NHRA O'Reilly Nationals Houston Raceway Park Baytown, TX NHRA Pro Stock Team Jeg's - Saturday Qualifying Summary The Pro Stock teams were treated to changing weather conditions during the second and final day of qualifying. The increased ...
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Team Jeg's - Saturday Qualifying Summary
The Pro Stock teams were treated to changing weather conditions during the second and final day of qualifying. The increased humidity and threat of rain proved to be an obstacle for tuning the big block engines that power the "factory hot rods."
During the third qualifying session Jeg and Troy both ran in the right lane. Jeg ran a 6.896 at 199.79 mph and landed in the No. 15 spot. Troy went through the clocks with at the finish line with a 6.907 at 199.88 mph and slipped to the No. 11 position.
"The car made a small move to the left as I left the starting line," said Jeg. "I drove back to the middle of the groove slowly so I would not disrupt the balance of the car too much. Once it was back in the middle of the groove it took off."
"We were fortunate to learn a little more about the right lane from the run that my brother Jeg made in front of me," explained Troy. "We made some small changes to the setup that seemed to calm down the yellow and black Jeg's Cavalier during the launch from the starting line in the third session."
Team Jeg's entered the final qualifying session with improving on their minds. However, neither Jeg's machine was able to improve. Jeg ran a 6.915 at 200.02 mph and ended up sitting on the bump spot at the end of qualifying. Troy launched from the starting line and headed straight for the wall and let off as he steered the car back in to the left lane.
"We expected to really pickup during the final session. The car just did not respond the way that we thought that it would. Everyone on our team who saw the run thought that it looked a lot better then what the numbers told on the run slip," said Jeg. "We landed in the No. 16 position and we won the U.S. Nationals last year from the same spot."
"We are going to keep the lights on late and get this car sorted out. We made three great runs in a row in our Jeg's Chevrolet Cavalier. The final run really threw us a curve ball," explained Troy. "There is too much talent on Team Jeg's not to get this problem fixed by first round."
Troy will battle his way to the final round from the No. 12 position. He will go head-to-head against Mark Pawuk in the opening round. Jeg will face off against the No. 1 qualifier in round one. Jeg and Troy will battle from the same side of the ladder and have the possibility of meeting in the semifinal round.