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NHRA - Team JEGS Pre-race Notes For Bristol

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Delaware, June 16, 2011: The Ford NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway will be the sixth race in the ten-event 2011 Get Screened America Pro Mod Series. Troy Coughlin will once again be in action with his turbocharged Pontiac GTO.

At the most recent event, at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, N.J., Troy did not qualify for the record 16-car field despite clocking a respectable 6.08-second run at over 243-mph.

Troy finished fourth in the 2010 Get Screened America Pro Mod Series. He is currently ranked 13th but is just 19 points out of the top ten.

In his last trip to Bristol for the 2010 Thunder Valley Nationals, Troy qualified solidly in the No. 9 spot before losing a close round one race against Ray Commisso.

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.

Troy enjoyed one of the best moments of his drag racing career at Bristol Dragway in 2000 when he won the $50,000 top prize in the Winston No Bull Showdown, a special event for the top eight Pro Stock drivers in NHRA competition. Troy defeated fellow Ohioan Mark Pawuk in the close final round by a margin of just two-thousandths of a second.

Troy was also the low qualifier in Pro Stock at the 2002 Bristol event while his brother, Jeg, won the Pro Stock title at Bristol in 2007 behind the wheel of his JEGS Mail Order entry.

In Bristol, Troy will once again be racing a Pontiac GTO 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.