Jeg Coughlin ready for the battle in Seattle Overcast skies and cool morning temperatures set the stage for an interesting third round of Pro Stock qualifying from Pacific Raceways Saturday morning. The field of thirty-two hopefuls took their...
Jeg Coughlin ready for the battle in Seattle
Overcast skies and cool morning temperatures set the stage for an interesting third round of Pro Stock qualifying from Pacific Raceways Saturday morning. The field of thirty-two hopefuls took their best shots at breaking into the quick sixteen field for eliminations on Sunday.
Jeg Coughlin entered Saturday's morning session the provisional pole sitter. Jeg was shuffled back slightly to the sixth position after posting a 6.83 second run at 201 mph.
"We didn't make as clean of a run as would have liked that session," explained Jeg. "We made some adjustments that our Jeg's Mail Order Chevrolet Cavalier didn't respond well to. We were fortunate to stay in the top half of the field. Lane choice has typically been a pretty important factor at this race in years past, so we intend to keep it."
Troy Coughlin entered the third session just one position out of the field of sixteen. His Jeg's Mail Order machine improved to a 6.87 second pass, but was still on the outside looking in going into the final qualifying session.
"We really struggled to get the car settled on that run," said Troy. "The car shook the tires pretty severely and it was a handful most of the way down the track."
It was white knuckle time for Troy Coughlin and Team Jeg's as they took their final shot at qualifying for the Lucas Oil Products NHRA Northwest Nationals Saturday afternoon. Troy fell just shy of the quick sixteen posting a 6.95 second run at 200 mph.
"We knew that it would take a great run in the heat to get in the show," commented Troy. "Unfortunately we fell just a little shy this weekend. It's pretty disappointing right now, but I'm confident that we will bounce back in Sonoma next weekend. Right now all of our focus turns to preparing Jeg's car for eliminations tomorrow."
Jeg Coughlin was tuning for Sunday when he made his fourth and final qualifying pass of the weekend. The Jeg's Mail Order Cavalier rocketed off the line, but Jeg was forced to shut it off early after experiencing another problem in the transmission.
"We know that we have a car that can win tomorrow," explained Jeg. "It was unfortunate to lose another transmission going into eliminations. It was a problem that we thought was solved that for one reason or another hasn't gone away. We'll go over everything this evening with a fine tooth comb and do what we can to make sure that the problem doesn't reoccur tomorrow."
Jeg will face off against Bruce Allen in Sunday's first round of eliminations. Coverage begins on ESPN Sunday, July 28, 5-6 PM (ET).