HOUSTON (March 31, 2007) – Jeg Coughlin was rewarded with his ninth career No. 1 NHRA Pro Stock starting position Saturday for Sunday’s O’Reilly Spring Nationals without making a run on a water-logged Houston Raceway Park race track.

Rain forced officials to cancel the day’s activities, officially making Coughlin’s track-record 6.649-second run (at 208.17 mph) in the Slammer’s Ultimate Milk Chevy the officially the quickest. It also was his first low qualifying effort since the Dallas race in 2004. He faces No. 16 qualifier Kenny Koretsky (6.728 at 206.57) in Sunday’s opening round.

This is definitely very, very exciting,” said Coughlin, of Delaware, Ohio. “We were looking forward to working on our setup Saturday and we were looking forward to defending our No. 1 position, but Mother Nature didn’t allow it.

“We are going into race day with a real consistent car. We were happy to win the Full Throttle award for the weekend (that goes to the team with the most-consistent runs). I have a lot of confidence in the car. Our whole team is ready to go. The weather Sunday is supposed to be like it was during qualifying. We’ll peck away and improve our qualifying tune-up, trying to get our first win of the 2007 season.”

This was the second No. 1 starting berth for the Victor Cagnazzi’s Slammers Ultimate Milk team. Erica Enders was the quickest qualifier at Topeka last season. Coughlin’s top spot in the Chevy Cobalt halted a streak of 15 consecutive No. 1 positions by Pontiacs.

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