ATCO, N.J. – Jeg Coughlin’s amazing success in major E.T. bracket racing events continued this weekend as the former three-time NHRA World Champion claimed the $20,000 top prize in the AA Auto Salvage Superbucks race at Atco Raceway.

Racing against a huge field of drag racing’s best sportsman drivers, Coughlin picked up the first place check after defeating Shane Carr of Hendersonville, Tenn., in the final round. Coughlin put an exclamation point on the win with a nearly perfect run in the final when he left the starting line with a .007 reaction time and then sealed the victory by running right on his dial-in in his JEG’S Mail Order dragster.

“I struggled a bit earlier this weekend but today I managed to settle into a nice rhythm and was fortunate to have the close race go my way,” said Coughlin. “Any win is special, but this one really feels good because Atco Raceway has some of the toughest racers in the country and anytime you can win a race here and leave with the trophy, there’s a tremendous feeling of accomplishment that goes with it.”

Coughlin advanced to round five of Friday’s opening Superbucks event before an electrical problem forced him to the sidelines. On Saturday, Coughlin lost in the opening round of the $20,000 to win main event, and was also defeated early in the special “Race for the Dragster” event that awarded a brand new race car to its champion.

“Saturday was a really tough day but that’s the way it goes sometimes,” said Coughlin. As tough as these races are, you can be on top of your game and still not get the job done. When you have a day like that, the best thing to do is put it all behind you and focus on the next race, which luckily for me, happened to be the next day.”

Coughlin, who has spent much of the season competing in big bracket races and other significant sportsman events across the country, has now won four major titles in 2006. He also won the Top Dragster title at the NHRA Cajun SPORTSnationals in Belle Rose, La., and the Mopar Hemi Challenge race in Las Vegas, Nev.

Other $20,000 winners from this weekend’s Atco Superbucks event included local racers Dave Shapiro of Hillsboro, N.J. and Scott Albrecht of Jackson, N.J.


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