Photo courtesy of Team JEGS
Team JEGS was founded by Jeg Coughlin, Sr., who has been racing since the 1950s. He has won 30 NHRA divisional titles, including 11 in a row in his Top Alcohol Dragster, and his bio notes he's competed in Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock, A-Gas Supercharged, D-Gas Supercharged, C Stock, C Gas, Modified Eliminator, Pro Comp, and Super Eliminator classes. Jeg Jr. was the main driver this weekend. He has won 54 national events, including five NHRA Division 3 championships--three in Top Fuel and two in Pro Comp. Brothers John, Mike, and Troy also are avid racers and add to the family atmosphere of the team.
Jeg didn't get to race that day, but we found out after the fact that he qualified in sixth, posting a 6.629 at 208.23 mph in his Chevrolet Cobalt. He ended up finishing fifth in points rankings. This weekend, he and the team are getting ready for the ACDelco NHRA Gatornationals in Gainesville, Florida. He's currently second in points, only two behind Jason Line. We won't be surprised if he's in first by the end of the weekend.
While you may think a team hiring a chef is a bit of an extravagance, that's far from the truth. Having a chef take care of the team not only ensures that the drivers get the ideal nutrition and proper combination of foods, but that everyone will get fed, even if timing doesn't allow meals to happen until late in the evening or if breakfast must be long before sunrise. Imagine getting a caterer to come out to the track at midnight--using a chef instead could very well be a cost-effective alternative. Plus, it means the drivers get to have a terrific home-cooked meal with family, in every city where they race. For people that are on the road most of the year, there may be nothing better.