The start of professional qualifying was delayed. The combination of the heavy rain and unforeseen track preparation on the starting line slowed the action to a stand still for more then three hours. Troy Coughlin and his Jeg's Mail Order ...
The start of professional qualifying was delayed. The combination of the heavy rain and unforeseen track preparation on the starting line slowed the action to a stand still for more then three hours.
Troy Coughlin and his Jeg's Mail Order Chevrolet Cavalier was the first of the Team Jeg's factory hot rods to pull on to the new racing surface at Pomona Raceway. During the first qualifying session Troy ran a 7.056 at 197.59 mph. The run put him in the No. 15 position after the first of four scheduled qualifying sessions.
"When we left the starting line it felt like the car just turned off and then quickly came back to life. The new track surface is very smooth from the my seat and should translate into better times as the weekend goes on," explained Troy.
Jeg Coughlin was in the second to last pair of cars during the first qualifying session. The Jeg's Mail Order bow tie entry had the opportunity to benefit from watching his peers in NHRA's most competitive class run ahead of him.
Jeg ran a 7.053 at 197.25 mph on his first run of the weekend. The run was short from the expectation that the team had before making the run. He landed in the No. 14 spot.
The second session gave teams better conditions. A lot of shuffling took place throughout the entire night session. Troy improved and moved up to the No. 8 spot with his 6.987 at 197.57 mph run. Jeg ran a 6.996 at 198.55 mph and marched up to the No. 11 position.
"We made some wholesale changes in the fuel system area that really helped to pick us up in the second session. We will start the second day of qualifying in a much better position and expect to see the trend of improving continue," said Troy.
"We just fell flat on our face when we left the line. Controlling these cars from the minute that the clutch is let out is the key to making good consistent runs. We will use all of the data in our trailer to get both of the Jeg's Chevy Cavaliers firmly into the field," said Jeg.
"We made a better run in the second session. There is plenty of room for improvement and now that we have some solid data it will help us even more to make the right changes to get the Jeg's Cavaliers back on top," commented Jeg.