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2014 NHRA: Team JEGS Pre-Race Notes: NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals
Posted by: newsla on Jun 11, 2014 - 06:48 AM
2014 NHRA: Team JEGS Pre-Race Notes: NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals

• Reigning NHRA Mello Yello Pro Stock champion Jeg Coughlin Jr. will continue his title defense at this weekend's event at Bristol Dragway in Bristol, Tenn. He will be racing the new Dodge Dart that was debuted last March in Gainesville, Fla.


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• Jeg Jr. drove to a victory in his most recent appearance in Englishtown, N.J., where he defeated Greg Anderson in the Pro Stock final. He also won the Atlanta event last month, again beating Anderson in the final. In between, he earned a runner-up finish in Topeka to teammate Allen Johnson. All told, he has won 11 of his last 12 elimination rounds.
• Jeg Jr. continues to race as a teammate to former NHRA Pro Stock champion Allen Johnson in 2014. His Dodge Dart is once again powered by Hemi engines from Johnson's J&J Racing team and will be tuned by Johnson's crew chiefs Mark Ingersoll and Adam Hornberger.
• During his career, which began in 1997, Jeg Jr. has earned 14 top 10 finishes in the NHRA Pro Stock class.

• 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.
• After appearing in the last three final rounds, Jeg Jr. enters this weekend's NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event as the second-ranked driver in Pro Stock. He trails leader Erica Enders-Stevens by 123 points.
• After the first nine events of the 2014 season, Jeg Jr. has a 17-7 record in Pro Stock elimination rounds. During last season's championship run, he had an 18-8 record after the first nine events.
• Including Bristol 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. won the Pro Stock title in Bristol in 2007, defeating current Nitro Fish team owner Kenny Koretsky in the final round.
• In 11 career appearances at Bristol Dragway, Jeg Jr. has a 13-9 record in Pro Stock eliminations.
• Jeg Jr. has qualified in the top half of the field in six of his 11 appearances in Bristol, including a best of No. 1 in 2007. He has qualified No. 1 20 times in his career.
• 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.

• Jeg Jr. is one of just 15 professional racers to win 500 elimination rounds of NHRA competition, a feat he accomplished at the 2013 Topeka race. The only other Pro Stock drivers with 500 wins are Warren Johnson, Bob Glidden, and Greg Anderson.
• 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 550 career round-wins in Pro Stock, 92 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 339 events and recorded 550 round-wins while incurring just 265 losses. He has failed to qualify just 16 times.
• In his 339 career Pro Stock races, Jeg Jr. has reached the final round 96 times, recording 58 wins. Including his 16 sportsman victories, he has won a total of 74 times, tying him with Greg Anderson for eighth place on NHRA's all-time wins list. During his career, he has appeared in 118 final rounds, 96 as a professional and 22 as a sportsman racer.
• With 58-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 in Bristol by Troy Coughlin, who will be racing in the NHRA Pro Mod series with his 257-mph turbocharged Corvette.
• After four of 10 events, Troy is ranked No. 9 in the NHRA Pro Mod Series points standings. He is one of just nine drivers to qualify for all four events thus far in 2014.
• At the 2005 Englishtown event, Troy won his first Pro Mod title when he defeated Zack Barklage in the final round.
• At the most recent NHRA Pro Mod series event in Englishtown, Troy qualified in the No.12 spot and lost to Von Smith in the opening round.
• 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 has also had success in Pro Stock at Bristol Dragway, having won the $50,000 Winston Showdown in 2000.
• Troy's Corvette is tuned by noted turbocharger expert Steve Petty. Last year, Coughlin 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.
• Troy Coughlin has won NHRA national event titles in three classes: Pro Stock, Pro Mod, and Super Gas.
• The JEGS Mail Order team will also be represented in Bristol by third-generation driver Troy Coughlin Jr., who will be competing in Super Comp and Super Gas.
• In 2009, a then-19-year-old Troy Jr. became the first third-generation Coughlin racer to win an NHRA national event title when he won Super Comp tat the NHRA Las Vegas Nationals.
• Last season, Troy Jr. drove his JEGS Corvette to a third-place finish in the national Super Gas standings out of more than 950 competitors.
• In his brief NHRA racing career, Troy Jr. has already won three national event titles, including the 2009 Las Vegas event, the 2010 U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis, and the 2013 Gatornationals. He also recorded a runner-up finish at the 2011 JEGS NHRA Northern SPORTSnationals in Columbus.
• In addition to his success in NHRA racing, Troy Jr. has won several big E.T. races, including a $25,000 top prize at a race in Atco, N.J., in 2011.
• Troy Jr. has reached the final round in his two most recent NHRA appearances at the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series events in Reading, Pa., and Joliet, Ill. He was a runner-up in the Super Gas class at both events. He also drove to a semifinal finish in Super Comp in Joliet.
• The Coughlin family, including John, Troy, Mike, Jeg Jr., and Troy Jr., has combined for 102 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 Thunder Valley Nationals Edition)

Positions Jeg Jr. has gained in the Pro Stock standings in the last five events (from ninth to second)

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

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

Facilities where Jeg Jr. has won an NHRA national event title, including Bristol Dragway

Combined NHRA national event victories for the Coughlin family

Pro Stock elimination rounds for Jeg Jr. with 550 wins and 265 losses (67.8 percent)

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