CHICAGO (July 29) — Troy Coughlin outlasted Steve Miller in an epic staging
duel that lasted more than a minute Saturday night to advance to the
quarterfinal round of the Motive Gear NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street Legal Drag
Racing I at Chicago’s Route 66 Raceway.

Coughlin’s patience at the starting line translated to a huge holeshot victory
for the JEG’S Mail Order Chevrolet Cavalier Pro Street racer as Miller’s
.06-second deficit at the Christmas Tree was too much to make up. Coughlin took
the win with a 6.67 at 210 mph to Miller’s quicker but losing 6.65 at 210 mph.

The race was the most appreciated contest of the day as the huge crowd stood and
cheered after it became apparent that neither driver wanted to fully stage their
Pro Street racecar. Eventually, it was Coughlin who gave in, but his focus was
sharp and he cut the great light.

“I guess we both had it in our head to let the other guy stage first,” Coughlin
said. “I had to turn my fan on we were sitting there so long. I finally decided
to stage because the car was getting really hot and I didn’t want to adversely
affect the tune-up, so I finally slipped her in there. It all worked out well.

“The race officials at the top end were all saying how exciting it was and how
the crowd was really into it. They sure let us hear it when we towed back to the
pits. It was an exciting thing to be a part of, especially since we got the

The win advanced Coughlin to the quarterfinals and sets up a race with reigning
IHRA Pro Stock champion Steve Spiess, who posted a 6.57 in his first-round win.

“Steve’s going to be another tough race,” Coughlin said. “Obviously, he has a
tenth on us at the moment but I think we’ll be faster tomorrow morning. It was
very muggy today, maybe the most humid conditions I’ve ever raced under. It
supposed to be a little better tomorrow morning so that should help us.

“The good news is one of the two guys were chasing in the points lost in the
first round so we’re making up ground there. We came in here third in the
standings so it would be nice to gain at least one spot.”

Should Coughlin win three more rounds and take the trophy of this event, he’ll
have a heads-up race against the winner of the NMRA (National Mustang Racing
Association) Pro Street class. The NMRA is holding an event alongside the NMCA
(National Muscle Car Association), the sanction in which Coughlin competes.

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