NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series
NHRA Sears Craftsman Nationals
Gateway International Raceway
Madison, IL
June 26th

Team JEG’S – Pro Stock
Troy Coughlin
Saturday Qualifying Summary


Troy Coughlin began the final day of qualifying looking to improve from the No. 10 position. The 39-year old second-generation driver was determined to get a better handle on the set up for race day during the final two qualifying sessions.

In the third qualifying session the yellow and black Jeg’s Mail Order Chevy Cavalier spun the rear tires all the way down the track. Coughlin crossed the finish line and posted a run of 6.843 at 202.67 mph up on the board. The run was not an improvement and he stayed in the No. 10 spot.

“We just didn’t have the track that we thought we would have during the third session and we were just too aggressive,” said Coughlin. “The conditions that we had in the third session will be very close to what we will see in the first round of eliminations tomorrow (Sunday).”

Coughlin was forced to shut after the car made an aggressive move toward the center line in the final session. Fortunately, he was guaranteed a spot among the quick-16 qualifiers when he pulled his Jeg’s Mail Order Chevy Cavalier to the line for his final qualifying pass. He fell to the No. 15 position by the end of qualifying.

“Although we did not have the outcome we were expecting today we did walk away with some valuable data that should help us on race day,” stated Coughlin. “There is a thin line everyone walks in Pro Stock between working and not working. You are trying to get the most out of these cars every time you go down the track. We will go a different direction with our set up for race day and fine tune what worked for us in the first two qualifying sessions this weekend.”

Troy Coughlin will face off against Steve Johns in the opening round. Lane choice will go to Johns when the two Chevy Cavaliers go to battle.

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