Team Jeg's left Joliet IL. with high expectations as the headed east to Pennsylvania for the Pep Boys NHRA Nationals at historic Maple Grove Raceway. A smooth racetrack with nearly ideal conditions provided yet another venue suitable for record...
Team Jeg's left Joliet IL. with high expectations as the headed east to Pennsylvania for the Pep Boys NHRA Nationals at historic Maple Grove Raceway. A smooth racetrack with nearly ideal conditions provided yet another venue suitable for record breaking performances.
Troy Coughlin carried his momentum from Joliet into the rolling hills of Eastern Pennsylvania with yet another solid first round run of 6.853 seconds at 200.59 mph.
"We left the car in the trailer at the shop between races. We were so confident in the setup we established in Chicago," said Troy. "We made a solid run in the first session and we are looking forward to a strong weekend for Team Jeg's"
It was a tension filled first round for reigning Winston champ Jeg Coughlin Jr. The Jeg's Mail Order machine would not back up under its own power after Jeg made his burnout. The crew sprinted down track to push Jeg's Chevrolet Cavalier back to the starting line. Despite the chaos, Jeg maintained his composure and guided the yellow and black Jeg's machine to a respectable 6.863 second run at 200.26 mph. "The reverse gear broke after the burnout," commented Jeg. "I elected to go ahead with the run. We need all of the data that we can gather. We simply couldn't afford to let a run slip by this late in the season. Despite the problems on the burnout, we still made a pretty good first run. Hopefully we can continue to improve as the weekend progresses."
The second round of qualifying at the Pep Boys NHRA Nationals was held in the heat of the afternoon sun. Rising track temperatures led to slower elapsed times across the entire Pro Stock class. Troy Coughlin continued to impress with another consistent performance behind the controls of his Jeg's Mail Order car. Troy slowed ever so slightly in the second round with an ET of 6.886 seconds at 200.77 mph.
"I'm just happy to keep making solid runs," said Troy. "Consistency is the key to any good race team. If we can continue to be consistent, it should give us a better chance to compete for a win later in the weekend."
Jeg Coughlin slowed to a 6.645 ET at 194.58 seconds in Friday's second session. Jeg had a solid run going until something let go in the motor at the top end of the quarter mile.
"We hurt the engine in that session," said Jeg. "Thankfully we made a good run in the first qualifying session. With the chance of rain on Saturday, making that first good pass could prove to be crucial. We'll put a new bullet under the hood of our Jeg's Chevrolet and start preparing for tomorrow's sessions."
After two qualifying sessions Troy Coughlin occupies the No. 6 qualifying position. Jeg Coughlin Jr. remains qualified in the No. 9 position at Maple Grove Raceway.