COLUMBUS, Ohio – Long-time Jeg’s employee Roger Burket will serve as Grand Marshal at the JEG’S NHRA Northern SPORTSnationals and radio personality Mark “Daddy Wags” Wagner has been chosen as the Honorary Starter for the event, August 28-31 at National Trail Raceway in Hebron, Ohio.

Burket’s 37-year tenure at Jeg’s High Performance is second only to company founder Jeg Coughlin Sr. In his time at Jeg’s Burket has done everything from building race cars and parts sold in the Jeg’s catalog to running Jegster Inc., a subsidiary of Jeg’s Automotive.

In Jeg Sr’s own words, “Roger can do anything. He has built race cars, security gates, executive desks, Jr. Dragsters and parts sold in the Jeg’s catalog to name only a few of his creations. Roger’s loyalty and work ethic is something to admire.”

Daddy Wags has been a fixture in Columbus radio for 25 years. The wacky co-host of QFM96’s Wags & Elliott Morning Show is an avid Motorsports fan and began his reign at the station in 1979.

“The Jeg’s folks have always treated me like family and I’m flattered to be asked to be the honorary starter for this event,’ said Wags. “This very well may be the first time I haven’t embarrassed myself at the starting line at National Trail Raceway.”

Singing the National Anthem for the event is Jeg’s very own, Lisa Gain. Lisa, a Customer Service Representative for Jeg’s, has musical talent that many of us can only dream about. She has written 190 songs, 12 of which she has selected on her own CD. Lisa jumped at the opportunity to sing in front of her fellow associates and race fans.

Jeg’s Automotive, Inc. is celebrating its 45th Anniversary this year. The Coughlin family and Jeg’s Automotive have been committed to the sport of drag racing. Father and founder Jeg Coughlin Sr successfully competed in numerous classes in the NHRA throughout his long career. His passion for racing has been carried on by all four of his sons, all of whom are NHRA racers. The third generation of Coughlin’s has begun to hit the track competing in Jr. Dragsters.

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