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Jeg Coughlin Sr. sees a bright future for drag racing’s electric enterprise

Jeg Coughlin Sr. sees a bright future
for drag racing’s electric enterprise
DELAWARE, Ohio (Jan. 3) – Science fiction fans and pop culture enthusiasts alike are familiar with the voice of actor William Shatner as Captain James T. Kirk explaining the five-year mission of the Starship Enterprise at the beginning of each episode of Star Trek. Kirk ends his oration with, “to boldly go where no man has gone before.”

In five months time, drag racing pioneer and icon Jeg Coughlin Sr. and his team of “scientists” at JEGS High Performance have boldly embarked on a new age of competition with the future stars of the sport exclusively in mind for a revolutionary adventure. Continue reading Jeg Coughlin Sr. sees a bright future for drag racing’s electric enterprise

Drag racing champions Jeg Coughlin Jr., Erica Enders return to Chevrolet

Drag racing champions Jeg Coughlin Jr.,
Erica Enders return to Chevrolet
INDIANAPOLIS (Dec. 8) — Elite Motorsports team owner Richard Freeman announced Thursday at the PRI Show that multi-time world champion drag racers Jeg Coughlin Jr. and Erica Enders will fight for the 2017 Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro Stock crown in a pair of RJ Racecars-built Chevrolet Camaros.

The move back to Chevrolet was widely anticipated as Freeman and Enders used the bowtie brand to capture the 2014 and 2015 titles for Elite Motorsports. Coughlin drove a Chevrolet to four of his five Pro Stock championships and also piloted a Chevy when he won the 1992 Super Gas world title. Continue reading Drag racing champions Jeg Coughlin Jr., Erica Enders return to Chevrolet

Third-generation drag racer Troy Coughlin Jr. humbled by Top Fuel opportunity

Third-generation drag racer Troy Coughlin Jr. humbled by Top Fuel opportunity
DELAWARE, Ohio (Dec. 5) — Accomplished Sportsman drag racing star Troy Coughlin Jr. already was incredibly excited about the 2017 NHRA season after it was announced he’d run a sixth nitro entry for Kalitta Motorsports for a small handful of races. Now the 26-year-old third-generation racer can hardly believe what’s happening right before his eyes on the heels of the announcement he’d be taking over the seat of the SealMaster Top Fuel dragster. Continue reading Third-generation drag racer Troy Coughlin Jr. humbled by Top Fuel opportunity

Troy Coughlin Sr. ready to take JEGS.com Pro Mod back to winner’s circle in Vegas

Troy Coughlin Sr. ready to take JEGS.com
Pro Mod back to winner’s circle in Vegas
LAS VEGAS (Nov. 17) – Just a few weeks removed from his big win at the final race of the J&A Services NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series, Troy Coughlin Sr. and his JEGS.com Corvette return to The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway looking for another victory.

This time, the two-time world champ will be entered in the JEGS Street Car Super Nationals, where he’s the defending Outlaw Pro Mod winner.

It’s the second year in a row where Coughlin is hoping to double-up with wins in both the season-ending NHRA Pro Mod race and the Street Car Super Nationals. Continue reading Troy Coughlin Sr. ready to take JEGS.com Pro Mod back to winner’s circle in Vegas

Down season ends quietly for five-time champion Jeg Coughlin Jr.

Down season ends quietly for
five-time champion Jeg Coughlin Jr.
POMONA, Calif. (Nov. 13) — The 2016 season came to a quiet end for five-time Pro Stock champion Jeg Coughlin Jr. as the 76-time national event winner bowed to Elite Motorsports teammate Vincent Nobile in Sunday’s first round of the 52nd annual Auto Club NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona.

Coughlin put up a fight, matching Nobile’s sharp .025-second reaction time and racing him door-handle-to-door-handle most of the way down the strip, but in the end it was Nobile’s 6.600 at 209.95 mph that put him slightly ahead of Coughlin’s 6.626 at 209.14. mph. Continue reading Down season ends quietly for five-time champion Jeg Coughlin Jr.

