The familiar yellow and black JEG'S Mail Order Oldsmobile Cutlass' are ready to take on the quarter mile battle field at the NHRA season opener, the AutoZone Winternationals in Pomona. The Pro Stock brother duo of Jeg and Troy Coughlin will...
The familiar yellow and black JEG'S Mail Order Oldsmobile Cutlass' are ready to take on the quarter mile battle field at the NHRA season opener, the AutoZone Winternationals in Pomona. The Pro Stock brother duo of Jeg and Troy Coughlin will work toward starting the 2000 NHRA season as strong as they started the 1999 season. The two brother's faced each other in the final round of last years AutoZone Winternationals. This was the first time in NHRA history that brother's raced each other in the final round in Pro Stock and the first professional all-JEG'S final for the Coughlin family.
Jeg Coughlin, Jr. finished #2 in the NHRA Winston Drag Racing Championship for the second consecutive year ('98 & '99). The young and talented driver won the season opener and the '99 season finale in Pomona, which gave him "bookend" victories of the '99 NHRA season.
Jeg said, "It's a great feeling to come to a track where you have been so successful. We ended the '99 season on a high note, which really helps during the off season." Jeg is no doubt one of the leading challengers for the 2000 NHRA Winston Championship in Pro Stock.
The JEG'S Mail Order Racing Team spent most of their off-season preparing for the season opener rather than extensive track testing. "Last year that game plan seemed to work out pretty good for us, we had both JEG'S Cutlass' in the final," Jeg noted. "The team has spent a lot of time going through the car and replacing components that effect the performance."
Troy Coughlin finished the '99 season #6, which was a career best finish. At the season finale he qualified #1 for the first time. Troy showed the Pro Stock class that he had what it took to go rounds and be a threat to win.
"We will start the 2000 season with the same faces, we have a great group of guys that work well together," Troy said. "I will continue to race the Oldsmobile Cutlass that I finished last season in. The only change that will be noticed on the car is the JEG'S 40th Anniversary logo on the hood and the JEG'S logo on the rear deck lid."
Coughlin continues, "It will be nice to unload the car in Pomona and know that it works and has been competitive at the track before, I believe that will work to our advantage."
Troy will work toward winning his first professional NHRA national event the minute that the #24 JEG'S Mail Order Olds Cutlass is rolled out of the trailer at the AutoZone Winternationals. Troy added, "I feel very confident going into this season and I know that our team has everything in place to win when the Christmas tree turns green."
Renowned engine builder Richard Maskin and his staff at DART Machinery will return to deliver and tune the horsepower for the JEG'S Mail Order Racing Team exclusively. Jeg explained, "Richard Maskin and his group at DART have been extremely busy during the off-season making advances with our engine program. I am confident that we can do our job at the track and the rest should take care of itself."
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, Jr. and Troy Coughlin race two identical looking Oldsmobile Cutlass'. Mike and John Coughlin carry the JEG'S banner in Pro Stock Truck, with Chevy S-10's as their vehicle of choice. Jeg Coughlin, Sr. rounds out the family affair as the Pro Stock Truck crew chief, 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 Qualifying, Feb. 5, 9:30-11:30 p.m. (est) ESPN2 Eliminations, Feb. 6, 10:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. (est) ESPN2 Replay of Eliminations, Feb 11, noon-2:00 p.m. (est)