JEGGIE GRABS DOUBLE VICTORY
Thu, 2006-11-16 09:55
Continuing his record-breaking season at big money E.T. bracket races, Jeg Coughlin claimed a double victory yesterday during the prestigious 25th annual 5-Day E.T. Championships at Moroso Motorsports Park. The three-time NHRA world champ and current Pro Stock driver began a busy day by winning the JEGS Race of Champions, a special invitation-only event that was open only to past overall champions, individual event winners, and racers who have competed in all 24 previous Moroso 5-Day events. Coughlin, who won the overall points championship at the 2003 event, stopped five-time NHRA champ Scotty Richardson in the final round to claim the $5,000 first-place prize. A short time later, Coughlin won Wednesday’s main event, pocketing an additional $10,000 after beating Al Stafferi of Tewksbury, Mass., in the final round.
“We had a very good day today,” said Coughlin. “I don’t feel like I did anything spectacular as a driver, but it was just good enough to get the job done. It’s hard to explain but sometimes you get on a roll and it’s hard to stop and today was one of those days.”
In the JEGS Race of Champions final, Richardson left the starting line with an almost perfect .001 reaction time, but Coughlin was able to pull out a close win at the finish line.
“My car was awesome, it ran between 7.41 and 7.42 on every pass today and it saved me in the final round,” said Coughlin. “Winning the JEGS Race of Champions is special, and to beat someone as talented as Scotty Richardson in the final is a real accomplishment. He doesn’t lose many finals.”
Coughlin had little time to celebrate his Race of Champions victory as he still had two more rounds of competition remaining in Wednesday’s main event. After beating Shane Carr in the semifinals, Coughlin completed the sweep by beating Stafferi in the final.
“I had to win six rounds in the Race of Champions and eight more for the main event,” said Coughlin. “It was a tough day but it was also a lot of fun. Now, I’ve not got two of the commemorative Dick Moroso Memorial trophies that they had made especially for this 25th anniversary event and hopefully I’m not done yet. There’s still a lot of racing left down here.”
The 25th annual Moroso 5-Day E.T. Championships will continue on Thursday, Nov. 16 and Friday Nov. 17 with two more $10,000 to win bracket events. At the conclusion of the event, the driver with the most round wins will be crowned the overall champion and will receive an additional $5,000 bonus.