CONCORD, NC. (Jan 21) — Five-time world champion drag racer Jeg Coughlin Jr, helped break ground at zMax Dragway in 2008, and is thrilled with the news that zMax Dragway will now host four wide drag racing at the upcoming Four-Wide NHRA Nationals March 26-28.
Track owner Bruton Smith along with NHRA president Tom Compton announced the new format Thursday in Concord, NC.
“I am excited to run four lanes wide,” Coughlin said. “It will create a lot of excitement for the fans at zMax Dragway and those watching on ESPN2. I want to applaud NHRA and it’s competition department for making Bruton Smith’s vision become a reality.
“When I first saw the renderings of the facility and took a tour when it was under construction it was fun to imagine four cars running side-by-side. Now we will get to see it and live it. I am sure it will be some of the most exciting drag racing we have ever experienced. This is exactly why Bruton built Max Dragway.
“JEGS Mail Order is a sponsor of the race track and with this new format of racing the spring event is going to be an unqualified home run. We are proud to have supported zMax Dragway from the very beginning and to have a presence in the largest motorsports market in the country.
Coughlin has claimed four Pro Stock championships (2000, 2002, 2007 & 2008) and one Super Gas title (1992) as well as 61 national event titles making him one of the most prolific racers in the 59-year history of NHRA. The 39-year-old lives in Delaware, Ohio near the family business JEGS Mail Order.