Jeg,Jr. Hopes Momentun Continues In Pomona Jeg Coughlin, Jr is fresh off of a win in Pro Stock and will compete in Pro Stock and Super Stock at the 1998 NHRA Winston Finals (Nov 12-15). The Winston Finals is the final race of the 22 ...
Jeg,Jr. Hopes Momentun Continues In Pomona
Jeg Coughlin, Jr is fresh off of a win in Pro Stock and will compete in Pro Stock and Super Stock at the 1998 NHRA Winston Finals (Nov 12-15). The Winston Finals is the final race of the 22 race national event schedule. Jeg is currently in the #2 spot in the 1998 NHRA Winston Pro Stock Championship and is 79 points ahead of Kurt Johnson who is in the #3 position. Jeg, Jr. must qualify for the NHRA Winston Finals to take home the #2 spot in the 1998 NHRA Winston Championship. Warren Johnson became the 1998 NHRA Pro Stock Champion at the Parts America Nationals and currently has 1895 points.
Although Jeg Coughlin, Jr doesn't sit on top of the "Pro Stock" hill he's still smiling. Jeg is the leading candiate for the 1998 NHRA "Rookie of the Year" and is a nominee for the Southern California Auto Club of America "Road to the Future" award. This "baby faced assassin" has taken Pro Stock by storm. He began racing NHRA Pro Stock late in 1997 season at the Revell Nationals at Texas Motorplex. In 1997 he was the first driver in NHRA history to win NHRA national events in four separate competition catagories. His first Pro Stock victory came in only his second race behind the wheel of a Pro Stock car. The win made this young driver a fixture in the NHRA history book. He has since added to his impressive resume by becoming the 2nd member of the elite Federal-Mogul Speed Pro 200-Mph Club, winning 4 Pro Stock national events so far in 1998, and successfully defending his first ever Pro Stock victory at the 2nd Annual Matco Tools Super Nationals two weeks ago.
The team is already looking ahead to the 1999 NHRA season. With a full year under his belt Jeg Coughlin, Jr. looks foward to the Winston Finals with great anticipation, "I have had a successfull year. At the begining of the season I set some very high goals for myself, some I have achieved and other I have fallen a little short on. One goal was to win a national event in two competition classes at the same event." Jeg, Jr. will ,once again, be behind the wheel in Pro Stock and Super Stock at the same event. This leading contender for "NHRA Rookie of the Year" and nominee for the Southern Califonia Automobile Club of America "Road to the Future" award is looking forward to the final race of the year. "The last race of the year always has a bitter sweet taste to it. For me it's the end of a successful season. I think about things that we could have done to improve throughout the season and I look forward to the next year knowing that our team gained more experience and knowledge."
Pomona Could Be The Site Of Troy's First Victory In Pro Stock
Troy Coughlin is currently in the #14 position in the 1998 NHRA Winston Championship points. This driver has seen a season filled with ups and downs, but he maintains one of the most upbeat atitudes in the sport. "The performance of my #8 JEG'S Mail Order car is back and I know that my first Pro Stock win is just around the corner," said Troy.
Troy began racing in Pro Stock in 1994 and has plenty of experience. He has been involved with engine lease programs through the years with Larry Morgan, Steve Schmidt, and Warren Johnson. Troy commented, "I have learned from everyone that I has been associated with. I believe that our program really turned around when Richard Maskin joined our team." Richard Maskin joined the JEG'S Mail Order Racing Team in late 1997. He has been an asset to this young and extremely competitive team.
Troy will take delivery of a newly built Olds Cutlass at the conclusion of the 1998 NHRA season. This car is Don Ness's newest creation and couldn't come sooner. The entire team is looking forward to the off season to begin testing. The team will begin a strict testing schedule in early December.
JEG'S Pro Stock Truck Is Turning Heads
Mike is the newest member of the Coughlin family to enter the professional ranks. His first race in a Pro Stock Truck was at the Sears Craftsman Nationals at Gateway International. This driver has adapted well to this new challenge and has done it quickly.
Mike began racing in 1985 and has progressed through the sportsman ranks. "The experience that I gained in the sportsman classes was invaluable. My family and teammates have made this learning curve look easy," said Mike. This year at the Revell Nationals Mike ran a personal best 7.66 seconds @ 174.08 Mph. Richard Maskin, renouned engine builder and owner of Dart Machinery, has added the Pro Stock Truck program to his JEG'S plate of horsepower. The recent success of this program is due largely to his involvement.
This young driver is known for his steller reation times. Having the Maskin horsepower the hood, a win is right around the corner for this team. With each race the teams is learning more about this new combination and will be a championship contender for the 1999 NHRA Pro Stock Truck Championship.