Texas Motorplex Ennis, TX Oct. 21-24th Background: JEG'S Mail Order Racing is NHRA's largest all-family professional race team. The team competes in Pro Stock and Pro Stock Truck. The Pro Stock brother duo of Jeg and Troy Coughlin...
Texas Motorplex Ennis, TX Oct. 21-24th
JEG'S Mail Order Racing is NHRA's largest all-family professional race team. The team competes in Pro Stock and Pro Stock Truck. The Pro Stock brother duo of Jeg and Troy Coughlin race two identical looking Olds Cutlass's. Mike and John Coughlin carry the JEG'S banner in Pro Stock Truck, with Chevy S-10's as their vehicles of choice. Jeg Coughlin, Sr rounds out the Coughlin family affair as the teams advisor and father.
ESPN2 Sunday, Oct 24 (qualifying highlights) 1:30-2:30 am (est) ESPN2 Sunday, Oct 24 (semifinal/final round) 5:00-8:00 pm (est)
Below you will find two pre-event stories. The first is on the Pro Stock team and the second is on the Pro Stock Truck team.
Troy And Jeg Coughlin Looking Forward To Success
The familiar yellow and black JEG'S Mail Order colors will invade the Texas Motorplex in an effort to gain more points towards the '99 NHRA Winston Championship. The Pro Stock class has three races remaining in the season. As the twenty-two race schedule comes to a close drivers and teams know that they have a limited amount of time to make moves in the point standings.
'98 NHRA "Rookie of the Year" Jeg Coughlin comes into the O'Reilly Fall Nationals holding down the number three position with 1,236 points. He trails Kurt Johnson by 96 points. Jeg has continued to make a name for himself during the season by winning four NHRA national events and winning both the Winston NO BULL SHOWDOWN and Holley Dominator Duel in Pro Stock.
Jeg said, "I have not had a lot of success in Dallas since switching to Pro Stock, which is something I am looking forward to changing. The consistency of our program is miles ahead of where it was a year ago." Traditionally in Jeg Coughlin, Jr's racing career he has made a late season charge in variety of different NHRA competition classes. This is a trend that this young driver would like to see continue. "I look at every race as an opportunity to win and we have three races left until the season ends."
Troy Coughlin is having his best season of his Pro Stock career, which began in 1994. Troy has been to the final round six times and he became a member of the Federal-Mogul Speed Pro 200-mph Club this year. He is currently tied for the number seven position with Mark Pawuk with 866 points. Troy and his #24 JEG'S Mail Order Olds Cutlass trail Mike Edwards, who is in the number six spot by 87 points. Round by round Troy will work hard at getting closer to the number five position, which is held by Richie Stevens.
Troy commented, "I feel that our program is right on track. We have made a lot of positive changes since the beginning of the season and it shows." Troy finished number eight in the NHRA Winston Championship in 1997, which was his best finish since jumping into NHRA's most competitive class. "Our team knows what we have to do for the rest of the year and we know how to do it. The key to our team having a successful run in these last three races will be to eliminate mistakes and the rest will take care of itself."
JEG'S Pro Stock Truck Team Looks For Big Things In The Big-D
The clock is ticking for the Pro Stock Truck class as well. NHRA's newest professional class has two races remaining before the '99 NHRA season comes to a close. The fourteen race schedule started the season in Pomona and will end the season at the Winston Finals in Pomona.
The JEG'S Mail Order Pro Stock Truck program added to the yellow and black winning ways by capturing three NHRA national events so far this season. '99 NHRA "Rookie of the Year" front-runner John Coughlin won the Pontiac Excitement Nationals in front of a home town crowd. While Mike Coughlin was the winner of the Mopar Parts Nationals and the coveted US Nationals.
Mike Coughlin comes into the O'Reilly Fall Nationals in the number four position in the '99 NHRA Winston Championship with 771 points. He trails Brad Jeter by 102 points and Mark Osborne is in the number two spot with 880 points. Mike and his #28 JEG'S Mail Order Chevy S-10 will work toward finishing the season in a higher position.
Mike noted, "This class is getting more competitive with each race, if you qualify for a race you can walk away with a win Sunday night. Our teams learning curve has accelerated since the break before the US Nationals and it shows."
John Coughlin currently sits in the number eleven spot with two races remaining to jump into the top ten. John is 55 points behind Jerry Haas, who is in the number ten position. With a strong finish at the O'Reilly Fall Nationals John and his #31 JEG'S Mail Order S-10 can take over the number nine slot.
John stated, "Our entire team has been working extremely hard. We spent a day testing in preparation for coming to Dallas and I think that will help us finish off the season on a strong note."
The yellow and black JEG'S Mail Order S-10's are a threat to win at every race they compete in. If qualifying works out the way the team would like, you will see Mike and John on opposite sides of the ladder. That would give the team an opportunity for an all-JEG'S final, which is one of the teams goals this year. The team will have two chances for an all-JEG'S final before the '99 NHRA season concludes.