Chandler, Ariz. (Feb. 17-19)
In 2012, Jeg Coughlin Jr. is making his return to the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series after a one-year hiatus. Jeg Jr. is driving the all-new JEGS Mopar Dodge Avenger in the Pro Stock class. In his first outing since his return, he drove to a runner-up finish at the O’Reilly Auto Parts Winternationals.
Following his runner-up finish at last weekend’s season-opening Pomona event, Jeg Coughlin Jr. is ranked second in the NHRA Full Throttle points standings.
Jeg Coughlin Jr. is a four-time NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series Pro Stock champion. He earned season titles in 2000, 2002, 2007 and 2008. As a sportsman driver, Jeg Jr. also claimed the NHRA Super Gas championship in 1992.
During his career, Jeg Jr. has won the Pro Stock title twice in Phoenix. He claimed his first win in 2000 by beating Mark Pawuk in the final round and stopped Kurt Johnson to win his second title in 2009.
During his hiatus from Pro Stock racing in 2011, Jeg Jr. returned to his roots and spent much of the year racing in various sportsman classes. He enjoyed tremendous success, winning the Super Comp title at the JEGS NHRA Pacific SPORTSnationals in Fontana, Calif., and numerous major E.T. bracket racing titles.
Coughlin’s JEGS Mopar Dodge Avenger is powered by Mopar Hemi engines supplied by JNR Racing, the JEGS in-house engine program founded by JEGS, Nick Ferri, and Roy Simmons. Former FIA European Drag Racing champion Tomi Laine is Jeg’s crew chief in 2012.
In 284 career Pro Stock races, Jeg Jr. has reached the final round 85 times, recording 52 wins. Including his 15 sportsman victories, Jeg Jr. has won a total of 67 times, good for tenth place on NHRA’s all time wins list. During his career, Jeg Jr. has appeared in 105 final rounds, 85 as a professional and 20 as a sportsman racer.
As a sportsman driver, Jeg Jr. also won the Super Stock title in Phoenix in 1995. He returned in 1997 to claim the Comp title at the track’s Division 7 Lucas Oil Series event.
In 2010, his most recent season in Pro Stock competition, Jeg Coughlin Jr. won four Pro Stock races in seven final round appearances. He also claimed a win in the Top Dragster class at the St. Louis event.
In 12 previous appearances at the NHRA Arizona Nationals Jeg Jr. has a win-loss record of 18-10 in Pro Stock Competition.
Jeg Jr. has qualified in the top half of the field in eight of his 12 appearances at Firebird Raceway including a best of third in 2000 and 2004.
With 52-career Pro Stock wins, Jeg Jr. ranks fourth all-time among Pro Stock drivers. Only Warren Johnson (96), Bob Glidden (85) and Greg Anderson (70) have more titles.
Jeg Jr’s best elapsed time in a Pro Stock car is 6.520-seconds and his best speed is 212.29-mph both recorded at the inaugural Four-Wide Nationals in Concord, N.C. in 2010.
Jeg Jr. is the only driver in the 60-year history of NHRA to win national event titles in six different categories. He has won in Pro Stock, Comp, Super Stock, Super Comp, Super Gas, and Top Dragster.
Jeg Coughlin Jr. by the numbers, NHRA Arizona Nationals edition
2 – Pro Stock victories for Jeg Jr. at the NHRA Arizona Nationals (2000, 2009)
4 – Total victories for Jeg Jr. at Firebird Raceway (including his two sportsman wins)
18 – Pro rounds won by Jeg Jr. at the NHRA Arizona, against just 10 losses
52 – Career Pro Stock victories for Jeg Coughlin Jr., fourth most in class’ history
695 – Pro Stock elimination rounds for Jeg Jr. (476 wins, 219 losses)
Scott “Woody” Woodruff
JEGS, Director of Media & Motorsports
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