Maple Grove Raceway Park was hit hard yesterday by rain, approx. 8" inches in less then 24 hours. The facility drained better then most expected. This morning when the teams returned to their pit areas the abundance of rain that they saw when...
Maple Grove Raceway Park was hit hard yesterday by rain, approx. 8" inches in less then 24 hours. The facility drained better then most expected. This morning when the teams returned to their pit areas the abundance of rain that they saw when leaving the track last night was gone.
The sky is clear today and the sun is beating down on the track. The weather conditions are expected to be very favorable for the Pro Stock class all weekend and the evening qualifying sessions will be especially favorable.
The Pro Stock class will have four qualifying session. The Friday sessions are scheduled for 2:45 and 6:45 pm, while Saturday is 11:15 am and 5:30 pm. Both Jeg and Troy Coughlin are looking forward to having a strong performance in their JEG'S Mail Order cars at the NHRA True Value Nationals. A total of 35 hungry drivers will fight for the sixteen available qualifying positions.
Troy was the first yellow and black JEG'S machine to tackle the quarter mile battle field. Coughlin was in the right line for the first qualifying session and was in the thirteenth pair. The yellow and black #24 JEG'S Mail Order machine launched from the starting line beams and made a move toward the center stripe. Troy immediately drove the car back to the middle of the groove and rocketed down the track to the finishline. The car moved around a little at half track, but it did not upset the balance of the car.
Troy stated, "We have a pretty solid baseline to tune from and it feels good to run well right out of the trailer." Troy landed in the number eight spot after the first qualifying session and has more time to improve.
Jeg followed his older brother Troy in the right lane, but was three pairs behind him. This gave the team more data to use in preparation for Jeg, Jr's run. The car was lined up right in the middle of the groove. When the #2 yellow and black JEG'S Olds Cutlass left the starting line beams it made a very small move to the left and return back to the middle of the groove. The car darted down the right lane toward the finishline and marched to the top of the qualifying order.
Jeg commented, "This was a strong first run of the weekend and it really gives us the kind of data that we need to tune the setup for the rest of the weekend." Jeg took over the number one position after the first qualifying session.
In the second session Troy was in the left lane. The #24 JEG'S machine launched from the starting line and took off down the track. The rear of the car started moving around at the 330' foot clock. Troy returned to the center of the groove and stayed with it all the way to the finishline. The car did not use the track very efficiently, the car moving around hurt the ET.
Troy run was not an improvement over his earlier run and slips to the number thirteen spot. Troy said, "The setup seemed to be a little aggressive for the track, we now know where the fine line is. If we get to the 60' foot clock better the rest will line up together."
Jeg was also in the left lane during the second qualifying session. Jeg came into this session as the man to beat. The yellow and black JEG'S Mail Order Olds Cutlass blasted off of the starting line and rocketed down the middle of the groove. The car was hooked up to the track it looked like it was on a string.
Jeg improved his ET but fell one spot by the end of the session and landed in the number two position. Jeg noted, "The car felt great and it responded well to the setup. I think that we have a good handle on what the car and track want so far this weekend. We still have more room for improvement and tomorrow will consists of a lot of fine tuning."
Both cars have two firm runs under their belt. The data that was generated from these two runs will help both cars for the rest of the weekend and continue to improve on their setup's for race day.