Jeg Coughlin is setting a quick pace in Seattle. Cool temperatures and overcast skies were the key ingredients to a quick first session of Pro Stock Qualifying for the Lucas Oil Products NHRA Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceways Friday ...
Jeg Coughlin is setting a quick pace in Seattle.
Cool temperatures and overcast skies were the key ingredients to a quick first session of Pro Stock Qualifying for the Lucas Oil Products NHRA Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceways Friday afternoon. Team Jeg's drivers Jeg and Troy Coughlin entered the fourteenth event on the POWERade schedule with high hopes of bringing home Team Jeg's third Pro Stock victory of the season. Both drivers were well aware that a good start in qualifying would be of the utmost importance if they were to compete for the win on Sunday.
Troy Coughlin led the initial charge for Team Jeg's from the tricky right lane. The Jeg's Mail Order Cavalier tripped the finish line beams in 6.88 seconds at 200.77mph.
"The car made a pretty hard move left out of the gate that certainly affected out E.T.," explained Troy. "Despite the hard move at the hit, we were still able to get the yellow and black down track with a pretty solid first run of the weekend. The run provided us with a good baseline."
Jeg Coughlin left little doubt that he was ready for action when he rolled his Jeg's Mail Order machine into the water-box in Friday's first session. Jeg quickly served notice with an impressive 6.820 second pass at 202.09mph, covering the field by over three-hundredths of a second.
"It was a pretty strong run right out of the trailer," said Jeg. "We were curious as to how our latest engine would run in good air, and I think we got our answer pretty quickly. Obviously, it was only the first pass of the weekend, but it was a great way to get started.
Light rain played havoc on Friday evening's qualifying session as the factory door slammers of the Pro Stock class took to the quarter mile for the day's final session. Rain clouds gave way to tire smoke after only a slight delay in the action.
Once again, Troy Coughlin led the charge for Team Jeg's into second round qualifying action. Troy posted a slowing 6.94 second pass at 199.85mph after experiencing severe tire shake in the opening stages of the run.
"We got pretty aggressive on that run, and the track simply couldn't hold it," said Troy. "It was unfortunate that we didn't get a good run in, but I'm still confident that we can get into the show tomorrow."
Jeg was in the final pair of evening qualifiers thanks in part to his class leading pass from earlier in the day. Jeg's hopes of improving on his earlier time were cut short after experiencing problems with the transmission. Jeg was forced to shut off after breaking third gear.
"It was too bad that we lost the transmission," said Jeg. "That's something that doesn't happen to us very often. Fortunately the car was on another exceptional run. It would have been great to see the final product of that pass, but it looks like we will have to wait until tomorrow's sessions to see what we can do. It's great to be in the No.1 position going into Saturday qualifying. The morning session should be pretty good, if the weather cooperates. Hopefully we can get Troy qualified deep into the field, as well as fine tune the setup in my car at that time."
Jeg and Troy currently occupy the No.1 and No. 17 qualifying sessions respectively. Pro Stock qualifying will resume Saturday morning from Pacific Raceways at 10:00 AM (MT).