By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
On Friday night, Jeg Coughlin Jr. is the No. 1 qualifier in Pro Stock. His brother, Troy Coughlin, is the provisional No. 1 qualifier in Pro Mod.
Coughlin leads the NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series of the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway in Bristol, TN. Coughlin went 5.854 at 254.33 mph in his JEGS Mail Order ’15 Corvette.
“Coming into Bristol from [Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in] Englishtown [NJ], having a pretty good race there, and becoming number two in the first session was pretty exciting,” Coughlin said. “We figured we might be able to pick it up a bit and then the air got a little better, the track got a lot better. We were able to utilize a little bit more of the power that we’re trying to manage.”
Coughlin went to final round last Sunday, before losing to longtime rival “Tricky Rickie” Smith.
“We’ve had a pretty awesome start to the Thunder Valley Nationals,” Coughlin said. “It’s true, Englishtown was a pretty good race for us. We were No.1 qualifier there and had a runner-up finish, so the car was in great shape. Steve (Petty, crew chief) and the guys pretty much just kept things like they were. They just had to tune it to the Bristol air because there’s a little elevation to deal with up here on the mountain.
“We came in here and we were No. 2 in the first session and No. 1 in the second session so there’s not much more we could have done. We are making good strides. We are making good runs and all of the guys on the JEGS.com team couldn’t be more excited.”
Jonathan Gray is presently the No. 2 qualifier with a 5.878 at 246.44 in his Chevy Camaro. Mike Castellana is the No. 3 qualifier, also in his Chevy Camaro, with a 5.880 at 246.17 mph.
Shane Molinari is the No. 4 qualifier in his Pontiac Firebird with a 5.882 at 255.77 mph. Smith is the No. 5 qualifier with his Chevy Camaro following a 5.884 at 246.57 mph pass.
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