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Team JEGS Pre-Race Notes for E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals

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jegs top 2020INDIANAPOLIS, IN  (July 7, 2020) – The JEGS Mail Order team will be represented at the E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals in Indianapolis by Jeg Coughlin Jr. and his nephew, Troy Coughlin Jr., who will both be competing in the Pro Stock category.

Jeg Jr. began his pursuit of a sixth NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro Stock title (and seventh overall) with a victory in Pomona and a quarterfinal finish in Phoenix. Jeg Jr. is once again racing as a member of the Elite Motorsports team. His Chevy Camaro will carry the familiar yellow and black colors of JEGS Mail Order along with the special edition JEGS 60th anniversary logo this season.

Jeg Coughlin Jr

Jeg Coughlin Jr.’s JEGS.com Camaro

After winning national events in Super Gas, Super Comp, and Top Alcohol Dragster, as well as successful stints in Top Fuel and Pro Mod, Troy Jr. will be making his NHRA Pro Stock debut at this event. He will be driving the Elite Mustang normally raced by Marty Robertson.

Last year, Jeg Jr. finished as the No. 2 ranked driver in the Pro Stock class behind Elite teammate Erica Enders. It was the second-straight year that he’s been the championship runner-up. Jeg Jr. has now finished in the top ten 19-times in his professional career, which began in 1997.

Jeg Jr. has announced 2020 as his last full-time season in professional drag racing. Coughlin’s final campaign is dubbed the “Breaking Barriers Tour,” in reference to his many racing accomplishments.

Earlier this season, Jeg Jr. won the $75,000 top prize in the Drag Illustrated World Doorslammer Nationals race in Orlando, Fla. Jeg Jr. defeated Greg Anderson in the final round of the inaugural event, which featured the sport’s best Pro Stock and Pro Mod cars.

Jeg Coughlin Jr.

Jeg Coughlin Jr.

Jeg Jr. is once again racing as a teammate to three-time champion Erica Enders. The Elite Motorsports team also includes Alex Laughlin, Aaron Stanfield and Marty Robinson, with Bruno Massel and Troy Coughlin Jr. this weekend. Jeg Jr.’s crew chief is Rickie Jones, who has extensive experience in the class as a driver, chassis builder, and tuner. The Elite team also features crew chiefs Rick Jones and Mark Ingersoll, who regularly share data.

Jeg Jr. has three career Pro Stock victories at Lucas Oil Raceway Indianapolis, having won there in 2000, 2002, and 2009. Jeg Jr. defeated Ron Krisher in the 2000 final and stopped Jim Yates in 2002 and Greg Stanfield in 2009.

In 20 career appearances at the U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway Indianapolis, Jeg Jr. has a round win record of 27-16 in Pro Stock, making it one of his most successful tracks.

As a sportsman driver, Jeg Jr. also claimed the Super Gas title in Indy in 1992, beating Sherman Adcock Jr. in the final round. Jeg Jr. also won the prestigious Mopar Hemi Challenge at Indy in 2004, driving Michael Ogburn’s West Coast Hemi’s Barracuda to a final-round win against Rick Houser.

Jeg Jr. is a five-time NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro Stock champion. He earned season titles in 2000, 2002, 2007-2008 and 2013. As a sportsman driver, Jeg Jr. also claimed the NHRA Super Gas championship in 1992.

Troy Coughlin Jr.

Troy Coughlin Jr. will be making his Pro Stock debut in NHRA

Jeg Jr. is the only driver to win national event titles in seven different categories. He has won in Pro Stock, Comp, Super Stock, Stock, Super Comp, Super Gas and Top Dragster.

Jeg Jr. is the only professional racer in history to win a national event title from all 16 starting spots. During his Indy win in 2000, Jeg Jr. qualified No. 16.

With 64 Pro Stock wins in his career, Jeg Jr. ranks fourth all-time among Pro Stock drivers. Only Warren Johnson (97), Greg Anderson (94), and the late Bob Glidden (85) and have more titles.

In 449 career Pro Stock races, Jeg Jr. has reached the final round 112 times, recording 64 wins. Including his 19 sportsman victories, Jeg Jr. has won a total of 83 times. During his career, Jeg Jr. has appeared in 137 final rounds, 112 as a professional and 25 as a sportsman racer.

