K&N Filters NHRA SuperNationals
Troy Coughlin goes out in round one
Englishtown, Sunday: Troy Coughlin faced off against Allen Johnson in the opening round. The starting line advantage went to Johnson by .005 seconds (.023 to .028).
The two cars looked like they were welded together at the door handles. The win light came on in the other lane and the margin of victory was .0266 seconds at the stripe. Troy posted a run of 6.734 at 204.05 mph.
"Being among the 16 qualified cars is a big accomplishment in Pro Stock any more," said Troy. "Our program is headed in the right direction and we are getting closer to breaking back into the top-ten with each race."
Coughlin is ready for race day
Englishtown, Saturday: Troy Coughlin and his yellow and black JEG'S Mail Order Chevy Cavalier began the second and final day of qualifying focused on improving from the No. 13 position.
Troy stepped up to the plate for his first run on Saturday and laid down an impressive run of 6.734 at 203.77 mph. The run move him up to the No. 10 position.
"We learned a lot from our first run yesterday (Friday) and we are headed in the right direction," explained Troy. "The conditions we are seeing are better than the track can handle. The key is to not step over the line and be too aggressive."
In the final session Troy did not improve. He slipped to the No. 12 spot and will face off against Allen Johnson in the opening round on race day.
Troy looks to improve
Englishtown, Friday: Troy Coughlin and his yellow and black JEG'S Mail Order Chevy Cavalier opened the weekend by running a 6.777 at 203.06 mph. The run put him in the No. 13 position after the first qualifying session.
"We left a lot on the table," explained Troy. "The car felt very loose down track and I short shifted the last two gears to slow the wheel speed down. There is a lot that we learned from the run that we will apply to our set up for the rest of the weekend."
Troy Coughlin is looking at the big picture
Englishtown, pre-race: Troy Coughlin is currently sitting in the No. 18 spot in the NHRA POWERade championship standings. He has 196 points and a runner-up finish after seven events.
"The six drivers ahead of me are within one round of points," said Troy. "With a strong performance this weekend we can make a big move forward. But, more importantly is where we want to be at the end of the three-race stretch. Our goal is to be inside the top 10 before we get to Columbus."
The importance of performing well throughout the next three races in Englishtown, Topeka, and Chicago will be a task many in NHRA's most competitive class are gunning for. Troy is hoping the recent changes made in the team will help propel them to stronger showings on race day.
"The changes we have made recently to the car and personal have already shown to be a step in the right direction," said Troy. "Having two cars set up identically is a real boost to our program and should translate into round wins for our team."
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