As JEGS Mail Order celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2010, it’s important to note that founder Jeg Coughlin Sr. was once a drag racing demon, racing and winning in a variety of hot rods in the freewheeling early days of NHRA competition.

At a time when a national circuit didn’t exist, Coughlin raced to 30 divisional championships, challenging for titles in Top Fuel, Pro Stock, Top Alcohol Dragster, Top Alcohol Funny Car, A-Gas Supercharged, D-Gas Supercharged, C-Gas, C-Stock, Modified Eliminator, Pro Comp, and Super Eliminator.

At one point Coughlin won a record 11 races in a row in his JEGS-branded Top Alcohol Dragster. He also won a national-level race in his D-Gas Supercharged hot rod. Not many drivers have won as many rounds as Coughlin, especially with the wins spread out over so many different eliminators.

The racing community has certainly taken notice. Coughlin is a member of three different Halls of Fame and was honored with the prestigious Car Craft Magazine “Ollie” Award for Lifetime Achievement.


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