Saturday at the Chevrolet Performance NHRA U.S. Nationals might have been a day littered with delays and misfortunes, but for third-generation drag racer T.J. Coughlin, the day couldn't have worked more in his favor.

Also finalizing their fields were Sean Bellemeur (Top Alcohol Funny Car) and Brad Plourd (Competition Eliminator).

After falling out of the provisional top qualifying spot, Coughlin thundered back to the top, scoring the No. 1 spot with a 5.174 elapsed time. Coughlin replaced Q2 top runner Megan Meyer atop the leaderboard, who turned in a 5.18. Meyer sibling Rachel was third with a 5.229.




Bellemeur scored the pole position for the Funny Car portion of the alcohol cars, running over a half-tenth quicker than No. 2 qualifier Shane Westerfield. Westerfield ran a 5.491, 268.97.

Doug Gordon was third with a 5.498, 267.37.

Brad Plourd held onto the top spot in the 52-car Competition Eliminator field.

Sunday's action opens with the first round of Stock, Super Stock Competition Eliminator and the Top Alcohol divisions. Racing begins at 7:45 AM.