Team Jeg's looking solid in qualifying at Gateway. Team Jeg's driver's Jeg and Troy Coughlin were hopeful for a good start to the weekend when they rolled their Jeg's Mail Order Chevrolet Cavaliers into action Friday afternoon at Gateway ...
Team Jeg's looking solid in qualifying at Gateway.
Team Jeg's driver's Jeg and Troy Coughlin were hopeful for a good start to the weekend when they rolled their Jeg's Mail Order Chevrolet Cavaliers into action Friday afternoon at Gateway International Raceway just outside of St. Louis. The hot summer sun was relentless on the quarter mile strip from dawn to dusk. Escalating temperatures led to tougher track conditions as the factory hot rods began their first qualifying session of the weekend.
Troy Coughlin was first into the water-box for Team Jeg's on Friday. The yellow and black Jeg's Mail Order machine rocked down the quarter mile to the tune of 6.94 seconds at 198.90 mph. The car looked nearly flawless from start to finish, and delivered the fourth best time of the session.
"It was really a great way to start the weekend," said Troy. "The run felt great from the drop of the hammer to the release of the chutes. It's nice to get off to a quick start right out of the gate. It helps to set the tone for the entire weekend."
"Jeg Coughlin's start to the weekend was a little rockier than that of older brother Troy. The 2000 POWERade Pro Stock Champion posted a 7.04 second run at 197.51 mph after spinning the tires hard in the first sixty feet of the run.
"We gave the track a little more than it wanted on that pass," explained Jeg. "The crew back at the Jeg's Research and Development Center put some more power between the frame rails of my Jeg's Mail Order Cavalier. I'm confident that we will do a better job of getting that power to the pavement in the remaining qualifying sessions."
It was time to bring the good stuff to the line in Friday's late evening session. Temperatures continued to decrease and track conditions steadily improved. Fans anticipated a significant shift in the quick sixteen and the drivers were quick to deliver.
Jeg led the initial charge for Team Jeg's in Friday's evening session. Jeg improved significantly in the evening's final session, tearing down the quarter mile in 6.89 seconds at 199.08 mph.
"We needed to step up in that session, and Team Jeg's delivered," said Jeg. "That run was a step in the right direction. We'll take what we learned from that pass and fine tune for tomorrow."
Troy Coughlin laid down a big number of his own in the evening session matching brother Jeg's time of 6.89 seconds with a slightly faster 200.23 mph.
"It was great that we could go out and make another solid run," said Troy. "We knew that the field was going to shuffle and our team responded with another great effort."
Jeg and Troy are qualified in the eighth and seventh positions respectively after two qualifying sessions from Gateway International Raceway. Qualifying will resume with an additional two sessions Saturday.