K&N Filters NHRA SuperNationals
Jeg Coughlin gets to semifinal round
Gainesville, Sunday: In the opening round Jeg Coughlin went head-to-head against Gene Wilson. The match up pitted a Chevy against a Dodge.
Wilson fouled out by .011 seconds and turned on the win light for Jeg before the yellow and black JEG'S Mail Order Chevy Cavalier ever left the starting line. The 2002 NHRA Pro Stock POWERade champion posted a run of 6.713 at 205.01 mph. The run was the second quickest of the round.
"The new engine we are running this weekend is getting better with each run we make," said Jeg.
In the second round Jeg faced Warren Johnson. Once again, nerves got the better of the driver in the other lane. WJ fouled out and Jeg posted a run of 6.713 at 204.88 mph. The run was the second quickest of the round.
"We are making good decisions as a group and we are getting back into our familiar groove," commented Jeg after the second round win.
The semifinal round put Jeg and Darrell Alderman head-to-head. Coughlin had lane choice for the third straight round and stayed with the right lane.
The JEG'S Mail Order Chevy Cavalier rocketed off of the starting line with authority. The car went out of the groove on the left side of the right lane (330-feet) and was close to crossing the center stripe. Coughlin stayed with it as long as he could before pushing the clutch pedal in and coasting to the finish line.
"I stayed with it as long as I could," said Jeg. "The last thing on my mind during a race on Sunday is shutting off and it is a feeling that is hard to describe. The important thing is we are moving in the right direction as a team and that is a good feeling for everyone involved with our program from top to bottom."
Jeg takes the No. 2 spot
Englishtown, Saturday: Jeg Coughlin, Jr. started the second day of qualifying sitting in the No. 8 spot.
Coughlin did not improve during the first session on Saturday and slipped to the No. 15 spot. The car went into to tire shake early in the run. Jeg ran completed the run to gain as much data as he could for the team.
"We crossed the line and were just too aggressive," said Jeg. "I stayed with it because of how valuable the data from each run is. Troy made a nice run and we will be able to tune off of his run."
Jeg blasted off of the starting line in his JEG'S Mail Order Chevy Cavalier and posted a run of 6.711 at 204.57 mph. The run was good enough to grab the No. 2 qualifying position. Coughlin also recorded a new career best.
"We pulled up to the starting line and did what we needed to do," said Jeg. "We have a talented and dedicated team behind these JEG'S Mail Order machines. Making solid runs like this is all about team work."
Jeg Is No. 8 after first session
Englishtown, Friday: Jeg Coughlin Jr. started his weekend by posting a 6.748 at 203.80 mph. The yellow and black JEG'S Mail Order Chevy Cavalier landed in the No. 8 position.
Jeg Coughlin has eye on 2003 crown
Englishtown, pre-race: The 34th annual K&N Filters NHRA SuperNationals presented by Pep Boys is also a special weekend for the Pro Stock class. Eight elite drivers will go head-to-head for a $50,000 payout on Saturday as part of a special race, which is held annually.
The top eight drivers in qualifying points from Englishtown 2002 to Atlanta 2003 are invited to participate. There is also a bonus of $25,000 paid by the NHRA if the driver who wins the 2003 King Demon Crown also wins the K&N Filters NHRA SuperNationals.
Jeg Coughlin and his yellow and black Jeg's Mail Order Chevy Cavalier qualified in the No. 4 position. Jeg will face off against Kurt Johnson in the opening round. Lane choice will go to Coughlin.
"Special races like this are great for the fans," said Jeg. "This event puts eight of the best Pro Stock drivers on center stage. We have been fortunate to win this event in the past and we are looking forward to continuing our success this year."
Coughlin has competed in this race three times (1999, 2000 & 2001) in his short professional career. The 32-year old has only failed to qualify once (2002).
"Qualifying for this event is a goal of our team every year," Jeg said. "To qualifying for the event shows that your program and team have consistently performed over a long period of time. It really rewards teamwork and dedication."
Success is something the Jeg's team has become accustomed to during this event. Jeg posted back-to-back wins for the yellow and black in 1999 and 2000. In 2000, Jeg and Troy Coughlin made NHRA history when the two brothers faced off in the final round. Jeg was defeated in the second round in 2001.
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