Yellow and black look like the colors of choice in NHRA Pro Stock. Jeg Coughlin, Jr. has been a dominant force in NHRA's most competitive professional category this year. Jeg started of the season winning six of the first seven races. Since...
Yellow and black look like the colors of choice in NHRA Pro Stock. Jeg Coughlin, Jr. has been a dominant force in NHRA's most competitive professional category this year.
Jeg started of the season winning six of the first seven races. Since then his pace has slowed a bit, but still holds a commanding leading in the points. Jeg has 1290 points and leads his closest competitor by 280 points or 14 rounds of competition.
"We started off the year extremely strong and we are looking to get back to our early season form," said Jeg.
As if one yellow and black car was not enough, the JEG'S Mail Order team fields two identical looking Oldsmobile Cutlass'. The brother duo of Jeg and Troy Coughlin have shown that if one doesn't get you the other one is waiting to take you out.
Troy is holding down the No. 5 position with 805 points in the NHRA Winston Championship. He is 122 from taking over the No. 4 spot.
"We are a true two-car team," explained Jeg. "We share every piece of data with each other and it has helped to accelerate our teams learning curve."
Team JEG'S has proved that the two car concept has worked to their advantage. On the occasion that one car struggles a little during qualifying the other car collects data that in turn helps get both cars closer to the winner's circle.
"We have had times this season when our car could use improvement," said Troy. "When that happens we use the data from the other car to get back on track. It has proved to benefit us tremendously."
"When both cars are working well it makes it easier for us to further fine tune our set up in each car," added Jeg. "Getting small changes to work to your advantage is the difference to winning and loosing in this class. The racing is too close to make any mistakes!"
Jeg and Troy Coughlin have both won at the US Nationals. Troy was the first in the Coughlin family to win NHRA's most prestigious race. He was the '91 Super Gas winner. Jeg followed in his older brothers footsteps a year later winning the '92 Super Gas title.
"The US Nationals is the Super Bowl of Drag Racing," stated Troy. "Winning the US Nationals is one of the most powerful memories I have racing. The prestige of winning the US Nationals is unmatched."
"My brothers and I always went to the US Nationals with our father when he raced. There is so much excitement that surrounds it," commented Jeg. "I can remember watching Bob Glidden, the late Lee Shepherd and Frank Iaconio all win at the US Nationals. A lot of drivers have said that your career is not complete until you win the big one!"
If the qualifying works out the way the team hopes the brothers would battle on raceday from opposite sides of the ladder. To meet in the final for an all-JEG'S, all-Coughlin, brother vs. brother final round match up is an ideal.
"Our goal at every NHRA race is to meet in the final," commented Jeg. "The first step is qualifying on opposite sides of the ladder."
"We take each round one by one," added Troy. "Our team is committed and dedicated to winning. We have a great team and everyone is working together toward the common goal of winning!"