ON THE RUN with Jeg Coughlin Jr.
Coughlin aims to keep it simple and value the moment
e recently collected our 50th championship, and, if I raced more than
Pro Stock win after a big one year, to try and win at least one
weekend at Atlanta Dragway. It national event each year that I raced.
Fortunately, those goals have been
was a milestone moment for our race team realized for the most part, with the
and one that has allowed me a few moments exception of 1991, 1993, and 2004,
of reflection. I’ll readily admit to being guilty when I wasn’t able to win a national
event. Otherwise, we’ve done really
of always looking forward. The next round,
well with five world championships and
the next race, the next trophy — these are a whopping 64 national event wins, so I guess the 64, without the incredible support I’ve received
the things that usually occupy my mind. years when we were fortunate enough to win a from my family and the associates we have at
At first, this particular landmark moment bunch of races made up for those years. I’m JEGS. And I want to make it clear that the people
really didn’t register high on the list for me certainly not complaining about anything. we have working for us at JEGS are very
because I felt like we’d already passed the 50-win important because without their dedication and
mark back in 2007 in Brainerd when I won the professionalism, racing on the weekends either
50th race of my career. That 50-win moment
It takes so much to win at wouldn’t exist or wouldn’t be as much fun.
included the 13 Sportsman-level national event this level, and the most I also know I’ve relied heavily on the unique
victories we’d earned to that point, so it was group of people who have filled out our race
actually just my 37th Pro Stock trophy.
important ingredient by far is the team over the years. They each brought special
Nevertheless, something very cool happened people who helped you along skills to the equation, and their hard work is very
back then, and it has made me realize we need to much appreciated.
take some extra time right now to enjoy this latest the way. Most of all, the love and appreciation I have
accomplishment. for my family, Jeg Sr. and Sue; my mom,
After the Brainerd win in 2007, my good To have 50 Pro Stock wins is especially ironic Monica, and her husband, Glen; my three
friend Fred Simmonds of General Motors for me because I almost didn’t race in the class. I brothe