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Beech Bend Raceway set to host historic JEGS SPORTSnationals

Beech Bend Raceway set to host historic
JEGS SPORTSnationals
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (May 26) – Following a triumphant return in 2016, the JEGS SPORTSnationals presented by Quick Fuel Technologies will once again take center stage this weekend at scenic Beech Bend Raceway Park.

The highly-anticipated event, long been considered one of the crown jewels of Sportsman drag racing, is expected to attract more than 500 of the best drag racers from the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag
Racing Series. Continue reading Beech Bend Raceway set to host historic JEGS SPORTSnationals

Team Jegs Preview Bowling Green

TEAM JEGS Prerace Notes
JEGS NHRA SPORTSnationals
TEAM JEGS Prerace Notes
JEGS NHRA SPORTSnationals
Beech Bend Raceway Park, Bowling Green, Ky.
May 26-28

The JEGS SPORTSnationals presented by Quick Fuel Technology will once again return to Beech Bend Raceway Park in Bowling Green, Ky., this weekend. This will be the second year that the event has returned to its birthplace. The original SPORTSnationals was held in Bowling Green from 1974-81 and 1985-86. Continue reading Team Jegs Preview Bowling Green

Top Fuel rookie Troy Coughlin Jr. to drive Super Comp at JEGS SPORTSnationals

Top Fuel rookie Troy Coughlin Jr. to drive
Super Comp at JEGS SPORTSnationals
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (May 22) — Top Fuel rookie pilot Troy Coughlin Jr. is taking a few days off from driving the 10,000-horsepower Kalitta Motorsports SealMaster/Toyota nitro-powered dragster to pilot little sister Paige’s brand-new JEGS.com Super Comp rail at this weekend’s JEGS SPORTSnationals.

“Any time I have the chance to race at Beech Bend Raceway Park, I’m taking it,” Coughlin said. “It’s one of the most historic drag strips in the world, especially for Sportsman racing, and it’s also pretty much a second home to everyone in my family. Continue reading Top Fuel rookie Troy Coughlin Jr. to drive Super Comp at JEGS SPORTSnationals

Races coming in fast succession for JEGS.com Top Dragster pilot Mike Coughlin

Races coming in fast succession for
JEGS.com Top Dragster pilot Mike Coughlin
DELAWARE, Ohio (May 22) — Two-time Division 3 champion Mike Coughlin hadn’t even made it home from the Cavalcade of Stars event in Norwalk, Ohio, when his mind became filled with this coming weekend’s JEGS SPORTSnationals at Beech Bend Raceway Park in Kentucky.

“This is a busy time for us,” Coughlin admitted. “Actually, we’re running three weekends in a row, so we’re not even at the halfway point of this particular stretch, but we’re having a blast, for sure.” Continue reading Races coming in fast succession for JEGS.com Top Dragster pilot Mike Coughlin

Jeg Coughlin Jr. wins 600th elimination round en route to runner-up finish in Topeka

Jeg Coughlin Jr. wins 600th elimination round
en route to runner-up finish in Topeka
TOPEKA, Kan. (May 21) — Six-time drag racing champion Jeg Coughlin Jr. reached another incredible milestone Sunday by winning his 600th elimination round en route to his second runner-up finish of the 2017 season. Coughlin joins Warren Johnson and Greg Anderson as the only drivers in Pro Stock with at least 600 elimination wins.

“It’s really cool to chalk up 600 round wins,” Coughlin said. “It’s not something you really keep track of. We’ve been at this Pro Stock a couple decades now and I’m honored to be sitting here having accomplished something very few have ever done.

“I was reflecting on those 600 round wins on the ride home tonight and the thing I kept coming back to was all the talented people I’ve worked with along the way. Starting with my Dad, Jeg Sr., to guys like Dick Maskin, Bob Glidden, Roy Simmons, Gary Pearman, Roy Johnson, Mark Ingersoll, Nick Ferri, Jake Hairston, Rick and Rickie Jones, Brian Self, so many others…it’s the people that made
it happen.” Continue reading Jeg Coughlin Jr. wins 600th elimination round en route to runner-up finish in Topeka

Pro Stock champ Jeg Coughlin Jr. heats up chilly Topeka with top-four qualifying effort

Pro Stock champ Jeg Coughlin Jr. heats up
chilly Topeka with top-four qualifying effort
TOPEKA, Kan. (May 20) — Six-time world champion drag racer Jeg Coughlin Jr. used Saturday’s cooler temperatures to rocket up the Pro Stock elimination ladder, ultimately securing the fourth spot at the 29th annual Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals presented by Minties at Heartland
Park Topeka. Continue reading Pro Stock champ Jeg Coughlin Jr. heats up chilly Topeka with top-four qualifying effort

JEGS Top Dragster pro Mike Coughlin says it’s ‘all systems go’ heading into Norwalk

JEGS Top Dragster pro Mike Coughlin says
it’s ‘all systems go’ heading into Norwalk
NORWALK, Ohio (May 17) — “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” is the mantra Mike Coughlin and his JEGS.com Top Dragster crew is carrying into this weekend’s Cavalcade of Stars presented by Budweiser, the second Division 3 race of the 2017 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series.

