DELAWARE, OH – Three-time and reigning world champion Troy Coughlin is just two races into his return to the E3 Spark Plugs Pro Mod Drag Racing Series and has yet to win a single round of eliminations, but he is quick to point out no one is having more fun as the national tour heads to Norwalk this weekend in his home state of Ohio.
“We got the band back together and we’re having a blast,” said Coughlin, who retired at the end of 2017 only to return a few weeks ago in Virginia. “Everyone’s giving me a hard time about my ‘retirement’ but I just say I got fired from being retired. I missed it too much; the racing, the interaction with the fans, the fun with all the other drivers…I had to come back.
“My buddy Jose Gonzales (currently seventh in the points) told me in Gainesville, ‘Hey Troy, I have an extra car so whenever you want to come back out and race, all you have to do is ask.’ Well, as much fun as I was having with (children) T.J. and Paige racing their cars, I realized pretty quick I wasn’t done. So here we are again.”
DELAWARE, OH – Six-time world champion Jeg Coughlin Jr. soars into his home state on a three-race winning streak that has lifted his JEGS.com/Elite Performance team in the world rankings and breathed new life into the 79-time national event winner.
“When you’ve gone as long as we had without winning, you reach a point where you take whatever you can get,” Coughlin said, referring to a career-long, four-year winless stretch he snapped three weeks ago. “The last couple years were a little tiring at times and although we had our chances here and there, we never capitalized on them.
“Suddenly, we find our way and the entire mood changes. For five or six races now we’ve had a great racecar and we know it. When you feel that confidence in every corner of your racecar you know you have an opportunity to make a real impact. It’s put everyone at Elite on a party wagon, so to speak, but I’m just going to stay focused. However, I’m certainly enjoying this feeling because you can never take it for granted.”
Picking the perfect stage to breakout, Coughlin won the Pro Stock trophy at the 21st annual JEGS Route 66 NHRA Nationals three weeks ago in Chicago. A week later in Virginia, he triumphed in Super Comp, before returning to the top of Pro Stock Sunday in Bristol.
With a victory in the Fitzgerald USA NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals on Sunday at Bristol Dragway, Coughlin has scored three wins in the last three weekends. He won in Pro Stock in Chicago, followed that up with a Super Comp win in Richmond and extended the streak to three with the Pro Stock victory here.
“That has a nice ring to it,” Coughlin said of winning three weekends in a row. “Without question, since we’ve made some transitions within the (Elite Motorsports) team, we’ve been really fast – Erica (Enders) and I both. It feels great. Getting a Super Comp win in Virginia was really rewarding as well, and I’m very proud of that because it’s some tough racing.
“To win here at Thunder Valley is fantastic.”
BRISTOL, TN – If winning truly is contagious, then six-time world champion Jeg Coughlin Jr. is happy to carry the bug into this weekend’s 18th annual Fitzgerald USA NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals and share it with Team JEGS stablemates Troy Coughlin, Troy Coughlin Jr. and Paige Coughlin.
Jeg Jr. will be vying for a third straight victory at Bristol Dragway as he arrives in town fresh off a Pro Stock win two weeks ago in Chicago and a Super Comp victory last weekend in Richmond, Va. This race he’ll have another chance to earn a trophy in his JEGS.com/Elite Performance Chevrolet Camaro.
“I would love to visit the winner’s circle for the third week in a row at Bristol,” Jeg Jr. said. “I feel great behind the wheel and the Pro Stock car has been very good. We were quickest of every round in Chicago and quickest of the first round in Virginia but lost a very close race to Chris McGaha in E2.
“We’re licking our wounds a little bit after that one but there’s a lot of summer left, a lot of racing left and we just really want to work our way into the top 10 and see if we can’t seed ourselves in this championship hunt come September. Just being a part of the top 10 is a dog fight in itself, honestly, so stay tuned.”
NORTH DINWIDDIE, VA – JEGS.com driver Jeg Coughlin Jr. added to his legendary resume by winning in Super Comp at the Virginia NHRA Nationals on Sunday at Virginia Motorsports Park for the 78th national-event victory in his career.
Coughlin Jr. won for the second consecutive weekend, following up his win in Pro Stock at Chicago. Of Coughlin’s 78 victories, three have come in Super Comp, with the last at Las Vegas in 2012.
“It feels great to get a huge win last week in Pro Stock and come back this weekend and win Super Comp,” Coughlin said. “It feels equally as good, without question. The Sportsman racers are a tough as any racers in the country and I take great, great pride in being able to race alongside them.”
Coughlin won five rounds in the JEGS.com dragster before facing Rich Dorr in the Super Comp final. When Dorr went red, Coughlin secured the victory in a car usually driven by his wife Samantha.
“The car’s been running well all weekend,” Coughlin said. “Quite honestly, we struggled with it a little bit in Chicago, probably testing some things we shouldn’t have, but it ran extremely well this weekend, and I think it’s all set for her.
“What a day. Thanks to all of our folks back at JEGS that support us day in and day out, to the team here at the race track, Randy (Bishop) and Justin (Beaver).”
Tour’s most recent Pro Stock winner, Jeg Coughlin Jr., and reigning Pro Mod champ Troy Coughlin, lead Team JEGS into Virginia
NORTH DINWIDDIE, VA – Fresh on the heels of one of the biggest individual wins of his career Sunday at the JEGS Route 66 NHRA Nationals in Chicago, five-time Pro Stock champion Jeg Coughlin Jr. arrives at Virginia Motorsports Park with the car to beat at this weekend’s Virginia NHRA Nationals.
In Chicago, Coughlin dominated race day in his JEGS.com Elite Performance Chevrolet Camaro, posting the lowest elapsed time of every Pro Stock elimination round. It’s a trend he hopes to continue in Virginia as he races alongside his brother Troy Coughlin, who is making a return to Pro Mod, his niece Paige Coughlin, who is racing in Super Comp, and his nephew Troy Coughlin Jr., who is racing in Super Comp and Super Gas.
“Chicago was certainly a huge, huge win for us,” said Jeg Jr., who will be pulling double duty in Virginia racing in both Pro Stock and Super Comp. “It felt like the culmination of this wave of momentum we’ve been building for a couple months now with much improved qualifying positions and better runs on race day.
“We finally turned that final corner at the JEGS Route 66 Nationals and got that long-awaited win. I can tell you, no matter how many times you’ve won, it’s always nice to get another one and having gone the longest spell of my driving career without a win in Pro Stock, it certainly felt great to bust that streak.”
JOLIET, IL – Six-time world champion Jeg Coughlin Jr. couldn’t have picked a better place to break a four-year winless drought than Sunday’s 21st annual JEGS Route 66 NHRA Nationals, the first pro event ever sponsored by the high-performance part company his father started 58 years ago.
Coughlin had a stellar day behind the wheel of his JEGS.com/Elite Performance Chevrolet Camaro, posting an impressive string of super-quick reaction times in all four elimination rounds to help turn on the win lights he needed, and his team took care of the rest, giving him the quickest racecar of every pro session.
“Did we have a good time today? Yeah!” Coughlin said excitedly upon reaching the winner’s circle. “Wow, what a race. Every round felt like a final round. You look at the guys we beat today, including my teammates in the first two rounds, it’s just a fantastic accomplishment.
“Rick and Ricky Jones (crew chiefs) gave me a rocket this weekend. We found a little problem with the racecar Friday night and actually the KB Racing guys helped us out with some parts so we give them kudos. I had a rocket come Saturday. I was third best in Q3 and second best in Q4 and then we led the pack all day today. It’s just fantastic.”