The sun continued to pound down on the IRP facility. The first professional qualifying session of the day started around 10:30 am, while the second session began at 6:15 pm. The Pro Stock classes ran behind the Top Fuel and Funny Cars during...
The sun continued to pound down on the IRP facility. The first professional qualifying session of the day started around 10:30 am, while the second session began at 6:15 pm. The Pro Stock classes ran behind the Top Fuel and Funny Cars during the evening session, which will give the teams a good look at what they will have to deal with on race day.
The Pro Stock Truck class will run the first and second round of elimination's tomorrow and complete the semifinal round and finals on Sunday with the rest of the professional classes. The chance for an all-JEG'S final exists with John and Mike being on opposite sides of the ladder.
Mike Coughlin / Pro Stock Truck #28:
Mike began the day resting is the number ten qualifying position. During the fourth session he ran the right lane. The yellow and black JEG'S Mail Order machine pulled into the water box with a strong desire to improve his qualifying position. The truck left the starting line and the rear of the Chevy S-10 searched for traction in the first 75' feet. Once the truck hooked up it took off down the groove. Mike did improve his qualifying position, but slipped to the number thirteen spot. Mike commented, "We have been trying to make small measurable changes to the setup. The truck has been responding well and I think that we are headed in the right direction."
Mike was in the left lane during the final qualifying session, which is the better of the two lanes. He went into the session wanting to move up to the top half of the qualifying field and be on the opposite side of the ladder. Mike left the starting line and the truck followed the middle of the groove, the truck was hooked up to the track. The #28 JEG'S Mail Order Chevy S-10 made the quickest and fastest run of the session. Mike said, "We went in the right direction and truck responded very well to the changes that we made." Mike landed in the number thirteen position in qualifying and will race Brad Jeter in the first round tomorrow for Pro Stock Truck, Jeter will have lane choice. Mike should be very tough tomorrow in the heat.
John Coughlin / Pro Stock Truck #31:
John started the day being he better qualified JEG'S Pro Stock Truck. In the first session of the day John ran the right lane. The truck left the line and made a move to the left at the 60' foot clock. John improved his ET, but slipped to the number seven position. John said, "We have made some small setup changes that are starting to show some promise for our race day setup."
The final session proved to be a hard one, if you weren't among the top sixteen you were climbing an up hill battle. John was in the right lane. The JEG'S machine launched and moved a little side-to-side. The truck's DART/Maskin horsepower took hold of the track and took off. John ran an impressive 7.71 in the heat, which was not an impressive. John stayed in the number seven spot and will race Scott Perin tomorrow morning, Coughlin will have lane choice.
Jeg Coughlin / Pro Stock #2:
Jeg was lined up in the right lane for today's first professional qualifying session. The JEG'S Olds launched and made a quick move to the left. The left tire grabbed the track and moved to car back to the center of the groove. The runs that this car have been making are continuing to look good. Jeg was the fifth quickest and fifth fastest of the session, this team is showing their strength in the heat. Jeg noted, "The track, clutch and horsepower seem to be getting along so far. We have avoided being aggressive on our setup so far this weekend. We still have more left in this combination." Jeg did not improve his position and stayed in the number five spot.
The team showed that they have a strong setup for heat and track conditions that they will most likely face on race day. Jeg lined up in the left lane. The car left the starting line and followed the middle of the groove like it was on a wire. Jeg stated, "The car felt great going through the gears. It never hesitated and it felt like there's still more left. The team really has a great handle on the setup for the heat." Jeg improved and moves up to the number xx slot.
Troy Coughlin / #24:
Troy lined up in the left lane, which is the better lane so far this weekend. The car left the starting line and made a wiggle with the rear of the car. When the car settled and the horsepower grabbed the track the car took off. Troy was the eleventh quickest and third fastest of the session. Troy commented, "Our problem right now is getting to the 60' foot clock without having the excess wheel speed." Troy slipped to the number seventeen slot by the end of the session.
During the third session Troy ran next to his brother Jeg in the left lane. Troy left the launched from the beams and favored the left side of the groove all the way down the track, the car was almost hugging the center stripe. Troy stayed with it and ended up in the number xx spot.