NHRA Division 3 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series (Norwalk, Ohio.) May 17-19, 2019
The JEGS Mail Order team will be well represented during this weekend’s 13th annual Cavalcade of Stars in Norwalk, Ohio. Troy Coughlin Jr. will pull double duty in Super Comp and Super Gas, and he will be joined by his younger sister, Paige, who will also be competing in Super Comp with her JEGS.com entry.
The event is the second of seven races in the 2019 North Central Division NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series.
Last week at the season-opener at National Trail Raceway in Columbus, Troy Jr. drove to a round three finish in Super Comp while Paige earned a round two finish in her season debut.
Troy Jr. is a six-time NHRA national event winner and the first third-generation Coughlin to win a major event. Troy Jr. won the U.S. Nationals in Super Comp in 2010 and also won the Indy Super Gas title in 2014. His other wins have come in Las Vegas (2009), Gainesville (2013), Columbus (2014) and Reading (2018).
Troy Jr. was crowned the 2018 North Central Region Top Alcohol Dragster champion and finished the season as the No. 4 ranked driver in the country. He was also crowned the 2013 NHRA North Central Division Super Gas champion.
During his successful rookie season (2018) in the Top Alcohol Dragster class, Troy Jr. won four races and appeared in six final rounds. He won his first race when he drove his Rich McPhillips-owned dragster to the win at the NHRA Regional event in Norwalk. He later claimed additional regional wins in Cecil County, Md., and Bowling Green, Ky. He also won the national event in Reading, Pa. He recorded runner-up finishes at the Norwalk national event and the Regional event in Indianapolis.
During his career, the versatile Troy Jr. has raced in Top Fuel, Top Alcohol Dragster, Pro Mod, Super Comp, Super Gas, Top Dragster, E.T. Brackets, and Jr. Dragsters.
In addition to his success in NHRA events, Troy Jr. also is regarded as one of the sport's best E.T. bracket racers. He has accumulated several major victories including a $25,000 payday at the Atco Dragway Superbucks event and a $10,000 win the Spring Buck Blast at South Georgia Motorsports Park. He also won a $20,000 race at the Powerball of Bracket Racing event in Darlington, S.C.
Paige, 18, made her debut in the Super Comp class in 2017 and has raced sporadically while continuing her education at Miami University of Ohio. The Columbus event will mark her 2019 season debut. Paige’s crew chief is Justin Beaver
Paige is the daughter of three-time NHRA Pro Mod series champion Troy Coughlin and the younger sister of Troy Coughlin Jr.
Before transitioning to the Super Comp class, Paige got her start in racing behind the wheel of a Jr. Dragster.
The Coughlin’s have won Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series events in ten different classes, Top Fuel, Pro Comp, Top Alcohol Dragster, Super Eliminator, Comp, Super Stock, Super Comp, Super Gas, Top Dragster, and Top Sportsman.
The Coughlin’s have won Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series events at 20 different tracks across North America including races in six of NHRA’s seven geographic divisions. They have not won in Division 6, the Pacific Northwest.
All told, the Coughlin family has won 60 Lucas Oil Series races including two in Norwalk, both of them by Troy Jr.
Team JEGS – By the Numbers (NHRA North Central Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series – 13th annual Cavalcade of Stars, Norwalk, Ohio.)
6 – Divisional wins for Troy Coughlin Jr.
15 – Total North Central Division championships for the Coughlin family
20 – Different tracks where the Coughlin family has won at least one divisional event
60 – Total NHRA Divisional wins for the Coughlin family