Clash with a teammate faces Jeg Coughlin Jr. in Round 1 of Pomona final

Clash with a teammate faces Jeg
Coughlin Jr. in Round 1 of Pomona final
POMONA, Calif. (Nov. 12) — Five-time Pro Stock world champion Jeg Coughlin Jr. will fight for the title of the 52nd annual Auto Club NHRA Finals from the lucky 13th position on the elimination ladder after posting a best pass of 6.610 at 208.78 mph during qualifying for the season-ending race. Continue reading Clash with a teammate faces Jeg Coughlin Jr. in Round 1 of Pomona final

Top pro Jeg Coughlin Jr. has eye on future with something yet to prove this year

Top pro Jeg Coughlin Jr. has eye on future with something yet to prove this year
POMONA, Calif. (Nov. 9) — In two decades of racing at the highest level of professional drag racing, Jeg Coughlin Jr. has experienced just about everything a driver can face. He’s shared with his JEGS.com team the glory of winning six world champions and 76 national events. He’s also endured with class and grace a few winless campaigns where struggles replaced successes for a myriad of reasons.
Continue reading Top pro Jeg Coughlin Jr. has eye on future with something yet to prove this year

Troy Coughlin wins final Pro Mod race of NHRA season, finishes year second overall

Troy Coughlin wins final Pro Mod race of NHRA season, finishes year second overall
LAS VEGAS (Oct. 30) — Two-time world champion Troy Coughlin won the 16th annual NHRA Toyota Nationals Sunday at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway to finish the 10-race J&A Services Pro Mod Drag Racing Series in second place overall. Coughlin has now finished either first or second in the championship chase for five consecutive seasons, a stunning mark in any professional category. Continue reading Troy Coughlin wins final Pro Mod race of NHRA season, finishes year second overall

Title out of reach, JEGS.com Pro Mod ace Troy Coughlin Sr. focused on Vegas race

Title out of reach, JEGS.com Pro Mod ace Troy Coughlin Sr. focused on Vegas race
LAS VEGAS (Oct. 29) – The championship reign of JEGS.com Pro Mod driver Troy Coughlin Sr. came to an end Saturday, as Rickie Smith clinched the 2016 title by qualifying for the Aeromotive Inc. portion of the J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series race during the NHRA Toyota Nationals this weekend at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Continue reading Title out of reach, JEGS.com Pro Mod ace Troy Coughlin Sr. focused on Vegas race

Five-time world champ and five-time Vegas winner Jeg Coughlin Jr. primed for race day

Five-time world champ and five-time Vegas winner Jeg Coughlin Jr. primed for race day
LAS VEGAS (Oct. 29) — Jeg Coughlin Jr. successfully made the elimination field of this weekend’s 16th annual NHRA Toyota Nationals, giving the five-time world champ a chance to win his sixth title at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Continue reading Five-time world champ and five-time Vegas winner Jeg Coughlin Jr. primed for race day

Jeg Coughlin Jr. a top performer at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Jeg Coughlin Jr. a top performer at
The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
LAS VEGAS (Oct. 24) — Only two drag racers have found more success at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway than Pro Stock world champion Jeg Coughlin Jr., and as the NHRA tour returns to Sin City for this weekend’s 16th annual NHRA Toyota Nationals, the pride of Delaware, Ohio, is hoping for some luck so he can add to his Vegas legacy.

“We’d love to be in the title race and have a car right now that we know can win this race but that’s not necessarily the case this time through,” Coughlin said. “Having said that, we are a team that never surrenders so we will attack this weekend with the same enthusiasm and dedication as any other race. We still have a burning desire to win. Continue reading Jeg Coughlin Jr. a top performer at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Second cowboy hat will have to wait for five-time champ Jeg Coughlin Jr.

Second cowboy hat will have to wait
for five-time champ Jeg Coughlin Jr.
DALLAS (Oct. 16) — A second cowboy hat for five-time Pro Stock champion Jeg Coughlin Jr. will have to wait as the former Dallas winner fell in Sunday’s first round of the 31st annual AAA Texas NHRA Fallnationals.

Each year, the professional class winners of this event are fitted with a custom cowboy hat, a gift that’s become quite coveted by the racers. Coughlin already has one hat in his collection, which he collected after his 2002 victory at Texas Motorplex.

