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Team JEGS Pre-race Notes: NHRA Division 3 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series

May 16, 2018

Cavalcade of Stars presented by Budweiser (Norwalk, Ohio.) May 18-20, 2018

The JEGS Mail Order team will be well represented during this weekend’s Cavalcade of Stars presented by Budweiser in Norwalk, Ohio. Mike Coughlin will be racing his JEGS.com dragster in Top Dragster. Nephew Troy Jr. and niece, Paige, will be racing in Super Comp with their JEGS.com dragsters. The event is the second of seven races in the 2018 North Central Division NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series.

Mike is the current points leader in the North Central Division Top Dragster standings after competing in three previous events.

Mike’s Dan Page-built dragster is equipped with a ProCharger and is capable of running in the five-second zone at over 230-mph. Mike’s crew consists of Greg Cody and Tony Collier. 

At the first Division 3 Lucas Oil Series event, the Buckeye Fuel Wars at National Trail Raceway, Mike was the No. 4 qualifier in the Top Dragster class with a 6.148  229.70. He went on to post a round two finish.

In 2016, Mike returned to the Top Dragster class after a successful run in Top Sportsman that included a pair of Divisional championships.

Mike won the NHRA national event held in Norwalk in 2014. At that event, he defeated John Hochstedler to win the Top Sportsman title. Mike’s older brother, Troy, also won the Pro Mod title at that event.

Troy Jr. is a five-time NHRA national event winner and the first third-generation Coughlin to win a major event. Troy Jr. won Super Comp titles at the 2009 Las Vegas race and the 2010 U.S. Nationals and the Gainesville event in 2013. He also won a pair of national events in 2014 at the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals and the JEGS Northern SPORTSnationals.

Troy Jr. was the 2013 NHRA North Central Division Super Gas champion.

In addition to his success in NHRA events, Troy Jr. also is regarded as one of the sport's best E.T. bracket racers. He has accumulated several major victories including a $25,000 payday at the Atco Dragway Superbucks event and a $10,000 win the Spring Buck Blast at South Georgia Motorsports Park. Two weeks ago, he won a $20,000 race at the Powerball of Bracket Racing event in Darlington, S.C.

Paige, 17, made her debut in the Super Comp class last year and recently competed in her first national event, the Four-Wide Nationals in Charlotte.  She reached the second round of the Division 3 opener in Columbus. Her crew chief is Justin Beaver

Paige is the daughter of three-time NHRA Pro Mod series champion Troy Coughlin. She is a freshman at Miami [Ohio] University.

The Coughlin’s have won Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series events in nine different classes, Top Fuel, Pro Comp, Super Eliminator, Comp, Super Stock, Super Comp, Super Gas, Top Dragster, and Top Sportsman.

All told, the Coughlin family has won 54 Lucas Oil Series races in 85 final round appearances.

Jeg Coughlin Sr., Jeg Coughlin Jr., and John Coughlin have each won four North Central Division season championships while Mike Coughlin has two and Troy Jr. has one for a total of 15. 

The Coughlin’s have won Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series events at 20 different tracks across North America including races in six of NHRA’s seven geographic divisions. They have not won in Division 6, the Pacific Northwest.

Family patriarch Jeg Coughlin Sr. won his first Lucas Oil Series event when he claimed the Super Eliminator title at Windsor Dragway in Windsor, Ontario in 1969.

Team JEGS - By the Numbers NHRA North Central Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series (Norwalk Edition)

12 - Overall divisional wins for Mike Coughlin

15 - Total North Central Division championships for the Coughlin family

20 - Different tracks where the Coughlin family has won at least one divisional event

57 - Total NHRA Divisional wins for the Coughlin family

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