St Louis: Troy goes home to deliver baby

A total of 34 Pro Stock drivers fought through four qualifying session to be among the quick sixteen on raceday. There was a .065 second difference between the No. 1 qualifier (6.940) and the No. 16 qualifier (7.005). Jeg qualified No. 3 and...

A total of 34 Pro Stock drivers fought through four qualifying session to be among the quick sixteen on raceday. There was a .065 second difference between the No. 1 qualifier (6.940) and the No. 16 qualifier (7.005). Jeg qualified No. 3 and Troy ended up in the No. 13 position, which put the two JEG'S cars on opposite sides of the ladder.

Troy Coughlin came to this race knowing that his wife Julie could give birth at anytime. After qualifying ended Friday night Troy flew home to be with his wife.

Troy expected to return to Gateway International Raceway around 2:00 PM (CT). However, at 2:15 PM (EST) Troy and Julie were on their way to the hospital. Troy would have faced Rickie Smith in round one.

"Family always comes first and that's the way that it has always been with our family and team," explained Troy.

In the first round NHRA Pro Stock points leader Jeg Coughlin, Jr. went head-to-head with Tom Martino. The two cars rolled up to the starting line together in their respective lanes. Martino left the starting line first. The two cars raced side-by-side to the big end. The win light came on for Martino by .019 seconds.

Jeg ran a 6.982 at 196.87 mph, which was the third quickest run of the round. The race was also the closest at the finish line of the first round.

"We had a strong performing car. I got left on and that's what made the difference in this race," commented Jeg. "We will take our cars back to our shop and get them ready for Bristol. Our team will be ready for battle at the Winston SHOWDOWN!"

Although Jeg had a rare first round exit he still has a commanding lead in the NHRA Winston Drag Racing Championship points in Pro Stock. There have been 11 of the 23 NHRA national events run so far this season.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Jeg Coughlin , Troy Coughlin , Tom Martino , Rickie Smith