NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series Team Jeg's Eager To Start 2002 Season The 2002 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing season is rapidly approaching, and the drivers and crew of Team Jeg's are eager to begin battle on the quarter-mile. "We are really...
NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series
Team Jeg's Eager To Start 2002 Season
The 2002 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing season is rapidly approaching, and the drivers and crew of Team Jeg's are eager to begin battle on the quarter-mile.
"We are really pumped about getting the season underway," commented Troy. "We have made some transitions over the so called off season that have positioned our team to be as competitive as ever."
One of the more notable changes for Team Jeg's in 2002 is the transformation of the Pro Stock Truck transporter into a fully functioning Pro Stock unit.
"Although Troy and I both race nearly identical cars, it's very rare to find two cars that react exactly the same," explained Jeg. "We already had the truck and trailer at our disposal so we decided to put it to good use," continued Jeg. "We feel that separating the cars will allow the team to focus more effectively on the individual needs of each car, plus it provides us with some additional space to haul equipment to the track as well as storage space for the trailer that is involved in the NHRA racer's midway program at each event."
The 2002 season will also mark the return of John and Mike Coughlin to full-time sportsman racing. John will run a FJ Smith built 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier in Super Stock, while Mike will compete in an Undercover Chassis built Super Comp Dragster. Both drivers will run a full schedule of events competing in selected national and divisional races.
"I'm really excited about returning to competition in Super Stock," commented John.
Many felt that they could expect to see Mike Coughlin in a third Pro Stock car in 2002. Those rumors intensified after he was spotted making test runs in a third Jeg's Mail Order Pro Stock car in Bradenton, FL over the winter break.
"I'm looking forward to racing in Super Comp and focusing on winning a national event in a class that I have spent twelve years competing in," said Mike. "I did join Jeg at the test session in Bradenton, but I was just helping break in some new tires," he explained. "Actually, my new dragster should be arriving pretty soon, preparing and driving it will be my main focus in 2002. Our goal is to debut the new car at the Mac Tools Gatornationals."
The in-house engine program has continued to make strides over the winter hiatus. The engine department overseen by Jeg Coughlin, Sr., has been quite busy preparing the new big block power plants for the two Jeg's Mail Order Chevrolet Cavaliers.
"Our engine program is coming along well," commented Jeg, Sr. "The guys have been working hard to produce competitive pieces to go between the frame rails of our Jeg's Mail Order Chevy Cavaliers." "You can never know too much about building engines," continued Sr. "Trying new combinations is part of the excitement in what we do. We have been working closely with Carl Foltz and his staff at CFE for months. We are confident that we found some more power through the efforts of team work and dedication. We are also not naive enough to think that we are the only one's. Everyone is tied for first place right now and our goal is to stay there by winning the first race. After the first race we will focus on the second and so on. Racing is a lot like golf, your total score at the end is what counts. We just play 23 holes instead of 18."
Jeg Coughlin, Sr. will serve as crew chief of Jeg Jr.'s Pro Stock entry while Gary Pearman oversees the efforts on Troy's car. Several of the talented members of Team Jeg's Pro Stock Truck Team have assumed new roles working on the team's two Pro Stock entries. Roy Simmons joined the team over the off season. Roy has a wealth of experience as both a driver and a crew chief. The majority of Roy's focus will lend itself to working on Jeg, Jr.s Cavalier side by side with twenty-seven year Team Jeg's veteran Rick Rossiter.
Team Jeg's is focused and committed to regaining the Pro Stock Championship. Team members enter and exit the Jeg's Research and Development facility through a trophy room and lobby. The area serves as a showcase for all of the teams past victories and achievements.
"When you open the main door, the first trophy you see is the 2000 Winston Pro Stock Championship Trophy. It's placed on a separate pedestal that sits in front of a 2000 Championship quilt that was purchased at the annual DRAW auction," explained team member Scott Woodruff. "You enjoy looking at all of the trophy's on the walls, but the championship trophy is the one I give a tap to when I walk by. It serves as a symbol of a crowning achievement for our team and some great moments from our past. We have never lost the spirit that it took to win that trophy, and this year we are as committed as ever to regaining it."
Jeg Jr., Troy and the entire team look to improve on their final standings of fifth and sixteenth respectively last season, while John and Mike look to make their mark in the Sportsman ranks.