During his Pro Stock career, Jeg Jr. has competed in 449 events and has a round-win record of 676-369. He has failed to qualify just 16 times.

Jeg Jr. has been the low qualifier 43 times in Pro Stock including the first two events in Pomona and Phoenix this year.

Troy Coughlin Jr.

Troy Coughlin Jr. tested extensively in the off season

Troy Jr. is an eight-time NHRA national event winner and the first third-generation Coughlin to win a major drag racing event. Troy Jr. won the U.S. Nationals in Super Comp in 2010 and also won the Indy Super Gas title in 2014. His other wins have come in Las Vegas (2009), Gainesville (2013), Columbus (2014), Reading (2018), Norwalk (2019) and Reading (2019).

Troy Jr. was crowned the 2018 North Central Region Top Alcohol Dragster champion and the 2019 Eastern Region Top Alcohol Dragster champion. He was also crowned the 2013 NHRA North Central Division Super Gas champion.

Last season, Troy Jr. appeared in 10 final rounds in Top Alcohol Dragster and earned five wins including national event titles in Norwalk and Reading. Troy Jr. has also earned victories at regional events at Atco Dragway, Beech Bend Raceway Park, and Virginia Motorsports Park.

During his career, the versatile Troy Jr. has raced in Top Fuel, Top Alcohol Dragster, Pro Mod, Super Comp, Super Gas, Top Dragster, E.T. Brackets, and Jr. Dragsters. Earlier this season in Orlando, he made his debut in the Pro Stock class alongside his uncle, Jeg Jr. The JEGS Mail Order teammates raced in round two with Jeg Jr. taking a narrow victory.

In addition to his success in NHRA events, Troy Jr. also is regarded as one of the sport’s best E.T. bracket racers. He has accumulated several major victories including a $25,000 payday at the Atco Dragway Superbucks event and a $10,000 win the Spring Buck Blast at South Georgia Motorsports Park. He also won a $20,000 race at the Powerball of Bracket Racing event in Darlington, S.C.

Overall, the Coughlin family, including John, Troy, Mike, Jeg Jr. and Troy Jr. have combined for 126 NHRA national event victories since 1990. The Coughlin’s have won in 11 different eliminators including Pro Stock, Pro Stock Truck, Pro Mod, Top Alcohol Dragster, Comp, Super Stock, Stock, Super Comp, Super Gas, Top Sportsman and Top Dragster.

Team JEGS – By the Numbers

6: Indianapolis wins for Team Jegs. Four by Jeg Coughlin Jr. (3 Pro Stock and 1 Super Gas) and two by Troy Coughlin Jr. (1 Super Comp and 1 Super Gas).

7: Different classes where Jeg Coughlin Jr. has won at least one NHRA national event title (the only driver in history to do so)

11: Number of classes where the Coughlin family has earned an NHRA national event victory

19: Top-10 finishes for Jeg Coughlin Jr. in the Pro Stock class since 1998

126: Combined NHRA national event victories for the Coughlin family

About JEGS Automotive
JEGS Automotive is a worldwide e-commerce leader in the mail-order, high-performance auto parts business, offering more than 1M individual items for purchase. Founded in 1960 by drag racing legend Jeg Coughlin Sr., JEGS remains family-owned to this day with brothers John, Troy Sr., Mike and Jeg Jr. in charge. The company’s corporate headquarters, massive 225,000-square-foot warehouse and distribution center, state-of-the-art call centers, the family’s classic car and truck collection, Team JEGS’ research and development facility and the offices of the JEGS Foundation are all located in Delaware, Ohio. For more information, call 800-345-4545 or visit www.JEGS.com.

About Team JEGS
Team JEGS, the official racing team of JEGS Automotive, is fueled by the legacy of one of the most successful families in motorsports history, the Coughlins. Led by JEGS founder and International Drag Racing Hall of Fame member Jeg Coughlin Sr. and his four sons — John, Troy Sr., Mike and Jeg Jr. — Team JEGS has claimed nine NHRA World Championships, 18 divisional championships and 126 national event victories. Meet the drivers, view the race schedule and keep up with the latest news and results at www.TeamJEGS.com.

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