POMONA, Calif. — Four-time NHRA Pro Stock champion Jeg Coughlin, Jr. will not return to the Pro Stock division in 2011, instead opting for a lighter schedule of sportsman events.
“We took most of 2006 off just to kind of have a break from it all,” the 40-year-old Coughlin said. “We did a lot of high-dollar bracket races and select Lucas Oil Sportsman Series events here and there with no particular schedule in mind. We kind of just raced when we wanted to and it was a lot of fun. That is the direction I am heading now.
“When the chance to get back into Pro Stock presented itself towards the end of ’06 we sat down and thought about the goals we could go for if we did return. We knew we wanted to pass the 50-win mark. We accomplished that. We wanted to be in position to contend for the championship each year, and we won two more since we returned. And we really wanted to salute our dad and family business on the 50th anniversary of JEGS, which happened throughout this season,” Coughlin said.
To date, Coughlin has collected four Pro Stock titles (2000, 2002, 2007, and 2008) and 52 national event Pro Stock trophies to go with one Super Gas world championship (1992) and 14 more national event Sportsman victories.
“My career has turned out better than I would have ever imagined. I feel so fortunate to have raced with the people I’ve raced with and to have won the races and championships we’ve won for the yellow and black,” Coughlin said. “It’s just been a phenomenal ride, and it’s not over by any means. I have been going Mach II with my hair on fire since the early 90’s and I kind of want to take a breath.”
Aside from his own future racing endeavors, Coughlin plans to serve as a crewman for his fiancé Samantha Kenny and his nephew Troy Coughlin, Jr., who both compete in the Super Comp division. He also plans to support the racing efforts of brothers John, Troy, Mike and their families.