NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series
40th annual NHRA Pontiac Excitement Nationals
National Trail Raceway
Columbus, Ohio
June 12th

Team JEG’S – Pro Stock
Jeg Coughlin
Saturday Qualifying Summary

Jeg Coughlin, Jr started the final day of qualifying needing to break into the field from the No. 17 position at a track where he has never failed to qualify.

All eyes were on the yellow and black Jeg’s Mail Order Chevy Cavalier when it pulled up to the starting line in the third session. Coughlin launched from the starting and made a slight move to the left about 100-feet out from the starting line. The two-time NHRA Pro Stock champion quickly brought the car back to the center of the groove and motored to the finish line.

Coughlin improved and broke back into the quick-16. He posted a run of 6.862 at 201.22 mph and landed in the No. 14 spot by the end of the session.

“We lost a lot of momentum at the two-three shift,” explained Coughlin. “When the car went to the left I had to put it into the next gear a little early to calm the wheel speed down. The car responded quickly and returned to the center of the groove. We were obviously expecting a better number up on the board, but that’s racing.”

Coughlin knew going into the final qualifying session that he was a target for the cars that were below the bump. The 45-time NHRA national event winner and his team answered the call and improved. He ran 6.857 at 200.98 mph and moved up to the No. 13 spot.

“We knew that we had to make a strong run during the final session,” commented Coughlin. “The run felt good and I was expecting to hear on the radio that we ran better then we did. The good news is that we are racing in front of our hometown crowd. You try to dig a little deeper when you race in your backyard.”

Coughlin will face off against Steve Johns in the opening round. In 1998, in his 13th start as a professional, Jeg Coughlin qualified 13th and won his third Pro Stock race. The Ohio native hopes the No. 13 will once again repeat at National Trail Raceway.

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