DENVER (July 10) — The hottest driver in Pro Stock is two-time POWERade
champion Jeg Coughlin Jr., who stands on the threshold of a professional mark
very few drivers have ever reached — 50 career victories. Coming off a big win
Sunday in Bristol, Tenn., Coughlin has 49 national event trophies in his
possession. Only nine men in 56 years of NHRA Championship Drag Racing have

“It’s a number I’ve been aiming for,” said Coughlin, who has 36 Pro Stock wins
and 13 more in the sportsman ranks. “It would mean the world to me to get it at
Bandimere Speedway because our two families have become very close over the
years and we think so much of the entire Bandimere clan. I’d love to share the
moment with them.”

There’s no reason to think Coughlin can’t get it done. His Chevrolet
Cobalt has been the best in the class over the last nine races, outscoring class
leader Greg Anderson by 86 points since the start of the Houston race in late

Coughlin has raced to five finals, three semis, and one quarterfinal over that
time frame, winning twice and scoring three runner-up finishes for team owner
Victor Cagnazzi. His teammate Dave Connolly has recently raced to three finals
and a pair of wins.

“Both the Cagnazzi Racing Cobalts are running strong and we’re very excited
about that,” Coughlin said. “I’ve managed to climb up to second in the points
and really make up some ground on Greg, who had a fabulous start, and Dave’s
right behind me in third. It’s been a great battle so far and it’s a real honor
to be running well against Greg and the rest of the very, very stout racers in
this category.

“We were fortunate enough to win two Pro Stock championships in 2000 and 2002,
and they were hard fought to be sure, but I think this year’s group might just
be the toughest I’ve ever seen. It makes the privilege of winning a race, any
race, extremely special.”

NHRA fans know the thin air drivers and crew chiefs will encounter at the 28th
annual Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals can be tough to handle, but Coughlin and
tuner Roy Simmons know they can lean on the data gleaned from Coughlin’s two
wins there in 1998 and ’99, as well as Connolly’s win there in 2006, to help
them along.

“No matter what, you know the Bandimeres will have the racetrack in perfect
condition,” the 37-year-old Coughlin said from his home in Delaware, Ohio. “Yes,
it will be hot, and yes the cars will be gasping for air, just like the rest of
us, but we all race down the same quarter-mile.

“The way my guys have this car running right now, I know they’ll adapt to
whatever we face up there. I also know they’d love to share another winner’s
circle celebration with me and my great friends, the Bandimeres. I can’t wait to
get started.”

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