NHRA Drag Racing - JEGS Team Preview For Bristol Dragway
Bristol, Jun. 12, 2012: In 2012, Jeg Coughlin Jr. is making his return to the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series after a one-year hiatus. Jeg is driving the all-new JEGS Mopar Dodge Avenger in the Pro Stock class. In his first outing since his return, he drove to a runner-up finish at the O’Reilly Auto Parts Winternationals.
After the first nine rounds, Jeg Coughlin Jr. is ranked 13th in the NHRA Full Throttle points standings but he is just 37 points (less than two rounds) out of the top ten.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 also claimed the NHRA Super Gas championship in 1992.
Jeg Coughlin Jr. won the Pro Stock title at Bristol in 2007 defeating Kenny Koretsky in the final round.
In nine career appearances at Bristol Dragway, Jeg Coughlin Jr. has an 11-7 record in Pro Stock eliminations.
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.
At the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series event last April in Las Vegas, Jeg Jr scored his 68th career national event title when he drove his JEGS.com dragster to the Super Comp title.
In 292 career Pro Stock races, Jeg Jr has reached the final round 85 times, recording 52 wins. Including his 16 sportsman victories, Jeg Jr has won a total of 68 times, good for tenth place on NHRA’s all time wins list. During his career, Jeg Jr has appeared in 106 final rounds, 85 as a professional and 21 as a sportsman racer.
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.
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.
Coughlin’s JEGS.com / Mopar Dodge Avenger is powered by Mopar Hemi engines supplied by JNR Racing, the JEGS in-house engine program founded by JEGS, Nick Ferri, and Roy Simmons.
Jeg Jr is one of only two drivers, along with Peter Biondo, 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.
Jeg Jr has qualified in the top half of the field in five of his nine appearances in Bristol including a best of No. 1 in 2007. He has qualified No. 1 17 times in his career.
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 (74) have more titles.
Troy Coughlin will be racing his turbocharged Camaro in the NHRA Pro Mod series presented by Pro Care Rx. After four of ten rounds, Troy is ranked No 5 in the Pro Mod standings. At last weekend’s Toyota NHRA Supernationals in Englishtown, Troy drove to a runner-up finish against Danny Rowe.
Troy’s JEGS.com Camaro is tuned by noted turbocharger expert Steve Petty. At the season-opening event in Gainesville, Troy posted the top speed of the event with a career-best 256.26 mph speed. He is officially the fastest member of the Coughlin family, eclipsing the performance of his father, Jeg Sr., who raced in the Top Fuel class in the early 1980s.
Troy Coughlin has won NHRA national event titles in three classes; Pro Stock, Pro Mod, and Super Gas. His last Pro Mod title came at the Englishtown, N.J. event in 2005
At last year’s Bristol event, Troy qualified No. 13 in the Pro Mod field and lost a close race in round one against Dennis Radford, 6.00 to 6.03.
Troy has also had success in Pro Stock at Bristol Dragway, having won the $50,000 Winston Showdown in 2000.
The JEGS Mail Order team in Bristol will also be represented by Troy’s son, Troy Jr., who will be racing his two JEGS.com dragsters in Super Comp and Top Dragster.
Troy Coughlin Jr. is a two-time NHRA national event winner and the first third-generation Coughlin to win a major event.
After two events, Troy Jr. is currently ranked No. 8 in the North Central Division Top Dragster points standings.
Troy Jr. is familiar with Bristol Dragway, having recently raced in the K&N Spring Fling E.T. bracket event, held there several weeks ago.
Team JEGS - By the Numbers NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals Edition
4 Entries for the JEGS team in Bristol, one in Pro Stock (Jeg Jr.), one in Pro Mod (Troy) and one each in Top Dragster and Super Comp (Troy Jr.)
9 Number of classes where the Coughlin family has earned an NHRA national event victory
92 NHRA national event victories for the Coughlin family
477 Career round wins for Jeg Coughlin Jr. in Pro Stock (against just 224 losses)