“Overall, we feel pretty good about where we stand but you are never totally sure until it’s over,” said Mike. “If we have done our math correctly, Ricky [Adkins] has to win the race in order to pass me but he’s a good racer who is certainly capable of doing that so we feel like our best strategy is to try and pick up some more points if at all possible. We still have two races left where we can earn points so we might as well use them. You never know when you might need an extra round win.
“I thought we were going to get it done last weekend in Richmond but we came up a few thousandths [of a second] short,” said T.J. “Unfortunately, that’s how Super Comp racing usually is; you often win or lose by a few thousandths but I feel really good about my driving. We need to have another good race this weekend so we can finish in the top ten. This is my first full year in this class so I think that would be an awesome achievement.”
If the Coughlin’s are unable to achieve their individual goals at this weekend’s race, they will have another chance to do so at the final 2009 NHRA Lucas Oil Series event at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Nov. 5-8. Mike and T.J. will be joined at that event by Mike’s brother, John, who is the current leader in the North Central Division Top Dragster class.
“If things don’t work out for us this weekend at Silver Dollar, we will try again in Las Vegas in a few weeks,” Mike said. “Of course, we are hoping that the championship will be wrapped up by then and T.J will be solidly in the top ten so we can use the Las Vegas trip as a victory celebration.”
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