Old Bridge Townships Raceway Park (Englishtown, N.J.) May 29-June 1
Reigning NHRA Mello Yello Pro Stock champion Jeg Coughlin Jr. will continue his title defense at this weekend’s event at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, N.J. Coughlin will be racing the new Dodge Dart that was debuted last March in Gainesville, Fla.
Jeg Jr. drove to a runner-up finish in his most recent appearance at the last weekend’s NHRA Kansas Nationals in Topeka. He was defeated by teammate Allen Johnson in the Pro Stock final. Two weeks ago, he won the Atlanta event by beating Greg Anderson in the final. All told, Jeg Jr. has won seven of his last eight elimination rounds.
Jeg Coughlin Jr. continues to race as a teammate to former NHRA Pro Stock champion Allen Johnson in 2014. Coughlin’s Dodge Dart is once again be powered by Hemi engines from Johnson’s J&J Racing team and will be tuned by Johnson’s crew chiefs Mark Ingersoll and Adam Hornberger.
During his career, which began in 1997, Jeg Jr. has earned 14 top ten finishes in the NHRA Pro Stock class.
Jeg Coughlin 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.
Following his back-to-back final rounds, Jeg Coughlin Jr. enters this weekend’s NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event as the fourth-ranked driver in Pro Stock. He trails third-ranked Jason Line by just 14 points.
After the first eight events of the 2014 season, Jeg Jr. has a 13-7 record in Pro Stock elimination rounds.
Including Old Bridge Township Raceway Park, Jeg Coughlin Jr. has won at least one NHRA national event at 24 different facilities. The only current venues on the NHRA Mello Yello tour where he has not won are the track in Norwalk and Epping.
Jeg Coughlin Jr. is a four-time winner of the Englishtown event. He won the Super Gas title in 1997 and also claimed Pro Stock wins in 1998, 2000 and 2009. In 1998 and 2009 he defeated Mike Edwards in the final round and stopped Greg Anderson in 2000. In addition, Jeg Jr. has two runner-up finishes in Pro Stock in 2002 and 2007.
In 14 career appearances at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park, Jeg Coughlin Jr. has a 26-10 record in Pro Stock eliminations.
Jeg Jr. has qualified in the top half of the field in 10 of his 13 appearances in Englishtown including a best of No. 1 in 2000. He has qualified No. 1 20 times in his career.
Jeg Jr’s best elapsed time in a Pro Stock car is 6.484-seconds and his best speed is 214.62, both recorded earlier this year in Gainesville behind the wheel of his new JEGS/Mopar Dodge Dart. He is one of just six Pro Stock drivers to run over 214-mph.
Jeg Jr. is one of just 14 professional racers to win 500 elimination rounds, rounds of NHRA competition, a feat he accomplished at the 2013 Topeka race. The only other Pro Stock drivers with 500 wins are Warren Johnson, Bob Glidden, and Greg Anderson.
Jeg Jr is one of only three drivers, along with Peter Biondo and Scotty Richardson, 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 Jr. is the only professional racer in the history of NHRA to win a national event title from all 16 starting spots.
Of Jeg Jr’s 546-career round wins in Pro Stock, 92 have come via a starting line holeshot, which is the most of any past or current NHRA Pro driver.
Jeg Coughlin Jr finished the 2013 season with four wins, four runner-up finishes and seven semifinals in 24 events. For the season, he finished with a 48-20 record in eliminations, second only to Top Fuel champion Shawn Langdon, who finished with a 54-17 record.
During his Pro Stock career, Jeg Jr. has competed in 338 events and recorded 546 round wins while incurring just 265 losses. He has failed to qualify just 16 times.
In his 338 career Pro Stock races, Jeg Jr has reached the final round 96 times, recording 57 wins. Including his 16 sportsman victories, Jeg Jr has won a total of 73 times, good for tenth place on NHRA’s all-time wins list. During his career, Jeg Jr has appeared in 117 final rounds, 95 as a professional and 22 as a sportsman racer.
With 57-career Pro Stock wins, Jeg Jr ranks fourth all-time among Pro Stock drivers. Only Warren Johnson (96), Bob Glidden (85) and Greg Anderson (74) have more titles.
The JEGS Mail Order team will also be represented in Englishtown by Troy Coughlin, who will be racing in the NHRA Pro Mod series with his 257-mph turbocharged Corvette.
After three of ten events, Troy is ranked No. 8 in the NHRA Pro Mod Series points standings. He is one of just 11 drivers to qualify for all three events thus far in 2015.
At the 2005 Englishtown event, Troy won his first Pro Mod title when he defeated Zack Barklage in the final round.
Troy has reached the final round in Pro Mod at the last two Englishtown races. He was a runner-up to Danny Rowe in 2013 and then returned to the final before losing to Mike Janis in 2013.
At the most recent NHRA Pro Mod series event in Commerce, Ga., Troy qualified in the No. 8 spot and defeated Mike Knowles in the opening round.
Troy Coughlin is the 2012 NHRA Pro Mod series champ. He is once again driving the turbocharged Corvette that carried him to the season title.
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 101 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 (Toyota NHRA Summernationals Edition)
4 – National event victories for Jeg Coughlin Jr. at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park (three in Pro Stock, one in Super Gas)
9 – Combined final rounds for Troy and Jeg Coughlin Jr. in Englishtown
9 – Number of classes where the Coughlin family has earned an NHRA national event victory
20 – Number of times Jeg Jr. has qualified No. 1 in a Pro Stock field
101 – Combined NHRA national event victories for the Coughlin family
811 – Pro Stock elimination rounds for Jeg Jr. with 546 wins, 265 losses (.673-percent)