Gainesville Team JEG''S Pro Stock Preview

31st Annual NHRA MacTools Gatornationals Gainesville Raceway Gainesville, Fla. March 16-19 Background: JEG'S Mail Order Racing is NHRA's largest all-family professional race team. The team competes in Pro Stock and Pro Stock Truck. The Pro ...

31st Annual NHRA MacTools Gatornationals Gainesville Raceway Gainesville, Fla. March 16-19

Background: JEG'S Mail Order Racing is NHRA's largest all-family professional race team. The team competes in Pro Stock and Pro Stock Truck. The Pro Stock brother duo of Jeg and Troy Coughlin race identical looking Oldsmobile Cutlass'. Mike and John Coughlin carry the JEG'S banner in Pro Stock Truck, with Chevy S-10's as their vehicles of choice. Jeg Coughlin, Sr rounds out the Coughlin family affair as the teams advisor and father.

40th Anniversary: JEG'S Automotive, Inc. will spend the year 2000 celebrating their 40th Anniversary. The company unveiled their 40th Anniversary logo, which will be used in a variety of fashions throughout the year. The logo will appear in advertising, catalogs, on the company website (JEGS.com) and will be part of the paint scheme on the race team cars, trucks and haulers.

Television: ESPN2 NHRA Heat, March 16, 6:30 p.m. (EST) ESPN2 Qualifying, March 18, 8:00-10:00 p.m. (EST) ESPN2 Eliminations, March 19, 5:00-7:00 p.m. (EST) ESPN2 Replay of Eliminations, March 19, noon-2:00 p.m. (EST)

Jeg Coughlin Looks To Make It Three In A Row Troy Coughlin Is Ready For The Challenge

Jeg Coughlin, Jr. and his yellow and black JEG'S Mail Order Olds Cutlass have shown tremendous strength and consistency in the first two races of the 2000 NHRA Winston Drag Racing Series. The '98 NHRA "Rookie of the Year" is two for two coming into the third race of the season. In fact, this young talented driver enters the MacTools Gatornationals with an amazing 12 straight round victory's. He has won the past three NHRA races ('99 Auto Club Finals, 2000 AutoZone Nationals & CSK Nationals). Jeg currently sits in the No. 1 spot in the 2000 NHRA Winston Championship with 233 points and is leading his closest competitor, Warren Johnson, by 87 points.

Jeg noted, "I am really looking forward to the MacTools Gatornationals. The conditions in the past at this race have yielded some of the best conditions that we see all season."

Coughlin added, "In years past, the corrected altitude has been very close to sea-level like conditions. Conditions like this help the 500 cid Pro Stock engines to create greater amounts of horsepower." Jeg continued to say, " If the conditions are right, fans could be in store for some of the best side-by-side Pro Stock racing of the season."

Troy Coughlin is resting in the No. 13 position in the 2000 NHRA Winston Championship with 67 points. He is only 21 points away from entering the top ten. A strong performance in Gainesville could move him up in the points as high as the No. 3 spot. Troy's efforts, so far this season, have moved him into the No. 9 position in the Holley Dominator Pro Stock Duel points. The Holley Dominator Pro Stock Duel is held annually in Englishtown, NJ. The race is an all-star event among the top 8 drivers who gather points through qualifying.

Troy said, "I expect it to be quick and fast in Gainesville, like it almost always is. NHRA fans will be treated to some of the best Pro Stock racing of the year."

Coughlin commented about the prospects of winning his first professional NHRA national event at the MacTools Gatornationals, "The performance is there and we have what I feel to be the best assembled team in Pro Stock. Everyone on our team contributes, the entire team does whatever it takes to put a JEG'S Mail Order vehicle in the winners circle."

Troy added, "There are an awful lot of variables to winning in Pro Stock. Everything must be at 100% and a little bit of lady luck needs to be on your side."

If the last three races are any indication, NHRA Winston Drag Racing fans could see a yellow and black JEG'S Mail Order Olds Cutlass in the winners circle at the MacTools Gatornationals. The teams goal would be for both Jeg and Troy to meet in the final round and have the first all-JEG'S final of the 2000 NHRA season.

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series NHRA
Drivers Jeg Coughlin , Troy Coughlin , Warren Johnson