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Despite the forecasted cold, JEGS.com pro Jeg Coughlin Jr. ready to heat up Phoenix

Despite the forecasted cold, JEGS.com pro
Jeg Coughlin Jr. ready to heat up Phoenix
CHANDLER, Ariz. (Feb. 19) — It looks like this weekend’s 35th annual Magic Dry Organic Absorbent NHRA Arizona Nationals may set records for chilly temperatures, but five-time Pro Stock champion Jeg Coughlin Jr. thinks his JEGS.com Elite Performance Chevrolet Camaro is ready to set fire to Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park. Continue reading Despite the forecasted cold, JEGS.com pro Jeg Coughlin Jr. ready to heat up Phoenix

JEGS.com pro Jeg Coughlin Jr. to start race day from mid-pack after weight issue

JEGS.com pro Jeg Coughlin Jr. to start
race day from mid-pack after weight issue
POMONA, Calif. (Feb. 9) — Jeg Coughlin Jr. has a fast racecar and he’s ready to show the world his 2019 Pro Stock title aspirations are for real when eliminations begin Sunday at the 59th annual Lucas Oil Winternationals.

Coughlin qualified No. 9 with a 6.558 at 210.50 mph in his JEGS.com Elite Performance Chevrolet Camaro, but that wasn’t his best pass of time trials. He actually went 6.544 at 211.46 mph in Friday’s first qualifying session but the run was disallowed because his car was a tick under the minimum weight.

“All in all, I’ve got a great race car and I know I have a great team behind me and we are looking to get out tomorrow and showcase our efforts,” Coughlin said. “We had a little misfortune following our Q1 run, which was disallowed because we were light on the scale. That’s the first time in 20 years for something like that to happen. I guess we were just too close so it didn’t pass.

“The next three sessions were good. We were fighting the car like a lot of the teams were through the middle of the race track just to keep it accelerating forward instead of spinning and we were getting a little better at it each run. We were seventh in the second session, fourth in the third session and probably in the top three or four of the last session, so we have a good, consistent thing going.”

In Sunday’s opening session, slated for noon PT, Coughlin will yield lane choice to Elite Motorsports teammate Alex Laughlin, who posted a best of 6.555 at 211.03 mph in qualifying eighth overall. Both Coughlin and Laughlin will have access to the data of fellow Elite Motorsports drivers Rodger Brogdon (6.522) and Erica Enders (6.528), who qualified first and second, respectively, on
the grid.

“We’ve got five cars here and that yields a good bit of data for our collection of crew chiefs to look over after each session. Rodger’s No. 1, Erica’s No. 2, Alex is eighth and (Matt) Hartford is right behind us at No. 10.

“You’d rather not face a teammate in the early rounds but with five cars out of the 16 in the field running Elite Performance power, it’s inevitable we are going to be packed in there and have to run one another from time to time. Either way, I look forward to our first game day of the year.”

The big question mark is the weather as local forecasts call for overnight rain continuing through to the afternoon. It’s also supposed to stay very cold.

“It’s definitely been unseasonably cold here,” Coughlin said. “They call it the Winternationals for a reason. Southern California typically doesn’t dole out 30- and 40-degree temperatures like we’ve had each morning but it’s also been beautiful blue skies to race under. Hopefully we can more of that tomorrow. They are calling for some rain, at least preliminarily, so we will wait and see.”

Jeg Coughlin Jr. can add to legacy by earning seventh NHRA title in 2019

Jeg Coughlin Jr. can add to legacy
by earning seventh NHRA title in 2019
POMONA, Calif. (Feb. 6) — The last time Jeg Coughlin Jr. finished second in the championship points, all the way back in 1999, he returned the following year and won 10 races in 14 final-round appearances on his way to the first of his five Pro Stock championships.

On the eve of this weekend’s season-opening 59th annual Lucas Oil Winternationals, the veteran driver from Delaware, Ohio, is hoping history repeats itself. If so, he will raise his tally to seven NHRA titles, which includes the Super Gas crown he earned in 1992. Coughlin would also likely add to his total of 80 national event victories (61 in Pro Stock, 19 in various Sportsman classes) along the way. Continue reading Jeg Coughlin Jr. can add to legacy by earning seventh NHRA title in 2019

Mopar Dodge//SRT Drivers Pritchett and Capps Sweep Top Qualifying Spots at NHRA Finals

Mopar Dodge//SRT Drivers Pritchett and Capps Sweep Top Qualifying Spots at NHRA Finals

