Much to everyone's surprise the Pro Stock cars returned to the track for their second qualifying session of the weekend on Saturday. NHRA officially canceled the second session Friday night. The threat of rain remained as teams kept a close...
Much to everyone's surprise the Pro Stock cars returned to the track for their second qualifying session of the weekend on Saturday. NHRA officially canceled the second session Friday night. The threat of rain remained as teams kept a close eye on the sky above.
The big news of the day was NHRA moving the Holley Pro Stock Dominator Duel to the Chicago race, which is two weeks away. The Pro Stock cars will join the Pro Stock Truck class in Chicago and the two classes will run the Holley Dominator Duel as separate events.
Troy Coughlin started the day sitting in the No. 5 position. He ran an improved 6.863 at 200.41 mph and remained in the No. 5 spot. Troy was the third quickest and third fastest of the session.
"We made a much better looking run today," said Troy. "Our game plan going into today was to assume that we would get only one more chance to improve our qualifying position. Having a third shot at the track will just help us get closer on our set up for raceday."
Jeg Coughlin began the day looking to improve from the No. 11 slot. He improved and ran a 6.885 at 199.35 mph to stay in the No. 11 spot. Jeg was the seventh quickest and eleventh fastest of the session.
"The car just did not respond the way that we wanted it to," noted Jeg. "It seemed to hesitate. The guys pulled out the engine and put old faithful in for the next run."
The final session of qualifying started at 7:45 PM. It was all or nothing for the 32 drivers that wanted to play in the quarter-mile sandbox on raceday.
Troy came out swinging for the final qualifying session. He ran a 6.847 at 200.11 mph. He marched up to the No. 4 position and ran a career best in the process. Troy will face off against Darrell Alderman in round one tomorrow.
"That was a great run," said Troy. "It felt great. Now we will switch our focus to raceday and give it everything we have when it counts the most."
Jeg rolled into the final session sitting in the No. 11 spot. He lays down a 6.822 at 200.68 mph to march up to the No. 1 spot and tie the quickest run in NHRA Pro Stock history. Jeg also ran a personal best and will race from the No. 1 spot for the second time in his professional career. Coughlin will go head-to-head with Kurt Johnson in the first round.
"That was an almost flawless run. The car rocketed down the middle of the groove the entire way down the track," commented Jeg. "The men in yellow and black make all of this possible. They give me the tools to do my job!"
Jeg and Troy will battle from the same side of the ladder. The two will potentially meet in the semifinal round of the quickest Pro Stock field in NHRA history. The team will work toward being in their eighth final round of the season.