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Team JEGS Pre-race Notes For NHRA O'Reilly Spring Nationals

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Delaware, Apr. 26, 2011: The Las Vegas event will mark the third event in the ten-race 2011 Get Screened America Pro Mod Series. Troy Coughlin will once again be in action with his turbocharged Pontiac GTO.

Troy finished fourth in the 2010 Get Screened America Pro Mod Series. He is currently ranked 12th after his round one win at the most recent event in Las Vegas.

The JEGS Mail Order team has enjoyed considerable success at Royal Purple Raceway. Jeg Coughlin Jr. won four Pro Stock titles in Houston (1997, 1998, 2000, and 2010) and the Super Stock title in 1994. John Coughlin also won the Super Gas title at the Division 4 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event in Houston in 1995.

In his last trip to Houston in 2010, Troy qualified his Pro Mod Camaro in the No. 9 spot with a 5.943 and lost a close round one battle against Rick Stivers, 6.04 to 6.07.

In 2010, Troy was the only driver to qualify for all ten events in the Get Screened America Pro Mod Series. He also qualified in the top half of the field four times and his average qualifying position was No. 9.

Troy will once again be racing a turbocharged Pontiac GTO in Houston that is owned by Team JEGS crew chief Jake Hairston and his family while he awaits the completion of his own Chevy Camaro that will also be turbocharged.

Before focusing his attention exclusively on the NHRA GSA Pro Mod Series, Troy raced in the National Muscle Car Association (NMCA) Pro Street class where he won a championship in 2009 and posted top five finishes in 2008 and 2010.

Troy’s GTO is powered by a 396-cid turbocharged engine which is by far the smallest engine currently running in Pro Mod. Despite the apparent handicap, he has been very competitive with performances in the low 6.0 zone and speeds of over 240-mph.

In 2007, Troy became the first NHRA Pro Mod racer to win a round of competition with a turbocharged race car when he stopped Doug Palmer in Bristol, Tenn.

Troy Coughlin Sr. has won NHRA national event titles in three classes; Pro Stock, Pro Mod, and Super Gas. His last Pro Mod title came at the Englishtown, N.J. event in 2005.

The Coughlin family, including John, Troy, Mike, Jeg, and TJ have combined for 90 NHRA national event victories since 1990. The Coughlin’s have won in 9 different eliminators including Pro Stock, Pro Stock Truck, Pro Mod, Comp, Super Stock, Super Comp, Super Gas, Top Sportsman, and Top Dragster.