Coughlin wins at NHRA Jegs Pacific SPORTSnationals
SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY, Calif. (May 17, 2011) – Winners, including four time NHRA Pro Stock National Champion Jeg Coughlin, were crowned Monday at the NHRA Jegs Pacific SPORTSnationals presented by K&N at Auto Club Dragway. Coughlin advanced to the final round in both Super Comp and Super Gas. In Super Comp, Coughlin of Delaware, Ohio, faced off against Tom McBride, (Lakeside, Calif.), running 9.034 seconds at 160.46 mph to earn the win over McBride’s run of 9.052 seconds at 167.07 mph.
Thomas Bayer, former Pacific division champion, faced off against Coughlin in the finals in Super Gas. Bayer was able to secure a win and the trip to winner's circle when Coughlin red-lighted at the start. Bayer, from Fontana also advanced to the semifinal rounds in Super Comp earlier in the day as well.
Super Street saw Greg Ventura, another familiar face to the Auto Club Dragway, face Ryan Herem in the finals. Ventura made it down the strip with a time of 10.930 seconds at 129.75 mph and defeated Herem’s run of 10.893 seconds at 134.82 mph. Earlier in the day, Ventura made it to the semifinals in Super Gas where he lost to Bayer.
Los Angeles resident, Jeffrey Jerome, earned his first win ever at a national or divisional event, when he defeated Mark Faul (Tacoma, Wash.), in Stock Eliminator. Jerome drove his ’73 Duster to a winning run of 11.192 seconds at 111.82 mph. In Top Dragster, Paul Snell (Sandy, Utah) took the win when Kenny Upton (Garden Grove, Calif.) red lighted at the start. The event was also Snell’s first ever national event win to go along with his two divisional wins. Snell had a near perfect reaction time of 0.005 seconds off the start then ran 6.767, at 199.88 for a 20-thousandths package in the final round.
Due to rain falling Sunday morning, the remaining classes were unable to finish. However, drivers in Super Stock, Top Sportsman and Sportsman Motorcycle will go for titles in Bakersfield at Auto Club Famoso this coming weekend. Comp Eliminator drivers will wrap up at the NHRA Finals in Pomona later this year.
Children 12 and under are free with a paid adult to all events at Auto Club Dragway. For more information and future events, call Auto Club Dragway (909) 429-5060 or visit www.autoclubpeedway.com.
Following are the final results from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Jegs Pacific SPORTSnationals presented by K&N event at Auto Club Dragway: STOCK ELIMINATOR : Jeff Jerome (Los Angeles) '73 Duster, G/SA, 11.192, 111.82 def. Mark Faul (Tacoma, Wash.) '69 Chevelle, F/SA, 11.471,105.67; SUPER COMP: Jeg Coughlin (Delaware, Ohio) dragster, 9.034, 160.46 def. Tom McBride (Lakeside, Calif.) dragster, 9.052, 167.07; SUPER GAS: Thomas Bayer (Fontana, Calif.) '62 Corvette, 9.830, 155.19 def. Jeg Coughlin (Delaware, Ohio) '11 Corvette, 9.892, 167.99; SUPER STREET: Greg Ventura (Garden Grove, Calif.) '66 Nova, 10.930, 129.75 def. Ryan Herem (Quartz Hill, Calif.) '69 Camaro, 10.893, 134.82; TOP DRAGSTER: Paul Snell (Sandy, Utah) dragster, 6.767, 199.88 def. Kenny Upton (Garden Grove, Calif.) dragster, foul.