GAINESVILLE, FL (March 13) — Jeg Coughlin Sr. is celebrating his 70th birthday Saturday at Gainesville Raceway by helping two of his four sons make the cut at the 39th annual ACDelco NHRA Gatornationals. The modest former Top Fuel driver, who started JEGS Mail Order in 1960 in a tiny speed shop in Columbus, Ohio, is still actively involved in his son’s racing endeavors, offering advice and inspiration at races on the NHRA professional and sportsman schedules.

This weekend, Jeg Sr. is guiding Troy through the first event of the 10-race JEGS ProMod Challenge. JEGS Mail Order took over sponsorship of the popular series less than a month ago. In Pro Stock, reigning POWERade champion Jeg Coughlin Jr. is always happy to have “Pops” around.

“It’s great to have Pops with us this weekend so we can celebrate his birthday,” Jeg Jr. said. “He’s my best friend and a great sounding board for anything I need to talk about. Even when he doesn’t attend the races we’re on the phone and computer with each other after each run talking about what we can do to make it better. He’s a big part of what we do.”

Jeg Sr. also helps out sons Mike and John Coughlin, who compete in Top Sportsman, Super Stock and Top Dragster in Division 3.

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