Jeg Coughlin closing in on better tune-up The second day of time trails at the season-ending 40th annual Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals was much kinder to three-time NHRA champion Jeg Coughlin. The former Pomona winner...
Jeg Coughlin closing in on better tune-up
The second day of time trails at the season-ending 40th annual Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals was much kinder to three-time NHRA champion Jeg Coughlin. The former Pomona winner stepped up his performance considerably from Thursday's shut-off pass and managed to move nine spots up the ladder after a steady 6.781 at 204.82 mph in his Jeg's Mail Order Chevrolet Cavalier.
As encouraging as Coughlin's run was for his entire race team, they still know that they have work to do as the numbers left them four-thousandths of a second out of the 16-car field of qualified cars that will race on Sunday. Coughlin will have two more chances to make the show Saturday.
"This was a much better day for Team Jeg's," Coughlin said. "We're still on the outside looking in but that's not to worry at this point. The session of the weekend that will set the field is Saturday morning's run. The conditions will be perfect then and we'll all need to be on our toes if we want to make the show. We plan on being ready.
"The car actually crept a little which is very uncharacteristic for us. When that happens it tends to rob some of your E.T. because it eats into your 60-foot time and you lose a little of the momentum you can gain down low. We'll fix that with some clutch adjustments and we'll get the car to be happy down low and we'll be fine."
Greg Anderson leads the field with a 6.713 at 205.10 mph. The final qualified car belongs to Fernando Cuadra, who ran 6.777 at 204.20 mph.
"We should have run a 6.73 or a 6.74," Coughlin said. "We just keep picking at this thing until we get it right. We definitely need to be on our toes for Round 3. That's where the race will start."