· Leah Pritchett takes Mopar Dodge Top Fuel dragster to tie for second quickest pass in NHRA Top Fuel history, fourth pole of season at NHRA Finals in Pomona, California
· Pritchett dominates, posting career best pass and collecting 12 of 16 possible qualifying points
· Ron Capps powers Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car to his first No. 1 qualifier spot of 2018, 22nd of career
· Poles for Pritchett and Capps give Mopar Dodge//SRT drivers 16 No.1 spots in NHRA nitro classes for 2018 season
· Funny Car drivers Jack Beckman and Tommy Johnson Jr. qualify No. 2 and No. 3, respectively, giving Mopar Dodge//SRT sweep of top three spots
· More info on Mopar in NHRA available at http://blog.mopar.com
· Dodge Garage (http://www.dodgegarage.com/), a digital content hub for muscle car and race enthusiasts, features highlights from NHRA season Continue reading Mopar Dodge//SRT Drivers Pritchett and Capps Sweep Top Qualifying Spots at NHRA Finals

Jeg Coughlin Jr. tallies career-best sixth low qualifier award of ’18 with impressive final run

Jeg Coughlin Jr. tallies career-best sixth low qualifier award of ’18 with impressive final run
POMONA, Calif. (Nov. 10) — With six world championships and 80 career wins, Jeg Coughlin Jr. is known far more for his winning ways on race day than his prowess during qualifying sessions. But he has added mightily to that second category this season, which he capped Saturday with a personal-best sixth low qualifier award of the year. Continue reading Jeg Coughlin Jr. tallies career-best sixth low qualifier award of ’18 with impressive final run

JEGS pro Jeg Coughlin Jr. scores third Pro Stock pole of the playoffs, fifth of the year

JEGS pro Jeg Coughlin Jr. scores third Pro Stock pole of the playoffs, fifth of the year
LAS VEGAS (Oct. 27) — Six-time world champion Jeg Coughlin Jr.’s qualifying mastery of this year’s Countdown to the Championship races continued Saturday at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway when he earned the Pro Stock pole of the 18th annual NHRA Toyota Nationals with a 6.628 at 206.73 mph in the JEGS.com Camaro. Continue reading JEGS pro Jeg Coughlin Jr. scores third Pro Stock pole of the playoffs, fifth of the year

JEGS.com drag racer Kenny Underwood claims second Million Dollar Race title

JEGS.com drag racer Kenny Underwood
claims second Million Dollar Race title
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (Oct. 22) – For the second time in his career, veteran E.T. bracket racer and longtime JEGS Mail Order associate Kenny Underwood has claimed a victory at the Mickey Thompson Million Dollar Drag Race. Driving his JEGS-backed dragster, Underwood made his way through a field of nearly 300 of the nation’s best sportsman drag racers to capture the massive $275,000 first-place prize. Continue reading JEGS.com drag racer Kenny Underwood claims second Million Dollar Race title

Second-ranked Jeg Coughlin Jr. vows to fight ’til the end of 2018 season

Second-ranked Jeg Coughlin Jr.
vows to fight ’til the end of 2018 season
LAS VEGAS (Oct. 19) — Six-time world champion Jeg Coughlin Jr. has been around long enough to know you never give up in the sport of drag racing. If there’s anything on the table to fight for, or another foot of racetrack to cover, then it’s worth giving it your all. Even now, sitting 130 points off the championship lead with just 10 rounds worth of points up for grabs, Coughlin refuses to give an inch. Continue reading Second-ranked Jeg Coughlin Jr. vows to fight ’til the end of 2018 season

At midway point of playoffs, Jeg Coughlin Jr. hoping to race closer to sixth title

At midway point of playoffs, Jeg Coughlin Jr. hoping to race closer to sixth title
CHARLOTTE (Oct. 8) — Five-time Pro Stock champion Jeg Coughlin Jr. has won his titles in a variety of ways, including holding off challengers from the lead position and coming from behind late in the season. If he hopes to add a sixth crown to his resume this year it will require catching and passing Tanner Gray, winner of the last two national events, who currently sits 90 points ahead of Coughlin in the Mello Yello points.
Continue reading At midway point of playoffs, Jeg Coughlin Jr. hoping to race closer to sixth title

Runner-up finish lifts JEGS.com pro Jeg Coughlin Jr. to season-high third-place ranking

Runner-up finish lifts JEGS.com pro Jeg Coughlin Jr. to season-high third-place ranking
ENNIS, Texas (Oct. 7) — Five-time Pro Stock champion Jeg Coughlin Jr. continued his memorable playoff run Sunday with a runner-up finish at the 33rd annual AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals. In three Countdown to the Championship events, Coughlin has now finished, in order, in the quarterfinals, semifinals and finals.
Continue reading Runner-up finish lifts JEGS.com pro Jeg Coughlin Jr. to season-high third-place ranking

Jeg Coughlin Jr. low qualifier again, leads Pro Stock field into Dallas eliminations

Jeg Coughlin Jr. low qualifier again, leads
Pro Stock field into Dallas eliminations
ENNIS, Texas (Oct. 6) — It’s hard to argue with the qualifying success Jeg Coughlin Jr. has enjoyed in the first three races of the Countdown to the Championship playoffs. Now if he can only translate his top qualifying efforts into race day wins, he’ll be tough to top.

