The final day of qualifying gave the Pro Stock Truck teams new challenges. The clouds were far and few between through the morning. The air temperature was up significantly over yesterday and the sun spent the day beating down on the track. ...
The final day of qualifying gave the Pro Stock Truck teams new challenges. The clouds were far and few between through the morning. The air temperature was up significantly over yesterday and the sun spent the day beating down on the track. The clouds came back in the afternoon in time for the final session.
In the third qualifying session John Coughlin pulled his yellow and black JEG'S Mail Order Chevy S-10 into the right lane. John left the starting line and took off down the middle of the groove. Coughlin and his JEG'S machine improved for the third straight time this weekend. He ran a 7.584 at 177.91 mph and was the third fastest truck of the session.
John landed in the No. 20 position. "We made a nice run," Coughlin explained. "The truck just did not respond well off of the starting line and not getting to the 60' foot clock quicker hurt us all the way down the track."
Mike Coughlin had a solo run in the third session and was the final Pro Stock Truck to go down the track. The JEG'S Mail Order Chevy S-10 left the starting line beams with a 1.067 60' foot time. The truck hesitated after leaving the starting line and than followed the groove to the finishline.
Mike ended up in the No. 21 spot after the third session. "We made a lot of changes to the set up to the JEG'S machine going into the third session." Mike continued to say, "The truck showed some positive signs to some of the changes that we made."
John and Mike Coughlin both entered the final qualifying session on the outside looking in. Mike was the first of the two JEG'S Mail Order Chevy S-10's to pull into the water box. The JEG'S machine left the starting a little on the aggressive side. Mike ran a 7.650 at 176.63 mph, which was not an improvement.
"We will take everything back to the shop when the race is over and go through my truck with a fine tooth comb." Mike added, "I will spend the day tomorrow helping my brothers win rounds."
One of the advantages of having a two truck program is additional data. After seeing how Mike's truck reacted to the set up and track, the team made some minor changes to John's truck in the lanes before he ran.
John and his JEG'S machine rolled into the left lane. The truck took off from the starting line and made a bee line for the finishline. John ran a 7.571 at 176.97 mph and moved into the No. 14 spot. John improved his qualifying time with each pass so far this weekend.
John will line up next to Brad Jeter in the first round. "Coming into the final session not in the show is a hard position for everyone. Our guys stayed focused and up beat." John continued to say, "Rewards like this only happen with teamwork."