Team Jeg's Looks Solid in Las Vegas Team Jeg's began their quest for a third consecutive win at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway with Friday qualifying action at the AC Delco Nationals in Las Vegas, Nevada. Two NHRA national events have been held...
Team Jeg's Looks Solid in Las Vegas
Team Jeg's began their quest for a third consecutive win at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway with Friday qualifying action at the AC Delco Nationals in Las Vegas, Nevada. Two NHRA national events have been held at the modern drag racing facility since its opening in April of 2000. Jeg Coughlin is the only Pro Stock driver to win at Bruton Smith's desert oasis and Troy Coughlin has a semifinal appearance to his credit.
Troy was the first of the Coughlin brothers to wheel his yellow and black Jeg's Mail Order Chevy into the water box. Troy shut the car down after experiencing severe tire shake approximately one-hundred feet down the right hand lane. The Jeg's machine coasted to an 11.84 e.t. at 73.83 mph.
"The tires shook really bad," said Troy. "The car made a hard move to the left and I had no choice but to shut it off. As a driver you hate to lift, but nothing good could come out of staying in the throttle."
Jeg Coughlin also had the right lane in Friday's first qualifying session. Jeg ran one of the stronger runs of the session with a pass of 7.04 seconds at 195.22 mph.
"It was a pretty solid run for us," commented Jeg. "The car wiggled a little at the top end but it was still a nice pass. It was a good way to start the weekend for Team Jeg's."
Cooler temperatures and better air conditions meant enhanced performance for the big block engines of the Pro Stock class. Troy Coughlin needed a good run in the session and Team Jeg's delivered. There was no sign of tire shake as Troy's Chevrolet rocketed down the quarter mile with a pass of 6.98 seconds at 197.33 mph.
"After stumbling a little in the first round, it was pretty important to make a good pass down the track," said Troy. "The crew made the necessary changes and we got the run we were looking for out of the Jeg's Mail Order car."
Jeg Coughlin improved slightly in second round action. Jeg ran a 7.01 second pass at 196.07 mph in his Chevrolet Cavalier.
"It's always good to improve with each session," explained Jeg. "However, we didn't make the run that we were anticipating. Were were looking for a better number out of our Jeg's machine, but it was just as important to have two solid qualifying passes. It looks like we have something to work with this weekend."
Troy Coughlin is qualified No.9 and Jeg Coughlin is qualified in the sixteenth and final position after two qualifying sessions at the inaugural AC Delco Nationals in Las Vegas, Nevada.