Date of birth: January 20, 1963
Place of birth: Columbus, Ohio
Hometown: Delaware, Ohio
Family: Diana (wife), Cody (son) & Kennedi (daughter)
Years in the sport: 21
Career highlight…Winning my first national event (1992 Pomona, Super Gas) and two Division 3 championships.
Occupation… VP/Jeg’s Mail Order
Hobbies…golf and spending time with my family.
I got my start in racing…driving a Super Comp dragster in 1983
What I love most about racing…the competition and the thrill of winning
Most embarrassing moment at the races…getting caught warming up my dragster with no jack stands and running into a stocker while driving my dad’s pickup truck in 1975. (I was 12 years old).
Toughest thing about drag racing…getting to the winner’s circle
The best race car I ever had…is one that could win rounds
My toughest loss…all of them are tough
Favorite opponent…all of my friends
Last person I’d want to race in a final…Jeggie
The race I’ll never forget is…losing in the fifth round in Pomona in 199?. I needed the round to win the Super Gas championship.
Person I most admire in racing…my father, Jeg Coughlin Sr.
If I wasn’t a drag racer, I would…still work at Jeg’s
I knew I’d made it when…when, when, when?
Lifelong heroes…my dad, my family, and Don Prudhomme
Favorite entertainer…Eddie Murphy
Favorite TV shows…NHRA racing
Favorite sports team…my son Cody’s baseball team
Personal car(s): SUV
Nobody knows I…like to watch Barney with my kids
Modern convenience I can’t live without…Mobile phone
Smartest thing I’ve ever done…listen to my parent’s advice
Dumbest thing I’ve ever done…getting caught “turfing” a lawn in my car while I was in High School.
Best time of my life…my wedding and when my kids were born
Worst time of my life…none yet (thankfully)
Best advice I’ve ever received…From Jeggie “There is no difference between a practice tree and being in your car”. From Jim Harrington “Never underestimate your opponent and never overestimate yourself.”
Worst advice I’ve ever received…
Advice to aspiring racers: Be confident, be safe, and maintain your car properly
Future racing goals: to be an NHRA national champion