MADISON, ILL. (July 13) – Coming off their most successful race of the season, brothers John and Mike Coughlin will look to continue their winning ways as they head for this weekend’s NHRA Division 3 Lucas Oil Racing Series contest at Gateway Int’l Raceway. At a recent Division 3 event in Joliet, Ill., John won the Top Dragster title and Mike was crowned the champion in the Top Sportsman class. Having both JEGS Mail Order entries parked side-by-side in the winner’s circle is a thrill the Coughlin’s won’t soon forget.

“Having my brother and I win a race on the same day is definitely the highlight of our season so far,” said Mike. “It’s difficult to put one car in the winner’s circle and to have two wins is almost too much to ask for. We’ve got a tough act to follow, but if everything goes just right, we can make it happen.”

As a result of their early season success, both Coughlin brothers are challenging for the season championship in their respective eliminators. John currently leads the Top Dragster standings and Mike is ranked second in Top Sportsman.

“I know that Mike and I are both doing well in the points, but we’re trying not to think too much about it right now,” said John. “We just want to concentrate on winning some rounds this weekend. If we can do that, the points will take care of themselves. There is a still a long way to go this season, but I certainly like the way it has started.”

Actually, the Coughlins will be seeking a triple victory celebration as John will also be competing in Super Stock with his B&B Race Cars-built ’08 Chevy Cobalt. He has had prior success at Gateway Int’l Raceway, which is located just across the Mississippi river from St. Louis, having won the Pro Stock Truck title there in 2000.

Qualifying for the Division 3 Lucas Oil Series event will begin on Friday, July 13 and continue through Saturday, July 14. Final eliminations will be held on Sunday, July 15.

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