DELAWARE, OH – High-performance parts giant JEGS.com has entered an agreement to become the title sponsor of Kyle Riley’s wildly successful SFG series of high-dollar bracket races. The sponsorship gives JEGS.com title rights to three of the four scheduled races in 2020 and presenting sponsorship rights to the fourth event.
Additionally, JEGS is sponsoring the live video feed of each race, bringing all the on-track action to the Internet each day via MotorManiaTV.com.
With a combined purse of more than $3M this year, the JEGS SFG 500, JEGS SFG $1.1 Million, JEGS SFG Superbowl of Bracket Racing and the FTI SFG 350 presented by JEGS are guaranteed to bring the top drag racers from across the country.
DELAWARE, OH – From the humblest of beginnings 60 years ago, to the worldwide high-performance parts powerhouse it has become, JEGS Automotive will be celebrating its sixth decade in business this year with a variety of themed racecars competing on the NHRA drag racing circuit.
Hall of Fame member Jeg Coughlin Sr. could have hardly imagined the success his small speed shop would obtain when he started it all in a non-descript little building on 11th Avenue in downtown Columbus. He was just a young kid at the time, thrilled by all things hot rodding, and his singular idea of making his car faster with better parts quickly blossomed into helping others achieve the same goal. As the only supplier in the region, and with his willingness to share, JEGS quickly became the go-to place for local racers.
“Dad has always been the best teacher I’ve ever known,” said John Coughlin, the oldest of four brothers that now own and operate the family business. “He is an exceptional father and a wonderful businessman and counsel and although he likes to give credit to everyone else, without him none of this would be possible.
Hebron, OH – It’s time for the local media to test their skills against one another on the quarter-mile drag strip at National Trail Raceway in identical street cars. Each participant will be paired with a professional driver, who will act as a coach and advisor. The entire event will be recorded from both inside and outside the car with footage provided to the racers at the end of the race. The Media Challenge will award a special trophy to the winner.
The race will be preceded with a luncheon and press conference outlining the first-ever JEGS SpeedWeek double-header weekend. Several members of the Coughlin family, NHRA officials, National Trail Raceway owner Jay Livingston and several drag racers competing in the double-header race will be available for interviews.
Livingston has invested heavily in the historic facility since taking ownership, upgrading several areas to improve the experience of going to the races for both fans and participants.
Aside from the media race, back-to-back Top Alcohol Dragster regional champion Troy Coughlin Jr., the most successful of the third generation of drag racing Coughlins, will make a run down the track in the JEGS.com Top Alcohol Dragster along with a small group of cars competing in the event. The invited media is encouraged to film these demonstration passes for B-roll use.
DELAWARE, OH – The entire JEGS.com drag racing team can look back at 2019 with great pride as they collectively brought home two championships and a pair of runner-up finishes, making the past season one of the best ever for the famous family from central Ohio.
Troy Coughlin Jr. led the charge as the third-generation driver collected his second straight regional championship in Top Alcohol Dragster. Close behind was his Uncle Mike Coughlin, who won his third Division 3 title, this time in Top Dragster. Mike’s brother Jeg Coughlin Jr. finished second in the national Pro Stock points for the second consecutive year, and Troy Jr.’s sister Paige managed to earn the No. 2 ranking in Division 3 in Super Comp despite carrying a full load at Miami (Ohio) University.
Driving the same JEGS.com Top Alcohol Dragster out of the McPhillips Racing camp that carried him to the North Central Region Championship in 2018, Troy Jr. rolled into 2019 with a lot of momentum. He was certainly challenged along the way, most notably from his good friend Josh Hart, but his five victories and six runner-up results through the course of the season added up to the East Region title.
INDIANAPOLIS – Officials with JEGS High Performance and National Trail Raceway unveiled “JEGS SPEEDweek” Thursday at the PRI trade show in Indianapolis. JEGS Speedweek, which will take place July 15-19, adds a Division 3 race to the already scheduled JEGS SPORTSnationals, giving the country’s best Sportsman racers twice as many chances to win and earn points.
“Being a national event, the JEGS SPORTSnationals already is a huge deal for Sportsman racers but we wanted to make it even bigger so Jay Livingston, the owner of National Trail Raceway, and I worked with the NHRA to add a Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event into the mix,” said Scott Woodruff, director of media and motorsports for JEGS. “NHRA was totally on board and shortly thereafter JEGS SPEEDweek was born.
“This will truly be a blockbuster event for Sportsman racers at a level we’ve never seen before. Starting with a national media day on Wednesday, that includes on-track media races with some of the top Sportsman racers in the world coaching the participants, through to the coveted national event Wally trophies we’ll be handing out at the end of the weekend, it’ll truly be a time where Sportsman racers are on a national stage.”
POMONA, CA – Five-time Pro Stock champion Jeg Coughlin Jr. concluded another impressive season Sunday when the Ohio-based drag racer collected his 63rd class trophy at the 55th annual Auto Club NHRA Finals. Coughlin’s impressive playoff run, which started with an eighth-place ranking six races ago, ended with him trailing only teammate Erica Enders in the final standings by just 21 points.
“What a great exclamation point to the season,” Coughlin said. “Coming here second in the points, trailing only Erica, who absolutely killed it during the playoffs, we still had an outside chance to win the championship, so we decided to be super aggressive. We had four great qualifying runs and ended up No. 1 on the time sheet, which had us pumped coming into today.
” We stayed after it hard today, in what turned out to be the hottest day of race weekend, and pulled off the event win. It’s exciting, especially when you add in Erica winning the title for Elite Motorsports. It would have been fun for Erica to have been opposite in the final but her glory came in the quarterfinals when she clinched her third championship. Just a wonderful ending for everyone at Elite.”
POMONA, CA – After a stellar two days of professional qualifying where he led three of four sessions and gained a massive 14 bonus points, Jeg Coughlin Jr. brings his JEGS.com Elite Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro into the final day of the season with a few chances to win a sixth Pro Stock world championship.
By earning 10 more points than points leader and teammate Erica Enders during time trials, Coughlin gave himself another chance at ultimate glory. He can now win the title if Enders exits in the first or second round and he wins his 63rd career Pro Stock race, or if Enders loses in Round 1 and Coughlin finishes as runner-up to anyone but Jason Line.
“Of course, I want to win the championship and it’s fun to still have a few ways to do it, but I would never wish anything bad on Erica and that side of our team,” Coughlin said. “Frankly, the way she’s been racing since the Countdown to the Championship started, I fully expect her to get it done. Either way, we’ll be ready to fight to the end.
“Just as we did in qualifying, we plan to keep our focus on making good, quality runs every round. We’ll do the best we can and see where we all end up. If Erica and I can finish 1-2 in the points that would be phenomenal way to cap the season.”