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Mike Coughlin

Quick Facts:

Vehicle: JEGS.com Top Dragster
Series: National Hot Rod Association: Top Dragster
Hometown: Delaware, Ohio
Birthplace: Columbus, Ohio
Age: 54 (DOB January 23, 1966)
Family: Kriss (wife), Jack & Clay (sons)
2020 Car: JEGS.com Top Dragster
Crew Chief: Greg Cody
Years Racing: 36
Professional Victories: 6 (Pro Stock Truck)
Professional Final Rounds: 9 (Pro Stock Truck)
Sportsman Wins: 8 (4 in Top Sportsman, 3 in Super Comp & 1 in Top Dragster)
Sportsman Final Rounds: 14
Total NHRA National Event Victories: 14
Total NHRA National Event Final Rounds: 24
Total NHRA Divisional Event Victories: 14
Total NHRA Divisional Event Final Rounds: 17
Career-Best Elapsed Time: 5.93 seconds
Career-Best Speed: 234.54 mph

BIOGRAPHY

Three-time drag racing champion Mike Coughlin has fashioned an incredible resume on the quarter-mile that dates back to the 1980s. He’s also been an integral part of the growth at JEGS Automotive, the mail-order parts giant his hall-of-fame father Jeg Coughlin Sr. started 60 years ago that is now owned and operated by Mike and his three brothers.

Yet, despite his many racing and business achievements, Mike quickly points to his longtime marriage to Kriss and the couple’s two sons, Jack and Clay, as his biggest sources of pride.

And even though his own racing endeavors will continue forward, it won’t be without his family’s involvement, whether it’s Kriss’ undying support or Jack and Clay’s own quarter-mile adventures, they’ll be doing it together.

It’s an exciting time for Mike as his two boys come of age. Former Junior Dragster racer Jack, who now attends Clemson University, has shown renewed interest in his father’s favorite pastime of late, and plans to license in a Super Comp dragster when he’s on summer break from college. High School freshman Clay, meanwhile, is being groomed to transition from Junior Dragsters to Super Stock in a new Chevrolet Cobalt his father had built for him. Before he’s set free, Clay will be learning how to deal with higher speeds by making gradual advancements in more manageable racecars while his father shakes out the Cobalt.

As for Mike himself, certainly the three championships he earned in NHRA’s North Central Division — the 2007 and 2009 Top Sportsman titles and, most recently, the 2019 Top Dragster crown — highlight his racing career, but the numbers clearly show he’s been a winner ever since he donned a helmet.

Overall, Mike has 14 national event victories and 14 more divisional wins in NHRA competition, and he’s also claimed a number of bracket race titles. In fact, the first major trophy he earned came at the 1987 Fall Classic when he mastered the Street E.T. class at his hometown track, National Trail Raceway.

For more than a decade after that first triumph, Mike continued to rack-up wins in both NHRA Super Comp and a variety of bracket races, until breaking through at the national level for the first time in 1999 in a JEGS-sponsored Pro Stock Truck. Mike went on to win six National event Wally trophies in the now-defunct category, including a pair of titles at the NHRA’s most prestigious and longest-running event, the U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis, in 1999 and 2001.

In 2002, Mike returned to his first love of Sportsman racing and kept adding to his win tally in both Super Comp and Top Sportsman.

Finally, in 2007, a national event win at the JEGS SPORTSnationals in Columbus and a pair of Division 3 wins in Chicago and Columbus in his trusty JEGS.com Chevy Cobalt helped Mike secure his first Top Sportsman championship. Of note, Mike’s final point total that year was the largest by any competitor in the division, regardless of class.

Hungry for more, Mike claimed title No. 2 just two years later in 2009 on the strength of another JEGS SPORTSnational win as well as a divisional victory in Reynolds, Ga.

The next 10 years were dotted with more wins, including a memorable double-up weekend in 2014 in Norwalk, Ohio, when Mike shared the winner’s circle with his brother Troy, who conquered the Pro Mod class that day. Along the way, Mike always contended for more D3 championships, finishing as high as second in the Top Sportsman title race in 2011 and 2012.

In 2017, looking to go a little quicker and faster, Mike switched to Top Dragster and promptly won two more times. Just two years later, Mike was back on top of the D3 mountain, wrapping up championship No. 3 in a supercharged JEGS.com dragster that routinely runs low 6-second passes at speeds in excess of 230 mph.

Without question, Mike will continue to be force in the Top Dragster class for as long as he participates. And with Jack and Clay coming up through the ranks, it’s clear drag racing will feature Coughlins winning races for years to come.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

• Won his first major event title in 1987 at the Fall Classic at National Trail Raceway in Street E.T.

• Claimed first Lucas Oil Series title at Beech Bend Raceway Park in 1989 when he won the Super Comp class

• Won his first IHRA national event title in Top Sportsman at the 1991 Ethanol Sportsman Nationals

• In 1997 finished second in the Division 3 Super Comp standings and claimed a runner-up finish at the JEGS Allstars event

• Turned Pro in 1998 when he made his debut in the Pro Stock Truck class at the Sears-Craftsman Nationals

• Won his first NHRA national event title in the Pro Stock Truck class at the 1999 NHRA Mopar Parts Nationals in Englishtown, N.J.

