Sears Point: Jeg goes out in semifinal and Troy exits early

The Pro Stock field for the NHRA Autolite Nationals was assembled by 5 Pontiac Firebirds, 4 Dodge Avengers, 4 Olds Cutlass' and 3 Chevy Camaros. A total of .117 seconds separated the No.1 spot (6.896) from the No. 16 position (7.013). In...

The Pro Stock field for the NHRA Autolite Nationals was assembled by 5 Pontiac Firebirds, 4 Dodge Avengers, 4 Olds Cutlass' and 3 Chevy Camaros. A total of .117 seconds separated the No.1 spot (6.896) from the No. 16 position (7.013).

In the first round Jeg Coughlin, Jr. faced off against Larry Morgan. The two Central Ohio drivers were in the first pair of "factory hot rods" to pull into the waterbox. Lane choice went to Morgan and he took the left lane.

Both drivers rolled into the pre stage beams together. Jeg grabbed the reaction time advantage off of the starting line by .033 seconds (.448 to .481). The JEG'S machine charged down the right lane to the stripe.

Jeg turned on the win light by .034 seconds. He ran a 6.926 at 199.35 mph and was the quickest in the right lane.

"That was a strong run for the right lane," stated Jeg. "The guys did a great job reading the track in the first round."

Troy went head-to-head against Darrell Alderman in the opening round. Alderman rolled into the waterbox in the left lane. Troy sat in his Olds Cutlass and watched his brother take the win light.

Both drivers turned on the pre stage bulbs and paused.  Troy rolled forward 
first and waited for Alderman.  The Dodge left the line first by .022 seconds 
(.458 to .480).  The two cars raced side-by-side to the big end.  Alderman 
took the win light by .086 seconds.  Troy ran a 6.977 at 197.99 mph.

"The car favored the right side of the lane and moved around in the middle of third gear," explained Troy. "The best thing about this weekend for me was finally qualifying at this track."

In the second round Jeg and WJ went head-to-head. WJ had lane choice by .005 seconds and took the left lane.

Jeg and WJ rolled into the pre stage lights together. The two played "dueling engines" on the starting line with the pre stage lights on. Each driver cleaned out their engines going back and forth a couple of times.

The fans in the stands came to their feet to watch the battle on the starting line. Both drivers sat there as Jeg started to bring the engine rpm's up like he was going to go into the final stage beam. However, Jeg just sat there. WJ paused and rolled the rest of the way in. Jeg waited and followed.

The starting line battle was clearly won by Jeg. He left the starting line first by .051 seconds (.433 to .484). The JEG'S machine rocketed down the right lane and turned on the win light by .097 seconds. Jeg ran a 6.946 at 199.52 mph and was the quickest of the round.

"That was a lot of fun," commented Jeg. "The car left the starting line and took off. It stuck to the middle of the track all the way to the stripe. For us to run as well as we have down the right lane is a real testament to the strength of our team."

Jeg faced off against Kurt Johnson in the semifinal round. Jeg had lane choice and the team decided to move over to the left lane. Both drivers left the line together with identical reaction times (.446 to .446). Kurt squeaked by and turned on the win light by .008 seconds. Jeg ran a 6.971 at 198.76 mph.

"We had a good weekend and we gained more points over our closest competitors," commented Jeg. "We are closer to winning the NHRA Championship."

Jeg Coughlin, Jr. remains No. 1 in the NHRA Winston Drag Racing Series. He has a commanding lead and has 1195 points. Troy held on to the No. 5 position and has 772 points. The team will head back to the shop and prepare for the next race, which is in two weeks.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Jeg Coughlin , Darrell Alderman , Kurt Johnson , Larry Morgan