Coughlin heats up the Mickey Thompson
slicks prior to a run at the recent JEGS
Pacific SPORTSnationals. (Donna Bistran photo)

Words by Jeff Burk
Photos by Donna Bistran,
James Drew and Scott Woodruff

Last year was just another year for racecar driver Jeg Coughlin Jr. He competed for yet another NHRA Pro Stock championship in a Chevy-powered Cobalt for the Victor Cagnazzi Pro Stock team. He and the Cobalt were about the only Chevy combination on the NHRA Pro Stock circuit that gave the other brands a run for their money.

Toward the end of the 2010
season it was fairly well understood
in the NHRA Pro Stock ranks that the multi-time
NHRA World Champ was going to take a hiatus
from the Pro Stock wars and do something else.
Despite talk of working on his golf game and other interests
and that he might race a Pro Stocker occasionally in 2011, what he
ended up doing was going back to his roots as a sportsman Chevy racer.

So he had built a Super Comp (8.90) Chevy-powered dragster and a ’53
Corvette Pro Gas (9.90) roadster, which is also Chevy powered and the subject of this feature.