JOLIET, Ill. (June 6) –- During this weekend’s CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Nationals at Route 66 Raceway, Mike Coughlin plans to present trophies to the winners of the annual JEG’S Allstars competition, which is sponsored by Coughlin’s family business, JEG’S Mail Order. Coughlin is also hoping to win a trophy for himself as he will be competing in the Super Comp category in Joliet.

“I was planning on going to Joliet to represent JEG’S Mail Order and to greet the racers who are competing in the JEG’S Allstars,” said Coughlin. “I thought that as long as I was going to the race, I might as well bring a race car so I entered Super Comp.”

Coughlin briefly contemplated bringing his JEG’S Mail Order dragster to the event, but later decided to race his new Chevy Cobalt, even though the car was built for the Top Sportsman class, and requires the use of a throttle stop device to be effectively slowed to the 8.90-second Super Comp index. Coughlin raced the Cobalt in Super Comp at the recent Pontiac Performance Nationals in the team’s hometown of Columbus, Ohio, where he drove to a second round finish.

“I’ve only run this [Cobalt] in two events and I really could use some more seat time so that’s why I decided to race it here in Joliet,” said Coughlin, who has enjoyed past success at Route 66 Raceway with a runner-up finish in the Super Gas class in 2003. “It probably isn’t the ideal car for Super Comp, but with a few adjustments, I believe it can be effective. The other factor that made my decision easy was the fact that this car is just so much fun to drive. It can run over 180-mph even using the throttle stop so it’s a pretty thrilling ride.”

Coughlin is also looking forward to hosting the JEG’S Allstars event, which features more than 60 of the best sportsman racers from all over North America competing for a share of a $100,000 payout. Racers work all year to qualify for the JEG’S Allstars event, which is held annually during the Joliet event.

“A few years ago I had the opportunity to compete in the JEG’S Allstars so I know how important it is to the racers,” said Coughlin. “I’m really looking forward to being there and hosting the post-race awards ceremony. To tell you the truth, I’m actually a little jealous because I’d love to compete in it again someday.”

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