Denver, Colo. (July 20-22)
The JEGS Mail Order team will be represented at this weekend’s event in Denver by six-time world champion Jeg Coughlin Jr., who will continue his pursuit of the Mello Yello Pro Stock championship.
Jeg Coughlin Jr. is once again racing as a teammate to two-time world champ Erica Enders. The Elite team also includes Pro Stock racers Vincent Nobile and Alex Laughlin. Jeg Jr.’s crew chief is multi-talented Rickie Jones, who has extensive experience as a driver, chassis builder, and tuner. The Elite team also includes crew chiefs Rick Jones, Mark Ingersoll and Brian “Lump” Self, who regularly share data.
Jeg Jr. will be pulling double-duty racing in Denver, racing in Stock Eliminator behind the wheel of his Dodge Challenger Drag Pak entry.
After 13 of 24 events, Jeg Jr. enters this week’s event at the No. 7 ranked driver in the Pro Stock class.
Jeg Jr. has won at least one NHRA national event at 24 different including Denver’s Badimere Speedway The only current stops on the on the NHRA Mello Yello tour where he has not won are the events in Epping, N.H, and Norwalk, Ohio.
So far this season, Jeg Jr. has recorded Pro Stock wins in Chicago and Bristol. He has also earned the Super Comp title in Richmond, Va.
Jeg Jr. won back-to-back Pro Stock titles at Bandimere Speedway in 1998 and 1999, driving to a final round victory over Warren Johnson in 1998 and his brother, Troy Coughlin, in 1999. Jeg Jr. was also a runner-up in Denver in 2003, 2011, and 2014. He lost to Warren Johnson in the 2003 final and Allen Johnson in 2011 and 2014.
In 17 career appearances at Bandimere Speedway, Jeg has a round win record of 23-15 in Pro Stock competition.
Jeg Jr.’s average qualifying position in Denver is No. 8. His best qualifying efforts came in 1999 and 2010 when he was No. 2. Jeg Jr. has qualified in the top half of the field in ten of his 17 appearances in Denver.
Jeg Jr. is a five-time NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro Stock champion. He earned season titles in 2000, 2002, 2007-2008 and 2013. As a sportsman driver, Jeg Jr. also claimed the NHRA Super Gas championship in 1992.
Jeg Jr. is NHRA’s all-time leader in holeshot victories with 101.
During his Pro Stock career, Jeg Jr. has competed in 418 events and has a round-win record of 623-342. He has red-lighted just 23 times and failed to qualify just 16 times.
Jeg Jr. has won 60 Pro Stock races in 104 final round appearances. Including his 19 sportsman wins, Jeg has 79 wins in 129 finals.
As a sportsman racer, Jeg Jr. has won 19 times in six different classes; Comp, Super Stock, Stock, Super Comp, Super Gas, and Top Dragster.
The Coughlin family, including John, Troy, Mike, Jeg Jr. and Troy Jr. have combined for 119 NHRA national event victories since 1990. The Coughlin's have won in ten different eliminators including Pro Stock, Pro Stock Truck, Pro Mod, Comp, Super Stock, Stock, Super Comp, Super Gas, Top Sportsman and Top Dragster.
Team JEGS – By the Numbers (Dodge NHRA Mile-High Nationals Edition)
3: national event wins for Jeg Coughlin Jr. this season (two in Pro Stock and one in Super Comp).
5: Pro Stock final rounds for Jeg Coughlin Jr. in Denver.
7: Different classes where Jeg Coughlin Jr. has won at least one NHRA national event title (the only driver in history to do so)
10: Number of classes where the Coughlin family has earned an NHRA national event victory
17: Top-10 finishes for Jeg Coughlin Jr. in the Pro Stock class since 1998
119: Combined NHRA national event victories for the Coughlin family