Phoenix: Jeg Coughlin final qualifying notes

Jeg Coughlin is Ready for Action at Firebird Clear skies and hot conditions set the stage for an intense day of qualifying at Firebird Raceway for the Checker, Schucks, Kragen Nationals in Phoenix, Arizona. Team Jeg's drivers Jeg and Troy ...

Jeg Coughlin is Ready for Action at Firebird

Clear skies and hot conditions set the stage for an intense day of qualifying at Firebird Raceway for the Checker, Schucks, Kragen Nationals in Phoenix, Arizona. Team Jeg's drivers Jeg and Troy Coughlin entered the second and final day of qualifying seventeenth and nineteenth respectively. Both drivers would need better performances from their Jeg's Mail Order Chevrolets Cavaliers if they were to compete for a victory on Sunday.

Jeg was the first of the two racing brothers to pull to the staring line for the first qualifying session on Saturday. The Jeg's Mail Order machine continued to struggle with tire shake forcing Jeg to abort the run.

"The setup for this track has continued to elude us so far," said Jeg. "We tried a different combination on that run and the car just didn't respond well to it."

Troy Coughlin looked to turn the corner in his Jeg's Mail Order machine. Troy posted his best pass of the weekend with a run of 6.93 seconds at 198.93 mph placing him fifteenth in the field of sixteen with one session to improve.

"It felt good to finally get a solid run under our belt," commented Troy. "We got down the track yesterday, but our first pass today was much stronger. Getting both cars solidly in the field was our biggest concern heading into today's sessions. We also know that there was more left in my run if we can get the car to go straight from start to finish"

Jeg Coughlin entered the fourth and final round of qualifying on the outside looking in. Jeg had to run better than 6.933 seconds for any hope of making the final field of sixteen for Sunday's elimination's. Jeg stepped up with a clutch 6.92 second pass at 199.02 mph propelling him into the fifteenth position. Jeg's run consequently bumped brother Troy Coughlin to the sixteenth position.

Troy Coughlin entered the final session in the precarious position of either not qualifying or bumping younger brother Jeg from the program after Greg Anderson shuffled the already tight field. Not one to back down from a challenge, Troy took his best shot but fell just short of making the field with a final pass of 6.94 seconds at 199.29 mph and landed in the No. 17 position despite having the fifteenth best run of the session.

"We went up to staging lanes with every intent of putting both of the Jeg's Mail Order Chevrolets into the quick sixteen," said Troy. "Unfortunately, the cards didn't fall our way. We felt we had made the right adjustments to get the job done, but we just came up a little short. We will turn our focus towards Jeg's car for tomorrow, and I'll look forward to getting another run at it in Gainesville."

"The guys did a great job in the final session," commented Jeg. "We were really chasing the setup all weekend and the team delivered when it counted. I wish that we had both of the cars in the show for tomorrow. We all work together as a team and the information from Troy's runs played a big role in getting my car dialed in."

Jeg Coughlin will square off against number one qualifier Ron Krisher in the first round of the Checker, Schuck's, Kragen Nationals. Jeg has a record of nine wins and four losses against Krisher in Pro Stock competition. The former Pro Stock Champion won the 2000 US Nationals from the No. 16 spot.

"Krisher is running really well," said Jeg. "But we have won from the sixteenth spot before. Tomorrow will be a whole different ball game. We'll just give it our best shot and see what happens."

-jegs-

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Series NHRA
Drivers Jeg Coughlin , Troy Coughlin , Greg Anderson , Ron Krisher