NHRA - JEGS Team Preview
The NHRA Super Nationals in Englishtown will mark the halfway point in the ten-event 2011 Get Screened America Pro Mod Series. Troy Coughlin will once again be in action with his turbocharged JEGS.com Pontiac GTO.
At the most recent event, at Atlanta Dragway, Troy turned in his best performance of the season reaching the semifinal round after posting wins against Donald Martin and Melanie Troxel.
In Atlanta, Troy recorded an elapsed time of 5.95 seconds, one of the quickest runs ever recorded by a small block powered Pro Mod entry.
Troy finished fourth in the 2010 Get Screened America Pro Mod Series. He is currently ranked 10th after his impressive showing in Atlanta.
In his last trip to Englishtown for the 2010 Super Nationals, Troy turned in one of his best qualifying performances with a 5.92 that was good for the No. 4 spot. In eliminations, he lost a first round battle against eventual series champion Von Smith.
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’s first Pro Mod victory came at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park as he drove his supercharged Mustang to the victory at the 2005 Super Nationals, defeating Zack Barkledge in the final round.
In addition to Troy’s Pro Mod win in 2005, the rest of the JEGS Mail Order team has enjoyed considerable success at Old Bridge Townships Raceway Park. Jeg Coughlin Jr. won three Pro Stock titles in Englishtown in 1998, 2000 and 2009 and claimed the Super Gas win in 1997. Mike Coughlin also claimed his first national event title at Englishtown in 1999 when he earned the Pro Stock Truck title.
Troy will once again be racing a Pontiac GTO in Gainesville that is owned by Team JEGS crew chief Jake Hairston and his family. The car is powered by a 396-cid turbocharged engine and has already run speeds of nearly 250-mph. Troy is currently awaiting completion of his own Chevy Camaro that will also feature a turbocharged engine combination.
During his Pro Stock career, Troy made ten appearances in Englishtown. He qualified seven times including a best of No. 4 in 1998.
While racing in the NHRA Pro Stock class, Troy recorded two wins in 12 final round appearances. He also won the 2000 NHRA Winston Showdown in Bristol, Tenn., as special $50,000 to win non-points event.
Troy has won NHRA national event titles in three classes; Pro Stock, Pro Mod, and Super Gas. His first title came in Super Gas at the 1991 U.S. Nationals.
Troy is a former National Muscle Car Association (NMCA) Pro Street champion. While racing his Pro Street car, he also won the $50,000 Big Dog event at Piedmont Dragway in Greensboro, N.C.
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.
The Coughlin family, including John, Troy, Mike, Jeg Jr, and TJ has combined for 91 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.
Team JEGS - By the Numbers NHRA Super Nationals
4 - Troy Coughlin’s finish in the 2010 Get Screened America Pro Mod Series
6 - National event victories by the Coughlin family in Englishtown (Three in Pro Stock, one in Pro Mod, one in Pro Stock Truck and one in Super Gas)
9 - Number of classes where the Coughlin family has earned an NHRA national event victory
12 - Final rounds for Troy Coughlin during his NHRA Pro Stock career