Royal Purple Raceway

Houston , Texas (April 26-29)


In 2012, Jeg Coughlin Jr. is making his return to the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series after a one-year hiatus. Jeg is driving the all-new JEGS Mopar Dodge Avenger in the Pro Stock class. In his first outing since his return, he drove to a runner-up finish at the O’Reilly Auto Parts Winternationals.


After the first five rounds in Pomona, Phoenix, Gainesville, Las Vegas, and Charlotte Jeg Coughlin Jr. is ranked 10th in the NHRA Full Throttle points standings.


Jeg Coughlin Jr. is a four-time NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series Pro Stock champion. He earned season titles in 2000, 2002, 2007 and 2008. As a sportsman driver, Jeg also claimed the NHRA Super Gas championship in 1992.


Jeg Coughlin won his first Pro Stock racer in Houston in 1997 when he defeated Mark Osborne in the final. He has also earned Pro Stock titles at this event in 1998, 2000, and 2010, beating Tom Martino, Jim Yates, and Allen Johnson, respectively.


In addition to his four wins, Jeg was also runner-up at the O’Reilly Spring Nationals in 2009. As a sportsman racer, Jeg also won the Super Stock title in Houston in 1994.


In 2007, Jeg Coughlin qualified No. 1 at this event with a 6.649-second elapsed time. Jeg has qualified No. 1 17 times during his Pro Stock career.


In 16 career appearances at Royal Purple Raceway, Jeg Coughlin Jr. has a 30-12 record in Pro Stock eliminations.


During his hiatus from Pro Stock racing in 2011, Jeg returned to his roots and spent much of the year racing in various sportsman classes. He enjoyed tremendous success, winning the Super Comp title at the JEGS NHRA Pacific SPORTSnationals in Fontana, Calif., and numerous major E.T. bracket racing titles.


At the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series event last month in Las Vegas, Jeg scored his 68th career national event title when he drove his dragster to the Super Comp title.


In 288 career Pro Stock races, Jeg has reached the final round 85 times, recording 52 wins. Including his 16 sportsman victories, Jeg has won a total of 68 times, good for tenth place on NHRA’s all time wins list. During his career, Jeg has appeared in 106 final rounds, 85 as a professional and 21 as a sportsman racer.


In 2010, his most recent season in Pro Stock competition, Jeg Coughlin won four Pro Stock races in seven final round appearances. He also claimed a win in the Top Dragster class at the St. Louis event.


Jeg’s best elapsed time in a Pro Stock car is 6.520-seconds and his best speed is 212.29-mph both recorded at the inaugural Four-Wide Nationals in Concord, N.C. in 2010.


With 52-career Pro Stock wins, Jeg ranks fourth all-time among Pro Stock drivers. Only Warren Johnson (96), Bob Glidden (85) and Greg Anderson (72) have more titles.


Coughlin’s JEGS Mopar Dodge Avenger is powered by Mopar Hemi engines supplied by JNR Racing, the JEGS in-house engine program founded by JEGS, Nick Ferri, and Roy Simmons. Former FIA European Drag Racing champion Tomi Laine is Jeg’s crew chief in 2012.


Jeg is the only driver in the 61-year history of NHRA to win national event titles in six different categories. He has won in Pro Stock, Comp, Super Stock, Super Comp, Super Gas, and Top Dragster.


Jeg will once again be pulling double-duty at the Concord event as he will also be behind the wheel of his Drag Pak Challenger in Stock Eliminator. Earlier this season, longtime family friend Jeff Taylor drove the same car to a win at the Gainesville Raceway Lucas Oil Series event.


Troy Coughlin will also be in action in Houston as the NHRA Pro Mod series presented by Pro Care Rx makes its third stop of the 2012 season. At the most recent event at zMax Dragway in Charlotte, Troy qualified his Camaro in the No. 7 spot and lost in round one. He is currently ranked ninth in the Pro Mod standings.


Troy ’s Camaro is tuned by noted turbocharger expert Steve Petty. Last month in Gainesville, Troy posted the top speed of the event with a career-best 256.26 mph speed. He is officially the fastest member of the Coughlin family, eclipsing the performance of his father, Jeg Sr., who raced in the Top Fuel class in the early 1980s.


Troy Coughlin has won NHRA national event titles in three classes; Pro Stock, Pro Mod, and Super Gas. His last Pro Mod title came at the Englishtown, N.J. event in 2005.


While in Houston, Troy, Jeg Jr. and JEGS Director of Media Scott Woodruff are scheduled to play in the annual Darrell Russell Memorial Golf Tournament at the nearby Evergreen Point Golf Club in Baytown, Texas.


Team JEGS – By the Numbers
NHRA Four-Wide Nationals Edition


5           National event victories for Jeg Coughlin Jr. at Royal Purple Raceway (four in Pro Stock, one in Super Stock)


9          Number of classes where the Coughlin family has earned an NHRA national event victory


17          Career No. 1 qualifier awards for Jeg Coughlin Jr. in Pro Stock, including the 2007 Houston event


92          NHRA national event victories for the Coughlin family


477        Career round wins for Jeg Coughlin Jr. in Pro Stock (against just 222 losses)





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