Coughlin Wins Fifth Pro Stock Championship
Jeg Coughlin Jr. clinched the 2013 Pro Stock championship Sunday at the Auto Club NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway.
Coughlin became just the eighth driver in NHRA history to win a fifth professional championship, as he earned previous Pro Stock titles in 2000, 2002, 2007 and 2008. As a sportsman driver, Coughlin also won the NHRA Super Gas championship in 1992.
“This championship is extremely special to us, without question,” Coughlin said. “When I stepped away from professional racing at the end of 2010, I honestly wasn’t real sure how quickly I’d get back in the seat. But shortly thereafter, we put a great program together with our friends at Mopar to run a Dodge Avenger for the ‘12, ‘13 and ‘14 seasons.
“We didn’t rest too long. We transitioned to racing with Allen and Roy Johnson and the J&J horsepower they make and it’s been a great relationship.”
Coughlin sat out the 2011 season, but returned with a vengeance in 2012. For this season, he joined Allen Johnson as a teammate at J&J Racing, and Roy Johnson’s handmade horsepower put Coughlin over the top. He won four races in eight final-rounds this year, taking over the points lead after a victory at Reading, Pa., in the fourth of six Countdown to the Championship races.
He never looked back and officially clinched the title when Jason Line lost in Sunday’s second round.
“To bring a second straight championship back to Auburn Hills for our friends at Mopar and another one to Greeneville, Tenn., for the J&J Racing crew, and now a seventh overall world championship to Delaware, Ohio, for everyone at JEGS, it feels fantastic,” Coughlin said. “It ranks right up there at the top.”
The championship was the fourth this year for the Coughlin family. T.J. Coughlin, Jeg’s nephew, won the Division 3 title in Super Gas; Cody Coughlin, another nephew, won the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour stock-car championship; and Jeg Coughlin III won the Ohio state high school golf championship. The family also scored its 100th career national-event victory in NHRA when Troy Coughlin won Pro Mod in Las Vegas.
“In this day and age, it is so tough to win out here,” Coughlin Jr. said. “We’ve seen a lot of races won and lost by just a few thousandths of a second. I think this is one of the tightest, and one of the most intense championships I’ve ever won. This ranks right up there with 2007 when we had the two cuts to the Countdown to One in the first year of our playoffs.”No Comment