By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Jeg Coughlin Jr. is the Pro Stock No. 1 qualifier at the 30th annual NHRA SpringNationals at Royal Purple Raceway in Baytown, Texas. This is his first No. 1 qualifier since the 2014 season – and his first with Elite Performance.
Coughlin Jr. had a 6.557 at 210.70 mph pass in his JEGS.com/Elite Performance Chevy Camaro. In 1997, he won his first race at this facility – just two starts into his Pro Stock career.
He’ll get a bye in the first-round.
“Car feels great and the track is really holding up nicely,” he said. This is the site where I started my Pro Stock career 20-years ago. To get my first professional win here was extremely special. This was like the Disney Land of race tracks for Pro Stock as I was coming into the class.”
KB Racing driver Bo Butner qualified second with his 6.560 at 210.80 mph pass in his Jim Butner’s Auto Chevy Camaro. He will face Allen Johnson, drove his Marathon Petroleum Co./J&J Racing Dodge Dart to a 6.645 at 208.84 mph pass.
Butner’s KB Racing teammate Greg Anderson qualified third in his Summit Racing Equipment Chevy Camaro with a 6.563 at 211.10 mph. He’ll face New Jersey native Alan Prusiensky in his Dodge Dart after his 6.625 at 209.01 mph pass.
“We have some homework to do,” Anderson said, who won last year’s SpringNationals. “When we got here, we weren’t far off – but we seem to have gone the wrong way. We’ve gotten a little bit worse instead of better, so it’s a little disappointing but we do know which way to go for [today]. We’ll backtrack, go back the other direction, and hopefully run better. We’ll have different air for [today], and I’m going to welcome the weather change. Hopefully, it plays into our hands.”
Fellow Elite Performance driver Erica Enders-Stevens has a unique situation on her hands. She qualified fourth with her Chevy Camaro after going 6.573 at 210.44 mph. She’s facing her husband, Richie Stevens, who qualified 6.615 at 208.52 mph in his Dodge Dart.
Tanner Gray, who won the previous event at 17-years-old in Las Vegas, qualified fifth in his Gray Motorsports Chevy Camaro with a 6.575 at 210.57 pass. He’s facing Alex Laughlin, who is driving a Gas Monkey Energy Chevy Camaro, and went 6.611 at 209.36 mph.
This is Laughlin’s first race of the season. Prior to this race, he switched from Gray Motorsports to Elite Performance.
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