DELAWARE, Ohio (January 24, 2007) – While his main focus remains the pursuit of the 2007 NHRA POWERade Pro Stock championship, Jeg Coughlin will also remain active in NHRA’s sportsman classes when the new season opens at the Winternationals in Pomona, Calif., Feb. 8-11. In addition to his full-time ride in the Slammers Ultimate Milk/ Pro Stock Cobalt, the three-time NHRA World Champion will also be racing a Chevy Cavalier in Super Stock.

“I’m really looking forward to driving a second car in Pomona,” said Coughlin. “Last year, I had the opportunity to do a lot of sportsman racing in a number of different cars and I really enjoyed it. I made over 500 runs which is obviously many more than I would have made if I was just racing in Pro Stock. I have always believed that there is no substitute for seat time and I try to treat every runs as a learning experience, no matter what I’m racing so I think that racing in Super Stock will be beneficial for me as a driver. It should also be a lot of fun.”

In Pomona and select other national events during the 2007 season, Coughlin will be racing the same Chevy Cavalier that his brother, John raced the past few years. Jeg has previously had success in his brother’s car, driving it to a win at the 2003 NHRA event in Madison, Ill.

“I really enjoy Super Stock racing because the class is filled with great drivers and it is very competitive,” Coughlin said. “This car is also one of the faster cars in Super Stock which makes it a lot of fun to drive.”

Of Coughlin’s 47 career NHRA national event titles, 34 have come behind the wheel of a Pro Stock car and the rest have come in various sportsman eliminations including seven in Super Stock. Coughlin’s most recent triumph came at the 2006 NHRA Cajun SPORTSnationals in Belle Rose, La., where he claimed the Top Dragster title.

Racing in two classes will also give Coughlin the opportunity to join the exclusive club of racers who have won two titles at the same event. Coughlin has come close on two occasions. At the 1998 Columbus racer, he won the Pro Stock title and was runner-up in Super Stock. Two years earlier in Columbus, he won the Super Stock title and was runner-up in Super Gas. Currently, there are just eight drivers to win two titles at the same national event.

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