After more than three decades as one of NHRA’s most successful pros, drag racing superstar Jeg Coughlin Jr. is showing no signs of slowing down.
Coughlin's Hall of Fame credentials are already achieved, from his six NHRA championships to his 80 victories – 61 of which came as a pro, ranking him fourth all-time in the Pro Stock category.
But as he turns 49 in 2019, his competitive nature burns as brightly as ever. Coughlin is pursuing his seventh NHRA title and his sixth in the ultra-competitive Pro Stock category. He’ll again drive the JEGS.com Chevrolet Camaro for Elite Motorsports, teaming with two-time Pro Stock champ Erica Enders, as well as Alex Laughlin, and Rodger Brogdon to form one of the most potent teams in the sport.
Coughlin's pro career started in 1997, after tasting success in the NHRA Sportsman ranks. He scored his first pro win in in his second start in Pro Stock and his first professional championship in 2000.
He continued to pile up wins and titles, winning the Pro Stock title in 2002, 2007-08 and 2013 to add to his stellar resume. Those five Pro Stock titles go along with his 1992 Super Gas Championship.
He's among the ten winningest drivers across all classes, and he's the only pro driver to win from every qualifying position, No. 1 to No. 16.
In 1997, Coughlin became the first NHRA driver to win in four different classes in the same season with victories in Pro Stock, Super Stock, Super Gas and Comp. He is one of just two drivers, along with Dan Fletcher, to accomplish that feat.
He's also the first and only driver to race to victories in seven classes, garnering national event victories in Pro Stock, Comp, Super Stock, Stock, Super Comp, Super Gas and Top Dragster.
Coughlin's passion for the sport he loves was never more evident than when he scored an extraordinary win in the K&N Spring Fling 5-Day event at Bristol Dragway in 2015 and then doubled up at the JEGS NHRA Northern SPORTSnationals, reminding everyone of his already legendary bracket-racing prowess.
The youngest son of motorsports and business legend Jeg Coughlin Sr., Jeg Jr. has shown a passion for business success as well. Jeg Jr. and his three brothers John, Troy and Mike own and operate the highly successful family business, JEGS Mail Order.
In the nearly three decades since purchasing the company from their father with his assistance, the Coughlin brothers have elevated JEGS to a worldwide leader in direct-to-consumer performance products, shipping more than a million orders a year to nearly 100 countries with a near-perfect customer satisfaction rating.
On a personal level, Coughlin’s son, Jeg III, is completing his studies at The Ohio State University, where he was a proud member of the elite golf team while studying Economics and Management. Recently, Jeg III has taken a keen interest in the family business in an analytics role. He has also explored the possibility of launching his own drag racing career in the not-to-distant future.
Coughlin and his drag racing wife Samantha also stay busy chasing four-year-old Carly around their Delaware, Ohio, home and racetrack, watching another chapter of the family's unmatched legacy unfold before their eyes. Samantha enjoys powering a JEGS Super Comp dragster and Super Gas Corvette throughout the year and has found success on her own, winning at the NHRA national level.