LAS VEGAS (Oct. 27) — Slammers Ultimate Milk/ Chevrolet Cobalt driver Jeg Coughlin finds himself outside the provisional field of the sixth annual ACDelco Las Vegas NHRA Nationals at the midway point of professional qualifying. The three-time series champ got behind early in the day when he missed the first round due to a broken piece on the throttle linkage. A conservative 6.806-second at 203.52 mph in the evening round placed him 19th overall with two rounds left on Saturday.

“Our goal has become very clear — we need to make the field,” Coughlin said. “I’m not too concerned because historically the early session on Saturday morning is the one where people make their best attempt. It’s still in front of us so the worry hasn’t set in by any means.

“Some times you experience parts failure in areas where they never normally occur. That’s the situation we had in Q1. This car is brand new and everything in it is new. These things happen and it’s pat of racing.”

Coughlin was excited at the end of his work day to cruise over to the World of Outlaws race across the Las Vegas Motor Speedway compound.

“We’re gonna go watch the guys get dirty over there,” Coughlin said. “I went over last year and sat in the stands checking the cars out with some friends. I love all kinds of racing.”

Racing resumes with the third session of qualifying Saturday at 11 a.m.

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