Jeg Coughlin Jr. began the 50th season of Pro Stock with a pair of incredible runs at the 60th Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals. He went 6.530 seconds at 210.73-mph in his JEGS.com Chevrolet Camaro to take pole position after the first day of Mello Yello qualifying at Auto Club Raceway.
He bested teammate Erica Enders, who began her title defense in second position with a 6.552 at 210.7 in her Melling Performance Camaro. She slotted ahead of Kenny Delco, whose season started tremendously in the No. 3 position at 6.553. That's better (so far) than the best he qualified in 2019, sixth in Phoenix.
Jason Line ended the first day of qualifying of his final season of Pro Stock driving in eighth after a 6.564 pass. He slotted behind K.B. Racing teammate Greg Anderson by .002-second as they posted 6.562 and 6.564s in their Summit Racing Chevy Camaros.
Cristian Cuadra and his brother, Fernando Cuadra Jr., qualified within .02-second of each other in their Ford Mustangs. Cristian ran a 6.611 at 209.39 while Fernando hit a 6.636 at 207.62.
Marty Robertson made his career debut in Pro Stock in Pomona after obtaining his license during the offseason and he needs to make a move to qualify for his first event. The Elite Motorsports racer made an 8 and 7 second run in his Chevy Camaro before settling for the 20th spot in the qualifying order, a 7.555 pull at 133.86-mph.
Tom Huggins, Fernando Cuadra Sr. and Alan Prusiensky all missed the field through the first day of qualifying. Huggins came closest in his Dodge Dart, coming within three-hundredths of Val Smeland, who sits on the bump spot with a 6.647.