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Team JEGS Pre-race Notes: Auto Club NHRA Finals

November 11, 2019

Auto Club Raceway Pomona (Pomona, Calif) Nov. 14-17

The JEGS Mail Order team will be represented at the Auto Club NHRA Finals in Pomona by Jeg Coughlin Jr., who will be racing in the Pro Stock class.

Jeg Coughlin Jr. is continuing his pursuit of a sixth NHRA Mello Yello Pro Stock title (and seventh overall) at this weekend’s Pomona event. Jeg Jr. will once again be racing as a member of the Elite Motorsports team.

Earlier this year in Phoenix, Jeg won his 62nd Pro Stock event and 81st overall when he defeated Matt Hartford in the final round. The final round represented the 1,000th round of professional competition for Jeg Jr.

Last season, Jeg Jr. finished at the No. 2 ranked driver in the Pro Stock class. He finished in the top ten for the 18th time in his career, which began in 1997.

Jeg Coughlin Jr. is once again racing as a teammate to two-time world champ Erica Enders. The Elite team also includes Pro Stock racers Alex Laughlin and Aaron Stanfield. Jeg Jr.’s crew chief is multi-talented Rickie Jones, who has extensive experience as a driver, chassis builder, and tuner. The Elite team also includes crew chiefs Rick Jones, Mark Ingersoll and Brian “Lump” Self, who regularly share data.

Following runner-up finishes at the two most recent events in Dallas and Las Vegas, Jeg Jr. is the No. 2 ranked driver in the Pro Stock class. He is 91-points behind leader Erica Enders with one race remaining.

Jeg Jr. has won at least one NHRA national event at 24 different facilities including Auto Club Raceway Pomona. The only stops on the on the NHRA Mello Yello tour where he has not won a race are Norwalk, Ohio and Epping, N.H.

Since Jeg Jr. has already clinched his spot in the Countdown to the Championship meaning he will finish in the top ten in Pro Stock for the 19th time in his career.

All told, Jeg Jr. has six wins and seven runner-up finishes in Pro Stock competition in Pomona. He won the season-opening Winternationals in 1999 and 2000 and the season-ending Auto Club Finals in 1995, 2005, and 2007. He also won the special 50th anniversary event held in Pomona during the summer of 2001 as part of NHRA’s golden anniversary celebration.

In 1998, Jeg Jr. made his first Pro Stock start at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona at the Winternationals and reached the final round. A year later, Jeg Jr. defeated his older brother, Troy in the final, to win his first Winternationals Pro Stock title. The Coughlin brothers also raced in the final of the 1999 Denver event, where Jeg Jr. also claimed the win in that event.

In addition to his Pro Stock wins, Jeg Jr. was also a runner-up in the Super Stock class in Pomona during the 1995 Winternationals.

In 39 career appearances at Auto Club Pomona Raceway in all events, Jeg Jr. has a round win record of 63-33 in Pro Stock competition. 

Jeg Jr. is a five-time NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro Stock champion. He earned season titles in 2000, 2002, 2007-2008 and 2013. As a sportsman driver, Jeg Jr. also claimed the NHRA Super Gas championship in 1992.

Jeg Jr. is the only driver to win national event titles in seven different categories. He has won in Pro Stock, Comp, Super Stock, Stock, Super Comp, Super Gas and Top Dragster.

Jeg Jr. is the only professional racer in history to win a national event title from all 16 starting spots. During his Indy win in 2000, Jeg qualified No. 16.

With 62 Pro Stock wins in his career, Jeg Jr. ranks fourth all-time among Pro Stock drivers. Only Warren Johnson (97), Greg Anderson (94), and the late Bob Glidden (85) and have more titles.

In 446 career Pro Stock races, Jeg Jr. has reached the final round 110 times, recording 62 wins. Including his 19 sportsman victories, Jeg Jr. has won a total of 81 times, good for ninth place on NHRA's all-time list. During his career, Jeg Jr. has appeared in 135 final rounds, 110 as a professional and 25 as a sportsman racer.

During his Pro Stock career, Jeg Jr. has competed in 446 events and has a round-win record of 667-368. He has failed to qualify just 16 times.

Jeg Jr. has been the low qualifier 31 times in Pro Stock including twice this season in Seattle and Dallas.

Overall, the Coughlin family, including John, Troy, Mike, Jeg Jr. and Troy Jr. have combined for 124 NHRA national event victories since 1990. The Coughlin's have won in 11 different eliminators including Pro Stock, Pro Stock Truck, Pro Mod, Top Alcohol Dragster, Comp, Super Stock, Stock, Super Comp, Super Gas, Top Sportsman and Top Dragster.

Team JEGS - By the Numbers (Auto Club NHRA Finlas edition):

6: Wins Pro Stock wins for Jeg Coughlin Jr. in Pomona.

7: Different classes where Jeg Coughlin Jr. has won at least one NHRA national event title (the only driver in history to do so)

11: Number of classes where the Coughlin family has earned an NHRA national event victory

13: Career final rounds in Pomona for Jeg Coughlin Jr.

18: Top-10 finishes for Jeg Coughlin Jr. in the Pro Stock class since 1998

124: Combined NHRA national event victories for the Coughlin family

 

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