STANTON, Mich. – Jeg Coughlin keeps hoping that the summer of 2006 never ends and after another strong showing at the annual BTE World Super Pro Challenge at the Mid-Michigan Motorplex, nobody could blame him. Coughlin drove his JEG’S Mail Order dragster to a runner-up finish in the $50,000 main event, losing a close final round decision to Jason Lynch of Chapmansboro, Tenn.

“I’ve been on quite a roll the last couple of months and it was nice to see it keep going this weekend,” said Coughlin, who received $20,000 for the second-place finish. “I was cruising along pretty good and I felt confident but I made a bad run in the final and just didn’t have enough to get past Jason. I was a little disappointed for a few minutes, but then I realized that against this level of competition, a runner-up finish is something to be proud of. I’m not hanging my head at all.”

Coughlin nearly didn’t make it to the final after breaking a mandrel bolt on the front of the crankshaft in round four. Coughlin and his crew hurried to make repairs, using a bolt and pulley taken from teammate Kenny Underwood’s Camaro.

“We had no alternator or vacuum pump and the new pulley that ran the fuel pump was a bit off center, but it got the job done,” said Coughlin. “Thankfully, after the fifth round, we had a bit of a delay so we were able to make a more permanent fix before the sixth round. We also had a starter go bad during the race but we were able to overcome that as well; we will definately need a trip to JEG’S to get ready for the next race.”

Coughlin’s runner-up finish in Stanton comes just a week after he posted a $20,000 victory at a similar bracket racing event in Atco, N.J. The former three-time NHRA World Champion has posted six victories this year in various sportsman racing events.

Next week, Coughlin plans to spend a relaxing weekend at one of the world’s largest car shows, the annual Woodward Dream Cruise in Detroit, Mich., with his award winning Chevy II station wagon. His next race will be the NHRA Mac Tools U.S. Nationals, Aug. 30-Sept. 4 where he will be competing in the annual Super Stock Hemi Shootout for the third straight year. Two years ago Coughlin scored a win and last year was the runner up.

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