Topeka: Pro Stock Truck fials report

In the opening round for Pro Stock Truck Mike Coughlin and his yellow and black Jeg's Mail Order Chevy S-10 lined up next to Bart Price. Mike did not have lane choice and ended up in the right lane. Mike left the starting line beams first...

In the opening round for Pro Stock Truck Mike Coughlin and his yellow and black Jeg's Mail Order Chevy S-10 lined up next to Bart Price. Mike did not have lane choice and ended up in the right lane.

Mike left the starting line beams first by .045 seconds (.425 to .470). The two Chevy S-10 were door-handle-to-door-handle as they took off toward the finish line. Coughlin was gaining ground with each foot. Mike turned on the win light by running a 7.698 at 174.80 mph and took the win light by .046 seconds.

"It is always nice to get the first round out of the way," said Mike. "We are in a tight points battle and every round win gets more important this time of the year."

John Coughlin faced off against Steve Johns. Lane choice went the Johns and he put John in the right lane. The team gained some valuable data on the lane from Mike Coughlin, who ran the same lane earlier in the first round.

The Jeg's machine was ready for battle. John left the starting line first with a .416 light. He had an advantage of .069 seconds (.416 to .485) when the yellow and black Chevy S-10 broke the starting line beams. John turned on the win light with a holeshot victory. He ran a 7.661 at 175.64 mph and won on a holeshot by .036 seconds at the stripe.

"I was pumped up for that round," said John. "We just need to keep doing our job as a team and everything will fall into place."

In the second round John Coughlin took on local favorite Todd Patterson.  
John was put in the right lane by Patterson.  Coughlin had a .427 reaction 
time to a .450 for Patterson.  John never looked back and won again on a 
holeshot.  He ran a 7.702 at 175.39 mph and advanced the semifinal round.

"We did not qualify very well, but if your not in the show you can't win," stated John. "We are digging deep as a team and doing what it takes to turn the win light on and gain points."

Mike took on Bob Panella in the second round.  The Jeg's machine left the 
starting line first by .034 seconds (.431 to .465).  The rear moved to the 
right while Mike launched.  He quickly returned the the center of the groove 
and headed to the big end.  Both Chevy S-10's were side-by-side.  The win 
light came on for Panella by .026 second.  Mike ran a 7.703 at 175.37 mph.

"The truck spun hard when it left the line and moved the rear of the truck to the right," said Mike. "We just never recovered from the launch. We gained more points and made a move forward."

John was pitted against David Spitzer in the semifinal.  Spitzer had lane 
choice and put John in the right lane.  For the third time today John left 
the starting line first (.422 to .455).  Both drivers were side-by-side as 
they rocketed toward the finish line.  The win light came on for Spitzer by 
.055 at the stripe.  John ran a 7.756 at 174.39 mph.

"We gave it good run today," explained John. "We increased our points lead over fourth place and we will be ready when get to Memphis next week."

Mike moved up to the No. 7 spot in the NHRA Winston points and is 71 points from taking over the No. 6 position in the points. John holds on to the No. 3 spot with 702 points.

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Drivers Bob Panella , Todd Patterson , Mike Coughlin , Steve J