Family has been as much a part of the JEGS and Coughlin racing tradition as top-quality parts and championship trophies. Before scattering across the country to race this Father’s Day weekend, the Coughlin boys – Jeg Sr., John, Mike, Troy and Jeg Jr. – took a few moments to reflect on how racing and fatherhood go hand-in-hand with the Coughlin clan.
Jeg Coughlin Sr. has been a fixture in his sons’ lives both on and off the drag strip. He still lends his passion, knowledge and encouragement to two generations of his family when they are at the racetrack.
John Coughlin grew up working on hot rods with his father and three brothers. He’s now taking the Coughlin family tradition to a new arena with his 16-year-old son, Cody, who is a circle track racer in the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Series.
Troy Coughlin is passing the life and racing lessons he’s learned from his dad to his kids, including son, Troy Coughlin Jr. who is an up-and coming drag racer in his own right.
Although Mike Coughlin doesn’t race with the frequency of his three brothers these days, make no mistake: the teachings of Mike’s father resonate just as strong with him as they do with his three brothers.
Jeg Coughlin Jr. got into the racing business at the ripe old age of 8 years old working with his brothers on the racecar driven by his father. The connection hasn’t diminished over the years as Jeg Sr. is a vital part of Jeg Jr.’s JEGS/Mopar Dodge Avenger Pro Stock operation.