The JEGS Mail Order team will feature a healthy line-up for this week’s 66th annual Denso Spark Plugs U.S. Nationals. Jeg Coughlin Jr. and Troy Coughlin Jr. will be competing in Pro Stock, while Mike Coughlin is racing in Top Dragster. Troy Jr. also will be racing in Super Comp alongside fellow third-generation racers Paige Coughlin and Makenna Brown.
This year, the U.S. Nationals will also be home to the prestigious JEGS Allstars race, which features 80 of NHRA’s best sportsman drag racers competing for individual and team honors and a part of a $150,000 purse.
Jeg Jr. has opened the 2020 season by winning two of the first four races and he’s the current points leader in the Pro Stock class as he chases a sixth NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro Stock title (and seventh overall). 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.
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 third start in the NHRA Pro Stock class. He will be once again be driving a Mustang for the Elite Performance team.
At the most recent event, the Dodge NHRA Indy Nationals, Jeg Jr. and nephew Troy Jr. met in an historic all-JEGS final round. Jeg Jr. won his 65th Pro Stock race and 84th overall.
Last year, Jeg Jr. finished as the second-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 10 a total of 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. Jeg Jr.’s final campaign has been dubbed the “Breaking Barriers Tour,” in reference to his many racing accomplishments.
To honor the 50th anniversary of the Pro Stock class, Jeg Jr.’s Chevy Camaro will carry a throwback paint scheme in Indy. It will bear a striking resemblance to the car in which he won his first title in 2000.
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 Jr. is once again racing as a teammate to three-time champion Erica Enders. The Elite Motorsports team also includes Troy Jr., Alex Laughlin, Bruno Massel, Aaron Stanfield and Marty Robertson. 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.