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Troy Coughlin Jr. to banner ‘WELD Racing At JEGS’ design at Route 66 NHRA Nationals

Troy Coughlin Jr. to banner ‘WELD Racing At JEGS’ design at Route 66 NHRA Nationals
JOLIET, Ill. (May 30) — Reigning North Central Region Top Alcohol Dragster champion
Troy Coughlin Jr. will unveil a special “WELD Racing At JEGS” design on the top-
running McPhillips Racing dragster he’ll pilot at this weekend’s Route 66 NHRA
Nationals. Continue reading Troy Coughlin Jr. to banner ‘WELD Racing At JEGS’ design at Route 66 NHRA Nationals

Defending event Pro Stock champ Jeg Coughlin Jr. ready for more Chicago magic

Defending event Pro Stock champ
Jeg Coughlin Jr. ready for more Chicago magic
Reigning regional Top Alcohol Dragster champ Troy Coughlin Jr. running strong
JOLIET, Ill. (May 29) — Pro Stock ace Jeg Coughlin Jr. broke the longest winless streak of his career at last year’s Route 66 NHRA Nationals and ended up going on a tear that left him just one spot short of a sixth national class championship. Now the 62-time Pro Stock national event winner is expecting more Chicago magic, especially since he’s one of just two drivers in his class to have won a race this year. Continue reading Defending event Pro Stock champ Jeg Coughlin Jr. ready for more Chicago magic

NHRA’s best Sportsman racers take center stage at JEGS Allstars event

NHRA’s best Sportsman racers take
center stage at JEGS Allstars event
JOLIET, Ill. (May 28) – NHRA’s best Sportsman drivers will battle for class and divisional honors this weekend at the 35th annual JEGS Allstars, a special event held during the Route 66 NHRA Nationals at Route 66 Raceway.

The 35th annual JEGS Allstars event is
always a highlight of the season.
The JEGS Allstars competition crowns individual champions in 10 separate eliminators, as well as an overall team champion. A highlight of the drag racing season for three and a half decades, the JEGS Allstars event features a total purse of more than $150,000, making it one of the richest events of its kind. Continue reading NHRA’s best Sportsman racers take center stage at JEGS Allstars event

Troy Coughlin Jr. scores runner-up finish to begin Division 1 championship chase

Troy Coughlin Jr. scores runner-up finish
to begin Division 1 championship chase
READING, Pa. (May 26) — Troy Coughlin Jr. began his first-ever Division 1 championship charge with a strong runner-up finish that, combined with a No. 1 qualifying effort, let the rest of the “Land of NED” know the JEGS.com McPhillips Racing Top Alcohol Dragster will be a force all season.

After running a stout 5.186-second pass at 278.98 mph in qualifying, Coughlin led the field into race day as the favorite to win it all. He then beat Brandon Greco and Jeff Veale in the first two rounds before losing on a holeshot to past world champion and defending event titlist Duane Shields. Continue reading Troy Coughlin Jr. scores runner-up finish to begin Division 1 championship chase

Troy Coughlin Jr. begins quest for D1 dominance this weekend at beloved Maple Grove

Troy Coughlin Jr. begins quest for D1 dominance this weekend at beloved Maple Grove
READING, Pa. (May 22) — Perhaps no one is more excited about this weekend’s Northeast Division opener at Maple Grove Raceway than Troy Coughlin Jr., who claimed his sixth national event win at this facility en route to last year’s North Central Region Top Alcohol Dragster championship. Continue reading Troy Coughlin Jr. begins quest for D1 dominance this weekend at beloved Maple Grove

Jeg Coughlin Jr.’s semifinal finish the highlight of busy weekend for Team JEGS

Jeg Coughlin Jr.’s semifinal finish the highlight of busy weekend for Team JEGS
DELAWARE, Ohio (May 19) — Five-time Pro Stock champion Jeg Coughlin Jr. zipped to a strong semifinal finish at the second annual Virginia NHRA Nationals in Dinwiddie, Va., to lead the charge for Team JEGS this weekend. Coughlin’s niece Paige, the son of three-time Pro Mod champion Troy Coughlin, also had a great weekend, going four rounds in Super Comp at the 13th annual Cavalcade of Stars in Norwalk, Ohio. Continue reading Jeg Coughlin Jr.’s semifinal finish the highlight of busy weekend for Team JEGS

