LAS VEGAS – Jeg Coughlin drove the Slammers Ultimate Milk/ Cobalt to a round two finish during today’s Pontiac Pro Stock Showdown at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The three-time NHRA world champion qualified 13th in the 16-car field with a 6.732 elapsed time and defeated No. 4 qualifier Ken Koretsky in the opening round before losing a close race against Jim Yates, 6.73 to 6.76.

“We’ve got plenty of horsepower but we’re missing our set-up just a little bit,” said Coughlin. “We’re steadily making progress but were not exactly where we want to be just yet. We’ve got our work cut out for us since the roll call for Pomona begins in less than a week. I’m not disappointed though. Our primary goal this weekend was to make some runs and learn how to tune this car. Once we’re able to consistently get the horsepower to the ground, we’re going to have one fast hot rod.”

Coughlin also had a chance to make several runs in his brother John’s Chevy Cavalier Super Stock racer. Racing on an index of 10.00-seconds, Coughlin made numerous runs in the 8.8-second range at over 150-mph. Coughlin plans to race in both Pro Stock and Super Stock at next week’s season opening Carquest Winternationals in Pomona, where he will attempt to be just the ninth driver to win two eliminator titles at the same race.

“We made a few minor adjustments to this car and it appears to be responding very well,” said Coughlin, who drove the car to a win at the 2003 St. Louis event, his last Super Stock victory. “It has been a very competitive car for a number of years and I’m really looking forward to racing it in at a few races this season.”

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