Three-time NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series Pro Stock champion Jeg Coughlin Jr. has filed an entry for The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway's Nov. 22-25 Bracket Nationals.  Jeg's, a leading high performance parts distributor (http://www.jegs.com/) founded by Coughlin's father, also will contribute gift certificates for the event.  Coughlin will be joined by NHRA Pro Stock driver Dave Connolly and NHRA Funny Car star Jack Beckman as they take on hundreds on local heroes.

Fans will be admitted on Saturday after 3 p.m. to watch Saturday's eliminations.  Fans will have the opportunity to see professional racers Jeg Coughlin, Dave Connolly and Jack Beckman compete for the $5,000 winner's purse.   In addition, many teams will be decorating their pit areas for the first ever "Clark Griswold Award" (Christmas decorations).  Teams will be decorating their rigs with lights and inflatables in hopes of winning the trophy and cash prize. 

"I will be driving two dragsters - my brother John's (NHRA) Division 3 Top Sportsman-winning car and my 2006 Mullis dragster that I raced in 2006 while not in the (NHRA) POWERade Drag Racing Series," said Coughlin. "I entered the race because I haven't bracket-raced all season due to the POWERade schedule and I was unable to make the trip to Florida after the season finale due to work.  I found that LVMS was putting on a host of big money-races, including what could be a $64,000 race (Saturday's winner-take-all Ultimate Gambler) throughout the holiday weekend and decided to come try my luck.  I look forward to visiting The Strip at LVMS - it's one of my favorites on the 24-race NHRA POWERade tour."

In 1997, Coughlin set an NHRA record by winning national events in four different classes: Super Gas, Super Stock, Comp and Pro Stock.  The 37-year-old father of Jeg III won NHRA Pro Stock titles in 2000, 2002 and 2007.Jeg's will award a $300 gift certificate to the Super Pro winner each day.  The Pro class winner will receive a $200 Jeg's gift certificate each day.  The Sportsman daily class winner will win a $100 Jeg's gift certificate and the weekend's "Geezer Gambler" winner will receive $100 in Jeg's merchandise.

For more information, please call The Strip at LVMS' office at (702) 632-8213.

2007 Bracket Nationals schedule:

Thursday, Nov. 22, Friday, Nov. 23 and Sunday, Nov. 25
Gates Open 6 a.m.
Racing begins at 7 a.m. each day.
Run order:  1) Sportsman;   2) Pro;   3)  Super Pro. 
 

Saturday, Nov. 24 (with Ultimate Gambler)
Gates Open 6 a.m.
Racing begins at 7 a.m. each day.
Run order:  1) Sportsman;   2) Pro;   3)  Super Pro.