ATCO, NJ – Reigning North Central Region Top Alcohol Dragster champion Troy Coughlin Jr. scored his second victory of the 2019 season Saturday at the Division 1 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series points meet at Atco Dragway.
After qualifying No. 1 in the competitive field with a 5.233 at 277.26 mph Friday, Coughlin crushed Frank Schuster, class heavyweight Duane Shields and Josh Hart to gain some valuable ground in the North East Division, where he is claiming points this year.
“NHRA drag racing is the coolest sport and the best group of people you’ll ever meet,” Coughlin said. “We blew up the motor in the semifinals against Duane Shields and the clock was ticking for us to do a complete engine swap before the final. My guys – Rich and Richie McPhillips, Duke Roney, John Flenard, Andy Goode, Charlie Wroten and Charlie Greco – along with my sister Paige, her crew chief Justin Beaver, and crew guys from a bunch of different teams all jumped in to help us. If not for all the help we wouldn’t have made it up there.
“To have people come and help you like that is extremely humbling and I’m very grateful. It’s the luckiest I’ve ever been to get up there like that when you are on a tight clock.
Brother’s top start translates to bye-run
SEATTLE – Things couldn’t be going much better for Jeg Coughlin Jr. and his brother Mike Coughlin at the 32nd annual Magic Dry NHRA Nationals. Both men managed to qualify atop their respective categories, Jeg Jr. in Pro Stock and Mike in Top Dragster, and Mike already advanced to Round 2 because his starting position earned him a bye-run in a 31-car field.
“We secured the No. 1 spot yesterday and held onto it through today so we’re very happy,” Jeg Jr. said. “We made three really good runs and our fourth run today was just so-so but overall we were good enough to qualify No. 1. Good work by the entire Elite team.”
As it has for several races now, Jeg Jr.’s JEGS.com Elite Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro has been running like a bracket car, repeating very competitive elapsed times every round. So far at Pacific Raceways, Jeg Jr. has run 6.539 at 210.57 mph, 6.541 at 210.50 mph, 6.553 at 210.67 mph and 6.585 at 210.41 mph.
DELAWARE, OH – They may be racing on opposite coasts but Team JEGS drag racers Jeg Coughlin Jr., Mike Coughlin and Troy Coughlin Jr. are unified in one important aspect Friday -all three are qualified No. 1 in their respective categories, bringing coast-to-coast glory to the yellow-and-black brand.
Jeg Jr. and Mike are tearing things up in Pro Stock and Top Dragster, respectively, at the 32nd Magic Dry NHRA Nationals in Seattle, while Troy Jr. placed himself atop the Top Alcohol Dragster class at the Division 1 points meet at Atco Dragway in New Jersey.
“Jeg and I were watching the results, and we both were really happy and proud of what T.J. was doing in Atco,” Mike Coughlin said. “The fact that T.J. got No. 1 and Jeg got No. 1 back, I’m really excited for JEGS as a company to have three of us at No. 1. It’s never happened before, and it’s a big deal to the company and all our associates.”
Jeg Jr. looked sharp in posting a pass of 6.539 seconds at 210.57 mph in his JEGS.com Elite Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro at picturesque Pacific Raceways.
“It’s a very exciting day for JEGS and our teammates,” Jeg Jr. said. “I’ve still got some work to do because Mike and T.J. are done with qualifying and are moving into eliminations, while I’ve got two more sessions to go. Not sure about the weather tomorrow, but if someone is able to improve and go quicker than me, then our car should be able to improve as well. Hats off to the entire Elite Motorsports team.”
SEATTLE – After a week of sampling the local product in California’s legendary wine country, drag racing brothers Jeg Jr. and Mike Coughlin are headed farther north to feast on the seafood bounty of the historic port city of Seattle, while also keeping their eyes locked on two of the trophies up for grabs at this weekend’s 32nd Magic Dry NHRA Nationals.
With just three races left before the start of the Countdown to the Championship playoffs, Jeg Jr. hopes a strong finish to the regular season will propel him higher than his current seventh-place perch in Pro Stock. Meanwhile, Mike just wants to continue his hot streak in Top Dragster, where he leads the points in Division 3 and is ranked sixth in the nation.
“It’s getting to the point where you really want to position yourself as well as you can before the playoffs start and the NHRA resets the points in the class,” Jeg Jr. said. “We’re really pleased with the way the JEGS.com Elite Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro has been running and if not for a rare issue with the battery we experienced Sunday in Sonoma (Calif.) we’d be in even better shape than we are now.
KENT, WA — John Force resumes his pursuit of an unprecedented 150th Mello Yello tour victory this week when he drives his PEAK Coolant and Motor Oil Chevrolet Camaro SS after the Funny Car championship in the Magic Dry Organic Absorbent NHRA Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceways.
After posting the quickest time during eliminations at the Sonoma Nationals, Force was left to ponder what might have been after a mechanical failure locked his PEAK Camaro in reverse as he prepared for a semifinal match with Matt Hagan. Unable to rectify the issue and compelled to abort the run, the 16-time champion could do nothing but watch while his rival made a solo into the final.
“I just couldn’t get the thing out of reverse,” Force said. “I tried everything. I neutralized the clutch, shoved it in, let it out. I was almost ready to whack (the throttle) to see if I could get it in gear. I bent the handle off, basically, and it still wasn’t going to go. Things happen, but my guys gave me a great race car. All you can do (after something like that) is regroup and get back in the game.”
ATCO, NJ – The midway point of the NHRA’s Northeast Division seven-race schedule arrives this weekend with the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series points meet at Atco Dragway and Team JEGS racers Troy Coughlin Jr. and his sister Paige Coughlin will be doing all they can to leave a yellow-and-black mark on the event.
Troy Jr., the reigning North Central Region Top Alcohol Dragster champion, returns to action with his JEGS.com McPhillips Racing rail, which is currently ranked third in both the National and Eastern Region points standings.
“We have had two weeks off so we’re well rested and have fresh ideas for the second half of the season,” Troy Jr. said. “We are prepared and ready for the warm weather conditions it looks like we’ll be facing at Atco and excited to compete as a team and family.
“McPhillips Racing is based in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, which is just an hour away, so this is like a home track to Rich and Richie (McPhillips), and the rest of the crew –Duke Roney, John Flenard, Andy Goode, Charlie Wroten and Charlie Greco. I know everyone will want to put their best foot forward, like always.”
SONOMA, CA – Six-time world champion drag racer Jeg Coughlin Jr. will begin the defense of his NHRA Sonoma Nationals title from the third position on the elimination grid after an impressive four rounds of qualifying, highlighted by a Friday evening pass of 6.533 seconds at 210.41 mph.
Three of Coughlin’s four qualifying passes in his JEGS.com Elite Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro earned him bonus points as they were ranked among the top three of the session. That sort of consistency, when coupled with Coughlin’s reliable driving skills, is what helps win races.
“We definitely made four good, quality runs in qualifying here and we’re excited about race day,” Coughlin said. “In Q4 we ended up being off by just a tick, but it’s nothing to be concerned about as Rickie (Jones, crew chief) and the guys were just trying some things in the heat.