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Troy Coughlin Jr. starts season in South Florida at Nitro Jam

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PALM BEACH, Fl – With a bright new paint job and a take-no-prisoners attitude, T.J. Coughlin and his JEGS dragster is starting the season with a mini-tour of Florida.

He started his racing season with a second round breakout loss in the Quick Rod class this weekend at the Nitro Jam opener at Palm Beach International Raceway.
 
“It went OK. I have a lot of confidence in the car,” Coughlin said. “I’ve just got to focus on smacking the tree and making sure the car stays in shape.”
 
Coughlin qualified No. 6 in the Quick Rod field and faced Ray Llanusa in the opening round. Coughlin cut a .014 second light and made a 8.905 second pass at 173.76 mph on a 8.90 second index. Llanusa broke out with a 0.079 light with a 8.870 breakout finish at 164.99 mph.

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An online history lesson (IHRA/JEGS)

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Delaware, OH – Third-generation drag racer Troy Coughlin Jr. will soon strap on his helmet and begin his 2011 campaign at the IHRA’s season-opening Palm Beach Nitro Jam, which runs from Jan. 28-29 at Palm Beach International Raceway in southeast Florida.

The son of Troy Coughlin, grandson of Hall of Famer Jeg Coughlin Sr., and nephew of John, Mike, and Jeg Coughlin Jr. — all drag racing champions in their own right — Troy Jr. knows it’s a big deal to carry his family name into any event.  

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NHRA CREATES NEW PROGRAM FOR 2011 SUPER STOCK AND STOCK CLASS ELIMINATIONS

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GLENDORA, Calif. – After reviewing feedback from the Performance Aftermarket Advisory Council (PAAC) and a majority of NHRA contingency sponsors, NHRA officials announced today the creation of an innovative program for Super Stock and Stock class eliminations, which will be introduced at select NHRA national events during the 2011 NHRA Lucas Oil Series season.

The new program will feature a 12-race class-eliminations schedule for Super Stock and Stock that will offer double contingency payouts at four of those events. A new bonus-points program will be instituted for the eight non-paying class-eliminations events, and season-ending contingency payouts will be awarded to two National Class Performers (stick and automatic divisions) in each category. Finally, to enhance competition in class eliminations, new stick and automatic combo classes will be created in Super Stock and Stock to group those classes that are represented by only one car.    

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Makenna wins National Trail Raceway JR Dragster Rookie of the Year

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Hebron, OH – Makenna Brown, the granddaughter of Jeg Coughlin Sr. and his wife Sue, raced less than half a season in the Division 3 Junior Dragster series, but she did enough to garner Rookie of the Year honors, following the legacy set out by the famous Coughlin racing clan.

Brown established herself at her first event, racing a yellow-and-black JEGS-themed rail to victory at her home track of National Trail Raceway near Columbus, Ohio. She repeated the feat a month later in her first Division 3 event — the Buckeye Fuel Wars — with another trip to the Winner’s Circle.

She later added a runner-up result to her ledger and cut a perfect .500 light at Kil-kare Dragway in early October. Overall, after racing in just seven of 15 points meets, Brown finished the year in eighth place.

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JEGS racer T.J. Coughlin has history in his sights

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DELAWARE, Ohio – Third-generation drag racer Troy Coughlin Jr. will try to become the third member of the famous Coughlin racing clan to win an IHRA Ironman trophy at the upcoming Palm Beach Nitro Jam, which runs from Jan. 28-29 at Palm Beach International Raceway in southeast Florida.

“Uncle John won an Ironman in Darlington (S.C) back in 1984 and Uncle Mike won one at Marion County International Raceway (LaRue, Ohio) in 1992 so I think we’re overdue for another Coughlin to find the winner’s circle at an IHRA race,” said Troy Jr., known to most simply as T.J. “I would consider it a great honor.

“I really like the IHRA deal. It’s some great, friendly Sportsman racing with a Hollywood show aspect to it all. I love to race and it’s the next big event on the schedule so we’re heading that way.”

T.J. will enter the Quick Rod class with the same JEGS dragster he’s raced to multiple NHRA national and divisional victories. The car has a new look this year, sporting an all-yellow theme that Team JEGS will banner in 2011, and his powerplant has been tuned up for maximum performance.

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Fourth place finish highlights Troy Coughlin’s 2010 Season

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Delaware OH – Racing in the NHRA Get Screened America Pro Mod Series in 2010, Troy Coughlin enjoyed a lot of success as he posted a very respectable fourth place finish behind the wheel of his nitrous oxide-equipped JEGS.com Chevy Camaro. Racing against world class drivers all season, Coughlin’s performance was consistent from start to finish and he earned the dubious distinction of being the only driver in the class to qualify for all ten events in 2010. He also posted several semifinal finishes along the way.
 
“Overall, it was a pretty good year for us,” said Coughlin. “Being the only guy to qualify for every race says something not only about how competitive the series is, but also how solid our team is. Running a nitrous car, I felt like we were at a disadvantage against the supercharged and turbocharged cars but we were able to hold our own. At the last race in Las Vegas, we were sweating bullets because we struggled to qualify but we managed to get in and that helped us finish fourth.”

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Mini-documentary on Jeg Coughlin Sr. a hit!

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DELAWARE, Ohio – Part history lesson, part mission statement and all wrapped up in one five-minute video capping JEGS Mail Order’s 50th year in business.

A custom video, a tribute to Jeg Coughlin Sr.’s founding and expanding of the company, was unveiled at the JEGS Associate Lunch last week. The video documents how the company grew from a way for Jeg Sr. to help out fellow racers to the auto parts empire it is today and features interviews with Jeg Sr. and all four of his sons: John, Mike, Troy and Jeg Jr.

Check out all the great Jegs videos on their YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/user/jegsvideos

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