By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
JEGS.com/Elite Performance Pro Stock driver Jeg Coughlin Jr. is the provisional leader after Friday’s qualifying at the 54th annual Auto Club NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, California. Coughlin Jr. needed his second pass to claim the provisional lead.
The Delaware, Ohio native went 6.527 at 211.39 on his second qualifying pass to claim the lead.
“We made two really nice runs [Friday],” Coughlin Jr. stated. “After Q1 we were on the poll and seeing some of our competitors bettering that mark ahead of us during the last three pair of Pro Stock were lower in the boom. I was concerned with the right lane because a lot of cars were getting loose out there and thought it was going to be tough to improve. When I let the clutch out the car just went singing down the track and it felt great.”
His Melling Performance/Elite Performance Pro Stock teammate Erica Enders-Stevens was the provisional No. 2 qualifier. The Houston, Texas native went 6.530 at 211.39 mph.
Summit Racing Equipment Pro Stock driver Jason Line was the provisional No. 3 qualifier. The Mooresville, North Carolina native went 6.531 at 211.56 mph.
Gray Motorsports Pro Stock driver Tanner Gray — who is competing in his final NHRA race before moving over to NASCAR — was the provisional No. 4 qualifier. The Denver, North Carolina native — who is also the points leader — went 6.537 at 209.59 mph.
Total Seal/CIP1/Nitro Fish Camaro Pro Stock driver Matt Hartford was the provisional No. 5 qualifier. The Scottsdale, Arizona native went 6.550 at 211.39 mph.
Here’s how the rest of the field panned out:
6. Alex Laughlin, Camaro, 6.550, 210.18 mph
7. Greg Anderson, Camaro, 6.557, 212.09 mph
8. Bo Butner, Camaro, 6.558, 211.03 mph
9. Chris McGaha, Camaro, 6.560, 211.89 mph
10. Drew Skillman, Camaro, 6.562, 211.43 mph
11. Deric Kramer, Camaro, 6.570, 210.50 mph
12. Alan Prusiensky, Dodge Dart, 6.590, 209.20 mph
13. Kenny Delco, Camaro, 6.612, 208.55 mph
14. Fernando Cuadra, Camaro, 6.615, 209.88 mph
15. Val Smeland, Camaro, 6.697, 207.27 mph
16. Joey Grose, Camaro, 6.738, 196.36 mph
Presently, there are three Pro Stock cars, who are not qualified for the show. The No. 17 qualifier is Steve Graham, who went 7.091 at 157.19 mph.
The No. 18 qualifier was Tom Huggins, who went 7.481 at 142.03 mph. The No. 19 qualifier was Vincent Nobile, who went 12.494 at 71.25 mph.
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