JEG'S Team In Store for Busy Weekend NHRA's largest all-family professional team will have a lot on their performance plate at the Pennzoil Nationals presented by Trak Auto. The Pennzoil Nationals at Virginia Motorsports Park is the sixth stop...
JEG'S Team In Store for Busy Weekend
NHRA's largest all-family professional team will have a lot on their performance plate at the Pennzoil Nationals presented by Trak Auto. The Pennzoil Nationals at Virginia Motorsports Park is the sixth stop on the twenty-two-race NHRA tour. The track and weather conditions make for a great combination for record-breaking performances in both the Pro Stock and Pro Stock Truck classes.
Pro Stock brother duo Jeg and Troy Coughlin will continue their quest for the '99 NHRA Winston Pro Stock Championship using their much talked about two car team approach to winning. Mike Coughlin will debut the newest Chevy S-10 Pro Stock Truck built by Jerry Haas. This new vehicle is expected to be both quicker and faster, which will be the added ammo that the team needs to make the difference in the race for the teams first Pro Stock Truck win. Pro Stock Truck "rookie" John Coughlin will have a race schedule this weekend that only a hand full of professional drivers in all forms of motorsports have ever had to deal with. The oldest Coughlin brother will race in Pro Stock Truck in Virginia and Super Stock at the North Central Division 3 event in Indianapolis on the same weekend.
After a disappointing DNQ in Houston, Troy Coughlin rebounded at the Castrol Nationals. A question that is surrounding the Pro Stock pit area is who will be the next member of the elite Federal-Mogul Speed Pro 200-Mph Club? Troy is certainly a front runner to be added to this group that includes Warren Johnson, Jeg Coughlin, Kurt Johnson & Ray Franks respectfully. "We have the horsepower and the car to break this barrier. My car is a newly built Don Ness Olds Cutlass, which should help us cut through the air better," noted Coughlin. This is the second race for this new car. Troy is currently in the number three position in the NHRA Winston points. The #24 JEG'S Mail Order Cutlass has been one of the most consistent cars of this ultra-competitive class.
Jeg Coughlin would like to put his performance at the Castrol Nationals behind him, which was the site of his first DNQ of the '99 NHRA season. Jeg dropped to the number four position in the NHRA Winston points. "Our team is extremely motivated to get the yellow and black JEG'S colors back on top. We tested before getting to Richmond which really helped us to sort through some of the problems that hurt us in Dallas," said '98 NHRA Rookie of the Year Jeg. Virginia Motorsports Park will be the site of some record breaking runs if the conditions are right. The cool air and low humidity are conditions that the "factory hot rods" desire. Jeg said, "We know that this track has the potential for some record breaking times. Our goal is for it to be a yellow and black JEG'S Mail Order machine."
With a new Pro Stock Truck, talented driver Mike Coughlin and the Maskin horsepower's first win is right around the corner. At the last race in Houston Mike and his #28 JEG'S Mail Order machine took out '98 Pro Stock Truck Champion Larry Kopp in the first round. Mike eventually lost to race winner Mark Osborne in the semifinal round, which was a very close race. "We are really making a lot of positive steps forward with our program. Every race has presented challenges which we have taken head on and learned from as a team," said Coughlin. Mike is currently in the number seven position in the '99 NHRA Winston points and looks to continue his march toward the number one spot at the Pennzoil Nationals.
John Coughlin will no doubt be a busy driver this weekend. In an effort to be the Federal-Mogul Division 3 representative for Super Stock in the $100,000 All-Star event he will compete in Pro Stock Truck in Virginia and Super Stock in Indianapolis. John will be in Virginia qualifying his #31 JEG'S Mail Order Pro Stock Truck on Thursday. Thursday night he will fly to Indianapolis to the Federal-Mogul Division 3 event and will make qualifying runs Friday morning. After he makes his qualifying runs he will fly back to Virginia in time for the third and fourth qualifying sessions for Pro Stock Truck. Assuming that John makes the field in Pro Stock Truck, he will remain in Virginia for eliminations. On Sunday if he is not still remaining in competition in Pro Stock Truck he will fly back to Indianapolis to compete in Super Stock. "This will be a busy weekend for us. But this is something that is extremely important to our employees at JEG'S and the members of the race team. This would not be possible without the hard work and dedication of our race team," noted John. By qualifying in Indianapolis John will lead the points for the All-Star race. "We have been very well represented as a team in the Federal-Mogul All-Star race in the past. All of my brother's (Troy, Mike & Jeg, Jr.) have competed in this special race and I would like nothing more then to add my name to this elite list. Having this race at the Pontiac Excitement Nationals, in our hometown, with 300 plus employees of JEG'S, friends, and family wanting you to win is a great feeling."