Memphis: Troy Coughlin wins Pro Stock Championship

In the opening round Troy Coughlin faced off against Robert Patrick. The Jeg's machine left the starting line first. Both drivers ran into traction problems and let off. Troy got back into it when he did not see the other car next to him.

In the opening round Troy Coughlin faced off against Robert Patrick.  The 
Jeg's machine left the starting line first.  Both drivers ran into traction 
problems and let off.  Troy got back into it when he did not see the other 
car next to him.  Troy turned on the win light with a 7.655 at 178.99 mph.

"It was not a pretty win, but it was a win and we'll take it," said Troy. "The track conditions are tricky in both lane with the low track temperature."

Jeg faced off against George Marnell in the first round.  Ron Krisher was 
defeated in front of Jeg, which made the NHRA Winston Championship official.  
Jeg left the starting line first by .033 seconds (.447 to .480).  Jeg was out 
in front from the beginning, but Marnell came on strong.  The win light came 
on for Jeg on a holeshot.  He ran a 6.874 at 199.52 mph.

"Our goal was to come here and win the Championship and win the race," explained Jeg. "Now we can focus on winning the race."

Troy lined up next to Scott Geoffrion in the second. The Dodge had lane ch oice and took the left lane. Geoffrion left the starting line beams first (.449 to .480). Both cars were side-by-side all the way to the finish line. The win light came on in the other lane on a holeshot. Troy ran a quicker 6.856 at 200.26 mph.

"We made one of the best runs in the right lane all day," said Troy. "We just came up a little short."

Jeg was pitted against Mark Pawuk in the second round.  The Jeg's machine 
left first by .22 seconds (.442 to .464).  The yellow and black Jeg's Mail 
Order machine rocketed to the big end.  Jeg got to the finish line first by 
.059 seconds.  He ran a 6.853 at 199.73 mph.

"The ran in the second round felt good when I launched from the starting line," noted Jeg. "The car spun a little from third to fourth, but recovered well."

In the semifinal round Jeg and fellow Ohio Pro Stock driver Larry Morgan met. Jeg left the line first (.426 to .446). The two cars were within inches of each other when they crossed half track. The Maskin/DART Machinery horsepower came on strong and the win light turned on for Team Jeg's. Jeg ran a 6.868 at 199.23 mph.

"This has been a great day so far we just need to take it one step further," said Jeg. "I would like nothing more than to walk away here with a victory. That's the way to win a Championship!"

The final round put Jeg and Scott Geoffrion head-to-head.  Both drivers ran 
identical et's, Geoffrion got lane choice because he had a high mph.  Both 
drivers left the starting line with identical reaction times (.435).  The win 
light went on for Coughlin.  This victory marked his tenth win of the season 
and 31st career victory.  He ran a 6.878 at 199.64 mph.

"This is the first time that we have won in Pro Stock and Pro Stock Truck at the same event," said Jeg. "None of this would have been possible without teamwork. I just can't say enough about these guys, they make it happen!"

"Winning the Championship was our goal before the season started. To accomplish a goal like this required our entire team working together. None of this would have been possible with the support of my family, team members, all of our dedicated associates at Jeg's Mail Order, the vendor support of our racing and track tested program," explained Jeg after clinching the title. "This has been an awesome year so far for Team Jeg's! The season is not over for us even though we won the Championship. We have three races left including this one and our goal is to break Darrell Alderman's single season NHRA win record of 11 victories in Pro Stock. We currently have won ten races so far this year and we are on target to break this long standing record."

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Series NHRA
Drivers Troy Coughlin , Robert Patrick , Mark Pawuk , Ron Krisher , Larry Morgan , Scott Geoffrion , George Marnell