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Brothers Are #1 & #2 Heading Into Second Race Of '99 NHRA Season
Checkers-Schucks-Kragen Nationals Firebird Raceway (Phoenix, AZ) February 25-28th
JEG'S Mail Order Racing, NHRA's largest professional team, is coming off the ultimate Pro Stock final. Brother's Jeg and Troy Coughlin meet in the Pro Stock final round of the '99 kick off race, the AutoZone Winternationals. With the Coughlin duo being one and two in the NHRA Winston points this team is clearly the one to beat going into the CSK Nationals in Phoenix.
"Having an all-JEG'S final is always the teams goal going into every race. But doing it at the season opener really sets the tone," says team advisor/father Jeg Coughlin, Sr. "This was a huge win for the entire team and the employees of JEG'S Mail Order. Everyone on the team contributed! When the team experienced problems they pulled together and over came the obstacles. That's the sign of a great team and that's exactly what we have, a great team!" The team is considered by many to be among the strongest in NHRA's most competitive class.
Engine builder Richard maskin said, "It was an all-JEG'S, all-DART, all- Coughlin, and all-yellow and black final! It just doesn't get any better then that. We have set the benchmark for the '99 season and everyone will be gunning for us, and we know it. We wouldn't want to win a championship any other way." Richard Maskin is the owner and president of DART Machinery. He and his staff at DART have worked nonstop perfecting the JEG'S Mail Order Racing horsepower. "This win was extremely rewarding for everyone involved," said Richard.
The team accomplished NHRA's version of a "hat trick". The team left Pomona Raceway with their two Pro Stock driver's number one and two. In addition, the entire team was rewarded with the Pro Stock crew chief of the race honor. The Championship caliber team consists of Clint Allerton, Jeg Coughlin, Sr. (Team Advisor/Father), Mike Cunningham, Craig Hankinson, Eric Luzinski, Wayne Perdue, Dan McDonald, Richard maskin (Engine Builder), Ron Richards, Rick Rossiter, Ian Rough, and Scott "Woody" Woodruff.
'98 NHRA "Rookie of the Year" goes into the second race of the '99 NHRA season with the Winston points lead in Pro Stock. "The momentum is with us, both myself and the entire JEG'S team will do whatever it takes to keep it under our awning," commented Jeg. Jeg has 114 points going into the CSK Nationals, which is a 23 point lead over his older brother Troy. "I look forward to improving on my second round defeat that I had here last year. Our team is ready for the race and very pumped up to get to Phoenix and start where we left off," mentioned Coughlin.
Older brother Troy said, "Our team is capable of an all-JEG'S final every time we roll through the gates. Everything jelled this weekend. The team was flawless and simply did what they had to do. As a driver, I did my job and the team did their job. I can't wait to get to Phoenix and get into my #24 JEG'S Mail Order Cutlass and start right where I left off." Troy currently has 91 points and sits in the number two position in the '99 NHRA Winston points. In 1998 Troy was defeated in the first round at last years ATSCO Nationals. "Our team is miles ahead of where we were last year at this time. The team has raced together here before and we have plenty of data to refer to when we get to Phoenix," said Troy.