NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series Team Jeg's - Pro Stock Jeg and Troy Coughlin Checker, Schuck's, Kragen NHRA Nationals Friday Qualifying Team Jeg's Searching for the Right Combination in Phoenix The second race of the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing...
NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series
Team Jeg's - Pro Stock
Jeg and Troy Coughlin
Checker, Schuck's, Kragen NHRA Nationals Friday Qualifying
Team Jeg's Searching for the Right Combination in Phoenix
The second race of the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series season started with Friday qualifying at the Checker, Schuck's, Kragen Nationals in Phoenix, Arizona. Jeg and Troy Coughlin entered Firebird Raceway with hopes of a quick rebound from the season opener in Pomona.
Jeg, Troy and nearly the entire Team Jeg's crew traveled to Tucson for two days of extensive testing prior to the weekends activities. Their quest for a victory in the desert would have to begin with a strong performance in qualifying.
Troy was the first to wheel his Jeg's Mail Order Chevy Cavalier into the water-box. The Jeg's machine was on pace for a quick run with a solid sixty foot time of 1.018 seconds. However, the Goodyear slicks lost grip and Troy headed toward the center stripe. He wisely shut off midway through the pass.
"The car launched pretty well," said Troy. "But it shook and made a hard move to the left so I decided to shut it down. There wasn't much reason to stay in it and create a bad situation."
Jeg Coughlin also ran in the right lane for his first qualifying pass. Jeg crossed the finish line posting a solid 6.93 second pass at 199.46 mph.
"We were pretty happy with the first run of the weekend," commented Jeg. "We missed the setup a little bit, but we still made a good run. We would have liked to have seen both of the Jeg's Mail Order Chevy Cavaliers make full passes, but we can still translate a lot of the information from my run into usable data to improve on for both cars."
Troy Coughlin improved in the second round of qualifying with a solid run of 6.95 seconds at 199.20 mph. The Jeg's Mail Order machine made a move toward the center line during the launch. Troy recovered and completed his first full pass under power of the weekend.
"The car launched and made a pretty hard move right," commented Troy. "The majority of the rest of the run was consumed with recovering the car. Despite the handling woes, it was still a competitive run for the session. It will definitely help as we work to dial the car in for the two final qualifying sessions tomorrow."
Jeg Coughlin also experienced some handling problems in Friday's second qualifying session. Jeg had the fastest 60-foot time of the session but slowed to a 6.98 second pass at 199.09 mph after shaking the tires at half track.
"We really had a problem with tire shake that run," said Jeg. "We went the wrong way with the setup and the car didn't respond well to it. Saturday morning's pass will be important for the entire field. We will look at the data from Troy's car, compare notes and make our adjustments for the third qualifying session."
Jeg and Troy are No. 17 and No. 19 respectfully after two rounds of qualifying action at the Checker, Schuck's, Kragen Nationals in Phoenix, Arizona.