Coughlin began his 2017 campaign in February with a convincing victory at the season-opening NHRA Winternationals in Pomona, Calif., the 14th national event win of his career. He then moved on to Indy for the start of the Division 3 schedule in late April, where he raced to the top qualifying spot before the entire affair was postponed by rain. Continue reading JEGS Top Dragster pro Mike Coughlin says it’s ‘all systems go’ heading into Norwalk

Team JEGS Prerace Notes: Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals

Team JEGS Prerace Notes:
Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals
Team JEGS Prerace Notes
Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals presented by Minties
Heartland Park Topeka
Topeka, Kan.
(May 19-21, 2017)

The JEGS Mail Order team will be well represented during this weekend’s Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals at Heartland Park Topeka. Six-time world champion Jeg Coughlin Jr. will lead the effort behind the wheel of the JEGS.com Elite Motorsports Pro Stock Camaro. Troy Coughlin Jr. will be behind the wheel of the SealMaster Top Fuel dragster fielded by Kalitta Motorsports. Troy Coughlin Sr. will also be in action in the J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series with his JEGS.com Corvette.

Jeg Jr. will continue his pursuit of a sixth NHRA Mello Yello Pro Stock title (and seventh overall) at this weekend’s event. Jeg Jr. will be driving a Rick Jones Race Cars-built Chevy Camaro as a member of the Elite Motorsports team. Continue reading Team JEGS Prerace Notes: Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals

Team JEGS / Prerace Notes: NHRA Division 3 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Cavalcade of Stars

Team JEGS / Prerace Notes: NHRA Division 3
Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Cavalcade of Stars
Team JEGS / Prerace Notes
NHRA Division 3 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Cavalcade of Stars presented by Budweiser
Norwalk, Ohio. (May 19-21, 2017)

Mike Coughlin will be racing his JEGS.com dragster at this weekend’s Cavalcade of Stars presented by Budweiser in Norwalk, Ohio. The event is the second of seven races in the 2017 North Central Division NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series.

Mike will be racing the same Top Dragster he drove to a win at the season-opening Circle K Winternationals in Pomona. In that event, Mike ran as quick as 6.05 seconds and defeated Andy Spiegel in the final round. Continue reading Team JEGS / Prerace Notes: NHRA Division 3 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Cavalcade of Stars

Jeg Coughlin Jr. coming to life as NHRA tour heads to middle stretch of regular season

Jeg Coughlin Jr. coming to life as NHRA tour
heads to middle stretch of regular season
TOPEKA, Kan. (May 16) — Six-time world champion drag racer Jeg Coughlin Jr. knows his JEGS.com/Elite Performance Chevrolet Camaro has been running well all year. He also knows it’s been getting even better over the last few national events, which has him thrilled to be heading to Heartland Park Topeka for this weekend’s 29th annual Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals presented by Minties.

Jeg Coughlin Jr.
“We’re really excited about the first seven races and are very much looking forward to this middle stretch of the 18-race regular season to climb further up the rankings,” Coughlin said. “The entire Elite Motorsports race team has picked up a bunch of momentum the last few races with our team logging a runner-up finish in Houston, a couple of No. 1 qualifying efforts in Houston and Charlotte, and my teammate Erica Enders getting to the finals last race in Atlanta.

“The points are adding up and we all know these middle races count just as much as the ones nearer the end of the regular season when everyone is jockeying for playoff spots. It’s important to maintain our focus and continue working hard.”

Coughlin, a five-time Pro Stock world champion who also won the 1992 Super Gas title, is right in the thick of a very crowded Mello Yello Pro Stock point standings. He currently ranks fifth, one point behind fourth-place Tanner Gray, one round behind third-place Jason Line, and just 91 points off Greg Anderson’s class lead.

Topeka should be a great place for Coughlin to make an upward move as he’s claimed three national event victories at Heartland Park, two in Pro Stock in 2000 and 2013 and once in Super Stock in 1994.

“Topeka’s a track that is usually very good,” Coughlin said. “Having had success in both the pro and sportsman ranks there in the past certainly gives me a dose of confidence.

“Looking at the forecast we may need to prepare for lots of weather changes, which can be a real test for the crew chiefs, but our gang of Mark Ingersoll, Rick Jones and Brian Self work really well together, as witnessed by the success we’ve been enjoying.”

When not racing himself, Coughlin will be supporting his brother Troy, who races in Pro Mod, and his nephew Troy Jr., who competes in Top Fuel.

