Troy scores runner up finish. When the sun came up at Firebird International Raceway the JEG'S team was busy at work putting the finishing touches on their race day set up. The team knew there was a possibility for an all-JEG'S final when the...
Troy scores runner up finish.
When the sun came up at Firebird International Raceway the JEG'S team was busy at work putting the finishing touches on their race day set up. The team knew there was a possibility for an all-JEG'S final when the day began since Jeg and Troy Coughlin were on opposite sides of the ladder.
In the opening round Troy Coughlin faced off against former Pro Stock Truck and Super Stock standout Greg Stanfield. Troy had lane choice and took the preferred left lane.
Greg Stanfield left the starting line first by .009 seconds (.017 to .026). Troy was in the lead by the time the JEG'S Mail Order Chevy Cavalier got to the 60-foot clock and he never looked back. He ran 6.869 at 200.50 mph and took the win light by .0605 seconds at the stripe.
"We made a nice solid run in the opening round and picked up our first round win of the year," said Troy. "Our goal was to keep lane choice for the second round and we fell a little short."
In the second round Troy went head-to-head against Kurt Johnson. The battle pitted two of the most well known families in NHRA POWERade Pro Stock against each other.
KJ left the line first and turned the red light on in the process. Troy took the win light and crossed the finish line beams with a 6.877 at 200.56 mph.
"It feels great to go rounds," explained Troy after the second round. "Our goal was to go out there and get lane choice for the semifinal round. That is exactly what we did!"
In the semifinal round Troy had lane choice over Bruce Allen. The match up pitted the two flagship GM brands against each other.
The advantage off of the line went to Bruce Allen by .011 seconds (.034 to .045). By the time Troy passed the 330-foot clock he was in the lead to stay. Troy and his JEG'S Mail Order Chevy Cavalier posted a winning run of 6.854 at 200.50 mph. The margin of victory was .0105 seconds.
"The changes we made to our team are really paying off already and that is exciting for everyone involved with Team JEG'S," noted Troy.
In the final round Troy lined up next to Greg Anderson. Lane choice went to Anderson by .001 seconds.
Troy left the starting line first by .002 seconds (.023 to .025). The cars battled all the way down the track. The win light came on for Anderson by .0401 seconds at the stripe. Troy ran a 6.907 at 200.83 mph.
"We had a great weekend and there is only one team happier than us," commented Troy. "We moved from fifteenth to fourth in the points this weekend and that is a real credit to teamwork. We will head back to the shop and start getting ready for the Mac Tools Gatornationals."