COLUMBUS, Ohio (June 3) — Jeg’s Mail Order racer Troy Coughlin will enter race day at the Jeg’s NMCA Hot Rod & Muscle Car Nationals as one of the favorites after successfully qualifying his Jeg’s Mail Order Chevrolet Cavalier in the lofty No. 3 position.

Coughlin had the fastest car in two of the three qualifying sessions Saturday in the Denso Spark Plugs Pro Street class and his best elapsed time and speed combination of 6.707 at 209.01 mph was good enough to place him third in the field of 16 racers.

“It was a long but rewarding day,” said Coughlin, who received loud cheers each time he pulled up to the starting line at National Trail Raceway, the home track for his race team and world-renowned mail order parts company that bears his father’s name. “It seemed slow for us, but it was slow for everyone. It was so hot and muggy that it altered our tune-ups. It’s weird how slow a 6.70 can feel when you’re used to going 6.50s.

“I think this car has a 6.62 in it, which would be good in these conditions. We’re picking away at it and I’m confident we’ll run strong Sunday.”

Aside from his run of record, Coughlin had a pair of 6.71s, making him one of the most consistent racers at the event. Perhaps more importantly, his average reaction time in qualifying was .027 seconds. Coughlin wanted to slow his launches down at this race after red-lighting away wins in each of the first two NMCA races this season.

“I think we’ve got that problem fixed now,” he said. “We certainly have left some championship points on the table at the first two races but we have a ways to go this year so we can make them up quick. A win here tomorrow would be a great start and I know we have the car and crew to get it done.”

Eliminations in the Pro Street category are slated to begin at 12:30 p.m. Sunday.

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