Jeg Coughlin wins & moves to the top spot. Jeg Coughlin, Jr began the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals with two things in mind. The first was to win the tittle in Pro Stock for the second time in his career and the second was to leave the event with the...
Jeg Coughlin wins & moves to the top spot.
Jeg Coughlin, Jr began the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals with two things in mind. The first was to win the tittle in Pro Stock for the second time in his career and the second was to leave the event with the lead in the NHRA POWERade Championship. He entered the event ready to strike from the third position in the points chase and was a mere 35 points behind the top spot.
In the opening round Jeg Coughlin, Jr and his Jeg's Mail Order Chevy Cavalier faced off against Greg Stanfield. The two drivers regularly traded punches for years when they competed against each other in Super Stock.
Lane choice went to Stanfield and he took the preferred left lane. After a long hesitation by both drivers to turn the final stage light on Jeg launched from the line first. Coughlin never looked back and took the win light by .0705 seconds at the stripe. He ran a quicker run of 6.931 at 199.05 mph.
"It always feels good to turn the win light on in the opening round. The job now is to continue the momentum for three more rounds," said Jeg after the first round.
In the second round Jeg went head-to-head against No. 1 qualifier and fellow Ohio Pro Stock driver Ron Krisher. Krisher had lane choice and Coughlin remained in the right lane.
Once again, Coughlin and his Jeg's Mail Order Chevy Cavalier left the line first and never looked back. He put .090 seconds in the bank off of the line and continued to make deposits all the way to the big end. Jeg crossed the finish line and posted a winning run of 6.934 at 199.82 mph on the board.
"We were all ready for battle as a team. We made the right call on the set up and the driver did his job," said Jeg.
The semifinal round pitted Jeg against Allen Johnson. Coughlin had lane choice and rolled into the left lane. Jeg took a slight starting line advantage (.459 to .463). The two cars looked like they were welded together at the door handles. The win light came on for Jeg by .004 seconds at the stripe. Both cars ran 6.945 seconds.
"That was a close one and about as close as it gets. Those are the type of runs that the fans come to see," commented Jeg. "Our guys have been doing a great job all week and team work is what put us in the final round. You cannot doing as thing by yourself. You have to surround your self and build a program with good people and that is what we have done."
In the final round Jeg went head-to-head with Jim Yates. Both drivers knew that who ever won the match up would leave the most prestigious race in Drag Racing as the points leader. Lane choice went to Yates and he took the right lane.
Coughlin immediately rolled into the stage beams and turned both lights on. Yates quickly tried to counter respond but it wasn't enough. Jeg left the line first with a .439 to .477 reaction time. The red-hot Coughlin grabbed the points lead when he took the hole shot victory of NHRA's most prestigious event. He ran a 6.953 at 199.08 mph.
The victory marked the third ('92 Super gas, '00 & '02 Pro Stock) U.S. Nationals win for Jeg Coughlin, Jr and the 27th of his professional career. In addition, he moved ahead of Lee Shepard on the all-time list of Pro Stock wins.
"To win Indy, take the lead in the points and pass the late Lee Shepard on the all-time Pro Stock wins list is a lot to take in. There are still plenty of races left (6) in the season. We have a great team and our job is to keep the momentum going until the end of the last race in Pomona," commented Coughlin.