Gainesville: Team Jeg's Gatornationals qualifying report

Team Jeg's Ready to Rumble at Mac Tools Gatornationals Warm and humid conditions set the stage for another interesting round of Pro Stock qualifying at the Mac Tools Gatornationals in Gainesville Florida late Saturday morning. Team Jeg's...

Team Jeg's Ready to Rumble at Mac Tools Gatornationals

Warm and humid conditions set the stage for another interesting round of Pro Stock qualifying at the Mac Tools Gatornationals in Gainesville Florida late Saturday morning. Team Jeg's drivers Jeg and Troy Coughlin continued to shine with another pair of solid passes in the days first session.

Jeg was the first of the Coughlin brothers to wheel his Jeg's Mail Order Chevrolet Cavalier into the water-box. The Jeg's Mail Order machine posted one of the stronger runs of the session with a pass of 6.86 seconds at 201.46 mph.

"It felt great to make a third consecutive strong run," said Jeg. "We were hoping to run a 6.85 with that pass, but we couldn't complain about a 6.86. The car has been strong all weekend, and now we are just making some minor adjustments to try and give the car exactly what it wants."

Troy Coughlin managed a strong run of 6.88 seconds at 200.53 mph despite having to fight to keep the car in the groove from start to finish in third round action.

"The car made a pretty quick move to the left at the hit of the throttle," commented Troy. "The car recovered well and we were still able to make a good run. The weather and track conditions for Saturday's first session are typically pretty close to the conditions that we would have to face in the first round of eliminations on Sunday. We are just making some small, measurable changes to our setup in search of a combination that will help us go rounds on Sunday."

The fourth and final round served as more of a "test and tune" session for Jeg and Troy Coughlin. Increased temperatures led to a decrease in performance for nearly the entire field of Pro Stock entries. With the threat of being bumped from the field behind them, both drivers were able to use the session to tune up their 500 cubic inch big blocks for Sunday's first round of eliminations.

Troy posted a respectable 6.91 at 200.53 mph in Saturday's fourth and final session. The Jeg's Mail Order Chevrolet Cavalier was really aggressive off the line, moving slightly right out of the groove within the first sixty feet.

"We got a little too aggressive with that pass," said Troy. "We thought that we might as well give it a try to see what the track could handle in the afternoon heat. It was still a good solid run, and I'm glad that we will get the chance to play on Sunday."

Jeg Coughlin continued to impress in the weekend's final qualifying session. He drove his Jeg's Mail Order machine to 6.88 et. with a speed of 201.01 mph. The final pass of the day by Jeg was one of the fastest of the session, giving the team confidence that they have the opportunity of becoming a major player in eliminations tomorrow.

"The final pass of the day was definitely a step in the right direction," said Jeg. "Even though it wasn't our quickest qualifying pass, it was one of our strongest given the conditions at the time. We'll make some minor adjustments to our Jeg's Mail Order machine, and then we'll load it up and get rested for what will hopefully be a very busy day for us tomorrow."

After four rounds of qualifying, Jeg and Troy Coughlin finish in the fourth and twelfth positions respectively.

Troy will face Jim Yates in first round competition tomorrow. Troy has seven wins and eleven losses against Yates in his Pro Stock career. Troy is no stranger to success at Gainesville. The Delaware, Ohio native made it to the final round in 2000 where he eventually lost to Warren Johnson. Troy would like nothing more than another shot at the Mac Tools Gatornationals crown.

Jeg Coughlin will face off against Mark Pawuk in Sunday's action. Jeg has ten wins and two losses in head to head battle with Pawuk. The 2001 Mac Tools Gatornationals Champion will look to improve upon that record in his quest for back to back titles at one of the POWERade NHRA Drag Racing Series premier events.

-jeg's-

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Series NHRA
Drivers Jeg Coughlin , Troy Coughlin , Mark Pawuk , Warren Johnson