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Recent successes vaults Jeg Coughlin Jr. to top of BTE Power Rankings

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CARTERVILLE, IL – As the 2011 Sportsman drag racing season nears its midway point, the BTE Power Rankings on ThisIsBracketRacing.com have seen a change at the top.

As of the June 15 rankings, more than 600 sportsman competitors have earned points within the BTE Power Rankings and currently they are led by five-time NHRA World Champion Jeg Coughlin Jr.

Coughlin, who took a break from his highly successful NHRA Pro Stock career this season, has once again proven his versatility behind the wheel of several Team JEGS sportsman machines. His 42 Power Points have all been awarded in the last month and have come in a variety of vehicles and race formats.

A trip to the west coast for the JEGS Pacific SPORTSNationals paid handsome dividends with a near double-victory, as Coughlin claimed his first NHRA Super Comp victory in addition to runner-up honors in Super Gas.

A week later, he drove his vintage ’67 Chevy II Wagon to a runner-up finish in the Door Car Shootout event at the K&N Spring Fling in Bristol, Tenn. 

Just last weekend, Coughlin turned in an incredible performance by claiming three big dollar event wins in one day at the Ultimate 64 Shootout in Cleves, Ohio.

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Second-round hiccup costs Team JEGS’ Troy Coughlin

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BRISTOL, TN – Staging a turbocharged Get Screened America Pro Mod Drag Racing Series vehicle can be a delicate balancing act, and Team JEGS driver Troy Coughlin was on the unfortunate end of the balance beam during Sunday’s second round of the NHRA Ford Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway.

Coughlin lit the red light on the Christmas Tree, indicating he left the starting line too soon. That handed the victory to series points leader Khalid Balooshi and ended what had been a solid weekend for Coughlin.

Coughlin qualified 13th with his JEGS.com Pontiac and beat Ed Hoover, who was third in Pro Mod points, in the first round.

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Troy Coughlin returns to site of career-best outing looking for more

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BRISTOL, TN – The last time Troy Coughlin won an event at Bristol Dragway he was awarded the largest cash prize of his career. This time through, the world champion drag racer would be happy with a simple little statue — the special-edition 60th anniversary pewter Wally awarded to the winner of the Get Screened America Pro Mod Drag Racing Series event to be held in conjunction with this weekend’s Ford Thunder Valley NHRA Nationals.

“We won the Winston Showdown and earned $50,000,” Coughlin said of his Y2K triumph in Pro Stock. “That was a cool deal, for sure, but that was more than 10 years ago. It’s time to make some new Bristol memories and winning our first Pro Mod race of the season and getting one of those rare Wallys would be very special.”

Racing crew chief Jake Hairston’s twin turbocharged 2008 Pontiac GTO until his new car is ready, Troy has become a bit of a cult hero on tour this year as he pits his small block machine up against the giant motor combinations of his rivals. But after posting a few competitive 5.9-second passes, he’s become more than just a sideshow.

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Jeg Coughlin earns historic triple victory in Edgewater

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Cleves, OH – For all of his great success in drag racing, including 67 national event victories and five world championships, Jeg Coughlin never experienced a day like the one he enjoyed Sunday at the Ultimate 64 Shootout at Edgewater Sports Park. Driving his JEGS.com dragster and his classic ’67 Chevy II station wagon, Coughlin participated in four events on Sunday and came away with three victories.

“In all the years I’ve raced, I never had a day like this,” said Coughlin. “This was something special. I was not on fire; in fact I made a couple of ugly runs, but I managed to get by. Once we got rolling, I didn’t think about too much other than the task at hand. The good thing about making so many runs is that you don’t have too many opportunities to get distracted.”

Coughlin began the day with a quarterfinal finish in the rain-delayed $50,000 to win main event, losing a close race by just two thousandths of a second. After that, he reeled off 19-straight round wins between his two entries, beginning the historic rout with a $10,000 payday in the final of the Estes Oil Company Big Bucks event. Coughlin, who is taking a hiatus from the NHRA Pro Stock class this year in order to compete in events such as the Ultimate 64 Shootout, won the final round over another recognizable NHRA pro, Shawn Langdon, driver of the Lucas Oil Top Fuel dragster.

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Coughlin stays red hot with second Top Sportsman win of 2011

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Joliet, Ill. (June 13) – Taking full advantage of the momentum created by his season-opening win last month in Indianapolis, Mike Coughlin struck again as he drove his JEGS.com Cobalt to the Top Sportsman title in the final round of the North Central Division Lucas Oil Series event at Route 66 Raceway.

Coughlin extended his winning streak behind the wheel of his 200-mph Chevy to ten-straight rounds to collect the tenth Lucas Oil Series title of his career. Coughlin drove to a 6.761 elapsed time on his 6.76 dial-in after opponent Kevin Waller encountered a mechanical problem and was late off the starting line. Ironically, Coughlin would have lost the round on a breakout had he run quicker by just two-thousandths of a second, but he managed to lift off the throttle at precisely the right moment.

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Team JEGS ready for action at Ultimate 64 Shootout

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CLEVES, OH – After a fun weekend at the JEGS U.S. Open Bracket Championship in Bowling Green, Ky., the JEGS team will return to the highly competitive arena of high stakes E.T. racing again at this weekend’s Ultimate 64 Shootout presented by JEGS at Edgewater Sports Park.

The team roster will once again include five-time world champion Jeg Coughlin Jr., his nephew T.J. Coughlin, and his fiancée Samantha Kenny. All three will be driving their distinctive yellow and black JEGS.com dragsters, while Jeg will also be racing his sinister black Chevy II wagon.

The highlight of the Ultimate 64 Shootout will be Saturday’s main event which pays $50,000 to the winner. There will also be three separate $10,000-to-win races and three “second chance” events to go along with a $12,000-to-win high roller event on Friday night.

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Points leader Coughlin eyes more success at Route 66

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CHICAGO, IL – Mike Coughlin will be looking to extend his lead in Top Sportsman’s North Central Division points standings when he brings his powerful 200-mph JEGS.com Chevy Cobalt to this weekend’s Division 3 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Route 66 Raceway.
 
“We got off to a great start this year with the win in Indy, now the challenge is to see if we can pick up where we left off and then maintain that pace for the rest of the season,” said Coughlin, who already has two Top Sportsman D3 championships to his credit. “I like the fact that we are heading to Joliet for this race because it is one of my favorite tracks. It is an extremely nice facility and I’ve had some success there in the past. It’s a track that is very friendly to fast cars.”
 
Coughlin won the Super Comp class at Route 66 Raceway in 2005 and returned in 2007 to claim the Top Sportsman title.
 
Since his last race, Coughlin and his JEGS Mail Order crew, including Greg Cody and Tony Collier, have done little more than routine maintenance to the team’s Jerry Bickel-built Cobalt. Coughlin believes the car is as good as it can be heading into the race.

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