Gainesville: Jeg Coughlin Gatornationals report

Team Jeg's - Pro Stock Jeg & Troy Coughlin Jeg Coughlin scores runner-up and the team is back on track In the opening round Troy Coughlin and his yellow and black Jeg's Mail Order Chevy Cavalier lined up next to Jim Yates. Lane choice went to...

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Jeg & Troy Coughlin

Jeg Coughlin scores runner-up and the team is back on track

In the opening round Troy Coughlin and his yellow and black Jeg's Mail Order Chevy Cavalier lined up next to Jim Yates. Lane choice went to Yates and he took the left lane.

The win went to Yates. Troy was trailing at the 1000-foot clock and shut off to save wear and tear on the engine.

"The guys did a great job this weekend and after our performance through qualifying I really feel like our program is back headed in the right direction," explained Troy.

Jeg Coughlin came to the battle in round one with a loaded gun when he faced off against Mark Pawuk. He had lane choice and took the left lane. The crowd watched the classic Jeg's and Summit match up. Both drivers put the pre stage lights on and put their cars in park. The crowd roared and came to their feet as neither driver moved forward.

Eventually Jeg moved first and Mark Pawuk slowly followed. The advantage off of the line went to Pawuk by .006 seconds (.480 to .486). The Jeg's machine showed no mercy as it took the win light by .0416 seconds at the stripe. Jeg ran the quickest run of the session with a 6.871 at 200.62 mph.

"It felt great to get our first round win of the year over. I am really excited about the recent turn around in our engine program and it is rewarding to see dedication and hard work start to payoff," said Jeg after the first round.

In the second round Jeg took on Jim Yates, who knocked out Troy Coughlin in the opening round. Jeg rolled his Jeg's Mail Order entry into the left lane. The two cars turned on the pre stage bulb and a glitch in the timing system caused both red lights to come on. NHRA POWERade Chief Starter Rick Stewart pointed at both cars to back. After given the signal to restart their respective cars both drivers pulled forward to stage again.

Jeg experienced a problem with the line lock and was forced to "foot brake" the car. He rolled in deep and turned off the pre stage light. Jeg launched from the starting line with a .404 reaction time compared to the .503 of Yates. The win light went to Team Jeg's on a hole shot by .0169 seconds at the big end. He ran a slower 6.987 at 199.82 mph compared to the quicker 6.904 at 200.77 that Yates laid down.

"When I was in the staging lanes before putting my driving suit on I noticed that I lost my credential. I said to one of our team members that it looks like were going to have to get another credential. Then a thought maybe I will just look in my uniform pocket and see if it fell in there. Sure enough it was in the pocket and I said before getting into the car that this must be my lucky day," explained Jeg.

In the semifinal round Jeg went head-to-head again former Pro Stock Truck driver Mark Whisnant. Jeg did not have lane choice and lined up in the left lane. The 2000 NHRA Pro Stock Champion left the line first by .017 seconds (.471 to .488). The two Chevy Cavaliers rocketed toward the finish line. Jeg turned on the win light with a quicker run of 6.913 at 199.76 mph. The margin of victory was .0228 seconds at the stripe.

"We made sure to dot all of our I's and cross all of our T's in the semifinals. Our entire group has been making good calls and working together as a team all weekend," said Jeg.

In the final round Jeg and Darrell Alderman battled for their first victory of the 2002 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series. The pairing pitted a Chevy against Dodge. The two drivers had faced each other 12-times previously and Coughlin only has one blemish on his record against the long time factory Dodge driver.

Lane choice went to Alderman and he opted for the left lane. No games on the starting line out of this pair, both drivers roll right in. Both cars launched from the beams with .469 reaction times. The cars looked like they were welded together at the door handle to half-track. The Dodge started to slightly advance from half-track to the finish line.

Alderman turned on the win light by .0138 seconds at the stripe and ran a quicker 6.927 at 200.77 mph. Coughlin posted a 6.940 at 200.14 mph.

"We made some noise this weekend and our program has definitely turned the corner and is headed in the right direction again. My hat goes off to everyone on our team for great weekend," commented Jeg.

-jegs-

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Series NHRA
Drivers Jeg Coughlin , Troy Coughlin , Darrell Alderman , Mark Pawuk , Mark Whisnant