Brother/sister combo Paige & Troy Coughlin Jr. braced for 13th Cavalcade of Stars

Brother/sister combo Paige & Troy Coughlin Jr.
braced for 13th Cavalcade of Stars
NORWALK, Ohio (May 14) — Reigning regional champion Troy Coughlin Jr. and his sister Paige Coughlin are bringing a trio of racecars to this weekend’s 13th annual Cavalcade of Stars in their home state of Ohio with high hopes of scoring a win or two in the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event. Continue reading Brother/sister combo Paige & Troy Coughlin Jr. braced for 13th Cavalcade of Stars

Team JEGS racers hungry for hometown success at 17th annual Buckeye Nationals

Team JEGS racers hungry for hometown
success at 17th annual Buckeye Nationals
COLUMBUS, Ohio (April 30) — The thrill of competing in front of a hometown crowd filled with family, friends and fellow associates of JEGS High Performance awaits Team JEGS drag racers Mike Coughlin, Troy Coughlin Jr. and Paige Coughlin at this weekend’s 17th annual NHRA Buckeye Nationals.

The group will contest both the Top Dragster and Super Comp categories at the event, which is the first regional race of the year on the North Central Division schedule.

Mike Coughlin has 26 career
wins in a variety of classes
“I’m searching for a run of good luck and I can’t think of a better place to start that than National Trail,” said Mike, who will be racing his JEGS.com-branded Top Dragster. “This is actually our third race of the year and our car has been great. We just haven’t had any luck. That’s not for lack of effort or talent. Everyone is doing what they’re supposed to be doing and the dragster is very fast and consistent.

“I made my first ever passes at National Trail and I’ve definitely been down that quarter-mile more than any other one in the world. We were just there a week ago for the track’s first race of the season and Jay Livingston (track owner) and his staff have done so much to improve the facility. My son Clay was racing his Junior Dragster and everything looked great. I’m excited to get started myself and look forward to racing with my niece and nephew.”

Mike is assisted by longtime Team JEGS crewmen Justin Beaver, Greg Cody, Tony Collier, Ryan Micke and Dave Rourke. Beaver and Collier also help Troy Jr. and Paige in their Super Comp dragsters.

Regional Top Alcohol Dragster champion Troy Jr. will step away from his regular ride — the JEGS.com McPhillips Racing TAD — to compete this weekend. Troy Jr. has earned six national and six divisional victories in his career, including the 2014 JEGS SPORTSnationals Super Gas title at National Trail Raceway.

“There’s no place like home and racing with some of my family members brings up tons of wonderful childhood memories for me, especially at National Trails,” Troy Jr. said. “I am really excited at what Jay and his staff have in the works for the facility. I know there are lots of great things coming.

“It’s an extra big weekend for me personally because my wife Brenna is graduating from nursing school Saturday so I’ll be really busy between the races and her ceremony. She’s worked so hard at getting her BSN. I’m very proud of her and looking forward to celebrating this accomplishment with her.”

Paige hasn’t driven her JEGS.com Super Comp dragster since starting her collegiate career at the University of Miami-Ohio last August, but says a recent test session at National Trail Raceway helped get her back into competition mode.

“I don’t feel too nervous yet but it’s only Monday,” Paige said. “I know the car is ready to go and it looks awesome. I’m pretty excited to be coming back because I haven’t competed in a race since last August.

“We had a great day of testing last Wednesday at NTR and Justin and Tony were super happy with everything. They changed some things on the car over the winter to make it more consistent and it ran really well so we’re all excited to get back to real racing. We have lots of plans for the summer race season and it all starts now.”

A double-major studying psychology and strategic communications, Paige is the third child of three-time Pro Mod world champion Troy Coughlin and his wife Julie, the younger sister of Troy Coughlin Jr. and the niece of Mike Coughlin.

Six-time world champ Jeg Coughlin Jr. returns to first love at K&N Spring Fling in Galot

Six-time world champ Jeg Coughlin Jr. returns to first love at K&N Spring Fling in Galot
BENSON, N.C. (April 29) — Long before he was winning world championships in NHRA competition, Jeg Coughlin Jr. was lining up against the toughest drag racers in the world at various high-dollar bracket races around the country. The six-time world champ returns to those roots this week at Kyle Seipel and Peter Biondo’s renowned K&N Spring Fling presented by Optima Batteries at Galot Motorsports Park.

