LAS VEGAS (April 17) — Six-time NHRA drag racing champion Jeg Coughlin Jr. will make his 2015 debut April 22-26 at the third annual K&N Spring Fling Vegas at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The 74-time national event winner knows he'll be immediately tested at the event, billed as one of the largest and toughest bracket races in the country.
"I'm picking one heckuva race to make my return," Coughlin said. "Considering the level of competition that shows up at these events, I'll certainly have my hands full from the get-go.
"Driving a yellow car with JEGS on the sides tends to bring out our opponent's 'A game' so I'll need to get up on the wheel right away. Still, I'm excited. This style of racing is my first love and it'll be fun to get back and go toe-to-toe with the top bracket racers in the country."
Taking a second break from professional racing to spend more time with his own family and he and his brother's primary business, JEGS Mail Order, Coughlin plans to once again hit as many high-dollar bracket races as his schedule allows this season.
In Vegas, Coughlin will be racing two vehicles in the Super Pro category — his distinctive JEGS.com Chevy II wagon and a yellow-and-black JEGS.com dragster.
"The last time I raced the dragster we had it set-up for Super Comp and I ended up winning the race," Coughlin said. "It just so happens it was in Vegas in the fall of 2012. That gives you an idea of how long it's been since I've been in the dragster. I haven't raced the wagon for two years either.
"Ideally, there's no question I would have preferred to have run a few events to get some seat time but my schedule didn't work out that way for me. We did make a few cracks at it testing at National Trail Raceway the other day so that will have to do. I felt a little rusty but we'll be okay."
Coughlin will have no time to adjust to having someone in the other lane as he plans to take part in the $50,000-to-win, 32-car Silver State Shootout on Wednesday evening.
"We jump right into the fire," he said. "Might as well swim with the sharks from the start. It’ll be fun no matter what and I'm anxious to get back out to a drag strip. My family and business life is great and now it's time to sprinkle in a little more drag racing."
To date, Coughlin has scored eight victories at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.