The second and final day of qualifying took place on Friday. Troy Coughlin started the day in the No. 8 position and younger brother Jeg Jr began his day sitting in the No. 11 slot. The goal of improving was firmly imbedded into everyone's mind...
The second and final day of qualifying took place on Friday. Troy Coughlin started the day in the No. 8 position and younger brother Jeg Jr began his day sitting in the No. 11 slot. The goal of improving was firmly imbedded into everyone's mind on Team Jeg's.
In the third qualifying session Jeg and his Chevrolet Cavalier took on the right lane. The car launched off of the starting line and made one of the best looking runs in the right lane of the session. He ran a 6.993 at 198.82 mph and slipped one position to the No. 12 spot.
"The car took off from the line and spun. The track is tricky to judge and controlling the wheel speed off of the line will be the key to success on raceday here in Pomona," explained Jeg.
Troy Coughlin and his Jeg's Mail Order entry rolled into the left lane for his third run of the week at Pomona Raceway. He took off from the starting line beams and shook the tires. Troy drove through it and motored on to the big end to post a 7.040 at 198.00 mph. The run was not an improvement and Troy also slipped one spot to land in the No. 9 position.
"The set up that we put on the car during the third session was done to better prepare us for the final session. The car responded much better off of the line and all the way down the track to the changes that we made in the fuel delivery system," said Troy.
The final qualifying session yielded the best conditions of the weekend for the factory hot rod class. The prospect of improving was on every drivers mind as the sun began to set and the conditions got better by the minute.
Troy led the batting order in the final session for Team Jeg's. He did not improve his qualifying time with his 7.059 at 198.38 mph run. Troy slipped to the No. 13 position and will face off against Bruce Allen in the opening round.
"We really thought that we were on target to improve our position and make a much stronger run in the final session. We are in the show and you can't win unless you are one of the sixteen quickest cars. Tomorrow will be a new day and Team Jeg's. We will have the lights on in our pit area getting ready for battle," commented Troy.
Jeg took on the preferred left lane for his final opportunity to improve.
The Jeg's machine did make an improved run. Jeg crossed the finish line beams with a 6.961 at 197.57 mph. The run moved him into the No. 11 position by the time the shuffling ended. Jeg will go head-to-head against Darrell Alderman in round one.
"We went the right direction in the final session and we had everything going for us. We were in the better of the two lane and the sun dropping fast. I expected that both of our cars would have made sub 6.94 runs in the last session. Our team has a well documented history of doing winning at this track and that is something that Team Jeg's is focused on continuing," explained Jeg.