NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series
NHRA K&N Filters Nationals
Old Bridge Raceway Park
Team JEG’S – Pro Stock
Pre Race Summary
The 35th Annual K&N Filters NHRA SuperNationals will mark the 11th stop on the 23-race NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series schedule. Old Bridge Raceway Park is a track that demands respect and is filled with history.
The 45-time NHRA national event winner has scored three of his career victories at this historic track. Coughlin first won in Super Gas during the 1997 season. In fact, the ’97 win was one of the five wins that put the 33-year old second-generation driver in the NHRA history books for being the only driver to win NHRA nationals events in four competition classes (Competition Eliminator, Super Gas, Super Stock & Pro Stock) in a single season.
Since turning professional, Coughlin has brought home two Pro Stock wins (1998 & 2000) and posted a runner-up (2002) finish. In 2000 he qualified No. 1 and won the race, which is the only time in his career he has won from the top spot. The youngest of the four Coughlin brothers has made six trips to Englishtown in a factory hot rod. He has not qualified lower than sixth and has a 16-4 win loss record in elimination rounds.
“I have always enjoyed racing at Old Bridge Raceway Park,” explained Coughlin. “The facility has a long history of giving fans what they want. The fans are great and they are excited about all of the racing. It’s a track that has seen some of the best side-by-side racing in history and the fans know what they have in their backyard. It’s a place where you really have to bring your A-game.”
Jeg Coughlin will enter the event sitting in the No. 6 position in the NHRA POWERade points. He has 495 points and knows there are plenty of drivers on his heels.
“We will be rebuilding one of our motors for Englishtown and expect to be performing better when we pull the Jeg’s Mail Order Chevy Cavalier to the starting line,” said Coughlin. “The next two races are important and we need to have some strong performances before we head into the western swing. You really want to carry some good momentum going into the western swing, it really helps to set the tone. If we can eliminate our mistakes the door of opportunity will open for us. The team that makes the least amount of errors is the one that has the most success on race day.”
History At Event:
In 1976, Coughlin family patriarch Jeg Coughlin Sr., was runner-up in Pro Comp in Englishtown.
Jeg Coughlin won his second career Pro Stock event here in 1998, defeating Mike Edwards in the final round
Jeg Coughlin also won the 2000 race, beating Greg Anderson in the final. That event marked one of seven times in his career that he has qualified in the No. 1 spot.
In six trips to Englishtown, Jeg Coughlin has not qualified lower than sixth in Pro Stock, and has a 16-4 win loss record in elimination rounds
In addition to his Pro Stock wins in 2000 and 1998, Jeg Coughlin also won the Super Gas title in 1997.
1. Greg Anderson / 1,116
2. Kurt Johnson / 738
3. Jason Line / 680
4. Dave Connolly / 589
5. Larry Morgan / 568
6. Jeg Coughlin / 495
7. Warren Johnson / 494
8. Bruce Allen / 472
9. Rickie Smith / 399
10. Steve Johns / 341
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