GLENDORA, Calif. (Aug. 25, 2016) – NHRA announced today it has named JEGS as the presenting sponsor for the NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series portion of the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis, Aug. 31-Sept. 5. The race is the seventh of 10 events for the NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series in 2016.
“We at NHRA are very excited that JEGS will again be the presenting sponsor of NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Series portion of the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals,” said Brad Gerber, NHRA vice president and chief development officer. “JEGS has been a loyal supporter of NHRA Drag Racing for decades and I couldn’t think of a better presenting sponsor of the world’s largest and most prestigious drag racing event. We can hardly wait for another weekend of dramatic Pro Mod racing at Indy.”
JEGS Mail Order and JEGS.com have been helping automobile enthusiasts for almost six decades. Founded in 1960 by Jeg Coughlin Sr., a champion drag racer in his own right, JEGS and Team JEGS has produced three generations of Coughlins who have won some of drag racing's most prestigious races and championships. JEGS still is privately held and operated by Jeg Sr.'s four sons – John, Troy, Mike, and Jeg Jr. – in Delaware, Ohio.
“JEGS.com and our family couldn’t be more excited about returning as the presenting sponsor for the NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series at the biggest and most prestigious NHRA national event there is: the 62nd annual Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals,” said Troy Coughlin, two-time NHRA Pro Mod champion and one of the four brothers who own and operate JEGS. “The U.S. Nationals is the biggest stage of our sport and there is so much excitement surrounding the event worldwide. The NHRA Pro Mod class has some of the most exciting side-by-side action and is a thrilling fan favorite at each event.”
Boasting 350 associates, the company sends out 18 million catalogs a year, registers more than a million hits a day on JEGS.com and generates more than $250 million in sales annually to customers worldwide. JEGS has been a longtime contingency partner with the NHRA. In addition, the company supports a number of racing series at the grassroots level, including the JEGS Allstars and the JEGS SPORTSnationals.
Featuring the world’s fastest and most unique doorslammer race cars, the NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series offers something for every kind of hot-rodding enthusiast. The growing class is highlighted by historic muscle cars, like ’67 Mustangs, ’68 Firebirds and ’69 Camaros, as well as a variety of late model American muscle cars. With more than 3,000 horsepower, the suspended door Pro Mod cars travel the quarter-mile in less than six seconds at speeds exceeding 250 mph.
The 2016 NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series is showcased in a 10-race schedule that includes stops at several NHRA national events across the country. Troy Coughlin, who raced to his two NHRA Pro Mod championships in 2012 and 2015, won the event in Englishtown, N.J., and Rickie Smith, another two-time world champ, raced to victories at the season-opener in Gainesville, Fla., and the third race of the season in Atlanta. Jim Whiteley earned his first career victory at the event in Houston while Mike Castellana raced to his sixth career victory at Thunder Valley in Bristol, Tenn. At the most recent Pro Mod event in Norwalk, Ohio, Bill Glidden powered to his second career victory.
All 10 races in the 2016 NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series season are airing on FOX Sports 1 (FS1) and FOX Sports 2 (FS2).