• Qualified for every event and finished fourth in the 1999 Pro Stock Truck standings in his JEGS.com Chevy S-10. Also ranked No. 1 in reaction time in the Pro Stock Truck class

• Set NHRA national record for Pro Stock Truck in 2001 at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Ill., with 7.379-second, 182.65 mph run

• Won the last-ever NHRA Pro Stock Truck race at the 2001 Auto Club of Southern California NHRA Finals in Pomona Calif.

• Shared a memorable Coughlin family double win on Father’s day in 2003 when he won the Super Comp title at brother John won in Super Stock at their home track, National Trail Raceway.

• Finished No. 2 in the 2004 NHRA Lucas Oil Division 3 championship in Super Gas. Also finished No. 35 nationally in a field of 1231 drivers

• Drove his Jegs.com dragster to the Super Comp title at the 2005 JEGS NHRA Cajun SPORTSnationals event in Belle Rose, La. Later posted a runner-up finish at the inaugural JEGS Northern SPORTSnationals held at National Trail Raceway

• In 2005, made special guest appearance along with his wife, Kriss, on the popular “Emeril Live” television cooking show with master chef Emeril Lagasse

• After enjoying success in Super Gas, Super Comp, and Pro Stock Truck, made his debut in the Top Sportsman class in 2006 with a new Jegs.com Chevy Cobalt

• Won the 2007 NHRA North Central Division Top Sportsman Championship after winning two events in his JEGS.com Chevy Cobalt

• Won the Top Sportsman title at the 2007 JEGS NHRA Northern SPORTSnationals, posting his third consecutive SPORTSnationals victory and his fourth-straight final round appearance.

• Won a second NHRA North Central Division Top Sportsman championship in 2009 following a clutch victory at his final points-earning event of the season at Silver Dollar Raceway in Reynolds. Ga.

• After missing most of the 2010 season, made a successful return in 2011 with a pair of division 3 Lucas Oil Series wins and a second place finish in the North Central Division Top Sportsman standings.

• Finished No. 22 out of more than 425 competitors in the battle for the inaugural Top Sportsman National championship (2015)

• Drove to a runner-up finish in the Top Sportsman class at the Division 3 Lucas Oil Series race at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Ill. (2015)

• Drove to a win in Pomona, and a runner-up finish in St. Louis in 2017 on his way to a fourth-place finish in the Top Dragster class.

• Won a pair of Lucas Oil Series events in Indianapolis and Chicago during the 2019 season.

• Won 2019 NHRA North Central Division Top Dragster championship

• Works in family owned business, JEGS Automotive/JEGS Mail Order.

• Enjoys spending time with family, including watching his sons, Jack and Clay, who are both aspiring Jr. Drag Races and avid athletes.

• Hobbies include spending time with his family and dogs, water skiing, restoring classic/muscle cars, tinkering with car audio systems, and bowling.

STATISTICS

Mike National Event Victories

Year

Event

Location

Class

2017

Circle K Winternationals

Pomona, CA

Top Dragster

2014

NHRA Nationals

Norwalk, OH

Top Sportsman

2009

JEGS SPORTSnationals

Columbus, OH

Top Sportsman

2007

JEGS SPORTSnationals

Columbus, OH

Top Sportsman

2006

JEG’S Northern SPORTSnationals

Columbus, OH

Top Sportsman

2005

JEGS.com Cajun SPORTnationals

Belle Rose, LA

Super Comp

2003

Pontiac Excitement Nationals

Columbus, OH

Super Comp

2002

Pontiac Excitement Nationals

Columbus, OH

Super Comp

2001

AAA Winston Finals

Pomona, CA

Pro Stock Truck

2001

AutoZone Nationals

Memphis, TN

Pro Stock Truck

2001

U.S. Nationals

Indianapolis,IN

Pro Stock Truck

2000

AutoZone Nationals

Memphis, TN

Pro Stock Truck

1999

U.S. Nationals

Indianapolis, IN

Pro Stock Truck

1999

Mopar Parts Nationals

Englishtown, NJ

Pro Stock Truck

Mike NHRA Divisional Championships

Year

Event

Location

Class

2019

Division III Champion

Top Dragster

2009

Division III Champion

Top Sportsman

2007

Division III Champion

Top Sportsman

Mike Divisional Wins

Year

Event

Location

Class

2019

Route 66 Raceway

Joliet, IL

Top Dragster

2019

Lucas Oil Raceway Indianapolis

Indianapolis, IN

Top Dragster

2017

Lucas Oil Raceway Indianapolis

Indianapolis, IN

Top Dragster

2011

Route 66 Raceway

Joliet, IL

Top Sportsman

2011

Indianapolis Raceway Park

Indianapolis, IN

Top Sportsman

2009

Silver Dollar Dragway

Reynolds, GA

Top Sportsman

2008

Indianapolis Raceway Park

Indianapolis, IN

Top Sportsman

2007

National Trail Raceway

Columbus, OH

Top Sportsman

2007

Route 66 Raceway

Joliet, IL

Top Sportsman

2005

Route 66 Raceway

Joliet, IL

Super Comp

2003

Edgewater Sports Park

Cleves, OH

Super Comp

1996

Edgewater Sports Park

Cleves, OH

Super Comp

1994

Great Lakes Drag-O-Way

Union Grove, WI

Super Comp

1989

Beech Bend Raceway

Bowling Green, KY

Super Comp

Division III Champion