National event wins and world championships are the epitome of drag racing success, but ask any Sportsman driver which individual race they want to win the most and they will point to the annual Big Dog Challenge.

The special event for the top Sportsman racers in the country pays a whopping $50,000 to the winner, a top prize that exceeds that of any single race in the sport. As one might imagine, the huge payout brings out the very best in the racers, which makes winning the big check one of the hardest things to accomplish.

In 2005, decorated Pro Stock and Pro Mod veteran Troy Coughlin Sr., a world champion himself, took his hot rod to Piedmont Dragway in North Carolina and managed to survive the most grueling day of his career to top the sport and earn the $50,000 “Big Dog” title. Among all of his accomplishments on the drag strip, Coughlin still counts this particular win as the best of his career.


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