By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
JEGS.com/Elite Performance Pro Stock driver Jeg Coughlin Jr. is the No. 1 qualifier at the NHRA Toyota Nationals on Saturday at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, Nevada. This is his fifth No. 1 qualifier of the season.
The Delaware, Ohio native went 6.628 at 206.73 mph in the first pass on Saturday. This is the first-time in his career that he has raced to five No. 1 qualifiers on the season.
“It is certainly coming at a great time,” Coughlin said. “As the Countdown narrows tomorrow and two weeks in Pomona, every point counts and every round counts. Right now we are second in the points and have a long way to go to climb up to that top spot and need a lot of help from some of our competitors but to sit on pole here in Las Vegas feels great.”
Coughlin Jr. will face Steve Graham in the first-round of eliminations. The South San Francisco, California native went 6.715 at 205.13 mph.
Summit Racing Equipment Pro Stock driver Jason Line — who won his first race two weeks ago at zMAX Dragway in Concord, North Carolina — is the No. 2 qualifier. The Mooresville, North Carolina native went 6.628 at 206.61 mph.
Line will face Kenny Delco in the first-round of eliminations. The Setauket, New York native went 6.693 at 205.51 mph.
Total Seal/CIP1/Nitro Fish Pro Stock driver Matt Hartford is the No. 3 qualifier. The Scottsdale, Arizona native went 6.629 at 206.26 mph.
Hartford will face Team Summit driver Fernando Cuadra. The León, Guanajuato, Mexico native went 6.686 at 206.26 mph.
Gray Motorsports/Ray Skillman Auto Pro Stock driver Drew Skillman is the No. 4 qualifier. The Bargersville, Indiana native went 6.631 at 205.79 mph.
Skillman will face Vincent Nobile in the first-round of eliminations. The Melville, New York native went 6.653 at 203.89 mph.
Gray Motorsports/Valvoline Pro Stock driver Tanner Gray is the No. 5 qualifier. The Mooresville, North Carolina native went 6.631 at 205.79 mph.
Gray will face Alan Prusiensky in the first-round of eliminations. The Rockaway, New Jersey native went 6.650 at 205.79 mph.
Sunday’s eliminations pairings:
- Jeg Coughlin, Chevy Camaro, 6.628, 206.73 mph vs. 16. Steve Graham, Camaro, 6.715, 205.13 mph
- Jason Line, Camaro, 6.628, 206.61 mph vs. 15. Kenny Delco, Camaro, 6.693, 205.51 mph
- Matt Hartford, Camaro, 6.629, 206.26 mph vs. 14. Fernando Cuadra, Camaro, 6.686, 206.26 mph
- Drew Skillman, Camaro, 6.631, 206.86 mph vs. 13. Vincent Nobile, Camaro, 6.653, 203.89 mph
- Tanner Gray, Camaro, 6.631, 205.79 mph vs. 12. Alan Prusiensky, Dodge Dart, 6.650, 205.79 mph
- Chris McGaha, Camaro, 6.633, 207.91 mph vs. 11. Deric Kramer, Camaro, 6.650, 206.70 mph
- Bo Butner, Camaro, 6.636, 207.56 mph vs. 10. Alex Laughlin, Camaro, 6.643, 205.63 mph
- Erica Enders, Camaro, 6.636, 206.70 mph vs. 9. Greg Anderson, Camaro, 6.638, 205.57 mph
There were three Pro Stock drivers, who did not make the show. Val Smeland, the Shirley, New York native, was the No. 17 qualifier and went 6.762 at 203.12.
Joey Grose, the Lodi, California native, went 6.803 at 202.27 mph. Tom Huggins was the No. 19th qualifier, as he went 6.816 at 202.64 mph.
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