HOUSTON (April 9) — A pair of championship-winning brothers, Jeg and Troy Coughlin, began Friday’s action at Houston Raceway Park with some fantastic runs.

Jeg, a four-time titlist in Pro Stock, showed up his older brother by a smidge, running a best of 6.557 seconds at 212.23 mph in his JEGS.com Chevrolet Cobalt to earn the provisional No. 2 position. For his part, Troy carded a 5.943 at 238.60 mph to assume the ninth slot in Pro Mod. Troy is the reigning world champion in NMCA Pro Street.

“The car’s running pretty well,” Jeg said. “The first round we were second to (low qualifier) Mike Edwards and had top speed so that was exciting. We fixed a few things we thought were plaguing us in Charlotte as far as getting it to run the last few hundred feet more efficiently and I think Victor (Cagnazzi, team owner) and the guys did a nice job there, which is why our speed was up.

“We underestimated the track just a touch in Round 2. The clouds rolled in and it was cooler than many of us expected. The car worked perfectly and did exactly what we asked it to do. We just didn’t ask it to do enough.”

Mid-pack in what is becoming the quickest Pro Mod field ever assembled, Troy’s ’68 JEGS.com Chevrolet Camaro continues to improve each session.

“The main thing today is we didn’t hurt anything,” said Troy, whose car utilizes nitrous as a power-adder. “We’re leaning on it as hard as we can trying to catch up to the supercharged guys. We want to be perfect every round — driver, engine, and car. We’ll keep working on it.”

The final session of Pro Mod qualifying is set for 1:15 p.m. with Round 1 of eliminations slated to begin at 4 p.m.

Pro Stock has two time trials left at 11:30 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. with eliminations on Sunday.

“I’m excited to be here in Houston,” Jeg said. “We’ve had a tough start to the season. The first four races could have been better, for sure. But we seem to have the car running strong again and that’s a great deal. It certainly makes it more fun.”


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