Jeg Coughlin wins fifth race of season. There were plenty of match up's throughout the day that had championship implications at the O'Reilly Mid-South Nationals. The Pro Stock class grabbed center stage the minute the sun came up Sunday...
Jeg Coughlin wins fifth race of season.
There were plenty of match up's throughout the day that had championship implications at the O'Reilly Mid-South Nationals. The Pro Stock class grabbed center stage the minute the sun came up Sunday morning at Memphis Motorsports Park.
The highly anticipated opening round battle between Jeg Coughlin and Greg Anderson grabbed the spot light. The two red-hot drivers entered race day No. 2 and No. 3 in the NHRA POWERade Championship respectively and both looking to make up ground on leader Jim Yates.
With the pressure mounting for both drivers Jeg Coughlin slowly rolled the Jeg's Mail Order Chevy Cavalier to the starting line and Greg Anderson followed close behind.
Anderson turned the red light on by .002 seconds and the win went to Coughlin. Jeg had a reaction time of .422 and posted a run of 6.820 at 201.46 mph.
"The first round match up between Greg and myself is the kind of match up that the fans want to see. Everyone knew how important it was for either of us to win," explained Jeg.
In the second round Jeg went head-to-head with Kurt Johnson. Jeg had lane choice and stuck with the left lane.
Both drivers left the starting line with identical reaction times of .437 seconds. The Jeg's machine was quicker at every incremental point down the track. Jeg ran a 6.857 at 200.59 mph and took the win light by .0228 seconds at the stripe.
"We watched Jim Yates get beat in front of us and knew that we needed to capitalize on the opportunity," said Jeg after the second round.
The semifinal round put Jeg and Kenny Koretsky into the ring. Once again, Jeg had lane choice and remained in the left lane. Jeg left first and never looked back. Coughlin advanced to the final round with a run of 6.845 at 200.59 mph.
"We understood the opportunity that we had to gain some ground in the point and see the value of every run as it translates to winning the 2002 NHRA POWERade Championship," explained Jeg.
Jeg went toe-to-toe with Gene Wilson in the final round. For the fourth time of the day Jeg had lane choice and stuck with the left lane.
Gene Wilson got the jump over Coughlin off of the line by .004 seconds (.423 to .427). By the time the yellow and black Jeg's Mail Order Chevy cavalier got to the 60-foot clock he never looked back. Jeg grabbed the win by posting quicker a run of 6.849 at 200.80 mph.
"The guys on Team Jeg's did a flawless job all day. Winning today is a reward for dedication, team work and focus. To capitalize on the opportunity that we had today is huge and it is even more rewarding to win when you control your own destiny," said a cheerful Coughlin.
Winning the O'Reilly Mid-South NHRA Nationals marked the fifth Pro Stock victory for the 32-year old second generation driver this season. He also scored his 28th professional win. Jeg is now in the No. 2 position in the NHRA POWERade Championship and trails Jim Yates by a mere 12 points with four races remaining in the season.
Troy Coughlin was defeated by Kenny Koretsky in the opening round in a door handle-to-door handle battle for the win light.
"The guys will head straight to Route 66 Raceway and the preparation for that race starts immediately," said Troy.
The next race is the Sears Craftsman Nationals at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, IL. Most teams will head straight there from Memphis Motorsports Park.