Topeka: Jeg's trucks ready for Saturday

The Pro Stock Truck class invaded the pickup truck heartland of Kansas. A total of 27 Pro Stock Trucks will battle over four scheduled qualifying sessions for a spot among the sixteen available qualifying positions in the ultra competitive ...

The Pro Stock Truck class invaded the pickup truck heartland of Kansas. A total of 27 Pro Stock Trucks will battle over four scheduled qualifying sessions for a spot among the sixteen available qualifying positions in the ultra competitive class.

John Coughlin and his yellow and black Jeg's Mail Order Chevy S-10 was the first of the Team Jeg's machines to take on the track at Heartland Park Topeka. He pulled into the right lane. John went straight down the middle of the groove and ran a 7.526 at 179.18 mph. The run put him in the No. 7 spot after the first session.

"We made a solid run right out of the trailer and that is the best way to start any weekend. After reviewing the data from our first it is clear to everyone that we can improve significantly and move the Jeg's machine closer to the top of the qualifying order," explained John.

Mike Coughlin started the first qualifying session behind his older brother John. Mike launched from the starting line a made a quick move to the right 100-feet out. He quickly returned the groove and crossed the timing beams at the finish line with a 7.582 at 177.95 mph. Mike landed in the No. 14 position.

"We were really expecting to run stronger then we did in the first session after seeing my brother John's run. There is more left in this bow tie and we will work on improving our qualifying position," said Mike.

During the second session Mike stepped up to the plate. The Jeg's machine ran an impressive 7.538 at 178.24 mph and moved up to the No. 13 position.

"With the air temperature expected to increase as the weekend goes on it was important for us to make a solid run in the Jeg's Chevy S-10 during the second session. The run felt great all the way down the track and we are ready to spend the rest of the weekend fine tuning for raceday," commented Mike.

John did not improve during the second session. He ran a 7.587 at 174.93 mph and ended up in the No. 10 slot. John will have two additional sessions to improve tomorrow.

"The engine was making a totally different sound after I made my burnout. I got on the radio and asked the guys if they could hear anything odd. I cleaned out the engine a couple of times and started to sound better. I felt the engine start to go away at about the 1000-foot mark and knew that it was hurt," said John.

-Jeg's

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Series NHRA
Drivers Mike Coughlin