Coughlin close to record-making weekend in Pomona


Among the best racers to triumph in Pomona, six-time world champion Jeg Coughlin Jr. sits poised to continue his Southern California success during the 50th annual Auto Club NHRA Finals.

Looking to leave the season finale with the Wally, Coughlin’s Dodge Dart looked consistently fast throughout all four qualifying sessions. With his best time of 6.534 at 211.89 mph occurring during Q3, Coughlin secured the No. 4 spot on the eliminations ladder.

“Going into the last day of the season we really made four good runs,” Coughlin said. “Both runs today we were looking to get maybe a little bit more out of them than we did. The car moved in opposite lanes both runs; in the left lane it went left a little bit and in the right lane it went right a little bit.

“I think (crew chief) Adam (Hornberger) and the guys will do a good job to navigate that part of it, and we’ll wait to see what Mother Nature shows up with for tomorrow.”

Facing off against No. 13 Vieri Gaines during round one of eliminations, Coughlin is confident in his chances of getting the job done one more time this season and for the seventh time in Pomona.

“I like the way we’re running going into game day,” Coughlin said. “I feel great behind the wheel and that’s what it takes to win in Pro Stock. We’ve got a great team and are feeling good. Let’s get it done now.”

Already accumulating 74 total national event wins and 99 Pro Stock final-round appearances, the six-time champion is looking forward to his chance at continuing to make history and notch those statistics up a mark.

“Stats are cool when you hear them spoken like that,” Coughlin said. “We’d like to reach that centennial mark of final-round appearances but would love nothing more than to light up that win light and send the year out in firework style, all while having a good time doing it.”

Eliminations will start at approximately noon, Sunday, with both qualifying and elimination action broadcast on ESPN2 on tape-delay basis.