DALLAS (Sept. 21) — Four-time world champion drag racer Jeg Coughlin Jr. took the NHRA’s regular season by storm. He won seven national events, maintained the top ranking in the Full Throttle championship points for 14 races, and advanced past the first round at every event on the schedule. No one in any of the four professional classes did better.
Then the six-race Countdown to 1 playoffs started and Coughlin hit his first real speed bump of the season, qualifying a distant 12th on the ladder and losing in the first round to Jason Line, one of the drivers who was nipping at his heels all year long.
“Timing is everything in this sport and that certainly wasn’t the way we wanted to start the playoffs,” said Coughlin, a 48-time winner in the Pro Stock category. “We got behind in qualifying (at Charlotte) and didn’t really get the car where we wanted it until Sunday. We actually ran a very good pass against Jason and I’m confident we would have run even quicker in Round 2 but it just wasn’t meant to be.”
Coughlin gave up more than a three-round lead in the points when the 10 racers eligible for the ’09 title were reseeded for the Countdown to 1. His first-round exit combined with the efforts of his nearest competition in the rankings had him dropping to second place overall. He now trails Mike Edwards by 56 points heading into this weekend’s 24th annual O’Reilly Super Start Batteries NHRA Fall Nationals.
“It’s time for a rebound,” Coughlin said. “We can’t do anything about Charlotte now so we just need to work on getting right back into the mix this weekend. Dallas was a great race for us last year so if we can repeat our good luck down there we should be fine.”
After setting the elapsed time record at the Texas Motorplex when he qualified No. 1 with 6.631-second pass, Coughlin raced through to the finals of last year’s event before a broken clutch system relegated him to runner-up status. In 2002, Coughlin won the race outright, adding his name to the track’s vaunted Walk of Fame.
“That runner-up finish and the overall performance we had at the Motorplex last season really propelled us to the ’08 championship,” Coughlin said. “We’ve come from behind before so we’re in familiar territory. We certainly prefer to be out front so we’ll be working overtime to get this JEGS.com Chevrolet Cobalt back on top, but we’re okay with where we’re at one race into this deal. There’s still plenty of time left.
“We really won’t be changing anything we do. We have a proven system that’s not only worked for us all year but has helped us win the last two world championships so one off race isn’t going to make us panic. The guys know what to do; now we need to go out there and execute.”
Texas Motorplex and Time Warner Cable are giving away a FREE exclusive Texas Motorplex backpack to the next 200 ticket orders to the O’Reilly Super Start Batteries NHRA Fall Nationals, September 24-27, 2009. Limit one per order, while supplies last, so act fast to make sure you do not miss out!
Kaley Caperton may only be 16 but has had quite an action packed career already! A Texas native, Kaley sings, plays the guitar and the keyboard, lives on a ranch and has rodeoed most of her life. Kaley also comes from a racing family. Her dad raced supercomp and supergas in Divisions 4 and 5, causing her to be an avid Drag Racing Fan. She has never missed a National event at the Texas Motorplex!
With too numerous events to mention each one, some special engagements have been: Kaley opening for Rick Trevino, Michael Peterson, Asleep at the Wheel, and sharing the stage with artists such as Ted Nugent, Lynn Anderson and Johnny Gimble. She has performed in Las Vegas for the Wrangler’s 60th birthday party, sang at the homecoming of the President of the US and she is scheduled to open for The Village People in February and Patti LaBelle in May.
Kaley recently opened for Asleep at the Wheel in Wyoming at the BearTrap Festival in July 2009. She also had the opportunity to sing for the Roundup Riders of the Rockies, which is exclusively male, but gained special permission to sing for them on the mountain top in Steamboat Springs, CO. She will also be singing the National Anthem for the Texas Stampede this November.
This will be Kaley’s third appearance singing the National Anthem at the Texas Motorplex. She began singing here at 14 and has dubbed herself to be one of the mascots for this race and hopes the O’Reilly Fall National Fans do as well!
Kaley will not only be singing the National Anthem on Sunday, but she is excited to host a free concert after the race on Saturday before the DRAW Auction, outside of the Champions Club.
Kaley will be signing autographs and selling merchandise at the Texas Motorplex Souvenir Stand on the Pit Side every day of the race.
The Motorplex is excited to announce that you can now purchase the Official Texas Motorplex Merchandise on the website. Simply go to the Texas Motorplex home page and select Shop Online. The Texas Motorplex has been hard at work creating new merchandise for everyone. Do not miss the opportunity to be the first to show off the new merchandise at the O’Reilly Super Start Batteries NHRA Fall Nationals.
New section name billboards are being put in place for the O’Reilly Super Start Batteries NHRA Fall Nationals, September 24-27. The new billboard names will not be reflected on your tickets so be sure to pay attention to the section locator signs located under the grandstands and on the front of the grandstands facing the track. The section names, the name in parenthesis are what will show on you ticket, that will be affected on the north side grandstands will be Walkabout RV (Sec F) now named the Bombardier Section and Stainmaster (Sec G) will be Super Start Section. Sections on the south side grandstands that will be renamed are the AT&T section (Sec J) will now be the Redline Technology Section and Tradicional Azul (Sec K) is now the HoltCAT Section.
If you have an issues finding your seat during the event, ushers will be posted at the staircases on the front of the grandstands. Below is an updated seat-map that you can use as a reference.