Jeg Coughlin Jr / Pre-race Notes
O’Reilly Mid-South Nationals
Memphis Motorsports Park
Memphis, Tenn. (Oct. 2-4)
The O’Reilly Mid-South Nationals is the third of six events in the NHRA Countdown to the Championship playoff that will determine the 2009 Full Throttle Champions. Jeg Coughlin enters the event as the second-ranked driver in the Pro Stock class. He currently trails leader Mike Edwards by 63 points.
Jeg has won two career Pro Stock races at Memphis Motorsports Park. He won in 2000, beating Scott Geoffrion in the final and won again in 2002, beating Gene Wilson. In both years, Jeg won the Pro Stock championship. He also has a runner-up finish at the 2003 event.
Jeg is the reigning NHRA Pro Stock champion. He has earned four NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series Pro Stock titles in his career, including back-to-back titles in 2007 and 2008. His other titles came in 2000 and 2002. As a sportsman racer, Jeg also captured the Super Gas championship in 1992.
Jeg earned a berth in Countdown to the Championship by winning seven events. This season, he has recorded wins in Phoenix, Las Vegas, Madison, Joliet, Englishtown, Reading, and Indianapolis. Jeg also earned runner-up honors at the NHRA events in Atlanta and Houston.
Jeg’s round win record through 20 of 24 events in 2009 is 49-13. By comparison, his record for the entire 24-race 2008 season was 43-20.
In 20 events this year, Jeg has lost in the first round of competition just once. For his career, Jeg has just 57 round one losses in 256 starts.
In 256 career Pro Stock races, Jeg has reached the final round 77 times, recording 48 wins. Including his 13 sportsman victories, Jeg has won a total of 61 times, good for ninth place on NHRA’s all time wins list. During his career, Jeg has appeared in 95 final rounds, 77 as a professional and 18 as a sportsman racer.
In 10 career appearances at Memphis Motorsports Park, Jeg has a 23-8 round win record in Pro Stock competition. In addition to his two wins and one runner-up finish, Jeg has reached the semifinals five times and has two quarterfinal finishes. He has never lost in the opening round in Memphis.
Jeg has qualified in the top half of the field in seven of ten starts in Memphis. His average qualifying position at this event is No. 6
In addition to his seven national event victories this season, Jeg also won the $50,000 top prize in the K&N Filter Horsepower Challenge held in Norwalk. Jeg defeated Greg Anderson in the final and has now won the specialty event three times in his career. His other wins came in 1999 and 2000.
Jeg’s 49 victories this season have come against 20 drivers. He has had the most success against Mike Edwards and Jason Line, beating each of them six times. He has four wins against Greg Anderson, Steve Spiess, and Greg Stanfield. No driver has a winning record against Jeg this season.
Jeg has been the No. 1 qualifier in Pro Stock 15 times in his career including the 2003 Memphis event. He also set low elapsed time of the meet at that event.
With 61 career NHRA national event wins as both a professional and sportsman racer, Jeg is one of just ten racers to win 60 or more races. The others are John Force (126), Warren Johnson (96), Bob Glidden (85), Frank Manzo (85), Pat Austin (75), David Rampy (71), Kenny Bernstein (69), and Dan Fletcher (63) and Tony Schumacher (60).
Jeg Coughlin Jr – By The Numbers
NHRA O’Reilly Mid-South Nationals edition
0 – Round one losses for Jeg Coughlin at Memphis Motorsports Park
6 – Average qualifying position for Jeg Coughlin in Memphis
7 – Number of event victories for Jeg Coughlin this season in 20 events
20 – Number of different drivers that Jeg has beaten this season (compared to just six drivers who have beaten him).
21 – Number of NHRA facilities where Jeg has won at least one Pro Stock event during his career. (The only current tracks where he has not won are Norwalk and zMax Dragway in Concord)
49 – Number of round wins for Jeg this season, against just 13 losses
256 – Career Pro Stock races for Jeg Coughlin
632 – Career rounds in Pro Stock for Jeg Coughlin, (437 wins and 195 losses for a .691 career winning percentage)
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