The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (April 22-26, 2015)
Six-time NHRA world champion Jeg Coughlin Jr. will return to action this week during the annual K&N Spring Fling event at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
In 2015 Jeg Jr. plans to return to his sportsman and E.T. bracket racing roots. He will be driving a JEGS.com dragster and his venerable ’66 Chevy II station wagon in the Spring Fling Vegas events.
The K&N Spring Fling is a popular event that is promoted by veteran sportsman racers Peter Biondo and Kyle Seipel. The race offers four full days of racing for competitors in the Super Pro and Pro E.T. classes. Super Pro racers will compete in a $20,000 to win race on Saturday, $10,000 to win events on Friday and Sunday, and a $5,000 warm-up race on Thursday. Pro E.T. competitors will race for $3,000, $5,000, $10,000, and $5,000, respectively. All payouts are guaranteed.
In addition to the four separate events for Super Pro and Pro E.T. racers, the Spring Fling offers a variety of other racer-friendly programs including a $50,000 to win Shootout on Wednesday, a racer-appreciation party, and more than $50,000 in prizes and giveaways.
There is a second K&N Spring Fling event that is scheduled for Bristol Dragway in Bristol, Tenn. May 12-17.
As a sportsman racer, Jeg Jr. is the 1992 NHRA Super Gas world champion and a four-time NHRA North Central Division champion in Comp, Super Stock, Super Comp, and Super Gas.
In 1997, Jeg Jr. accomplished a rare feat when he won NHRA national event titles in four different classes; Pro Stock, Comp, Super Stock, and Super Gas.
During the 2012 season, Jeg Jr. claimed the Super Comp title at the spring event at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
During his career, Jeg Jr. has won the Pro Stock title five times in Las Vegas. He claimed a win at the inaugural event in 2000 by beating Warren Johnson and returned in 2001 and 2002 to post final round wins over Jim Yates and Warren Johnson, respectively. Jeg Jr. also won back-to-back titles in 2008 and 2009, beating Greg Stanfield in both final rounds.
In addition to his five Pro Stock wins in Las Vegas, Jeg Jr. has also posted a pair of runner-up finishes at both the spring and fall events in 2001. In both finals, he lost to Greg Anderson.
Besides his 74 NHRA national event wins, Jeg Coughlin Jr. has been successful at some of the sports’ biggest E.T. bracket events including the Superbucks series at Atco Dragway in New Jersey, The Tenn-Tuck Championship in Bowling Green, Ky., the Big Bucks events in Cleves, Ohio and the JEGS U.S. Open races in Indianapolis and Hamilton. Ohio.
Jeg Jr. is three-time winner at the prestigious Moroso 5-Day Bracket Championships. He claimed wins in 1993, 2003 and 2006. In addition, Jeg Jr. was crowned the overall points champion at the Moroso event in 2003. He also returned to claim the Race of Champions title in 2006.
In one of the most dominant performances of his career, Jeg. Jr. drove his JEGS.com dragster to a pair of wins at the 2011 Tenn-Tuck Race in Bowling Green. Jeg Jr. won Friday’s $5,000-to-win race and returned the next day to bank the $10,000 top prize.
Also in 2011, the last year he pursued numerous E.T. bracket titles, Jeg Jr. was a triple winner at the Ultimate 64 Shootout at Edgewater Sports Park in Cleves, Ohio.
Last year, Las Vegas resident Shane Thompson won the Ultimate Shootout title over Canadian Zak Clark. Other 2014 winners of the K&N Spring Fling Vegas event include Glen Kern, Rodney Snider, Greg Dreher, and Garrett Parsons Stan Essery, Jesse Adams, Larry Richardson, and Ryan Mangus.
Garrett Parsons and Ryan Mangus will be looking for their third-straight wins at the Spring Fling Vegas event, having also won the inaugural event in 2013.
Other past Spring Fling Las Vegas winners include two-time Stock Eliminator national champion Brad Burton, veteran Super Gas racer Scott Lemen, Kris Whitfield, Jeremy Jenson, Brad Hawk, and Kim Zimmerman.