Prior to the race, Coughlin will be taking in the NCAA regional golf tournament at Stanford University in the San Francisco area, where his son Jeg III is competing along with his teammates from The Ohio State University.

“We’re always pulling for Troy Jr. every weekend and it’s been fun to have him out on the pro tour full time,” Coughlin said. “Pro Mod added Topeka to its schedule this year so we’ll have brother Troy along with us this time, which will be fun.

“I’m super proud of my son and his teammates. This is the best the OSU team has done in a while so to reach regionals and have a chance to advance to the finals is very exciting for all of them. I’ll be there this week to show my support and then I’ll hustle over to Topeka for the races. It’s time for an Elite win.”

Pro Stock qualifying sessions are scheduled for 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., Friday, and 1:30 and 4:30 p.m., Saturday, with eliminations starting at 12 p.m., Sunday. Television coverage on FOX Sports 1 begins at 10 p.m., Friday, followed by a live qualifying show at 2 p.m., Saturday. Elimination action also will be shown live starting at 1 p.m., Sunday. (All times are local and subject to change).

Longest qualifying streak in Pro Mod class comes to an end with Troy Coughlin’s DNQ

Longest qualifying streak in Pro Mod class
comes to an end with Troy Coughlin’s DNQ
COMMERCE, Ga. (May 6) — For the first time in a long time, Troy Coughlin Jr. did not qualify for elimination action in the J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series. The DNQ snaps a streak of 36 consecutive national events dating back to the fall of 2013 in which Coughlin had successfully made the cut.

“They say we put together the biggest span of any of the Pro Mod cars to qualify for every single race so that’s a very big accomplishment and I’m very proud of it,” Coughlin said. “We just got behind the eight-ball a little bit on the first pass and really didn’t recovery quite as quickly as we should have.”
Continue reading Longest qualifying streak in Pro Mod class comes to an end with Troy Coughlin’s DNQ

Jeg Coughlin Jr. takes aim at first victory of the year from No. 4 starting spot

Jeg Coughlin Jr. takes aim at first
victory of the year from No. 4 starting spot
COMMERCE, Ga. (May 6) — Six-time world champion Jeg Coughlin Jr. will try for his fourth Atlanta crown from the favored side of the elimination ladder after qualifying his JEGS.com/Elite Performance Chevrolet Camaro in the No. 4 position at the 37th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Southern Nationals.

Coughlin posted a best run of 6.590 seconds at 210.41 mph in Saturday’s opening session. Due to rain, qualifying action was shortened to just two rounds, both taking place Saturday. Coughlin’s second run was a 6.604 at 209.79 mph. Continue reading Jeg Coughlin Jr. takes aim at first victory of the year from No. 4 starting spot

Thirteenth annual Mr. Aruba Winter Nationals raises $15K for JEGS Foundation

Thirteenth annual Mr. Aruba Winter Nationals
raises $15K for JEGS Foundation
DELAWARE, Ohio (May 4) — The recently-completed 13th annual Mr. Aruba’s Winter Nationals Bench Race and Charity Challenge raised nearly $15,000 for the JEGS Foundation for Cancer Research. This year’s record-breaking total boosted the amount of monies donated to the JEGS Foundation since the inception of the race to almost $75,000. Continue reading Thirteenth annual Mr. Aruba Winter Nationals raises $15K for JEGS Foundation

Surging Pro Mod pilot Troy Coughlin on attack mode heading into Atlanta

Surging Pro Mod pilot Troy Coughlin
on attack mode heading into Atlanta
COMMERCE, Ga. (May 3) — Fresh off a super successful weekend in Charlotte where he qualified at the top of the Pro Mod field and raced to a runner-up result on race day, two-time world champion Troy Coughlin is chomping at the bit to get his twin-turbo JEGS.com Chevrolet Corvette C7 back on track. He won’t have to wait long as the 37th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Southern Nationals begin Friday at Atlanta Dragway.
Continue reading Surging Pro Mod pilot Troy Coughlin on attack mode heading into Atlanta

Top qualifier Jeg Coughlin Jr. runs quickest pass of the race, but loses anyway

Top qualifier Jeg Coughlin Jr. runs
quickest pass of the race, but loses anyway
CONCORD, N.C. (April 30) — Jeg Coughlin Jr. posted the quickest pass of the eighth annual NHRA Four-Wide Nationals in the opening round of Sunday’s eliminations but it was all for naught after a strange starting line miscue caused him to leave more than half a second after his three opponents. Continue reading Top qualifier Jeg Coughlin Jr. runs quickest pass of the race, but loses anyway

For second race in a row, five-time champ Jeg Coughlin Jr. tops Pro Stock field

For second race in a row, five-time champ
Jeg Coughlin Jr. tops Pro Stock field
CONCORD, N.C. (April 29) — Jeg Coughlin Jr. knew his Rick Jones-built JEGS.com/Elite Performance Chevrolet Camaro was a great racecar since the beginning of the season. It just took him a few races to let everyone else know.

