Joliet: Jeg Coughlin preview

Jeg Looks To Go Straight To The Winner's Circle Jeg Coughlin, Jr is currently in the No. 5 position in the NHRA POWERade Pro Stock championship with 16 races remaining. His best finish so far this season has been a runner up at the Mac Tools...

Jeg Looks To Go Straight To The Winner's Circle

Jeg Coughlin, Jr is currently in the No. 5 position in the NHRA POWERade Pro Stock championship with 16 races remaining. His best finish so far this season has been a runner up at the Mac Tools Gatornationals.

The 33-year old second generation driver continues to hold the longest active qualifying streak in NHRA's most competitive professional class. Coughlin has now qualified for 43 straight events. The last race he failed to qualifying at was in 2002 at the first of two races held annually at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, IL.

"We are going to do some testing in St. Louis on Wednesday and Thursday before heading to Route 66 Raceway," said Jeg. "Our cars went straight to Jerry Bickel's (chassis builder) shop after Atlanta to be looked over and have any changes made that need to be. Our biggest obstacle has been getting our cars to consistently go straight from the starting line. We know Jerry and his group are capable of getting us back on track so we can win races. Everyone on our team has been work endless hours to get us back into the winner's circle."

Coughlin has a total of 45 career wins and ranks 10th on the all-time NHRA win list. He has won 33 races in Pro Stock, 7 in Super Stock, 4 in Super Gas and 1 in Competition Eliminator. In addition, he won the 1992 NHRA championship in Super Gas and has brought home two professional titles (2000 & 2002) in Pro Stock.

King Demon Crown Preview:

The King Demon Crown event pits the top eight Pro Stock qualifiers from the previous year against one another for a $50,000 top prize. In all, $76,000 will be divvied up amongst the elite eight on race day. This year's event will be held Saturday, May 22, during the final day of professional qualifying for the seventh annual NHRA Route 66 Nationals.

Racers earn between 175 and 85 points per event depending on what qualifying position they earn. The eight drivers accumulating the most points since the running of last year's King Demon Crown race, which took place in Englishtown, N.J., make the cut for this year's race.

Jeg Coughlin and his Jeg's Mail Order Chevy Cavalier qualified No. 2 for the event this year. Coughlin will be making his fifth appearance in the King Demon Crown race. He won back-to-back titles in 1999 and 2000.

"As a team or a driver you always want to win the special events," said Coughlin. "There is always a lot of excitement that surrounds events like this. We qualified No. 2 this year and that's something to be proud of as a team. Our team has won twice in the past and this will be the fifth year I have raced in the event. We are going to do some testing before heading to Route 66 Raceway that should only make us stronger."

-tj-

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