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MEDIA MATTERS: Have a Heart! How NHRA Star Greg Anderson Almost Lost His

24 Apr

“When Anderson was told a week before the 2014 NHRA season that he needed surgery, he described it as a “shock.” Then he told the doctor that wasn’t possible; he needed to wait until November, after the racing season.

One of many reasons to get the heart valve fixed. (photo courtesy gregandersonracing.net)

One of many reasons to get the heart valve fixed. (photo courtesy gregandersonracing.net)

[BREAKING NEWS: Anderson cleared to qualify/race at Houston weekend of 4.25.14-4.27.14!]  “He looked at me like I had three heads,” Anderson said. “You feel indestructible as a racer. I wasn’t worried about my safety, my health or my life, which I’m a complete idiot for that. I was worried about missing races.”

By the time Anderson left the surgeon’s office, he was convinced the operation would be done in November; however, when Anderson arrived home and outlined the situation to his family, he was told emphatically he wasn’t waiting.”

Then a stunning development at Four-Wide Racing at Charlotte . . . Find out here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2014/04/18/4845406/mooresvilles-greg-anderson-looks.html#.U1j6SfldXYx#storylink=cpy

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MEDIA MATTERS: Jeg Coughlin New Spokesperson for Chrysler?

6 Mar
At an invitational tour of Chrysler Headquarters & Technology Center, five-time NHRA Pro Stock champion Jeg Coughlin Jr. (left) met with Chrysler President and CEO Pietro Gorlier. Notice the relaxed look and dress

At an invitational tour of Chrysler Headquarters & Technology Center, five-time NHRA Pro Stock champion Jeg Coughlin Jr. (left) met with Chrysler President and CEO Pietro Gorlier. Notice the relaxed look and dress

Jeg Coughlin: Is he a new spokesperson for Chrysler? No; however, he should be. His casual demeanor belies the intensity and smarts within, otherwise how could he have won five–count ’em, one, two, three, four, five–NHRA Pro Stock Championships in arguably the most difficult Pro Class. Wins AND losses are counted in the small hundredths of a second . . . to be that precise proves his mettle. His looks are strong but not like a model’s . . . but a man’s.

Plus he has a name: Jeg, the only person in the NHRA’s 60-year history to win in SIX different categories. Let me ask: How many Jegs do you know?

Just think of this theme: “I drive a Dodge” and there’s Jeg Coughlin. On the highway and on the drag strip. Hurry, Chrysler! There’s still time to get this ready to go before their race: Denver, July 18-20, Bandimere Speedway at the Mopar Mile-High Nationals.

Will Troy Coughlin Jr Outgun Uncle Jeg?

27 Feb

The Coughlin family rules in the Lucas Oil NHRA Sportsman categories. Jeg Coughlin is the ruler-of-the-roost of both Sportsman classes and the Mello Yello NHRA Pro Stock class when one checks stats. Winning the 2013 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro Stock crown added yet another Pro Stock title to his collection: 2000, 2002, 2007, 2008, so now a complete handful of five. In the final rounds of the 2013 season, Coughlin had eight finals to his name; he won half of them, slightly below his average of 60 percent as a professional. Additionally he scored wins over the years in Super Stock (7), Super Gas (4), Top Dragster (2), Super Comp (2) and Competition (1). No one had a win in more individual classes than Jeg Coughlin.

The Troy Coughlin Jr Super Gas Corvette standing out on the strip

The Troy Coughlin Jr Super Gas Corvette standing out on the strip

Here is the candidate to exceed that phenomenal total: his nephew, Troy Coughlin Jr. Winning the Division 3 Super Gas title, the first of the third-generation of Coughlin racers to do so, gives him an early head-start. “I’ve always wanted to win the division since I was a little boy,” Coughlin said. “I remember being 5 years old at the Division 3 banquet in Indianapolis at the Sheraton. It was 1995, and I watched Uncle John win Super Gas and noticed how cool the ’Double-Decker Wallys’ were. I’ve always wanted one of those since 1995.”troy coughlin hr  photo

His dad is a champion in his own right while the experience factor and financial backing for this family’s racing thrust remains robust. Racing two cars, a Super Comp dragster and a Super Gas Corvette, two of the largest and toughest Sportsman classes, is a strong indicator of TJ’s skill. His practice habits are legend, and he’s only approaching 24-years-old. “I try to stay mentally prepared. The practice tree is a great tool, and I make a million passes in my mind. We also have time to go over the race cars from front to back and make sure everything is perfect. The off-season actually goes by very fast.”

However, he is not perfect on the track, but maybe so in relationships. In 2012, he took runner-up in a Moroso 5-Day event; he lost to Mia Tedesco in the final . . . his girlfriend. Hmmmmm, maybe he is even smarter than one gives him credit.

The super-quick Jegs Super Comp dragster

The super-quick Jegs Super Comp dragster

“TJ” as he is known finished third in the national standings with his Super Gas entry and third in the Division 3 Super Comp chase. The challenge of most racers to just win one of these Sportsman races is so difficult that to book this many wins at this age clearly sets him up as a potential pro champion to be reckoned with; perhaps better than Uncle Jeg. Besides, he already has one Indy victory, that coming in 2011 with his Super Comp dragster. Watch for him to capture an “Indy” for each of his rides along the way. This all fits in the long-term plan for the young Coughlin racers: follow those who have preceded him in the family; drive in the pro class, whether the super-sharp Pro Mods or the tough Pro Stock cars; then maybe again . . . he’ll invent a way to pilot both.

Mia Tedesco with her Super Comp dragster in 2011

Mia Tedesco with her Super Comp dragster in 2011

Let the countdown begin . . . .

His team opens the season at the JEGS NHRA Cajun SPORTS Nationals on March 21-23 at No Problem Raceway Park, Belle Rose, La.

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