Jeg Coughlin, Jr. is drag racing royalty: his family owns one of the largest high-performance retail parts businesses in the world, and he has racked up six NHRA world championship trophies in his racing career. Those two items alone would be enough to satisfy most men, but Coughlin is always looking for the next big win and he now has his sights set on the World Doorslammer Nationals presented by CTech Manufacturing to add to his racing legacy.
The World Doorslammer Nationals puts NHRA Pro Stock and Pro Mod as the marquee classes at the same event with big purses on the line for the winners. When Elite Motorsports owner Richard Freeman and Wes Buck from Drag Illustrated began pushing this event it caught Coughlin’s attention — even more so since Freeman has a reputation for making things happen when he puts his mind to it. It also doesn’t hurt that Pro Stock is slated to be the headlining attraction at this non-NHRA event.
“It will be a fun weekend and I am eager to see the response from the way the event will be available to watch online, to the fan base that comes to support at the track. There is no question the action on the track will be second to none with Pro Stock and Pro Mod working in tandem at this event,” Coughlin says.
Pro Stock racers who toss their hat into the ring to compete at the World Doorslammer Nationals will be fighting for a $75,000 payday. Just making the qualified field at this event is going to be tough, so Freeman plans on paying those who make the cut $7,500. That means every Pro Stock racer on the property at Orlando Speed World Dragway will be leaning extra hard on their car to get a piece of the payouts available.
The huge amount of money on the line and stiff competition might change how some racers approach the event, but Coughlin doesn’t fall into that category. Over his long racing career, he has been in this position before, so he’s more than ready to take his shot at the World Doorslammer Nationals title.
“My approach, from behind the wheel, will be much like a big-money bracket race. The level of focus and discipline at these events is increasingly more important and fortunately, I have had some good experience with these types of events. From a team perspective we will need to be in-stride with our prep work, in-pit calls, maintenance, and on-track adjustments the entire event to pull off a win,” Coughlin explains.
During the NHRA Winternationals, Coughlin made the announcement that he won’t be returning to full-time competition after the 2020 season, however, he didn’t say that he would stop racing altogether. That left the door open for him to jump back into the driver’s seat at some point, and the World Doorslammer Nationals is on his list of events he would run in if the opportunity presented itself,
“I would absolutely think about running this race next year if possible. This is a great event for a racer like myself that’s looking to fill the racing calendar with events. This would be a great event to add into the mix along with other local and national bracket races,“ Coughlin states.
The World Doorslammer Nationals presented by CTech Manufacturing is going to be a historic event for the Pro Stock class that you won’t want to miss. All of the racing from Orlando Speed World Dragway March 6-8 can be seen live RIGHT HERE on SpeedVideo. This broadcast is brought to you by Howards Cams, COMP Cams, Flying A Motorsports, and Jerry Bickel Race Cars.