Troy Coughlin and his JEG'S Mail Order Olds Cutlass failed to qualifying here last year and the team is looking forward to turning the tables at the track this year. Troy launched from the starting line and the car ran into problems ...
Troy Coughlin and his JEG'S Mail Order Olds Cutlass failed to qualifying here last year and the team is looking forward to turning the tables at the track this year. Troy launched from the starting line and the car ran into problems immediately.
The car hesitated right after it left and then took off down the track. Troy ran a 7.269 at 196.24 mph and ended up in the No. 27 spot after the first of four scheduled qualifying sessions.
"I think that we will just get all of this weekends bad luck out of the way early," commented Troy. "
NHRA Winston Pro Stock points leader Jeg Coughlin, Jr. rolled up to the starting line ready for battle. The familiar yellow and black Cutlass rocketed off of the starting line and darted down the middle of the groove.
Jeg ran a 6.994 at 197.77 mph and landed in the No. 2 position after the first qualifying session.
"We were a little too aggressive for the track during our first pass," said Jeg. "We learned a lot and will translate that to improving our set up for the weekend."
Troy started the second session from the outside looking in. He pulled into the water box wanting to get deep into the field. He improved and jumped into the field with a 6.998 at 196.33 mph to take over the No. 12 position.
"We made some component changes to the car before the second session to eliminate some problem areas," said Troy. "It worked a lot better. Now we can focus on fine tuning and improving tomorrow."
Jeg entered the second session wanting to move up to the No. 1 spot. Jeg did improve, but he remained in the No. 2 position and will have two addition qualifying sessions tomorrow to improve. He ran a 6.958 at 197.42 mph.
"We made a much better run during the second session," said Jeg. "However, we were still a little too aggressive leaving the starting line. I think that we will be right on tomorrow."