For the second straight race, Coughlin qualified his JEGS.com Elite Performance Chevrolet Camaro at the top of the field. Two races back he was second overall, clearly signifying his car is at the top of the class at the moment. Coughlin now has four No. 1 qualifiers this year and 27 for his career. Those are great numbers, but adding to his career win total of 80 is what he’s really after.

“That’s the No. 1 item on the agenda,” Coughlin said. “The team has been working incredibly hard and we’ve had a great car. They were hard at it, once again, prepping for this weekend and it shows.

“We executed really well yesterday and today. We had the quickest car in two out of four sessions and now we’re sitting here as the No. 1 qualifier again so that’s really cool. Tip of the hat to our collection of crew chiefs and crew guys for all their hard work getting us to this point.”

So far, Coughlin has been the only Pro Stock driver to run in the 6.5-second range, securing the top spot with a 6.599 at 207.53 mph. He’s also posted a 6.602, a 6.624 and a 6.625.

All of Coughlin’s runs were at least a tenth of a second quicker than his scheduled first-round opponent Val Smeland, who anchored the 16-car field with a 6.747 at 206.35 mph.

Going into game day, I feel great behind the wheel,” Coughlin said. “I’m really looking forward to playing the day out completely. We are looking to make four good runs and hoist that Wally tomorrow night. This team’s been working hard for another win and I’d love nothing more than to see their efforts get rewarded at that level.”

Coughlin previously won races in Chicago, Bristol, Tenn., and Sonoma, Calif. He’s also won at the Texas Motorplex in the past (2002).

In Top Alcohol Dragster action, championship hopeful Troy Coughlin Jr. was upset by Shane Conway in the opening round of eliminations. The lowered-qualified Conway used his best pass of the weekend, a 5.323 at 266.74 mph, to hold-off Troy Jr. and his JEGS.com McPhillips Racing dragster, which posted a 5.352 at 272.23 mph.

Troy Jr. is the son of three-time and reigning Pro Mod champion Troy Coughlin. He’s also the nephew of Jeg Coughlin Jr.

Jeg Coughlin Jr. remains in Pro Stock championship hunt with top-running JEGS car

Jeg Coughlin Jr. remains in Pro Stock championship hunt with top-running JEGS car
DALLAS (Oct. 2) — Five-time Pro Stock world champion Jeg Coughlin Jr. is surging at the right time and knows another strong showing at this weekend’s 33rd annual AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals will catapult his JEGS.com Elite Performance Chevrolet Camaro ever higher in the Countdown to the Championship rankings. Continue reading Jeg Coughlin Jr. remains in Pro Stock championship hunt with top-running JEGS car

Jeg Coughlin Jr. jumps to fourth in playoff rankings after St. Louis semifinal showing

Jeg Coughlin Jr. jumps to fourth in playoff rankings after St. Louis semifinal showing
ST. LOUIS (Sept. 23) — Another solid weekend at the drag races ended with five-time Pro Stock champion Jeg Coughlin Jr. taking a big step towards the 2018 crown. Racing in the second of six Countdown to the Championship playoff events, Coughlin’s top qualifying effort coupled with a semifinal finish lifted him from sixth to fourth place in the Mello Yello standings. Continue reading Jeg Coughlin Jr. jumps to fourth in playoff rankings after St. Louis semifinal showing

JEGS.com pro Jeg Coughlin Jr. leads St. Louis qualifying with another powerful showing

JEGS.com pro Jeg Coughlin Jr. leads St. Louis qualifying with another powerful showing
ST. LOUIS (Sept. 22) — The NHRA playoffs are the perfect time to shine and five-time Pro Stock champion Jeg Coughlin Jr. has been strutting his stuff in his JEGS.com Elite Performance Chevrolet Camaro since the Countdown to the Championship started one race ago. That trend has continued this weekend in St. Louis with Coughlin securing his third No. 1 qualifier honor of the season.

“This is the Countdown,” said Coughlin, a three-time winner this season and a five-time victor at Gateway Motorsports Park. “All the stops have been pulled and we are really being aggressive in qualifying, much more so than we have been all season.” Continue reading JEGS.com pro Jeg Coughlin Jr. leads St. Louis qualifying with another powerful showing

Five-time St. Louis winner Jeg Coughlin Jr. arrives in town with top-shelf Pro Stocker

Five-time St. Louis winner Jeg Coughlin Jr. arrives in town with top-shelf Pro Stocker
ST. LOUIS (Sept. 18) — Five-time Pro Stock champion Jeg Coughlin Jr. appears to be peaking at the right time as the NHRA tour prepares for this weekend’s seventh annual AAA NHRA Midwest Nationals. Just one race into the Countdown to the Championship, Coughlin’s JEGS.com Elite Performance Chevrolet Camaro is running at the top of the charts, as witnessed last weekend in Reading, Pa., where he qualified second overall.

