Big 5: Jeg Coughlin Crowned with Fifth NHRA Pro Stock Title at Auto Club Finals
Jeg Coughlin is blazing his way into the ranks of the greatest NHRA drivers of all time.
But although it’s been no easy task, he’s making it look easy.
The long-time Oakley drag racer rocketed to his fifth Pro Stock Championship in early November, tallying his fourth Auto Club NHRA Pomona event victory on the way.
“In this day and age, it is so tough to win out here,” Jeg 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.”
Obviously, he’s no stranger to success. Taking his place as the eighth driver in NHRA history to claim five pro series crowns, 25,000 Southern California fans witnessed Jeg add to his illustrious list of triumphs throughout the years.
But following a brief absence from the sport recently, this particular go-around was especially meaningful.
“This championship is extremely special without question,” he continued. “When I stepped away after the 2010 season, I wasn’t sure how long it would be before I would return…It’s been a fantastic year. We got great team support. To win a championship under the Mopar banner is fantastic.”