Pomona: Troy Couglin Thursday summary

Troy is No. 1 after day one. The first day of qualifying for the NHRA K&N Filters Winternationals has come and gone. The 2003 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series has officially started. The day started with plenty of eyes focused on Team JEG'S...

Troy is No. 1 after day one.

The first day of qualifying for the NHRA K&N Filters Winternationals has come and gone. The 2003 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series has officially started.

The day started with plenty of eyes focused on Team JEG'S and the No. 1 proudly displayed on the JEG'S Mail Order Chevy Cavalier of Jeg Coughlin. However, it was Troy Coughlin that became the focus and moved to the top.

Troy erased thoughts of the past season and rocketed ahead to claim the top spot after the first day of the season. The JEG'S Mail Order Chevy Cavalier laid down an impressive run of 6.809 at 202.42 mph.

"It feels great to start off the 2003 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing season sitting in the top spot of the most competitive class in motorsports. We made some personnel changes in the off season that surrounded my side of the camp and it proved to be the right decision," explained Troy.

Troy is up beat and positive about the performance from his JEG'S Mail Order Chevy Cavalier. Coughlin also knows that this is only the first of four scheduled qualifying sessions before race day.

"The first battle in Pro Stock is just to get qualified and I think it is safe to say that we took care of that today. I also think that a 6.77 or so will take the top spot and our group is certainly capable of staying where we are," said Troy.

The reigning NHRA POWERade Pro Stock champion would have liked things to start off a little bit different for him. Jeg was forced to shut off and will begin the second day of qualifying sitting in the No. 26 spot.

"We just got too aggressive and it was compounded by some of the events that took place in the right lane ahead of our run. We will regroup and review the data from the run Troy made before we roll out on the track tomorrow," commented Jeg.

-jeg's-

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