By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
JEGS/Elite Performance Pro Stock driver Jeg Coughlin Jr. announced his departure from the sport on a full-time basis at the end of the season. One day later, after the announcement, Coughlin Jr. won the 60th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona in Pomona, California.
Coughlin Jr. went 6.522 at 210.80 mph to receive the Wally. Jason Line — who is also departing the sport on a full-time basis after the season — went 6.565 at 209.56 mph in the losing effort.
“It was quite a day. It started on Friday honestly, we’ll just call it quite a weekend,” Coughlin Jr. said. “Ricky Jones and Richard Freeman, the whole Elite team did a fantastic job over the winter. Today’s race was outstanding. I can’t recall a time in my 20 plus year career in Pro Stock that I was low for each and every one of the sessions and won the race. That’s quite a testament to the team.
“Hopefully it’s something we can hold on to for a little bit. It looks like we have a bit of a performance advantage here at Pomona and we were able to capitalize on it.”
This is Coughlin Jr.’s 64th Pro Stock win his career. Also, the Delaware, Ohio native now has 83 career Wally;’s.
In addition, this win kicked off the 50th anniversary Pro Stock season.
Prior to this event, Line had a 34-23 win over Coughlin Jr. But, Coughlin Jr. held a 5-2 advantage over Line in previous final rounds.
Line had the better reaction time, as he went 0.18 compared to Coughlin Jr.’s 0.027. While the North Carolina native had the advantage early on, he lost it by the 100-foot mark.
Coughlin Jr. then never trailed throughout the rest of the race. He won by 0.0343 seconds, or approximately 11 feet.
This is Coughlin Jr.’s third win at the Winternationals in his career.
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