Coughlin and his JEGS.com Pontiac GTO qualified No. 5 earlier in the day before beating Ed Hoover in the first round of eliminations, not bad for a motor that runs some of the fewest cubic inches in the class.
“Unbelievable,” Coughlin said. “We can’t get much more out of it, it’s maxed out. We’re trying to fine-tune everything we can.
“People say, ‘Heck all you have to do is turn up the boost on those things.’ There’s no more adjustment. We just keep tuning the car to use the rest to the power we have.”
Against Hoover, Coughlin cut a .051 second light on the way to a 6.049 second pass at 246.66 mph. Hoover crossed the line in 6.173 seconds at 234.33 mph after a .056 light.
“It’s going really smooth,” Coughlin said. “We’re going straight, not having any shake problems, and getting to the finish line. It’s important to get to the finish line because you can gather all the data you can.
“This car will slow down like a brick if it gets loose, so we’re doing a great job of keeping the car straight.”
In Round 2 on Sunday, Coughlin squares off against former crew chief Rickie Smith, who beat Brad Personett with a 5.975 at 239.48 mph.
Coughlin’s qualifying time was 6.009 at 247.75 mph.
“I can’t say enough about my guys,” Coughlin said. “Jake Hairston, Brian Metzenheim, Mike Rees, and Nick Gaylord — they are turning the wrenches and making all the right calls for us.”
Eliminations in the Get Screened America Pro Mod Series continues from The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The Pro Mods are scheduled to resume following the Nitro and Pro Stock sessions, which begin at 11 a.m. PDT.
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