The completion of the NHRA Sears Craftsman Nationals will mark the halfway point of the 2001 NHRA Winston Drag Racing season. Jeg enters the race ready to strike from the No. 4 position in the points. He has 656 points and trails the top spot by...
The completion of the NHRA Sears Craftsman Nationals will mark the halfway point of the 2001 NHRA Winston Drag Racing season. Jeg enters the race ready to strike from the No. 4 position in the points. He has 656 points and trails the top spot by 110 points. Troy is ready for a late season charge in the factory hot rod class. He is sitting in the No. 20 spot with 239 points.
In the first of four scheduled qualifying session Troy and his Chevrolet Cavalier pulled into the right lane. Troy had already made three qualifying passes and raced two rounds of competition in Super Gas before he made his first run of the weekend in Pro Stock.
Troy launched from the line and headed straight down the middle of the groove. He crossed the finish line running a 6.972 at 198.44 mph. The run was good enough to end the first session sitting in the No. 16 spot.
"We were looking for a stronger run coming out of the trailer for the first session. The Chevy Cavalier stayed hooked up in the middle of the groove from start to finish. We could have been a little more aggressive. The important thing is that we have data to tune from and improve from," commented Troy.
In the opening qualifying session Jeg and his yellow and black Jeg's Mail Order Chevrolet Cavalier took on the left lane. Jeg darted off of the line and the car struggled to find balance. He ran a 6.925 at 198.88 mph and ended up in the No. 8 spot.
"The Jeg's Chevy Cavalier did not respond as well as what we wanted during the first session. The car seemed like it was fighting the track as it made small moves from side-to-side with the rear. It is always nice to get the first run out of the way. Now we can focus improving and use the data that we got from the first run to do it," said Jeg.
In the second session Troy started off the order for Team Jeg's. Troy darted off of the line and made another great looking run. He improved and ran a 6.891 at 199.40 mph. The Jeg's machine moved ended up in the No. 10 position by the end of the session.
"The Jeg's Chevy Cavalier responded well from start to finish. We could have been a little more aggressive during the second session. We just did not want to cross the line and get burned. I think that we are solidly qualified and we will work on preparing for raceday on the second day of qualifying," noted Troy.
During the second session Jeg improved slightly over his qualifying time from the first session. He ran a 6.923 at 198.82 mph. Jeg landed in the No. 16 spot and held the position through the end of qualifying. He will have two additional sessions on Saturday to improve his position.
"The run that we made in the second session felt more like a 6.89 or 6.88. We fell a little short and we will spend some time sorting out what happened with each component on the car during the run. Tomorrow morning will be a pretty important session for us and I am confident that we will improve our position and get this Jeg's Mail Order Chevy Cavalier closer to the top of the page," said Jeg.