F1, Formula 1, NASCAR, IndyCar, MotoGP, ALMS, And More!
z


May 18, 2014 - 08:10 AM
Top News!
Rumors Edition!
Upcoming Racing! (Updated)



Top Stories
· 2014 Indianapolis Indy 500: IndyCar Pole Day Qualifying Preview (May 18, 2014)
· 2014 Iowa: NASCAR Nationwide Qualifying Results - Blaney, Ford On Pole! (May 18, 2014)
· 2014 Charlotte (All-Star): NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Results - McMurray, Chevrolet Win! (May 18, 2014)
· 2014 Indianapolis 500: IndyCar Saturday Qualifying Results - Carpenter, Chevrolet Go 230 Mph! (May 17, 2014)
· 2014 France GP (Le Mans) - MotoGP Qualifying Results - New Pole Record for Marquez (May 17, 2014)

Previous Top Stories!


Hot Rumors!
· F1: Caterham behind in engine, gearbox bills ? (May 14, 2014)
· F1: Vettel's old chassis was 'bent' ? (May 14, 2014)
· F1: Barcelona begins talks for F1 deal through 2026 ? (May 13, 2014)
· F1: Ferrari wants Brawn, Bell and Newey ? (May 13, 2014)
· F1: Haas 'not looking at Lotus' ? (May 12, 2014)
More Rumors!


2014 NHRA: During Strange Weekend, Coughlin Ready For Game Day
Posted by: newsla on May 18, 2014 - 08:06 AM
NHRA
2014 NHRA: During Strange Weekend, Coughlin Ready For Game Day


Jeg Coughlin Jr. and the JEGS.com/Mopar Dodge team have had a frustrating weekend at Atlanta Dragway, but the five-time Pro Stock champion knows Sunday's eliminations can make things brighter.

 

Bookmark and Share
"It's been one of those weekends," Coughlin said. "Everything's here, it's in one piece, and we've got something to work with for tomorrow, but we've had an odd go."

Coughlin qualified No. 8 with his Dodge Dart and will have to race J&J Racing teammate Allen Johnson in the first round Sunday. Coughlin's best pass was 6.537 seconds at 211.79 mph and Johnson's top run was 6.540 at 211.26 mph.

"Everyone on the JEGS and the Mopar Dodge team will be working on both these cars, even though we've got to face off against each other in round one," Coughlin said. "We'll prepare them as best we can and let Allen and I get out there and do it."

Myriad issues have plagued Coughlin's team in Atlanta, from a balky carburetor to a stuck throttle to a failing clutch. Still, Coughlin has won enough races to know that Sunday is a new day.

"It's kind of been a comedy of errors thus far," Coughlin said. "But game day is game day, and that's what we're here for. We'll look forward to tomorrow."

Coughlin started his weekend with a 6.560-second pass at 210.83 mph that was No. 8 in the Pro Stock field, but it was far from perfect.

"The first run we made, we didn't realize that the carburetor wasn't opening up all the way," Coughlin said. "That's probably why our speed was so poor and our e.t. was down a little bit in the back half."

In Q2, Coughlin had to abort the pass when the tires shook, but that was a blessing in disguise.

"It shook pretty hard the second run, which probably made the carburetor open a little bit more and it stuck," Coughlin said. "That's how we kinda found the carburetor problem Friday night."

After working on the tune-up, Coughlin made his quickest pass in Q3 on Saturday but that could have been even better.

"We kind of took the long route down, and the car wasn't happy from about 10 feet in to about 600 feet," Coughlin said. "We lost a couple of hundredths and ran a .53. We know it's all there."

Finally, in Q4, the clutch balked after the burnout. He made a pass but it was 6.651 seconds at 211.59 mph.

"I was backing up from the burnout and didn't feel like I had a clutch pedal at all," Coughlin said. "It was like the air gap went away on it or the linkage was not adjusted properly or something broke inside the clutch itself."

Still, Coughlin is confident his team can get all the problems solved so he can have a long day Sunday.

"We've got tons of horsepower, we've got great people, great cars, great everything," Coughlin said. "Confidence is never at a low."

PaddockTalk Perspective



Also in NHRA:



 
Related links
· More about NHRA







Home :: _ 


All logos and trademarks in this site are property of their respective owner.
The comments are property of their posters, all the rest (c) 2003-2014 by PaddockTalk.com.
Contact E-mail: admin@paddocktalk.com
Privacy