“We gave it all we had,” Coughlin said. “Overnight the guys made some big changes with the motor and the set-up and it was definitely more lively that round. Unfortunately, we didn’t earn another cowboy hat but I did see those hat guys at driver intros and it brought back some great memories.

“Texas is a special state with great fans that appreciate what we do. We always have fun at the Dallas and Houston events. I just wish we could have performed a touch better, but we will not give up.”

On this day, Coughlin and his Magneti Marelli offered by Mopar/JEGS.com Dodge Dart race team fell to Granbury, Texas resident Alex Laughlin. It was a decent race but at the top end Coughlin’s 6.658 at 207.21 mph was bettered by Laughlin’s 6.620 at 209.61 mph.

“I missed the tree a touch,” Coughlin said, referencing his .048-second light. “A better reaction time would have made it closer. It felt like I hit it pretty good but numbers don’t lie. Alex was .076 so we had a chance there but he got us at the top end, looked like by about two or three feet.

“The car moved around a little too, which cost us some ET. We’ll just pick up the pieces, go over the data and get ready for Vegas and Pomona. We want to finish strong.”

The NHRA tour takes a weekend off before the penultimate race of the 2016, the Toyota NHRA Nationals, Oct. 28-30, at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Five-time Pro Stock champ Jeg Coughlin Jr. looking to make some noise in Dallas

Five-time Pro Stock champ Jeg Coughlin
Jr. looking to make some noise in Dallas
DALLAS (Oct. 15) — In two and a half decades of racing, Jeg Coughlin Jr. has accomplished a lot of remarkable things. He’s won six world championships (five in Pro Stock and one more in Super Gas), claimed 76 national event trophies, raced to the winner’s circle in a record seven different eliminator categories, and is the only driver ever to win from all 16 qualifying positions.

That final stat seems the most telling at the conclusion of qualifying for the 31st annual AAA Texas NHRA Fallnationals as Coughlin and crew have struggled a bit this weekend with their Magneti Marelli offered by Mopar/JEGS.com Dodge Dart, slotting 14th on the 16-car elimination grid with an official clocking of 6.686 at 205.47 mph. Continue reading Five-time Pro Stock champ Jeg Coughlin Jr. looking to make some noise in Dallas

Jeg Coughlin Jr. hoping to ride tall in the saddle once again in Dallas

Jeg Coughlin Jr. hoping to ride tall
in the saddle once again in Dallas
DALLAS (Oct. 11) — There are a couple of unique benefits to winning the annual AAA Texas NHRA Fallnationals at Texas Motorplex, the all-concrete drag strip just south of Dallas in Ennis, Texas. First, track owner Billy Myer, a former drag racer himself, adds a special engraved brick with the champion’s name in the winner’s circle. Secondly, each victor gets a commemorative cowboy hat to remind them they scored a big victory deep in the heart of Texas.

“Texans are very unique and proud people and the fans that come out to the drag races, both in Dallas and down in Houston, are some of the friendliest and fun-loving folks we encounter each year,” Coughlin said. “It’s always a hoot to head south and race for those appreciative fans.

“Billy knows what it feels like to win from his days as a Funny Car driver and he makes extra special to win at his track. I was fortunate enough to win there back in 2002 and I remember being very excited to return to the Motorplex the following year to see my brick in the winner’s circle. It’s just kind of a cool deal to see your name up there next to so many drag racing greats. And having it on a brick makes it permanent.” Continue reading Jeg Coughlin Jr. hoping to ride tall in the saddle once again in Dallas

Wild ride ends with five-time champ Jeg Coughlin Jr. safely in Reading field

Wild ride ends with five-time champ Jeg Coughlin Jr. safely in Reading field
READING, Pa. (Oct. 1) — With rain erasing three of the four scheduled qualifying sessions at this weekend’s 32nd annual Dodge NHRA Nationals, the one pass drivers got down Maple Grove Raceway was literally a make-or-break run. Fortunately for five-time Pro Stock champion Jeg Coughlin Jr., he made it into the elimination field, but it took every bit of his 377 national events worth of experience to get the job done. Continue reading Wild ride ends with five-time champ Jeg Coughlin Jr. safely in Reading field

