TOPEKA, Kan. (May 19) – With his second-round victory over Rickie Jones Sunday at the NHRA Kansas Nationals, Jeg Coughlin Jr. reached the 500 career round win plateau in Pro Stock.
"It's been a product of 15 years of dedication from a lot of great teams I have worked with," Coughlin said. "It's a testament to them from our family teams in the beginning to the Cagnazzi group, Schumacher and now with Allen Johnson."
Funny Car legend John Force, who has more than 1,000 round wins to his credit was one of the first to welcome Coughlin to the NHRA's 500 club.
"It's been well earned by him," Force said. "What he needs to do is not do what I did and run down the road and forget all about that. Take a few days and enjoy what you accomplished. Once it has been a week, you move on to the next race.
"We are all proud of him and his whole family. Enjoy this day."
The 500 round wins have helped produce 52 class wins and four championships for Coughlin, who currently drives the JEGS.com/Mopar Dodge Avenger.
"We do take trips down memory lane occasionally and this is one of those times," Coughlin said. "We've been fortunate to win a lot of great races and winning a lot of great championships. It's a testament to everyone who have been behind us all those years."