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NHRA POWERade Pro Stock standout Jeg Coughlin, Jr and the men in yellow and black are working hard to get back into the winner's circle. At the last event in Bristol, TN Jeg slipped one spot to the No. 4 position in the 2004 NHRA POWERade ...

NHRA POWERade Pro Stock standout Jeg Coughlin, Jr and the men in yellow and black are working hard to get back into the winner's circle. At the last event in Bristol, TN Jeg slipped one spot to the No. 4 position in the 2004 NHRA POWERade championship after six events.

Jeg Coughlin has visited the winner's circle twice in his career at Atlanta Dragway. He first won in Competition Eliminator in 1997 at the track. It was the first NHRA national event of his career that he competed in Comp Eliminator. The win was also one of the victories that put him in the NHRA record books as the only driver in history to win a NHRA national event in four separate competition classes (Comp Eliminator, Super Stock, Super Gas and Pro Stock) in a single season.

After missing the cut in his first two appearances at the track in 1998 and 1999 in Pro Stock. Jeg Coughlin won the 2000 Atlanta race, defeating Richie Stevens, V. Gaines, Troy Coughlin and Bruce Allen in eliminations.

"We have certainly had mixed results in the past at Atlanta Dragway," said Coughlin. "We had a team meeting with everyone on Thursday that really will prove to be a turning point. Everyone involved with our program wants to win and we have had a lot of success in the past. We know how to win and we have everything in place that it takes to win. Our team has great chemistry and the guys have dedicated themselves to performing on and off of the track."

Although Jeg has not visited the winner's circle this year he has remained one of a handful of drivers to keep an eye on this season. The two-time NHRA Pro Stock champion has averaged a qualifying position of sixth and a semifinal round appearance. He also posted a career best speed at a NHRA national event of 205.51 mph this season.

The 33-year old second generation driver holds the longest active qualifying streak in NHRA's most competitive professional class at 42 straight events. The last race Jeg failed to qualifying at was in 2002 at the first of two races held annually at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, IL.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Jeg Coughlin , Troy Coughlin , Bruce Allen