Bristol: Jeg Coughlin preview

Jeg Is Gaining Ground If the past is any indication of the future then Jeg Coughlin, Jr certainly has something to smile about heading to Bristol Dragway. The 33-year old second generation driver scored a win at the inaugural Winston Showdown...

Jeg Is Gaining Ground

If the past is any indication of the future then Jeg Coughlin, Jr certainly has something to smile about heading to Bristol Dragway. The 33-year old second generation driver scored a win at the inaugural Winston Showdown in 1999, which was a non-points specialty event held at Bristol Dragway. He also qualified No. 1 in Pro Stock in 1999.

In three appearances at Bristol Dragway in NHRA competition, Jeg Coughlin has two quarterfinal finishes. It remains the only current track on the NHRA tour where he has not posted a professional victory.

"Our program has picked up over the past couple of races," said Coughlin. "There is always room for improvement in racing. Our engine shop has been extremely busy adding more horsepower to our engines. They are implementing a lot of new things that are showing strength and should translate to an increase in horsepower on the track and reliability."

Jeg made a series of testing and exhibition runs as part of the NHRA Cajun SPORTSnationals at No Problem Raceway in Belle, Louisiana last weekend. In addition, he competed in Super Comp at the event.

"It's always great to introduce our sport to new audiences," said Coughlin. "The runs we made gave people the opportunity to see NHRA Pro Stock cars up close. We spent a lot of time as a team answering questions from the fans. It was also a lot of fun to be a part of such a great event and we have heard nothing but positive feedback about the event."

The 45-time NHRA national event winner will enter the sixth race of 2004 NHRA season in the No. 3 position in the NHRA POWERade Pro Stock championship. Jeg has a total of 312 points with 18 races remaining.

-www.teamjegs.com

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