Rain delays action for Team Jeg's in Topeka. Steady morning rains gave way to partial sunshine Friday afternoon at Heartland Park Topeka. The late afternoon sun was a welcome sight for Team Jeg's drivers Jeg and Troy Coughlin. Both drivers...
Rain delays action for Team Jeg's in Topeka.
Steady morning rains gave way to partial sunshine Friday afternoon at Heartland Park Topeka. The late afternoon sun was a welcome sight for Team Jeg's drivers Jeg and Troy Coughlin. Both drivers were eager to get behind the wheel of their Jeg's Mail Order Chevrolet Cavalier's to take their first shots at qualifying for the 14th Annual O'Reilly NHRA Summer Nationals.
Troy was first to roll the yellow and black into the water-box. The Delaware, Ohio based driver started the weekend in fine fashion with a solid pass of 6.90 seconds at 200.00 mph.
"It was a good first run given the conditions," said Troy. "We were really just trying to get down the track, and that's what we accomplished. It should provide some good data as we look to fine tune it for the remaining qualifying sessions."
Jeg Coughlin followed shortly behind Troy in Friday's first qualifying session. Jeg tripped the quarter-mile beams with a pass of 6.94 seconds at 199.4 mph.
"The track and weather conditions combined to create a situation where the race groove was pretty narrow," explained Jeg. "We gave the track a little more than it was ready to handle at the time and it resulted in the loss of traction down track. We were still able to make a pass that got us into the quick sixteen. That can be pretty important when questionable weather is looming in the distance."
Just as the Team Jeg's crew began to button up the Jeg's Mail Order machines for another run, the skies opened and racing was suspended for the remainder of the evening.
"You never like to give up an opportunity to make a qualifying attempt," said Troy. "The NHRA and the Safety Safari do a great job of preparing the track, but sometimes mother nature proves to be too tough to tame."
"We definitely would have like to have run this evening," commented Jeg. "Being qualified in the sixteenth spot puts us in a pretty precarious position. I'm confident that we were going to improve on that this evening, but we'll just have to wait until tomorrow to see if we made the right adjustments."
Troy and Jeg are qualified in the ninth and sixteenth positions respectively after one round of qualifying from Topeka, Kansas. Qualifying for the O'Reilly NHRA Summer Nationals will resume Saturday from Heartland Park Topeka.