CHANDLER, AZ – Everything seems to be going perfectly well for six-time NHRA champion Jeg Coughlin Jr. at the moment and in a sport where luck can change as easily as the breeze, the 49-year-old from Columbus, Ohio, is anxious to ride his current wave of good fortune for as long as possible.
Consider the facts entering this weekend’s NHRA Arizona Nationals:
- After just one race, Coughlin leads Pro Stock by 36 points, the largest margin in any professional category.
- His JEGS.com Elite Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro was quickest of all eight rounds in Pomona, Calif., including qualifying and eliminations.
- He was the No. 1 qualifier in Pomona.
- Dating back to last year, Coughlin has won two national events in a row and has been to four straight finals. His won/loss elimination-round record during this span is 14-2.
- He’s visited the winner’s circle at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park five times in the past, including last year’s national event.
Two weeks ago in Pomona, Calif., Jeg Jr. began his pursuit of a sixth NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro Stock title (and seventh championship overall) with a victory at the 60th annual NHRA Winternationals.
Jeg Jr. is racing as a member of Elite Motorsports. His Chevy Camaro carries the familiar yellow and black colors of JEGS Mail Order along with the special-edition JEGS 60th anniversary logo.
Last year, Jeg Jr. finished as the No. 2 ranked driver in the Pro Stock class behind Elite teammate Erica Enders. It was the second-straight year he’s been the championship runner-up. Jeg Jr. has now finished in the top 10 on 19 occasions in his professional career, which began in 1997.
POMONA, CA – Jeg Coughlin Jr. began the 2020 NHRA season with a dominating run at the 60th annual Lucas Oil Winternationals, posting low elapsed time of every round in both qualifying and eliminations to secure his 64th Pro Stock trophy.
Coughlin’s perfect performance earned him the maximum of 130 points to put him clearly in front of the class. It was a rare mastery of a category where qualifying positions and race wins are usually decided by a few thousandths of a second. Coughlin’s closest contest Sunday came in the final where Jason Line crossed the finish line .034 seconds behind Coughlin’s JEGS.com Elite Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro.
“This might be the most dominant single race I’ve had in my 23 years of racing in Pro Stock,” said Coughlin, who earlier this weekend announced this would be his last full-time effort in the professional ranks. “Just an incredible run from the first qualifying session right through to the final, we just had an extremely fast car.
Coughlin closed 2019 with a huge win at the birthplace of drag racing, and he did it from the No. 1 qualifying position. It may be three months later, but many things remain the same, with Coughlin once again holding down the top qualifying position with his JEGS.com Elite Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro. His final pass of 6.525 seconds at 210.64 mph from Saturday afternoon got the job done.
” The cars been fast right out of the trailer and I couldn’t be happier,” said Coughlin, who now has 33 low qualifier honors to his credit. “We were No. 1 after the first session and we’ve just stayed after it ever since. Rickie (Jones, crew chief) said he was going to take the attitude we are racing in playoff mode and it’s paid off.
DELAWARE, OH – Six-time world champion Jeg Coughlin Jr. has announced 2020 as his last full-time season in professional drag racing. He’ll complete his efforts racing alongside teammate Erica Enders at Elite Motorsports, driving the JEGS.com Chevrolet Camaro tuned by Rickie Jones. Coughlin’s final campaign will be dubbed the “Breaking Barriers Tour,” in reference to his many racing accomplishments.
Beyond this season, Coughlin plans to continue competing in select NHRA events at the Sportsman level as well as some local and national bracket races. He also isn’t ruling out the possibility of returning to Pro Stock for the occasional race, should an opportunity present itself.
“Since 1997, I’ve been able to live out my biggest childhood dream by racing with my family and following my Dad and older brother Troy into the professional ranks and racing a Pro Stock car,” Coughlin said. “We’ve been able to win six championships, five in Pro Stock, and 82 national events in a variety of classes. It’s been a remarkable run.
“It certainly hasn’t been an individual effort. It’s taken so many talented crewmen and crew chiefs, engine builders and chassis experts, my incredible family, everyone at JEGS, and all the other companies that have partnered with us through the years. I couldn’t have asked for a better scenario.”
POMONA, CA – Five-time Pro Stock champion Jeg Coughlin Jr. is hoping to open the 2020 Mello Yello Championship Drag Racing Series the same way he closed last year’s season — with a victory on the hallowed grounds of Auto Club Raceway.
Coughlin drove his yellow-and-black JEGS.com Elite Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro to the winner’s circle just three short months ago, securing a very close second-place finish in the championship points for the second consecutive year. He’s now hoping a repeat performance at this weekend’s 60th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals will springboard him into a big season that ends with him on top of the Pro Stock mountain.
“For as far back as I can remember, Pomona has always been a favorite race for me,” Coughlin said.
“I can remember as a kid talking about this particular race with my brothers over bowls of cereal at the kitchen table, just dreaming we could be out in the California sun at the Winternationals.