Pomona Team JEG'S Preview - Pro Stock and Pro Stock Truck

JEG'S Mail Order Racing NHRA Pro Stock / Pro Stock Truck NHRA Automobile Club of Southern California Finals Pomona Raceway Pomona, CA Nov. 11-14th JEG'S Mail Order Racing is NHRA's largest all-family professional race team. Jeg, Jr. and...

JEG'S Mail Order Racing NHRA Pro Stock / Pro Stock Truck

NHRA Automobile Club of Southern California Finals Pomona Raceway Pomona, CA Nov. 11-14th

JEG'S Mail Order Racing is NHRA's largest all-family professional race team. Jeg, Jr. and Troy Coughlin compete in Pro Stock, NHRA's most competitive class. Brothers John and Mike Coughlin race in Pro Stock Truck, which is NHRA's newest professional class. Jeg Coughlin, Sr is the father and team advisor for his four sons.

Saturday November 13

ESPN2       Qualifying Highlights               1:00-2:00 am (est)
ESPN2       Qualifying Highlights-repeat        3:30-4:30 am (est)

Sunday November 14

ESPN2       Big Bud Shootout & First Round      3:00-5:00 pm (est)
ESPN2       Final Round Coverage                8:30-9:30 pm (est)

Jeg And Troy Coughlin Will Work Toward Ending Season The Same Way They Started It

The Automobile Club of Southern California Finals is the season finale for the NHRA Winston Drag Racing series. Although most of the championships have been decided in the professional ranks, there are plenty of interesting points battles which will continue throughout the weekend.

'98 NHRA "Rookie of the Year" Jeg Coughlin, Jr. is in a battle with Kurt Johnson for the number two position in the '99 NHRA Winston Championship. Jeg comes into the final event of the season sitting in the number three spot and is only 57 points out of second.

Jeg commented, "The key to gaining ground will be to eliminate mistakes. We have a great team and our entire program is ready for the task at hand." There are a series of mathematical possibilities that can propel Jeg ahead of Kurt. However, the reality is that Jeg must advance three rounds further than Kurt. Jim Yates is 111 points behind Jeg in the number four slot. Jeg is assured to finish no worse than third in the '99 NHRA Winston Championship.

Coughlin added, "The last time that our team came to Pomona Raceway was the season opener. Troy and I met in the final round and our team scored our first ever professional all-JEG'S final. We would like to finish the '99 season the same way we started it-by winning!" Jeg continued, "If it was up to me I would prefer to meet Kurt in the first round and have my destiny in my own hands."

Troy Coughlin is having the best season of his career since joining NHRA's most competitive class in 1994. Troy has been to six final rounds this season and is currently number seven in the NHRA Winston Championship points. Troy is trailing Mike Edwards by 31 points and Richie Stevens is ahead of Coughlin by 80 points in the number five position.

Troy said, "With the points as tight as they are you must look forward and not look behind you. The performance of my JEG'S Mail Order Olds Cutlass has taken steps forward and this is a trend we intend on continuing through the end of the season."

Coughlin noted, "We have all of the ingredients to have another successful weekend and finish this season on a positive note. Our entire team will work together and work toward the common goal of finishing the season with our fourth all-JEG'S final of the year."

JEG'S Pro Stock Trucks Want To Paint Pomona Yellow And Black

The conclusion of the '99 NHRA season will mark the second season for NHRA's newest professional class. In the two year history of the class the learning curve for teams and drivers has increased with each race. The class has become in some aspects as competitive as their car counter parts, a trend which we will likely see continue.

The '99 NHRA season marks the close of Mike Coughlin's first full season, he began racing in the Pro Stock Truck class at the '98 Sears Craftsman Nationals. Mike's sophomore season proved to be a plentiful one. He won the Mopar Parts Nationals and The 45th Annual US Nationals, the most prestigious NHRA race to win.

Mike is currently in the number four position in the NHRA Winston Championship points. He trails Mark Osborne by 113 points and is ahead of Randy Daniels by 61 points going into the season ending race.

Mike noted, "I will focus on doing the best job that I can every time I get into my truck and the rest will take care of itself. Our team is surrounded by talented, knowledgeable and enthusiastic team players who want to win every time we go down the track."

John Coughlin, who is considered to be the front-runner for the '99 NHRA "Rookie of the Year" honor, has had a successful "rookie" year. John scored his first professional victory at the Pontiac Excitement Nationals in front of a hometown crowd. He is currently number six on the Holley Dominator Duel points, which shows that he and his #31 JEG'S Mail Order S-10 are consistent qualifiers. John comes into the final race of his "rookie" year sitting in the number eleven position and is 32 points away from the top ten.

John explained, "When I began the season I set goals for myself, just like most drivers. The first was to win a NHRA national event and the second was to finish in the top ten. I have met my first goal and we will work as hard as we can to see that my second goal becomes a reality."

Coughlin trails Jerry Haas by 32 points and Craig Eaton is 70 points ahead in the number nine position. A strong performance can move John and his JEG'S Mail Order S-10 as high as the number nine spot.

John continued, "We have a great team that works extremely well together, which is a combination that is hard to find. When we work toward common goals as a group anything is possible."

The Pro Stock Truck team would like to add an all-JEG'S final to their list of accomplishments. The team has had an excellent year. Jeg Coughlin, Sr who is the team advisor and father commented, "Having an all-JEG'S final would certainly be icing on the cake to what has already been a very successful season."

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Series NHRA
Drivers Jeg Coughlin , Troy Coughlin , Randy Daniels , Mike Coughlin , Jerry Haas , Mike Edwards