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John Coughlin

Quick Facts

John Coughlin
Hometown: Delaware, Ohio
Birthplace: Columbus, Ohio
Age: 56 (DOB January 20, 1963)
Family: Diana (wife), Cody (son) & Kennedi (daughter)
Years racing: 30
Professional victories: 2 (Pro Stock Truck)
Professional final rounds: 3 (Pro Stock Truck)
Sportsman wins: 3 (2 in Super Gas, 1 in Super Stock)
Sportsman final rounds: 3
Total NHRA national event victories: 5
Total NHRA national event final rounds: 6
Total NHRA divisional event victories: 14
Total NHRA divisional event final rounds: 20
Career-best elapsed time: 6.512-seconds, Reynolds, Ga. 2010
Career-best speed: 215.86 mph, Reynolds, Ga. 2010

John Coughlin

As the oldest son of drag race legend and speed shop merchandise magnate Jeg Coughlin Sr., John Coughlin grew up in the world of cars and racing – and he took to it like a fish takes to water. When he was old enough to compete, John headed to the track and spent two decades pursuing his passion in a number of drag racing categories. And while he’s still intimately involved in the drag racing world – and in helping run the company his father started – he has shifted gears, spending more time with his family and taking pride in each of their many impressive accomplishments.

During his own storied career, John won national event titles in three classes; Super Stock, Super Gas, and Pro Stock Truck. He also earned four North Central Division championships in 1994, 1995, 2007, and 2009. On top of all that, he won 14 divisional events.

Since hanging up his helmet, Coughlin’s primary focus has been twofold: on his family,

and on growing and improving the highly successful high-performance auto parts retailer that he runs along with his father and three brothers. John helps manage the day-to-day operations of the family-owned business as the president and co-owner, taking particular pride in the marketing and e-commerce development of Jegs.com.

The oldest of the four Coughlin brothers, John is widely known as a personable, charismatic ambassador for the sport of drag racing, for the Jegs brand, and for all of the members of the Coughlin extended family. Despite all of his successes on the track, and in business, nothing means more to John than the titles of dad, brother, husband, son and uncle. He is grateful for all of the things he has been blessed with, but most of all for the incredible family that surrounds him.

 

John NHRA National Event Victories
Year Event Location Class
2003 Pontiac Excitement Nationals Columbus, OH Super Stock
2000 Sears Craftsman Nationals St. Louis, IL Pro Stock Truck
1999 Pontiac Excitement Nationals Columbus, OH Pro Stock Truck
1993 Budweiser Springnationals Columbus, OH Super Gas
1992 Winston Finals Pomona, CA Super Gas

 

NHRA Divisional Championships
Year Event Location Class
2009 Division III Champion   Top Dragster
2007 Division III Champion   Top Dragster
1995 Division III Champion   Super Gas
1994 Division III Champion   Super Gas

 

NHRA Divisional Wins
Year Event Location Class
2009 Las Vegas Motor Speedway Las Vegas, NV Top Dragster
2009 Route 66 Raceway Joilet, IL Top Dragster
2008 Indianapolis Raceway Park Indianapolis, IN Super Stock
2007 Atco Raceway Atco, NJ Super Stock
2007 Beech Bend Raceway Bowling Green, KY Top Dragster
2007 Route 66 Raceway Joliet, IL Top Dragster
2007 Orlando Speed World Dragway Orlando, FL Top Dragster
2002 National Trail Raceway Columbus, OH Super Stock
1998 U.S. 131 Dragway Martin, MI Super Stock
1995 Houston Raceway Park (Div. 4) Houston, TX Super Gas
1995 Quaker City Dragway Salem, OH Super Gas
1994 Indianapolis Raceway Park Indianapolis, IN Super Gas
1993 Firebird Raceway (Div. 7) Chandler, AZ Super Gas
1991 U.S. 131 Dragway Martin, MI Super Gas
Special Events
Year Event Location Class
2007 JEGS Top Dragster Shootout Columbus, OH Top Dragster

 

• Claimed his first major event win in 1984 when he won the Quick Rod class at the IHRA Winter Nationals in Darlington, S.C.
• Won his first NHRA national event title in the Super Gas class at the 1992 NHRA Winston Finals in Pomona, Calif.
• Finished a career-best No. 2 in Super Gas national championship standings
• Won the first of his four NHRA divisional championships in 1994 when he claimed the North Central Division Super Gas title.
• Turned Pro in 1999 when he made his debut in the Pro Stock Truck class
• Won his first professional title at the 1999 Pontiac Excitement Nationals in Columbus, beating Brad Jeter to win the Pro Stock Truck title.
• Finished No. 4 in Pro Stock Truck NHRA championship in 2000, his career best finish as a professional.
• Shared a memorable Coughlin family double win on Father’s day in 2003 when he won the Super Stock title and brother Mike won in Super Comp at their home track, National Trail Raceway.
• Won the 2005 NHRA Mac Tools U.S. Nationals as a car owner after allowing Brad Plourd to drive his JEGS Mail Order Super Comp dragster at drag racing's most prestigious event.
• Won a second event as a car owner later in 2005 when he lent his Super Stock Cavalier to NHRA World Champion Anthony Bertozzi at the Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals in Pomona, Calif.
• Won the $5,000 first place prize at a major E.T. bracket racing event at Farmington Dragway in Farmington, N.C. in 2006
• Won the 2007Top Dragster Shootout specialty event at the JEGS NHRA Northern SPORTSnationals at National Trail Raceway in Columbus, Ohio
• Won the 2007NHRA North Central Division Top Dragster Championship after winning three events in his new JEGS.com dragster
• Won a second NHRA North Central Division Top Dragster championship in 2009 following a clutch victory at the final event of the season in Las Vegas, Nev.

Career Highlights: 

• Claimed his first major event win in 1984 when he won the Quick Rod class at the IHRA Winter Nationals in Darlington, S.C.
• Won his first NHRA national event title in the Super Gas class at the 1992 NHRA Winston Finals in Pomona, Calif.
• Finished a career-best No. 2 in Super Gas national championship standings
• Won the first of his four NHRA divisional championships in 1994 when he claimed the North Central Division Super Gas title.
• Turned Pro in 1999 when he made his debut in the Pro Stock Truck class
• Won his first professional title at the 1999 Pontiac Excitement Nationals in Columbus, beating Brad Jeter to win the Pro Stock Truck title.
• Finished No. 4 in Pro Stock Truck NHRA championship in 2000, his career best finish as a professional.
• Shared a memorable Coughlin family double win on Father’s day in 2003 when he won the Super Stock title and brother Mike won in Super Comp at their home track, National Trail Raceway.
• Won the 2005 NHRA Mac Tools U.S. Nationals as a car owner after allowing Brad Plourd to drive his JEGS Mail Order Super Comp dragster at drag racing's most prestigious event.
• Won a second event as a car owner later in 2005 when he lent his Super Stock Cavalier to NHRA World Champion Anthony Bertozzi at the Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals in Pomona, Calif.
• Won the $5,000 first place prize at a major E.T. bracket racing event at Farmington Dragway in Farmington, N.C. in 2006
• Won the 2007Top Dragster Shootout specialty event at the JEGS NHRA Northern SPORTSnationals at National Trail Raceway in Columbus, Ohio
• Won the 2007NHRA North Central Division Top Dragster Championship after winning three events in his new JEGS.com dragster
• Won a second NHRA North Central Division Top Dragster championship in 2009 following a clutch victory at the final event of the season in Las Vegas, Nev.

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