Coughlin, who has 81 NHRA national event wins, will be racing a JEGS.com-branded dragster and his popular JEGS.com Chevy II wagon at the event. He’ll be joined by his talented wife Samantha Coughlin, who will race her own JEGS.com dragster.

“We’re eager and very excited to start racing,” Jeg Jr. said. “The last time I had the chance to bracket race was in 2016 so it’s been a little while. I’m thinking this has been the longest stretch of my driving career where I haven’t bracket raced somewhere so it’s a real thrill to be gearing up for this week.

“Peter and Kyle are longtime friends and they’ve done such a great job putting together all of these big ‘Fling’ races. I’ve spent a lot more time keeping up with them on the Internet then competing in them myself but this one I’m going to experience first-hand. If there’s a blessing to the NHRA trimming the Pro Stock schedule back a few races, being able to attend events like this definitely makes it worthwhile.”

Aside from his jaw-dropping NHRA resume, Coughlin has two dozen wins at specialty events like this one, including the 2015 Spring Fling, so he’s certainly no stranger to the extremely competitive racing that occurs at these high-profile events.

“Without question, all of the big hitters in our sport will be there,” Coughlin said. “I certainly picked a tough one to renew my vows, as it were, in the bracket racing world, but I’m going in with a big smile on my face.

“This style of event is the purest and most challenging form of drag racing you can get. I’ve been bracket racing since the ’80s when I first started driving and I compare success at events like this to be every bit as prestigious as a national event win. I’m proud to be a part of it all and for JEGS to be one of the sponsors. We’re all ready to get after it and have some fun.”

JEGS is supporting the $20K-to-win main event on “JEGS Thursday” and the live audio/video racecast for the entire event, which will be broadcast by MotorManiaTV.com.

“I’ve actually never been to Galot Motorsports Park before but I’ve seen pictures and heard a bunch of great things about the facility,” Coughlin said. “I am excited to hit the throttle!”

Troy Coughlin Jr. loves racing his JEGS dragster amongst like-minded fans in Charlotte

Troy Coughlin Jr. loves racing his JEGS
dragster amongst like-minded fans in Charlotte
CONCORD, N.C. (April 23) — Troy Coughlin Jr. is happy anytime he gets to race his JEGS.com McPhillips Racing Top Alcohol Dragster. That’s especially the case when the NHRA tour visits zMAX Dragway in the Charlotte suburb of Concord, as it will this weekend for the 10th annual NGK Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals.

“The No. 1 coolest thing about this race is the fans,” Coughlin said. “They are so passionate about racing — any kind of racing — and that’s exactly the way I am. If it’s got wheels and a motor, I’m interested. Continue reading Troy Coughlin Jr. loves racing his JEGS dragster amongst like-minded fans in Charlotte

Mr. Aruba’s Winter Nationals tops $100K for JEGS Foundation for Cancer Research

Mr. Aruba’s Winter Nationals tops $100K
for JEGS Foundation for Cancer Research
DELAWARE, Ohio (April 16) – This year’s 15th annual Mr. Aruba’s Winter Nationals Bench Race and Charity Challenge raised $13,652 for the JEGS Foundation for Cancer Research. What started as a fun way to break up the winter months, Mr. Aruba’s Winter Nationals has now topped $100,000 in total monies raised.
Continue reading Mr. Aruba’s Winter Nationals tops $100K for JEGS Foundation for Cancer Research

Troy Coughlin Jr. wrangles runner-up result at Houston NHRA national event

Troy Coughlin Jr. wrangles runner-up
result at Houston NHRA national event
HOUSTON (April 14) — Troy Coughlin Jr. raced his JEGS.com McPhillips Racing Top Alcohol Dragster to a runner-up finish Sunday at the 32nd annual Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals presented by Pennzoil.

