CHARLOTTE (Sep. 17) – The new-car blues struck Troy Coughlin and the JEGS.com Pro Mod team Saturday at zMax Dragway.
Coughlin’s new turbocharged ’68 Camaro, running its second race, failed to qualify for the Get Screened America Pro Mod Drag Racing Series event taking place at the fourth annual O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Nationals.
“We had a couple things that were off at Indy, but those were things we did,” Coughlin said. “We adjusted and came here, but there’s something else wrong. We don’t know what it is, but we’ll keep pecking away until we find it.”
Coughlin and the team aren’t sure exactly where the gremlins are in the new car. He qualified 10th for the U.S. Nationals at Indianapolis, but inexplicably slowed in Charlotte. His best pass of 6.315 seconds at 240.12 mph wasn’t enough to get him in the field.
“I wish we knew what was wrong,” Coughlin said. “They’re still trying to figure out whether it’s electrical, mechanical or something else. There’s something acting up and giving us a hard time.”
Coughlin still has faith in the car and the team and is confident they will find the speed before the next Get Screened America Pro Mod event, Oct. 28-30, in Las Vegas.
“The power is there,” Coughlin said. “It’s a good car. It has all the right components. There’s just something else wrong that’s creating something not to be happy. But we’ll find it.”
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