Sonoma, Friday: Defending event champion Jeg Coughlin piloted his Jeg’s Mail Order Chevrolet Cavalier through a solid first day of time trails at Infineon Raceway as the 17th annual FRAM Autolite NHRA Nationals roared to life in California’s renowned wine country. The two-time series champion carded a 6.790 at 203.71 mph to slot 12th in the crowded Pro Stock field.

“We have a pretty good baseline after two sessions and I think we are headed the right direction going into the final day of qualifying,” explained Jeg Coughlin, Jr.

Jeg’s teammate and brother Troy Coughlin struggled slightly in the first of two rounds of qualifying, and will need to improve on his posted time of 6.850 seconds during one of the two remaining qualifying sessions if he wants to make the elimination field and race on Sunday.

“We are looking forward to improving on day-two,” explained Troy confidently.

Both men are pointing to Saturday’s early session of time trails as the best chance to shine. The round is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m., around the time the morning fog is lifting out of the valley.

“Our team knows how important it is to make a strong run during the morning session at Infineon Raceway,” stated Jeg.

There will also be a last-gasp final session at 3 p.m., although local weather forecasts call for it to be much hotter than the earlier round, placing a premium on early-morning attempt.

Jeg is a 33-time winner on the NHRA tour. Troy has two victories in 14 final-round showings.

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