Racing in just his second year in the class, Coughlin beat Rob McKinley, Steve Collier and Shane Conway before getting edged by current national points leader Megan Meyer in a thrilling side-by-side finale. Continue reading Troy Coughlin Jr. wrangles runner-up result at Houston NHRA national event

Reigning North Central champ Troy Coughlin Jr. ‘inspired’ to race in Houston

Reigning North Central champ Troy
Coughlin Jr. ‘inspired’ to race in Houston
HOUSTON (April 10) — Reigning North Central Region Top Alcohol Dragster champion Troy Coughlin Jr. is bringing his JEGS.com McPhillips Racing rail to this weekend’s 32nd annual Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals with plenty of “inspiration” to enjoy every moment of his trip to the Lone Star State. Continue reading Reigning North Central champ Troy Coughlin Jr. ‘inspired’ to race in Houston

Five-time Pro Stock champ Jeg Coughlin Jr. a huge fan of Denso Four-Wide Nationals

Five-time Pro Stock champ Jeg Coughlin Jr.
a huge fan of Denso Four-Wide Nationals
LAS VEGAS (April 2) — Whenever Jeg Coughlin Jr. isn’t driving his sleek JEGS.com Elite Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro down The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway there’s a great chance he will be found in the grandstands watching his peers race in this weekend’s 20th annual Denso Spark Plugs Four-Wide Nationals. That’s how big a fan the 62-time national event winner is of four-wide racing. Continue reading Five-time Pro Stock champ Jeg Coughlin Jr. a huge fan of Denso Four-Wide Nationals

Jegs Racing–Las Vegas Preview

Team JEGS Pre-race Notes
Denso NHRA Four-Wide Nationals
Team JEGS
Pre-race Notes
Denso NHRA Four-Wide Nationals
The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Las Vegas, Nev. (April 5-7)

Jeg Coughlin Jr. will continue his pursuit of a sixth NHRA Mello Yello Pro Stock title (and seventh overall) at this weekend’s Denso NHRA Four Wide Nationals in Las Vegas. Jeg Jr. will once again be racing as a member of the Elite Motorsports team.

Earlier this year in Phoenix, Jeg Jr. won his 62nd Pro Stock event and 81st overall when he defeated Matt Hartford in the final round. The final round represented the 1,000th round of professional competition for Jeg Jr. Continue reading Jegs Racing–Las Vegas Preview

Jeg Coughlin Jr. looking for second straight win after quickest and fastest pass of ’19

Jeg Coughlin Jr. looking for second straight win after quickest and fastest pass of ’19
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (March 16) — Fresh off a thrilling victory at the last NHRA tour stop in Phoenix, Jeg Coughlin Jr. is bullish on his chances to repeat the feat with his brand-new RJ Racecars-built Camaro at this weekend’s 50th anniversary Amalie Oil Gatornationals. Continue reading Jeg Coughlin Jr. looking for second straight win after quickest and fastest pass of ’19

Honoring father, history of Gators, paramount for JEGS drivers Jeg Jr., Mike and Troy Coughlin Jr.

Honoring father, history of Gators, paramount for JEGS drivers Jeg Jr., Mike and Troy Coughlin Jr.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (March 13) — Team JEGS drivers Jeg Coughlin Jr., Mike Coughlin and Troy Coughlin Jr. grew up admiring Jeg Coughlin Sr. and pretty much anyone who managed to win the Amalie Oil Gatornationals, which run for the 50th time this weekend. To honor both entities, the boys in yellow and black have big plans to win their respective classes in dramatic throwback paint schemes that replicate Jeg Sr.’s designs from the ’70s, when the Gators were just getting started.

“We have a brand-new RJ Racecars Camaro and it looks completely badass with the design Dad ran back in the early ’70s,” Jeg Jr. said. “We’d love to break it in with a big weekend in Gainesville. For those of us on the eastern portion of the country, there isn’t much better than winning the Gators, especially when you see the names of all the former winners.

“This new car, obviously it’s a bit different than what we’ve run the last nine months, is working extremely well in testing. Erica (Enders, teammate) made some shakedown passes with it and I jumped in as soon as I got here and the guys have been working their way through it ever since. It’s been really fast no matter what we try with it so the crew chief brain trust here at Elite Motorsports is very excited.

“The car feels amazing. Ergonomically speaking, it fits my frame perfectly, so the comfort level is already very high. I’m extremely optimistic, with the talent we have, that we won’t miss a beat.”

Jeg Jr. won the last NHRA race in Phoenix three weeks ago, his 62nd Pro Stock victory, and is a two-time winner of the Gatornationals (2001 and 2008).

