>>> The best Pro Stock driver over the last eight races has been three-time series champion Jeg Coughlin Jr., who has accumulated a class-leading 686 points since the Houston race in late March, compared to points leader Greg Anderson’s 681 points earned over the same time frame.

“That’s an impressive statistic,” the 37-year-old Coughlin admitted. “It’s a great trend and obviously it’s one we’d love to continue moving forward, particularly once the Countdown to the Championship playoff deal begins in September in Indy.”

>>> Troy and Jeg Coughlin, who are competing this weekend in Pro Mod and Pro Stock, respectively, won back-to-back $50,000 paychecks at Bristol Dragway in 1999-2000 by winning the Pro Stock portion of the all-star Winston Showdown. Jeg won the event first, followed by his older brother Troy.

“That was a very proud moment for our family and our race team,” Troy said. “The Winston Showdown featured the best of the best in the Pro Stock class and I remember being very honored just to be a part of it all. Then on race day we just put it all together and got the win. It’s a very special memory for me.

“Jeg won that deal the year before so between us we had back-to-back wins for JEGS and all our associates. That was very cool. The $50,000 top prize was fun to get also.”

>>> JEGS.com Top Fuel racer Cory McClenathan figures he has a score to settle with Bristol Dragway. Last year when competing at the seventh annual Thunder Valley Nationals, McClenathan survived one of the scariest accidents in drag racing history when his 330-mph dragster literally folded in half at top speed before spinning around wildly in a shower of sparks, impacting the retaining wall, and sliding all the way up the racetrack.

“With all due respect to the Coughlin brothers and the people at JEGS.com,” McClenathan said, “I’d rather just win the trophy to get media coverage this time.”

>>> NASCAR favorite Kenny Wallace was going to join Cory McClenathan and Team JEGS for a day at the drags prior to the Thunder Valley Nationals being rescheduled due to problems with the racing surface. Unable to return this weekend, Wallace is missing a once-in-a-lifetime chance to sit in McClenathan’s 7,000-horsepower dragster during a prerace warm-up in the Fram pits.

“I hope Cory gives me another chance,” Wallace said. “I’ve felt that boom when two dragsters take off from the starting line but I’ve never sat in one of those cars when it was running. I bet it’s really something. Hopefully, I’ll get to do it one of these days. Nevertheless, I wish my buddy Cory all the luck in the world this weekend.”

>>> Prior to the spring NASCAR event at Bristol Motor Speedway, Top Fuel veteran McClenathan unveiled a special one-off JEGS.com dragster for this weekend’s event. To get more NASCAR fans to give NHRA a try, McClenathan fired up the 7,000 dragster during pre-race ceremonies, which earned a large roar from the capacity crowd.

>>> Team JEGS chef Nicky Morse, motorsport’s most decorated chef, has been opening his personal cookbook to race fans and members of the media by featuring one of his own creations each week of the 2007 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series. Complete with step-by-step instructions, Morse has divulgd a complete recipe on TeamJEGS.com and NHRA.com that allows budding cooks a chance to create a masterpiece of their own at home.

Heading into Thunder Valley, Chef Nicky is ready to turn heads with his delicious French Toast, a treat that is sure to bring back some great childhood memories for race fans.

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