E.T. Bracket: John Coughlin Tri-State preview

Coughlin heads for Tri-State with dollar signs in his eyes HAMILTON, Ohio (May 29) -- John Coughlin's main objective heading into the upcoming JEGS U.S. Open is simple -- bring home as many dollars as possible. Coughlin will have a chance to do...

Coughlin heads for Tri-State with dollar signs in his eyes

HAMILTON, Ohio (May 29) -- John Coughlin's main objective heading into the upcoming JEGS U.S. Open is simple -- bring home as many dollars as possible. Coughlin will have a chance to do just that when the JEGS U.S. Open Bracket Championship, one of the richest E.T. racing events in the country, will take place May 31-June 3 at historic Tri-State Dragway near Cincinnati, Ohio. The JEGS U.S. Open Bracket Championship is the brainchild of veteran sportsman racers Mike Fuqua and Dave Szerlag and features four separate high stakes events; a $5,000 to win race on Thursday, a pair of $20,000 to win races on Friday and Saturday, and a $10,000 final, which will take place Sunday. There are also numerous bonus events, which will help bring the total payout for the event to more than $300,000. Last year, Coughlin's younger brother, Jeg claimed the $10,000 top prize by winning Sunday's main event.

"There is a lot of money at stake at this race and if a racer gets hot at the right time, he or she could really have a really unforgettable weekend," said Coughlin. "Because there is so much money at stake these big bracket races attract the best racers in the country and they are very competitive but at the same time, they are also a lot of fun. Once the racing is done for the day, there is a very relaxed atmosphere in the pits and everyone gets together and has a good time. That makes for a very enjoyable weekend."

Coughlin will be well armed when he arrives at Tri-State Dragway as he plans to race his new Undercover Chassis dragster, and his Jeg's Chevy II station wagon, a car that was built specifically for eighth-mile E.T. racing events. The rules for the U.S. Open allow a competitor to race multiple entries in the same eliminator and Coughlin plans to take advantage of it.

"I got a chance to make some runs in Jeg's Chevy II not too long ago and I really liked it," said Coughlin. "The car is extremely consistent and it is more than capable of holding its own against some of the fast dragsters that will be there. Last year, I think that Jeggie made more than 20 runs in one day because he went deep into eliminations with both cars. I'm hoping to have a similar experience this year."

-credit: team jegs

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