The future is now for high school sophomore Clay Coughlin as he officially begins his career in the Sportsman ranks of NHRA drag racing in a purpose-built JEGS.com Chevrolet Cobalt designed for the Super Stock class.
Already a success in the Junior Dragster ranks, having won his first race at the age of 8 and several more ever since, Clay is following in the footsteps of his older brother Jack and his three-time champion father Mike, who will both compete in Super Comp alongside Clay.
Clay’s move up has been meticulously planned. His father has made several shake-down runs in the Cobalt to make sure it’s ready for competition, while Clay has been making test passes in several other hot rods from the Team JEGS fleet to transition to the quicker elapsed times and higher speeds associated with Super Stock cars.
For the past few seasons, Clay also has become a regular at his father’s side whenever Mike’s been racing, trying his best to absorb the nuances associated with championship-level drag racing.