Jeg Coughlin Jr. ready for a ‘good time’ at Dodge NHRA Nationals

Jeg Coughlin Jr. ready for a ‘good time’ at Dodge NHRA Nationals
READING, Pa. (Sept. 27) — The Dodge NHRA Nationals this weekend would be a good time for Mopar Pro Stock drivers to shine, and five-time class champion Jeg Coughlin Jr. hopes he and his Magneti Marelli offered by Mopar/JEGS.com Dodge Dart can step up.

Maple Grove Raceway would be an apt place for Coughlin to perform well, as he has won there four times in his brilliant career. The 2016 season hasn’t gone as expected for Coughlin and his Elite Motorsports team, but he hopes he can gun for victory No. 5 there this weekend. Continue reading Jeg Coughlin Jr. ready for a ‘good time’ at Dodge NHRA Nationals

Troy Coughlin Sr. wins St. Louis race from No. 15 qualifying spot

Troy Coughlin Sr. wins St. Louis race from No. 15 qualifying spot
ST. LOUIS (Sept. 25) — The final round of the NHRA J&A Service NHRA Pro Mod Series race presented by Precision Turbo & Engine at the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals on Sunday at Gateway Motorsports Park was a race for the ages.

In the left lane was two-time Pro Mod champion Troy Coughlin Sr. in his JEGS.com Corvette while two-time champ Rickie Smith raced in the right lane. Continue reading Troy Coughlin Sr. wins St. Louis race from No. 15 qualifying spot

Two-time St. Louis winner Jeg Coughlin Jr. stumbles in first round

Two-time St. Louis winner Jeg Coughlin Jr. stumbles in first round
ST. LOUIS (Sept. 25) — Jeg Coughlin Jr. won the Pro Stock race here in 2002 and 2009, but he couldn’t cure his seven-year itch at the 2016 AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals on Sunday at Gateway Motorsports Park.

Coughlin fell to Chris McGaha in a winnable first-round race Sunday with the Magneti Marelli offered by Mopar/JEGS.com Dodge Dart. Neither driver was very good on the Christmas Tree, but McGaha was a tick better on the racetrack: 6.632 seconds at 208.46 mph to 6.667 at 206.70 mph. Those passes came after McGaha had a .054-second reaction time, edging Coughlin’s .065 light. Continue reading Two-time St. Louis winner Jeg Coughlin Jr. stumbles in first round

Five-time champion Jeg Coughlin Jr. building momentum in Pro Stock

Five-time champion Jeg Coughlin Jr. building momentum in Pro Stock
ST. LOUIS (Sept. 24) — Progress in the NHRA Pro Stock class can be painstakingly slow, so when it is made, it is relished.

Five-time Pro Stock champion Jeg Coughlin Jr. is relishing the progress made by his Magneti Marelli offered by Mopar/JEGS.com Dodge Dart team. He qualified No. 10 for the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals on Saturday at Gateway Motorsports Park as his Elite Motorsports team continued to make gains with its Mopar program.

“We’ve been building a little bit of momentum quietly with our Magneti Marelli Dodge, and it feels good to make a little bit of an impact,” Coughlin said. “(Friday) night, we were probably as close as we have been in a while to the No. 1 car when we ran the .64.” Continue reading Five-time champion Jeg Coughlin Jr. building momentum in Pro Stock

Troy Coughlin Sr. rises to the challenge in St. Louis first round

Troy Coughlin Sr. rises to the challenge in St. Louis first round
ST. LOUIS (Sept. 24) — JEGS.com driver Troy Coughlin Sr. scored an important victory in the first round of the NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Series race presented by Precision Turbo & Engine at the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals on Saturday at Gateway Motorsports Park.

Coughlin battled Bob Rahaim in the first round of eliminations in a matchup of the two drivers closest to points leader Rickie Smith. The loser would be eliminated from championship contention while the winner kept his slim title hopes alive.
Continue reading Troy Coughlin Sr. rises to the challenge in St. Louis first round