“It’s a very exciting time,” Coughlin said. “We are heading to Round 2 of 6 in this year’s playoffs and we have a great hot rod on our hands. We were very quick every single round in Reading, qualified second by just a fraction to my teammate Erica Enders, and definitely had a car that could have won the race. Continue reading Five-time St. Louis winner Jeg Coughlin Jr. arrives in town with top-shelf Pro Stocker

Huge ‘hometown’ win for Troy Coughlin Jr. and team boost national rankings

Huge ‘hometown’ win for Troy Coughlin Jr.
and team boost national rankings
READING, Pa. (Sept. 16) — A huge win in Sunday’s 34th annual Dodge NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway has given Top Alcohol Dragster driver Troy Coughlin Jr. a big boost in the national rankings. Racing at the hometown track of team owner and crew chief Rich McPhillips of nearby Phoenixville, Pa., Coughlin’s JEGS.com McPhillips Racing dragster was the class of the field all weekend, ultimately resulting in the groups fourth victory of the season and third in the last four events.

“The guys on this team are fantastic and so tenacious with this place,” Coughlin said. “You can definitely tell it’s right in their backyard for how well this thing’s been running all weekend. They know this place very well and it shows. Continue reading Huge ‘hometown’ win for Troy Coughlin Jr. and team boost national rankings

Team JEGS racers Jeg Coughlin Jr., Troy Coughlin Jr. begin championship charges

Team JEGS racers Jeg Coughlin Jr., Troy Coughlin Jr. begin championship charges
READING, Pa. (Sept. 11) — The championship dreams of Pro Stock pilot Jeg Coughlin Jr. and Top Alcohol Dragster driver Troy Coughlin Jr. begin in earnest this weekend with the 34th annual Dodge NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway. Continue reading Team JEGS racers Jeg Coughlin Jr., Troy Coughlin Jr. begin championship charges

The JEGS Mail Order team will be represented at this weekend’s Dodge NHRA Nationals by Jeg Coughlin Jr. and Troy Coughlin Jr.

Team JEGS Pre-race Notes
Dodge NHRA Nationals – Maple Grove Raceway
Team JEGS Pre-race Notes
Dodge NHRA Nationals – Maple Grove Raceway
Reading, Pa. (September 14-16)

The JEGS Mail Order team will be represented at this weekend’s Dodge NHRA Nationals by Jeg Coughlin Jr. and Troy Coughlin Jr.

Jeg Coughlin Jr. is once again racing as a teammate to two-time world champ Erica Enders. The Elite team also includes Pro Stock racers Vincent Nobile and Alex Laughlin. Jeg Jr.’s crew chief is multi-talented Rickie Jones, who has extensive experience as a driver, chassis builder, and tuner. The Elite team also includes crew chiefs Rick Jones, Mark Ingersoll and Brian “Lump” Self, who regularly
share data. Continue reading The JEGS Mail Order team will be represented at this weekend’s Dodge NHRA Nationals by Jeg Coughlin Jr. and Troy Coughlin Jr.

Runner-up finish for six-time champ Jeg Coughlin Jr. at drag racing’s biggest event

Runner-up finish for six-time champ Jeg Coughlin Jr. at drag racing’s biggest event
INDIANAPOLIS (Sept. 3) — Coming up just a few feet short of a sixth U.S. Nationals title didn’t dampen Pro Stock kingpin Jeg Coughlin Jr.’s weekend too much, especially after learning he’d advanced up one position in the Countdown to the Championship, the six-race playoff that begins in two weeks.

Coughlin used expert driving skills to emerge from the No. 7 qualifying position and beat Alex Laughlin, four-time series winner Greg Anderson and reigning class champion Bo Butner to reach his fourth final of the year. The effort lifted the JEGS.com pro from fifth to fourth place in the final regular season rankings, which puts him 10 points closer to the No. 1 spot when the points are reset later today for the Countdown.
Continue reading Runner-up finish for six-time champ Jeg Coughlin Jr. at drag racing’s biggest event

Reigning champ Troy Coughlin Sr. leads the JEGS.com team charge at U.S. Nationals

Reigning champ Troy Coughlin Sr. leads the JEGS.com team charge at U.S. Nationals
INDIANAPOLIS (Sept. 2) — The loud groan coming out of Lucas Oil Speedway at Indianapolis is the rest of the E3 Spark Plugs Pro Mod Drag Racing Series competitors after they collectively watched the rebirth of reigning and three-time class champion Troy Coughlin Sr., who has roared back into prominence at the sport’s biggest event. Continue reading Reigning champ Troy Coughlin Sr. leads the JEGS.com team charge at U.S. Nationals