NHRA's most competitive professional class had a total of 45 factory hot rods battling over five qualifying sessions to be a part of raceday and have a chance to win the most prestigious race in NHRA Winston Drag Racing. Jeg and Troy Coughlin ...
NHRA's most competitive professional class had a total of 45 factory hot rods battling over five qualifying sessions to be a part of raceday and have a chance to win the most prestigious race in NHRA Winston Drag Racing. Jeg and Troy Coughlin started the final day of qualifying sitting in the No. 14 and No. 33 positions respectfully.
In the fourth session Troy Coughlin was the first to take on the track for Team Jeg's. Troy made his best looking run of the weekend. He ran a 6.944 at 198.80 mph and missed breaking into the field by .024 seconds by the time the session was completed. Troy moved up to the No. 21 position.
"The run that we made during the fourth session was the best run that we have made in my car all weekend. We finally have a solid baseline to tune from. The unfortunate point is that we only have one more chance to break into the field and it is in the heat of the day," explained Troy.
By the time that Jeg Coughlin Jr, drove his Jeg's Mail Order Chevrolet Cavalier to the line he was on the outside looking in. Jeg took off from the starting line and made a move toward the centerline. He fought the car to return to the groove until he was forced to shut off. Jeg slipped down to the No. 18 spot.
"That was not the run that we were looking for. There are so many things that have to go right to make a good run. If you have just one thing wrong it can bite you pretty hard," explained Jeg.
In the final qualifying session Troy took on the track first. He ran a 6.983 at 198.93 mph and came up short.
"We knew what we up against going into the final session. We made a strong run, but it was just a little too late. Engine are being taken out of the cars as we speak and they are headed straight back to the shop to be run on the dyno," said Troy.
Jeg also went into the last qualifying session last year at the U.S. Nationals on the outside looking in. The Jeg's machine blew off of the line and followed the groove like it was on a string. Jeg made the quickest run in the right lane and the third quickest run of the session. He ran a 6.936 at 199.17 mph and came up short.
"The run we made was a great run for the session. We made some great calls and the car responded well from start to finish in the final session. It hurts not to be racing on raceday at the U.S. Nationals. Our group has their heads high and is focused on Reading," stated Jeg.