NHRA believed it was onto something great when it started the Pro Stock Truck category in 1998 but less than four years later the announcement came down that the class would be shelved at the end of 2001. The controversial decision put a premium on the final stretch of Pro Stock Trucks races as everyone in the category vied for the last few Wallys up for grabs.
JEGS.com truck racer Mike Coughlin had come into his own in his Chevy S-10 and had five national event victories to his credit — including two at the U.S. Nationals — when the final race in the class came together at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona. Coughlin usually is a pretty quiet guy but even the soft-spoken Ohioan let it be known he wanted that last trophy as much as any he’d raced for before.
It wasn’t going to be easy and Coughlin knew it, yet he still managed to take down class heavyweights Craig Eaton, John Lingenfelter, Todd Patterson, and Greg Stanfield on the final day of the season to earn a permanent place in the history books.
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