NHRA Pro Stock - Jeg Coughlin Jr Pre-race Notes - 52nd Annual NHRA Winternationals
In 2012, Jeg Coughlin Jr. will be making his return to the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series after a one-year hiatus. Jeg Jr will be driving the all-new JEGS.com / Mopar - Dodge Avenger in the Pro Stock class.
Jeg Coughlin Jr’s JEGS.com / Mopar - Dodge Avenger will be powered by Mopar Hemi engines supplied by JNR Racing, the JEGS in-house engine program founded by JEGS, Nick Ferri, and Roy Simmons. Former FIA European Drag Racing champion Tomi Laine will be Jeg Jr’s crew chief in 2012.
Jeg Coughlin Jr is a four-time NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series Pro Stock champion. He earned season titles in 2000, 2002, 2007 and 2008. As a sportsman driver, Jeg Jr also claimed the NHRA Super Gas championship in 1992.
Delaware, Feb. 8, 2012: During his hiatus from Pro Stock racing in 2011, Jeg returned to his roots and spent much of the year racing in various sportsman classes. He enjoyed tremendous success, winning the Super Comp title at the JEGS NHRA Pacific SPORTSnationals in Fontana, Calif., and numerous major E.T. bracket racing titles.
In 12 previous appearances at the NHRA Winternationals, Jeg Jr has a win-loss record of 18-9 in Pro Stock Competition. In 27 career appearances at Auto Club Pomona Raceway, which is also the site of the season-ending Auto Club Finals, Jeg has a round win record of 48-20 in Pro Stock competition.
During his career, Jeg Jr has raced in 12 final rounds in Pomona, claiming six victories
In 2010, his most recent season in Pro Stock competition, Jeg Coughlin Jr won four Pro Stock races in seven final round appearances. He also claimed a win in the Top Dragster class at the St. Louis event.
With 52-career Pro Stock wins, Jeg Jr ranks fourth all-time among Pro Stock drivers. Only Warren Johnson (96), Bob Glidden (85) and Greg Anderson (70) have more titles.
Jeg Jr’s best elapsed time in a Pro Stock car is 6.520-seconds and his best speed is 212.29-mph both recorded at the inaugural Four-Wide Nationals in Concord, N.C. in 2010.
In 1998, Jeg Coughlin Jr made his first Pro Stock start at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona and reached the final round. He returned to post back-to-back Pro Stock wins at the Winternationals in 1999 and 2000.
In 1999, Jeg Jr defeated his older brother Troy to win the Winternationals Pro Stock title. The Coughlin brothers also raced in the final of the 1999 Denver event, with Jeg Jr once again claiming the win.
Jeg Jr also won the special 50th anniversary event held in Pomona during the summer of 2001, as part of NHRA’s golden anniversary celebration. All told, Jeg Jr has six wins and five runner-up finishes in Pro Stock competition in Pomona.
Jeg Jr is the only driver in the 60-year history of NHRA to win national event titles in six different categories. He has won in Pro Stock, Comp, Super Stock, Super Comp, Super Gas, and Top Dragster.
The last time Jeg Jr raced a Dodge Pro Stock car in Pomona, he claimed a victory at the 2005 Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals.
In 283 career Pro Stock races, Jeg Jr has reached the final round 84 times, recording 52 wins. Including his 15 sportsman victories, Jeg Jr has won a total of 67 times, good for tenth place on NHRA’s all time wins list. During his career, Jeg Jr has appeared in 104 final rounds, 84 as a professional and 20 as a sportsman racer.