Brother Mike Coughlin also is honoring his father Jeg Sr. by running his former Top Fuel scheme on his JEGS.com Top Dragster, which is making his 2019 national event debut in Florida. Mike had a chance to shakedown his top-running rail last weekend at Gainesville Raceway during the Baby Gators divisional event.

“The car was perfect,” Mike said. “And I don’t expect anything to change this weekend. The only thing stopping us last weekend was the guy behind the wheel. I zigged when I should have zagged and lost in Round 2 by .006 seconds. Big thanks to Greg Cody, Dave Raurk, Ryan Micke and Tony Collier for giving me a perfect racecar.

“As soon as that event was over we started wrapping the car with Dad’s old design and man, this thing looks so awesome. I am super excited to run this scheme at a race as historic as this one. I’ll try my best to give Dad a great 81st birthday present and put this thing in the winner’s circle.”

Troy Jr., the popular and successful son of three-time Pro Mod champion Troy Coughlin, also has high hopes for his JEGS.com McPhillips Racing Top Alcohol Dragster, which is dressed in the Pro Comp design of his grandfather’s glory days in the class.

“I can’t wait to see Pappy’s face when he sees this dragster,” Troy Jr. said. “It’s perfect and I’m more motivated than ever to turn on seven win lights and put this thing in the winner’s circle. It’s a big weekend with lots of legends on hand and if there was ever a time to shine, this would be it.

“Rich (McPhillips) ran the car at the Baby Gators to shake it down and then I hopped in there after the event and ran a 5.2 so I’d say we’re more than ready to get this weekend started.”

Samantha Coughlin, the wife of Jeg Jr., will round out the JEGS.com stable in her Super Comp dragster.

As part of the 50th anniversary celebration, the recently-restored Barracuda Funny Car campaigned by Jeg Sr. during the 1969 season will be on display at Gainesville Raceway. The car will be located in the Mopar display on Manufacturer’s Midway.

The JEGS Mail Order team will also take part in Sunday’s track walk, hosted by Darrell Gwynn. The event, labeled “Track Walk, for those who can’t” has annually helped raise money for the Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis.

JEGS.com team sporting ‘Throwback’ paint schemes to honor 50th annual Gatornat’ls

JEGS.com team sporting ‘Throwback’ paint
schemes to honor 50th annual Gatornat’ls
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (March 8) — In a salute to the landmark 50th running of the historic Amalie Oil NHRA Gatornationals, Team JEGS drivers Mike Coughlin, Jeg Coughlin Jr. and Troy Coughlin Jr will display special “Throwback” paint schemes selected from some of the top racecars family patriarch Jeg Coughlin Sr. campaigned during his career. Continue reading JEGS.com team sporting ‘Throwback’ paint schemes to honor 50th annual Gatornat’ls

Two-time Division 3 champ Mike Coughlin ready to work double-time in Florida

Two-time Division 3 champ Mike Coughlin
ready to work double-time in Florida
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (March 5) — One surefire way to chase away the winter blues is a two-week-long racing vacation in the Sunshine State. That’s exactly what’s been on the mind of JEGS.com Top Dragster pilot Mike Coughlin, who is anxious to travel south to the Baby Gators NHRA Division 2 Lucas Oil event, March 6-10, at historic Gainesville Raceway in central Florida. Continue reading Two-time Division 3 champ Mike Coughlin ready to work double-time in Florida

Jeg Coughlin Jr. victorious in desert, claiming 62nd Pro Stock win in 1,000 round of competition

Jeg Coughlin Jr. victorious in desert, claiming
62nd Pro Stock win in 1,000 round of competition
CHANDLER, Ariz. (Feb. 24) — When you’ve won 62 times in Pro Stock competition, it would be understandable if the victories started to blend together in your mind. But for five-time series champion Jeg Coughlin Jr., earning the trophy of Sunday’s 35th annual Magic Dry Organic Absorbent NHRA Arizona Nationals in his 1,000 round of Pro Stock racing, this trophy has special significance.

“This win today truly feels really second-to-none,” Coughlin said. “To reach a mark like this — 1,000 rounds of racing in this class — and to hit it just right with a win, wow, that’s just incredible. Continue reading Jeg Coughlin Jr. victorious in desert, claiming 62nd Pro Stock win in 1,000 round of competition