COLUMBUS, Ohio – After a rain delay of nearly four hours, qualifying finally got underway today at the second annual Jeg’s NHRA Northern SPORTSnationals at National Trail Raceway near Columbus, Ohio. Due to the rain, competitors in each of the seven NHRA sportsman eliminators got just one qualifying run.

Bruno Massel of Addison, Ill., is currently the No. 1 qualifier in Comp Eliminator with a run of 7.63-seconds in his turbocharged ’06 Chevy Cobalt. Massel is followed by former NHRA national champions Vinny Barone and David Rampy.

In Super Stock, Ohio resident Ray Vierheller sits atop the qualifying list after driving his 92 Camaro to a run of 9.63 seconds. There are nearly 100 drivers racing in Super Stock including Jeg’s driver John Coughlin, who currently sits fifth with his yellow and black Chevy Cavalier. John is also racing his Jeg’s Mail Order Dragster in Super Comp, and is the No. 4 qualifier after one session.

The early qualifying leader in Stock Eliminator is Johnny Fisher of Raleigh, N.C., who drove his ’80 Dodge Mirada to an 11.88 elapsed time.

John Coughlin is joined at their home track by fellow Jeg’s Mail Order drivers Mike and Jeg Coughlin. Mike is currently qualified third in the Top Sportsman division with a run of 7.36-seconds in his ’06 Cobalt. Three-time NHRA World Champion Jeg Coughlin is racing in Stock Eliminator and Super Comp.

Qualifying for the Jeg’s NHRA Northern SPORTSnationals will resume tomorrow at 10 a.m. Tomorrow’s scheduled will also include the Mopar Performance Super Stock Hemi Challenge, which features a 12-car field of Hemi-powered Plymouth Barracuda and Dodge Dart factory race cars. Final eliminations will take place on Saturday, July 29.


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