Jeg Coughlin Jr. nabbed runner-up honors last time the NHRA tour stormed into Pacific Raceways for the annual Northwest Nationals. This time around, the reigning and five-time Pro Stock world champion is looking to take things one step further.
“I’ve said this before going into different events, but we’re pretty fortunate on the NHRA tour because we get to go to some really neat places and Seattle definitely is one of the best,” Coughlin said. “I really enjoy going to the Pacific Northwest. The surroundings are just breath-taking and the people have a cool vibe about them. It’s also a pleasant respite from the heat.
“Hats off to the team at the racetrack as well. That place has improved quite a bit over the last couple of years and we’ve had decent success there. I think that always makes it fun when you go back to a track where you have done well at in the past.”
Coughlin clinched a spot in the Countdown to the Championship with a steady showing last weekend in Sonoma … now it’s about turning on as many win lights as possible with his JEGS.com/Mopar Dodge Dart before the quest for six championships starts in September.
“The fans come out and have a great time, which is always fun for us as teams and as drivers,” Coughlin said. “It pushes you that much more. I would really love to use the good results we’ve already had this year and spin it into even more positive things this coming weekend in Seattle.
“We’re a great team with really good horsepower and really good cars. Everyone is marching to the same drum, it’s just a matter of fine tuning each weekend to meet the conditions we find. We’ve been really good at that this year and I can’t complain a bit about it. Let’s let the clutch out and see if we can’t make some more great runs.”
Pro Stock qualifying sessions started at 2:30 and 5:30 p.m. PT, Friday, and continue at 12:30 and 3:30 p.m., today. Eliminations will start at Sunday at noon with both qualifying and elimination action broadcasted on ESPN2.
Teamjegs.com contributed to this report.