For the second straight national event, the five-time Pro Stock champion has the quickest car in the factory hot rod class. This weekend, in qualifying for the eighth annual NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, Coughlin used an impressive 6.578-second pass at 210.24 mph to get the job done.

Father and son, Jeg Coughlin Sr.
and Jeg Coughlin Jr.
“Obviously to get our second No. 1 qualifying effort in back-to-back weeks is very satisfying,” Coughlin said. “It shows we have regained a great tune-up and have some real confidence in our current set-up. I think our crew chief braintrust of Mark Ingersoll, Rick Jones and Brian Self here at the track are doing a really nice job with everything and I feel really confident behind the wheel. That’s a good combination.” Continue reading For second race in a row, five-time champ Jeg Coughlin Jr. tops Pro Stock field

Jeg Coughlin Jr. remains in control of Pro Stock class after another top-qualifying effort

Jeg Coughlin Jr. remains in control of Pro Stock
class after another top-qualifying effort
CONCORD, N.C. (April 28) — It’s been 10 years since six-time world champion Jeg Coughlin Jr. has qualified on top of the Pro Stock field at consecutive races but the driver of the JEGS.com/Elite Performance Camaro is on the cusp of doing it again should his 6.578-second pass at 210.24 mph from Friday night hold through Saturday’s final two qualifying sessions, scheduled to be run in the heat of the day.

“To be No. 1 in both Friday sessions really starts to trump what we accomplished last weekend in Houston,” said Coughlin, a 58-time national event winner in the Pro Stock class. “Hopefully, that’s a sign of more good things to come. I’m just really pleased that we made two really nice laps today. The guys are working hard and it’ll be fun to come out here tomorrow and put a third and then a fourth
run together.” Continue reading Jeg Coughlin Jr. remains in control of Pro Stock class after another top-qualifying effort

Turbo Lover: Pro Mod champ Troy Coughlin answers back in JEGS.com turbocharged Corvette

Turbo Lover: Pro Mod champ Troy Coughlin answers back in JEGS.com turbocharged Corvette
CONCORD, N.C. (April 28) — Aside from the obvious — that he posted the quickest elapsed time in the Pro Mod class Friday at the eighth annual NHRA Four-Wide Nationals — Troy Coughlin isn’t quite sure how he ended up on top of the timing sheets at the midway point of professional qualifying, but he’s not complaining one bit.

“We’ll take it,” Coughlin said. “I don’t know how this happened because we ran almost the exact same numbers as we did in Houston last weekend under pretty similar weather conditions and all the supercharger guys that were way ahead of us in Texas have all dropped off quite a bit. It seems odd, but hey, we’re No. 1 for now. Continue reading Turbo Lover: Pro Mod champ Troy Coughlin answers back in JEGS.com turbocharged Corvette

Going four-wide for the first time has veteran drag racer Troy Coughlin pumped for Charlotte

Going four-wide for the first time has veteran
drag racer Troy Coughlin pumped for Charlotte
CONCORD, N.C. (April 27) — Troy Coughlin has secured world championships in two different sanctions, won national events in three different NHRA categories, captured numerous divisional and big dollar bracket race titles, and raced in a multitude of All Star events. But the veteran drag racer, who began his career some 30 years ago, has never done what he’s about to do this weekend — race four-wide down the strip.

“I’m really excited about Pro Mod cars racing four-wide in Charlotte alongside the Mello Yello Series pros,” Coughlin said. “It’ll be a sight to see when four Pro Mod cars blaze down the strip. It’s the first time the Pro Mods have raced four wide so the blood will be pumping. Continue reading Going four-wide for the first time has veteran drag racer Troy Coughlin pumped for Charlotte

Pomona winner Mike Coughlin ‘finally’ returning to work at D3 opener in Indy

Pomona winner Mike Coughlin ‘finally’
returning to work at D3 opener in Indy
INDIANAPOLIS (April 26) — The 10-week gap between Mike Coughlin’s season-opening Top Dragster victory February 12 at the Winternationals in California, to this weekend’s Division 3 opener at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis isn’t quite as long as the traditional winter break, but it sure has felt like it for the two-time D3 champ out of the JEGS.com camp.

“It definitely has felt like a long time since I’ve been in the dragster,” Coughlin admitted. “Especially after winning Pomona because we all wanted to keep racing. Our schedule just didn’t allow for it so the best I’ve been able to do is hang around the shop, keep up with all the other races on the computer, and support my brothers and my nephew.

“I’m pretty much as anxious to race as I’ve ever been.” Continue reading Pomona winner Mike Coughlin ‘finally’ returning to work at D3 opener in Indy