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2014 NHRA: Team JEGS Pre-Race Notes: NHRA Southern Nationals
Posted by: newsla on May 14, 2014 - 06:42 AM
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2014 NHRA: Team JEGS Pre-Race Notes: NHRA Southern Nationals


• Reigning NHRA Mello Yello Pro Stock champion Jeg Coughlin Jr. will continue his title defense at this weekend's event at Atlanta Dragway. Coughlin will be racing the new Dodge Dart that was debuted last March in Gainesville, Fla.
• Overall, Jeg Jr. has 14 top 10 finishes in the NHRA Pro Stock class since his debut in 1997.

 

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• Jeg Jr. will continue to race as a teammate to former NHRA Pro Stock champion Allen Johnson. His Dodge is once again powered by Hemi engines from Johnson's J&J Racing team and will be tuned by co-crew chiefs Mark Ingersoll and Adam Hornberger.
• Jeg Jr. is a five-time NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro Stock champion. He earned season titles in 2000, 2002, 2007, 2008, and 2013. As a sportsman driver, he claimed the NHRA Super Gas championship in 1992.
• Jeg Jr. enters this weekend's NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event as the seventh-ranked driver in Pro Stock.
• After the first six events in Pomona, Phoenix, Gainesville, Las Vegas, Charlotte, and Houston, Jeg Jr. has a 6-6 record in elimination rounds.
• Including Atlanta Dragway, Jeg Jr. has won at least one NHRA national event at 24 different facilities. The only current venues on the NHRA Mello Yello tour where he has not won are the tracks in Norwalk, Ohio, and Epping, N.H.
• Jeg Jr.'s best elapsed time in a Pro Stock car is 6.484 seconds and his best speed is 214.62 mph, both recorded earlier this year in Gainesville behind the wheel of his new JEGS.com/Mopar Dodge Dart. He is one of just six Pro Stock drivers to run more than 214 mph.
• Jeg Jr. is a two-time winner of the Atlanta event. He defeated Bruce Allen to win his first title in 2000 and defeated teammate Allen Johnson in the final of the 2010 event, scoring his landmark 50th Pro Stock title. In addition to his two wins, Jeg Jr. was a runner-up in 2009 to Mike Edwards.
• As a sportsman racer, Jeg Jr. also won the Comp title in Atlanta in 1997. That season, he made history by winning national event titles in four separate eliminators (Pro Stock, Comp, Super Stock, Super Gas).
• In 14 career appearances at Atlanta Dragway, Jeg Jr. has a 20-10 record in Pro Stock eliminations.
• Prior to the start of the event, Jeg Jr. will attend the annual Partnership Dinner at the Coca-Cola headquarters in Atlanta. The special event recognizes all of the past professional champions in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series since The Coca-Cola Company has been the series sponsor.

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• Following his 2013 victory at Heartland Park Topeka, Jeg Jr. became just the 13th professional racer to win 500 rounds of NHRA competition. He joined fellow pros John Force, Warren Johnson, Kenny Bernstein, Tony Schumacher, Larry Dixon, Bob Glidden, Greg Anderson, Kurt Johnson, Joe Amato, Cory McClenathan, Ron Capps, and Tony Pedregon in that exclusive club.
• Jeg Jr. is one of only three drivers, along with Peter Biondo and Scotty Richardson, to win national event titles in six different categories. He has won in Pro Stock, Comp, Super Stock, Super Comp, Super Gas, and Top Dragster.
• Jeg Jr. is the only professional racer in the history of NHRA to win a national event title from all 16 starting spots.
• Of Jeg Jr.'s 539 career round-wins in Pro Stock, 91 have come via a starting-line holeshot, which is the most by any past or current NHRA Pro driver.
• Jeg Jr. finished the 2013 season with four wins, four runner-up finishes, and seven semifinals in 24 events. For the season, he finished with a 48-20 record in eliminations, second only to Top Fuel champion Shawn Langdon, who finished with a 54-17 record.
• During his Pro Stock career, Jeg Jr. has competed in 336 events and recorded 539 round-wins while incurring just 264 losses. He has failed to qualify just 16 times.
• Jeg Jr.'s most recent NHRA Pro Stock victory came last October in Reading, Pa. He defeated teammate Allen Johnson to help secure the top spot in the points standings.
• In 336 career Pro Stock races, Jeg Jr. has reached the final round 93 times, recording 56 wins. Including his 16 sportsman victories, he has won a total of 72 times, good for 10th place on NHRA's all-time wins list. During his career, he has appeared in 115 final rounds, 93 as a professional and 22 as a sportsman racer.
• With 56 career Pro Stock wins, Jeg Jr. ranks fourth all-time among Pro Stock drivers. Only Warren Johnson (96), Bob Glidden (85), and Greg Anderson (74) have more titles.
• The JEGS Mail Order team will also be represented by Troy Coughlin, who will be racing in the NHRA Pro Mod series with his 257-mph turbocharged Corvette.
• So far, just 11 drivers have qualified for each of the first two races in 2014, including Troy.
• At the NHRA Pro Mod series event in Houston, Troy qualified in the No. 14 spot and lost to Kevin Fiscus in the opening round. He is currently ranked No. 9 in the series standings after two of 10 events.
• Troy is the 2012 NHRA Pro Mod series champ. He is once again driving the turbocharged Corvette that carried him to the season title. Troy is also a former NMCA Pro Street class champion.
• Troy's Corvette is tuned by noted turbocharger expert Steve Petty. Last year, Troy drove to a best elapsed time of 5.82 seconds and a top speed of 257.97 mph, making him the quickest and fastest member of the Coughlin family.
• In 2011, the last time the NHRA Pro Mod series visited Atlanta Dragway, Troy qualified No. 7 and reached the semifinal round.
• Troy has won NHRA national event titles in three classes: Pro Stock, Pro Mod, and Super Gas.
• The Coughlin family, including John, Troy, Mike, Jeg Jr., and Troy Jr., has combined for 100 NHRA national event victories since 1990. The Coughlins have won in nine different eliminators: Pro Stock, Pro Stock Truck, Pro Mod, Comp, Super Stock, Super Comp, Super Gas, Top Sportsman, and Top Dragster.

Team JEGS - By the Numbers (NHRA Southern Nationals Edition)

3
National event victories for Jeg Coughlin Jr. at Atlanta Dragway (two in Pro Stock, one in Comp)

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Classes in which the Coughlin family has earned an NHRA national event victory

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Times Jeg Jr. has qualified No. 1 during his Pro Stock career

100
Combined NHRA national event victories for the Coughlin family

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Pro Stock elimination rounds for Jeg Jr. with 539 wins and 264 losses (.671 percent)

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