NHRA Team News - Team JEGS Pre-race Notes For NHRA Southern Nationals
Atlanta, May 10, 2011: The Atlanta event will mark the fourth stop in the ten-event 2011 Get Screened America Pro Mod Series. Troy Coughlin will once again be in action with a turbocharged JEGS.com Pontiac GTO.
At the most recent event, the O’Reilly Spring Nationals at Royal Purple Raceway in Houston, Troy qualified his Jake Hairston-tuned Pontiac in the No. 15 spot and lost a very close 6.00 to 6.06 battle in round one against Danny Rowe’s Sterling Bridge Camaro.
In Houston, Troy recorded a top speed of 246.39 mph, one of the fastest ever recorded for a small block powered Pro Mod entry.
Troy finished fourth in the 2010 Get Screened America Pro Mod Series. He is currently ranked 12th after the most recent event in Houston, Texas.
In his last trip to Atlanta for the 2010 Southern Nationals, Troy qualified his Pro Mod Camaro in the No. 8 spot with a 5.95 and reached the quarterfinal round after scoring a win over Dennis Radford. He was ultimately defeated by Mike Janis in a close race, 5.95 to 5.98.
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 Pontiac GTO in Atlanta 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 over 245-mph. Troy is currently awaiting completion of his own Chevy Camaro that will also feature a turbocharged engine combination.
The JEGS Mail Order team has enjoyed considerable success at Atlanta Dragway. Jeg Coughlin Jr. won two Pro Stock titles in Commerce in 2000 and 2010 and claimed the Comp Eliminator win in 1997.
During his Pro Stock career, Troy made ten appearances at Atlanta Dragway. He qualified nine times and reached the semifinal round in 2000.
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 Coughlin 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.
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, 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.