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Team JEGS Pre-race Notes: Dodge NHRA Nationals

October 29, 2019

The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (Las Vegas, NV) Oct. 31- Nov. 3

The JEGS Mail Order team will be represented at the Dodge NHRA Nationals in Las Vegas 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 Las Vegas event. Jeg Jr. will once again be racing as a member of the Elite Motorsports team.

Earlier this year in Phoenix, Jeg Jr. 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 a runner-up finish at the most recent event in Dallas, Jeg Jr. is the No. 3 ranked driver in the Pro Stock class. He is just 65-points behind leader Erica Enders with two races remaining.

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.

During his career, Jeg Jr. has won the Pro Stock title five times in Las Vegas. He claimed a win at the inaugural event in 2000 by beating Warren Johnson and returned in 2001 and 2002 to post final round wins over Jim Yates and Warren Johnson, respectively. Jeg Jr. also won back-to-back titles in 2008 and 2009, beating Greg Stanfield in both final rounds.

In addition to his five Pro Stock wins, Jeg Jr. has also posted three runner-up finishes in Las Vegas. He reached the final round at both the spring and fall events in 2001 and the fall race in 2014. 

Jeg Jr. has qualified in the top half of the Pro Stock field 17 times in Las Vegas including a best of No.1 in 2007, 2008, 2014, and the Fall event last year. During his career, Jeg Jr. has qualified in the top spot 31 times including the last race in Dallas.

In 33 appearances at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (including the Fall event), Jeg Jr. has a round win record of 50-26 in Pro Stock competition.

In addition to his Pro Stock wins, Jeg Jr. also won the Super Comp title at the Spring Las Vegas race in 2012.

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 Jr. 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 (93), and the late Bob Glidden (85) and have more titles.

In 445 career Pro Stock races, Jeg Jr. has reached the final round 109 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 134 final rounds, 109 as a professional and 25 as a sportsman racer.

During his Pro Stock career, Jeg Jr. has competed in 445 events and has a round-win record of 664-367. 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 (Dodge NHRA Nationals edition)

6: Wins for Jeg Coughlin Jr. in Las Vegas (5 in Pro Stock, 1 in Super Comp).

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

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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