Coughlin Jr. picks up top Pro Stock spot at 2019 Auto Club Finals

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

JEGS/Elite Performance Pro Stock driver Jeg Coughlin Jr. is the provisional No. 1 qualifier on Friday. He leads the field following the first two qualifying sessions with a 6.533 at 210.70 mph at the Auto Club NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona in Pomona, California.

The Delaware, Ohio native is attempting to pick up his third No. 1 qualifier of the season. If his time is able to hold up on Saturday following the final two qualifying sessions of the season, it’ll be his 32nd No. 1 qualifier of his career.

JEGS/Elite Performance Pro Stock driver Jeg Coughlin Jr. racing on Friday at the Auto Club NHRA Finals
Jeg Coughlin Jr. racing on Friday at the Auto Club NHRA Finals (Photo by the NHRA)

“We made two really nice run today with our Camaro; a 6.533 to take the No. 1 spot and a 6.537 on the second run. They were both straight as a string, but the right lane was a little trickier. From second to fourth [gear] we could have made a cleaner run and we were actually better in Q2. We’ll wake up tomorrow, come out for Q3, and see if we can better our time by a little bit.”

Melling Performance/Elite Performance Pro Stock driver Erica Enders is the provisional No. 2 qualifier. The Houston, Texas native went 6.538 at 210.93 mph.

Summit Racing Equipment Pro Stock driver Jason Line is the provisional No. 3 qualifier. The Troutman, North Carolina native went 6.554 at 211.03 mph.

Jim Butner Auto Group Pro Stock driver Bo Butner III is the provisional No. 4 qualifier. The Floyds Knobs, Indiana native went 6.557 at 210.83 mph.

Havoline/Elite Performance Pro Stock driver Alex Laughlin is the provisional No. 5 qualifier. The Bluff Dale, Texas native went 6.565 at 210.70 mph.

The rest of the provisional ladder looks like this:

6. Fernando Cuadra, Camaro, 6.565, 208.68 mph

7. Deric Kramer, Camaro, 6.569, 209.52 mph

8. Kenny Delco, Camaro, 6.576, 210.47 mph

9. Matt Hartford, Camaro, 6.585, 210.44 mph

10. Aaron Stanfield, Camaro, 6.590, 210.08 mph

11. Chris McGaha, Camaro, 6.595, 209.95 mph

12. Steve Graham, Camaro, 6.600, 209.39 mph

13. Val Smeland, Camaro, 6.631, 209.43 mph

14. Shane Tucker, Camaro, 6.638, 208.81 mph

15. Greg Anderson, Camaro, 6.646, 187.73 mph

16. Joey Grose, Camaro, 6.687, 207.72 mph

Not Qualified:

17. Cristian Cuadra, 6.778, 175.27 mph

18. Fernando Cuadra Jr., 6.836, 205.63 mph

19. Richie Stevens, 7.068, 197.10 mph

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