By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
JEGS.com/Elite Performance Pro Stock driver Jeg Coughlin Jr. will lead the Pro Stock field into the final race of the 2018 season, as the No. 1 qualifier at the Auto Club NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, California. The Delaware, Ohio native went 6.510 at 211.49 mph to lead the field.
Coughlin Jr. picked up the No. 1 qualifier during the fourth session on Saturday. He also had the provisional lead on Friday night after the first two sessions.
“Rickie Jones (crew chief) was going for it,” Coughlin Jr. stated. “From the time I let the clutch out this thing was just singing. It was singing through every one of the four gear changes and fifth gear was great and just hummed it down through there. I could tell by the tone on his voice on the radio that not only did we run well but kept the No. 1 qualifier.”
Coughlin Jr. will face Kenny Delco on Sunday. The Setauket, New York native went 6.597 at 209.36 mph.
Summit Racing Equipment Pro Stock driver Jason Line was the No. 2 qualifier. The Mooresville, North Carolina native went 6.529 at 212.06 mph.
Line will face Vincent Nobile on Sunday. The Melville, New York native went 6.584 at 209.95 mph.
Melling Performance/Elite Performance Pro Stock driver Erica Enders-Stevens was the No. 3 qualifier. The Houston, Texas native went 6.530 at 211.39 mph.
Enders-Stevens will face Deric Kramer on Sunday. The Sterling, Colorado native went 6.570 at 210.50 mph.
Gray Motorsports/Ray Skillman Auto Group Pro Stock driver Drew Skillman was the No. 4 qualifier. The Bargersville, Indiana native went 6.521 at 211.16 mph.
Skillman will face Alan Prusiensky on Sunday. The Rockaway, New Jersey native went 6.569 at 209.49 mph.
Summit Racing Equipment Pro Stock driver Greg Anderson was the No. 5 qualifier. The Mooresville, North Carolina native went 6.533 at 211.66 mph.
Anderson will face his Team Summit teammate, Fernando Cuadra. The León, Guanajuato, México native went 6.568 at 209.85 mph.
Pro Stock Elimination Pairings:
1. Jeg Coughlin, Chevy Camaro, 6.510, 211.49 vs. 16. Kenny Delco, Camaro, 6.597, 209.36;
2. Jason Line, Camaro, 6.529, 212.06 vs. 15. Vincent Nobile, Camaro, 6.584, 209.95;
3. Erica Enders, Camaro, 6.530, 211.39 vs. 14. Deric Kramer, Camaro, 6.570, 210.50;
4. Drew Skillman, Camaro, 6.532, 211.16 vs. 13. Alan Prusiensky, Dodge Dart, 6.569, 209.49;
5. Greg Anderson, Camaro, 6.533, 211.66 vs. 12. Fernando Cuadra, Camaro, 6.568, 209.85;
6. Tanner Gray, Camaro, 6.534, 211.33 vs. 11. Shane Gray, Camaro, 6.564, 210.08;
7. Alex Laughlin, Camaro, 6.541, 210.87 vs. 10. Chris McGaha, Camaro, 6.560, 211.89;
8. Matt Hartford, Camaro, 6.543, 211.20 vs. 9. Bo Butner, Camaro, 6.553, 211.39.
There were four Pro Stock drivers, who did not qualify for the show. The No. 17 qualifier was Steve Graham, who went 6.622 at 210.05 mph.
The No. 18 qualifier was Val Smeland, who went 6.640 at 207.43 mph. The No. 19 qualifier was Tom Huggins, who went 6.713 at 207.24 mph.
The No. 20 qualifier was Joey Grose, who went 6.738 at 196.36 mph.
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