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Coughlin Jr. wins for the first time since 2014

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Jegs.com/Elite Motorsports-backed Jeg Coughlin Jr. won the 21st annual JEGS Route 66 NHRA Nationals at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Illinois. His is his 59th career win and this one is extra special since it is sponsored by his family’s company.

This is Coughlin Jr.’s 59th career win. However, it is his first win since the 2014 season.

Jeg Coughlin Jr. (Photo by the NHRA)

Jeg Coughlin Jr. (Photo by the NHRA)

He went 6.574 at 210.67 mph to get the win over No. 1 qualifier Greg Anderson. The Summit Racing Equipment driver went red, giving Coughlin Jr. the win off of the starting line.

Anderson has not won this season. Coughlin Jr.; however, went 74 races between wins. This is his sixth career win at Route 66 Raceway, the most of any NHRA driver.

“We’ve been fortunate enough to visit the winner’s circle quite a bit over the years and today is one of those days I won’t forget,” Coughlin said. “We’ve got an unbelievable team with Elite Motorsports and this year we’ve come onto a great stretch. I was aggressive and stayed consistent, my team gave me a great car and we were low E.T. four rounds in a row. I think we did it in grand style to break that ice.”

Anderson held a 52-39 advantage over Coughlin Jr. prior to this final round appearance. Each driver also won nine times against each other prior to Coughlin Jr.’s win on Sunday.

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