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Jeg Coughlin earns provisional Pro Stock pole at NHRA Arizona Nationals

Nobody has been able to outrun Jeg Coughlin Jr. in Pro Stock to start the 2020 Mello Yello NHRA Drag Racing season.
21 Feb 2020
Jacob Sundstrom, NHRA National Dragster Associate Editor
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Jeg Coughlin Jr.

Jeg Coughlin continued his dominant run through the Pro Stock field at the NHRA Arizona Nationals and captured the No. 1 position through the first two of four sessions. He made a 6.536-second pass at 208.46-mph in his JEGS.com Chevy Camaro, the only driver to run in the 6.53s. 

Coughlin has obtained every available point in the 2020 Pro Stock season, his final behind the wheel of a Pro Stock car on a full-time basis. His 136 points, six of which have come during qualifying at the NHRA Arizona Nationals, puts him above the rest of the competition following Friday's action at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park.

"This is pretty much the same car that we rolled into the trailer in Pomona and we just tuned it up for the weather here in Phoenix," said Coughlin. "It had a great 60 foot in the first session and I know all my competitors all laughed at me when I said it was struggling down low, but it was just choking on itself down low a little bit. I think we ended up being low for the session, but I know Rickie Jones ended up getting even more aggressive in the second session and we couldn't have been any more perfect."


The seven-time world champion is coming off a dominant victory at the season-opening Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals presented by ProtectTheHarvest.com and has currently out-qualified his closest competition, Elite Motorsports teammate Erica Enders, by .029-second. Enders ran a 6.565 with the quickest speed of the meet (209.82) in her Melling Performance Camaro. 

Fellow Elite Motorsports driver Aaron Stanfield, in his first full-time season in Pro Stock, wheeled his Janac Brothers Racing Camaro to the third-quickest time of the day (6.567). He's followed by Kenny Delco (6.579), who continued his great start to the 2020 season. 2017 Pro Stock world champion Bo Butner is in fifth at the end of the first day and laid down the best time of any K.B. Racing entrant in his Strustmasters Chevy Camaro. 

Chris McGaha ran a 6.581 and qualified behind Jason Line, who competing in Pro Stock for the final time as a full-time racer. McGaha tied Line on elapsed time but ran a slower speed and is currently qualified in the No. 7 position. 

All three Cuadra Racing Camaros qualified for the field after the first day of racing with team owner Fernando Cuadra Sr. on the bump spot (6.745). He is currently pursued by rookie racer Marty Robertson in his Elite Motorsports-powered Cure Kids Cancer Camaro, Steve Graham and Joey Grose. 

The third qualifying session is scheduled for 1 p.m. Mountain Time Saturday. You can catch all the action on NHRA.tv.