Decorated drag racer Troy Coughlin will kick off his 2006 campaign April 7-9 at the season-opening Detroit Locker NMCA Hot Rod and Muscle Car Nationals at Bradenton Motorsports Park in Central Florida. The event is the first of seven on the National Muscle Car Association Pro Edelbrock schedule.

Coughlin will be driving his sleek ’04 Jeg’s Mail Order Chevrolet Cavalier in the Denso Spark Plugs Pro Street category, the quickest and fastest class of the six heads-up divisions contested at each NMCA event. The car is powered by an 800 cubic-inch motor capable of recording 6.5-second elapsed times at speeds in excess of 210 mph.

“I’m so excited that I’ve been literally bouncing off the walls since we tested the car a few weeks back,” Coughlin said. “I can’t wait to strap myself in and mash the gas. It’s going to be a great weekend.”

In testing earlier this month at South Georgia Motorsports Park in Valdosta, Ga., Coughlin raced his Jerry Haas-built hot rod to a runner-up finish in an impromptu Shootout test organizers put together. Prior to that event, Coughlin’s last outing in the Jeg’s Mail Order Cavalier resulted in a $50,000 pay day when he captured the title of the Big Dog Shootout in Piedmont, N.C., which was held in October of 2005.

“This car is a dream to drive,” Coughlin said. “It went right down the track every pass at Valdosta and each run was nice and straight like you want them to be. I couldn’t have more confidence in my racecar and team heading into an event, let alone the season opener of a series like the NMCA.”

Coughlin is scheduled to compete in all seven NMCA Pro Edelbrock events this year so gathering championship points at each race is of paramount importance. NMCA race organizers are expecting at least 20 Pro Street cars for this event. The group will fill a 16-car elimination bracket during three rounds of qualifying and race in a single-elimination format on Sunday to determine a winner.

“All the best street legal racers will be there,” Coughlin said. “As a competitor, that’s how you want it because when the weekend is over you want to know that you raced against the very best drivers in the country. The NMCA does a great job and we’re excited to be bringing the Jeg’s Mail Order race team to Bradenton.”

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