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Jeg Coughlin has grown up with E-town track

Jeg Coughlin has been racing at Englishtown for over 14 years. His record at the track is impressive but the family roots go deep at this week’s stop on the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series.

Courtesy: NHRA Media Relations

Englishtown, PA-Long before he was racking up victories at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park, Jeg Coughlin Jr. was zipping down the fabled dragstrip in his mind, turning on make-believe win lights in his dreams from the time he was old enough to read.





“I grew up with this track,” said the second-generation of the Chevrolet Cobalt. “I can remember reading about E-town in my dad’s National DRAGSTER magazines back in the ‘70s and coming here as a kid whenever he’d race. It was a real thrill.





“This was where all the big-time East Coast guys raced. I always thought it would be so cool to win here one day because then you would have won a race at the same place as all of those legendary drivers. I dreamed about E-town a lot when I was a kid, no doubt about it.”





Coughlin began turning those dreams until reality beginning in 1997 when he won the Super Gas crown at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park. He’s since won three more times, all in Pro Stock, taking trophies in 1998, 2000, and 2009. He also recorded runner-up finishes at the track in 2002 and 2007.





Overall, Coughlin has won a remarkable 74 percent of his race day match-ups at the facility.



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