Coughlin Jr. leads Pro Stock field at 60th annual WinterNationals

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

JEGS/Elite Performance Pro Stock driver Jeg Coughlin Jr. was able to retain his No. 1 qualifier from Friday. His time was able to hold up following Saturday’s two qualifying sessions.

Coughlin Jr. — who announces his retirement as a full-time driver at the conclusion of the 2020 season on Saturday — went 6.525 at 210.77 mph. This is his 33rd No. 1 qualifier of his career.

“I announced this is going to be my final full professional season in Pro Stock,” said Coughlin. “I let the clutch out for the first time in 1997 in Dallas and I’ve let the clutch out every year since. I’ve just had a magnificent run. “My family has been unbelievable. We had a lot going for us, but we did the most with it without a doubt. I’m definitely not hanging up the helmet, but will you see me full time in Pro Stock again? It’s not very likely. I love drag racing.

“I’m very competitive as a person and as a racer. There is a lot of good racing left in my life. I’m looking forward to that and turning that chapter. I’ve made thousands and thousands of runs and wouldn’t change it one bit. It’s going to be a fun year and so far it’s started out extremely well.”

Coughlin Jr. will face Joey Grose in the first-round of eliminations. Grose went 6.640 at 205.79 mph to claim the No. 16 spot.

Deric Kramer is the No. 2 qualifier after he went 6.549 at 210.08 mph. He will face Fernando Cuadra Jr. in the first-round of eliminations after he went 6.636 at 207.62 mph.

Reigning Pro Stock Champion Erica Enders is the No. 3 qualifier. She went 6.552 at 210.80 mph and will face Cristian Cuadra, who went 6.611 at 209.39 mph, in the first-round of eliminations.

Kenny Delco Racing will have a tough pairing. The two teammates will face off against each other in the first-round.

Kenny Delco went 6.553 at 210.60 mph. Val Smeland went 6.610 at 208.75 mph in the bottom half of the ladder. Pro Stock driver Bo Butner is the No. 5 qualifier after he went 6.553 at 210.18 mph. He will face Steve Graham in the first-round of eliminations after he went 6.598 at 209.52 mph.

The rest of the Pro Stock Ladder pairings:

  1. Aaron Stanfield, Camaro, 6.554, 210.01 mph vs. 11. Matt Hartford, Camaro, 6.574, 209.07 mph
  2. Jason Line, Camaro, 6.558, 208.59 mph vs. 10. Alex Laughlin, Camaro, 6.566, 209.82 mph
  3. Greg Anderson, Camaro, 6.562, 210.80 mph vs. 9. Chris McGaha, Camaro, 6.565, 210.80 mph

Did Not Qualify:

  1. Alan Prusiensky, 6.684, 207.43 mph
  2. Tom Huggins, 6.691, 207.40 mph
  3. Fernando Cuadra, 6.695, 208.04 mph
  4. Martin Robertson, 6.719, 207.50 mph

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