INDIANAPOLIS (Sept. 5) – After being as high as No. 1 in the Pro Stock field, Jeg Coughlin Jr. will start No. 4 during Monday’s eliminations at the 56th annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals presented by Lucas Oil.

“I’m looking forward to making four good runs,” said Coughlin, who started the day in the top spot. “We weren’t real excited about how we ran today. We’ve got data on all five good runs, and I’m confident about what we’ll be able to do on Monday. “

Coughlin wasn’t able to improve on the 6.580 second lap at 209.39 mph in the Chevy Cobalt, but he was able to get good data to be ready for Monday’s eliminations. He’s got a matchup against Rodger Brogdon who qualified 13th with a best pass of 6.621 at 208.10 mph.

“I think it’s going to be extra challenging for the crew chiefs to read the track,” Coughlin said. “We’ll be following the fuelers for the first time all weekend. This track has a tendency to rip up from the water box all the way to the 60 foot mark.

Temperatures are supposed to spike on Monday afternoon and the track will be hotter than it’s been all weekend.

“It’s going to be a little bit hotter, a little bit trickier,” Coughlin said. “It’s going to be fun to mix it up a little. Hopefully we’ll be on top of that game.”

Coughlin will be trying to win the U.S. Nationals for the fourth time in his career and defend his win from 2009.

“If you hit rewind on a year ago, and see how we performed on our five runs and even on Monday, it was amazing we were able to pull off the U.S. Nationals win,” Coughlin said. “We’re way ahead of the curve from last year.”

Eliminations for the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals  begin at 11 a.m. EDT on Monday. ESPN2 will pick up its coverage of the event starting at 1 p.m. EDT.


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