guy happier. Our goal is to be firmly into the top five within the next two races. Our entire team showed that we have what it takes to put ourselves in a position to win," said Jeg.

Jeg Coughlin moved into the No. 6 position in the points and has a total of 423 points. Troy Coughlin is on the verge of breaking into the top ten from the No. 14 spot with 238 points.

-jeg's-

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Series NHRA
Drivers Jeg Coughlin , Troy Coughlin , Kurt Johnson , Greg Anderson , Ron Krisher , Gene Wilson