Royal Purple Raceway
Baytown, Texas (April 26-28)
Jeg Coughlin Jr. will once again pursue the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro Stock championship in 2013. Jeg Jr is driving the same JEGS.com / Mopar Dodge Avenger that carried him a ninth-place finish last season. It was the 13th time in his career that Jeg has finished in the top ten.
The JEGS Mail Order team made a major change to their Pro Stock program this winter when Jeg Jr joined forces with reigning NHRA Pro Stock champion Allen Johnson. This year, Coughlin’s Dodge will be powered by engines from Johnson’s J&J Racing team and will be tuned by Johnson’s crew chiefs Mark Ingersoll and Jim Yates.
Jeg Coughlin Jr. enters this weekend’s NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event as the series fourth-ranked driver in Pro Stock after reaching the final round in two of the first four events of the season. Jeg Jr is currently 125-points behind leader Mike Edwards.
Jeg Coughlin Jr. 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 Jr was also runner-up at the O’Reilly Spring Nationals in 2009. As a sportsman racer, Jeg Jr also won the Super Stock title in Houston in 1994.
In 2007, Jeg Coughlin Jr. qualified No. 1 at this event with a 6.649-second elapsed time. Jeg Jr has qualified No. 1 17 times during his Pro Stock career.
In 17 career appearances at Royal Purple Raceway, Jeg Coughlin Jr. has a 30-12 record in Pro Stock eliminations.
In 311 career Pro Stock races, Jeg Jr has reached the final round 87 times, recording 52 wins. Including his 16 sportsman victories, Jeg Jr has won a total of 68 times, good for tenth place on NHRA’s all-time wins list. During his career, Jeg Jr has appeared in 109 final rounds, 87 as a professional and 22 as a sportsman racer.
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 Jr also claimed the NHRA Super Gas championship in 1992.
Jeg Jr‘s best elapsed time in a Pro Stock car is 6.487-seconds and his best speed is 213.23-mph both recorded at the recent NHRA event, the Amalie Gatornationals in Gainesville, Fla.
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.
During his Pro Stock career, Jeg Jr has competed in 311 events and recorded 494 round wins while incurring just 243 losses. He has failed to qualify just 16 times.
Jeg Jr is one of only two drivers, along with Peter Biondo, 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.
The JEGS Mail Order team will also be represented by Troy Coughlin, who will be racing in the NHRA Pro Mod series with his 257-mph turbocharged Corvette
At last week’s NHRA Pro Mod Series event at zMax Dragway in Concord, N.C., Troy won the fourth Pro Mod title of his career with a narrow 5.89 to 5.89 win over Kenny Lang’s supercharged Corvette.
With the Concord victory, Troy Coughlin is now ranked second in the NHRA Pro Mod Series points standings, and it just 19-points behind leader Von Smith.
Troy Coughlin is the reigning NHRA Pro Mod champ. He will once again be driving the turbocharged Corvette that carried him to the season title at last year’s Las Vegas event.
Troy’s Corvette is tuned by noted turbocharger expert Steve Petty. Last year, Coughlin drove to a best elapsed time of 5.82-seconds, and a top speed of 257.97 mph, making him the quickest and fastest member of the Coughlin family.
Troy Coughlin has won NHRA national event titles in three classes; Pro Stock, Pro Mod, and Super Gas.
The Coughlin family, including John, Troy, Mike, Jeg Jr, and Troy Jr. has combined for 95 NHRA national event victories since 1990. The Coughlin’s have won in 9 different eliminators including Pro Stock, Pro Stock Truck, Pro Mod, Comp, Super Stock, Super Comp, Super Gas, Top Sportsman, and Top Dragster.
Team JEGS – By the Numbers
NHRA O’Reilly Spring Nationals Edition
4 National event victories for Troy Coughlin in the NHRA Pro Mod series.
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
95 NHRA national event victories for the Coughlin family