Jeg Goes Out in Round Two Two-time NHRA Pro Stock champion Jeg Coughlin, Jr started race day from the No. 5 qualifying position. The 33-year old second generation driver moved the bar up again by qualifying for his 44th straight event ...
Jeg Goes Out in Round Two
Two-time NHRA Pro Stock champion Jeg Coughlin, Jr started race day from the No. 5 qualifying position. The 33-year old second generation driver moved the bar up again by qualifying for his 44th straight event and continues to hold the longest active qualifying streak in NHRA's most competitive professional class.
Coughlin faced off against fellow Ohio Pro Stock driver Mark Pawuk in the opening round. Lane choice went to the Jeg's Mail Order Chevy Cavalier and the yellow and black car rolled into the left lane to begin the battle.
The starting line advantage went to Pawuk by .019 seconds (.026 to .045). The Jeg's machine made a move toward the center line and recovered down track. The win light went to Coughlin and the Jeg's Mail Order team by .0195 at the stripe. He posted a quicker run of 6.852 at 201.07 mph.
"We left a lot on the table in the opening round," explained Coughlin. "I felt the sway bar move around just after the car launched from the starting line. It really upset the car took some aggressive steering to get it back to the center of the groove."
In the second round the 45-time NHRA national event winner went head-to-head against Dave Connolly, who also is another fellow Ohio Pro Stock driver. Connolly grabbed a .009 second advantage (.014 to .023) over Coughlin off of the line. The win went to Connolly by .0409 seconds at the finish line. Jeg ran 6.865 at 201.01 mph.
"We were expecting to go a couple of more rounds today," explained Coughlin. "We made a couple of errors that prevented us from being more of a threat on race day. Our group is working hard to get these yellow and black Jeg's cars back into the winner's circle. We will just pick up the pieces and head to Topeka."
Jeg earned 53 points at the NHRA Route 66 Nationals. He will enter the ninth race of 2004 NHRA season in the No. 5 position in the NHRA POWERade Pro Stock championship. Jeg has a total of 454 points with 15 races remaining. The next event is the NHRA O'Reilly Summer Nationals presented by Castrol GTX in Topeka, KS. May 27-30th.