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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.
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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

Coughlin Jr. peaking at the perfect time as sport’s biggest race looms

Coughlin Jr. peaking at the perfect
time as sport’s biggest race looms
Troy Coughlin Jr. and the JEGS.com McPhillips Racing team are roaring into the 64th annual Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals on a two-race winning streak that certainly makes them a “Big Go” favorite.

One day after clinching the North Central Regional Top Alcohol Dragster championship, Troy Coughlin Jr. and the JEGS.com McPhillips Racing team are roaring into the 64th annual Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals on a two-race winning streak that certainly makes them a “Big Go” favorite. Continue reading Coughlin Jr. peaking at the perfect time as sport’s biggest race looms

Top JEGS.com drivers bring winning records to Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals

Top JEGS.com drivers bring winning records
to Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals
INDIANAPOLIS (Aug. 28) — The top drivers from the JEGS.com camp plan to paint Lucas Oil Raceway a familiar shade of yellow and black at this year’s 64th annual Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals with dreams of winning the sport’s top prize in five different eliminators.

Leading the charge in his JEGS.com/Elite Performance Chevrolet Camaro Pro Stocker, six-time world champion and five-time Indy winner Jeg Coughlin Jr. is riding a wave of top performances this summer into the sport’s biggest shindig.

“Not too many cars or teams have enjoyed the momentum we’ve built this summer here at Elite Motorsports,” said Jeg Jr., a four-time national event winner this year. “It’s been a good year and we’re ripping and rearing to go this weekend.

“Most everyone knows this is the Super Bowl of drag racing. It’s a race sponsors, team owners, drivers and crew personnel hold in very high regard so we place a lot of emphasis on this event. Plus, it’s the last race of the regular season and it awards points and a half so we’re all fighting for our playoff spot because the overall points will be reset come Monday night and the higher up you finish now, the better start you have for the Countdown.”

Jeg Jr. won the Indy Pro Stock title in 2000, 2002 and 2009. He also claimed the Super Gas trophy in 1992 and the HEMI Challenge crown in 2004.

“All these great features I’ve been reading on NHRA.com about Indy has me all excited,” Jeg Jr. said. “It’s going to be a great event and extra special with brother Troy continuing his back-from-retirement tour in Pro Mod, my nephew Troy Jr. coming into the weekend on a big winning streak, my father-in-law Al and brother-in-law Jason Kenny racing with us, and Luke Bogacki wheeling the JEGS.com Vette in Super Gas.”

Back from a little time off, three-time Pro Mod series champion Troy Coughlin Sr. will be searching for his second U.S. Nationals trophy, this time in his JEGS.com twin-turbo Ford Mustang. Working once again with decorated crew chief Steve Petty, the reigning champion of the E3 Spark Plugs Pro Mod Drag Racing Series would love to have a break-through race this weekend.

“We’ve had a couple months since the last (Pro Mod) race and the guys have been working nonstop on the car,” Troy Sr. said. “I drove it myself a few weeks back and it’s definitely improved from where we started. They’re still testing now, and I know once Steve gets done with it that thing will be a beast.

“We have some simple goals for Indy: Qualify in the top six and race to the semifinals at least so we can try our luck from there. If we can take out some of the big guys along the way, then we’re living in a perfect world. No matter what, I’m excited to go to Indy. It’s the coolest race there is and it brings out the best in everyone. We’ll be ready.”

Troy Coughlin Jr.

Troy’s son, Troy Coughlin Jr., arrives in town on a two-race winning streak in his JEGS.com McPhillips Racing Top Alcohol Dragster and will also contest Indy in the JEGS.com Super Comp Dragster. Troy Jr. has won Indy twice, once in Super Comp (2010) and once in Super Gas (2014).

Family friend Luke Bogacki will also represent JEGS.com in the team’s Chevrolet Corvette roadster, vying for the Super Gas title. Bogacki triumphed in the Super Comp class at Indy in 2015.

Team JEGS Pre-race Notes: NHRA Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals

Team JEGS Pre-race Notes:
NHRA Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals
Indianapolis (August 29 – September 3)
The JEGS Mail Order team will be well represented at this weekend’s Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals by Jeg Coughlin Jr., Troy Coughlin, 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 Team JEGS Pre-race Notes: NHRA Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals

JEGS.com driver Troy Coughlin Jr. scores third Top Alcohol Dragster victory of the year

JEGS.com driver Troy Coughlin Jr. scores
third Top Alcohol Dragster victory of the year
RISING SON, Md. (Aug. 19) — Troy Coughlin Jr. scored his third Top Alcohol Dragster victory of the year at this weekend’s Northeast Shootout at Cecil County Dragway. The win adds to an impressive opening season in the class for Coughlin, who also collected the trophy at the Division 3 race in Norwalk, Ohio, and a $20K bracket race in Jackson, S.C.

“All credit to the guys at McPhillips Racing,” said Coughlin, the son of three-time and reigning Pro Mod champion Troy Coughlin. “To come into this class as a rookie and get to work with a top organization like this is more than I could have ever asked for. Continue reading JEGS.com driver Troy Coughlin Jr. scores third Top Alcohol Dragster victory of the year

Jeg Coughlin Jr.’s JEGS/Elite Pro Stock team riding wave of momentum into Brainerd

Jeg Coughlin Jr.’s JEGS/Elite Pro Stock
team riding wave of momentum into Brainerd
BRAINERD, Minn. (Aug. 15) – Five-time Pro Stock champion Jeg Coughlin Jr. and the JEGS.com/Elite Performance Chevrolet Camaro team are riding a wave of momentum – and it’s the perfect time of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing season.

The Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals this weekend at Brainerd International Raceway marks the last race before the prestigious U.S. Nationals and the penultimate race before the Countdown to the Championship. Continue reading Jeg Coughlin Jr.’s JEGS/Elite Pro Stock team riding wave of momentum into Brainerd

Fresh off third victory of 2018, Pro Stock ace Jeg Coughlin Jr. looking for more in Seattle

Fresh off third victory of 2018, Pro Stock ace
Jeg Coughlin Jr. looking for more in Seattle
KENT, Wash. (July 31) — Jeg Coughlin Jr. already enjoyed one winning streak in early June when he won consecutive national events in Chicago, Richmond and Bristol. Now he’s hoping to close out summer with another winning streak as he arrives at the 31st annual CatSpot Organic Cat Litter NHRA Northwest Nationals fresh off a big victory in Sonoma. And with two chances to score in Seattle, his expectations are high. Continue reading Fresh off third victory of 2018, Pro Stock ace Jeg Coughlin Jr. looking for more in Seattle

Jeg Coughlin Jr. scores 80th career victory with third Pro Stock win in Sonoma

Jeg Coughlin Jr. scores 80th career
victory with third Pro Stock win in Sonoma
SONOMA, Calif. (July 29) — Six-time NHRA champion Jeg Coughlin Jr. had a big Sunday at Sonoma Raceway, winning his third Pro Stock race of the season, moving into the top five of the Mello Yello championship points, and reaching the 80-win mark for his career.
Continue reading Jeg Coughlin Jr. scores 80th career victory with third Pro Stock win in Sonoma