Auto Club Pomona Raceway, Pomona, Calif. (Nov. 11-14)
The JEGS Mail Order team will feature the Pro Stock entry of Troy Coughlin Jr. for this weekend’s season-ending Auto Club NHRA Finals in Pomona.
The JEGS Mail Order team featured a new look this season with third-generation racer Troy Coughlin Jr. taking over from his uncle, Jeg Coughlin Jr., as the primary driver of the JEGS.com Elite Motorsports Chevy Camaro Pro Stock entry.
Troy Coughlin Jr. is racing as a member of the Elite Motorsports team which also includes Erica Enders, Aaron Stanfield, Marty Robinson and Cristian Cuadra. Troy’s crew chief is Mark Ingersoll, who has extensive experience as a championship winning tuner.
At the season-opening Camping World NHRA Drag Racing Series event in Gainesville, Fla., Troy Jr. qualified No. 7 in the 16-car field and reached the final round where he lost to Greg Anderson. With one event remaining in the 2021 season, Troy Jr. is ranked No. 5 in the Camping World NHRA Pro Stock standings.
At the most recent NHRA Pro Stock event in Las Vegas, Troy Jr. qualified his JEGS.com Camaro in the No. 16 position. On race day, he upset points leader Greg Anderson and also beat Deric Kramer.
After 16 races this season Troy Jr. has a 18-16 record in Pro Stock elimination rounds.
Overall, the Coughlin family has 11 wins at Auto Club Pomona Raceway. Jeg Jr. has eight wins in Pro Stock; John Coughlin has one win in Super Gas, and Mike Coughlin has one Pro Stock Truck and one Top Dragster victory.
Troy Jr. is an eight-time national event winner with victories in Top Alcohol Dragster (3), Super Gas (3), and Super Comp (2). He has also competed in Top Fuel and Pro Mod during his career.
Last season, Troy Jr. made his Pro Stock debut at the Lucas Oil NHRA Summernationals held in Indianapolis. He competed in eight events during the 2020 season and qualified for seven of them. He raced to a runner-up finish at the Dodge NHRA Indy Nationals, losing to his uncle, Jeg Jr., who won his 65th and final Pro Stock race and 84th overall.
So far this season, Troy Jr. has qualified in the top half of the Pro Stock field in 13 of 16 events. His best starting position has been No. 1 in Topeka.
Troy Jr. is 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), Reading (2018), Norwalk (2019) and Reading (2019).
Troy Jr. was crowned the 2018 and 2019 North Central Region Top Alcohol Dragster champion. He was also crowned the 2013 NHRA North Central Division Super Gas champion.
In 2019, Troy Jr. appeared in ten final rounds in Top Alcohol Dragster and earned five wins including national event titles in Norwalk and Reading. Troy Jr. has also earned victories at regional events at Atco Dragway, Beech Bend Raceway Park, and Virginia Motorsports Park.
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.
Overall, the Coughlin family, including John, Troy, Mike, Jeg Jr. and Troy Jr. have combined for 127 NHRA national event victories since 1990. The Coughlin’s have won in 11 different eliminators including Pro Stock, Pro Stock Truck, Pro Mod, Top Alcohol Dragster, Comp, Super Stock, Stock, Super Comp, Super Gas, Top Sportsman and Top Dragster.
TEAM JEGS – By the Numbers (Auto Club NHRA Finals, Pomona)
8: NHRA national event wins for Troy Coughlin Jr. in 3 different classes (Top Alcohol Dragster, Super Comp, Super Gas).
11: National event wins by the Coughlin family at Las Vegas (8 Jeg Jr., 2 Mike, 1 John)
11: Number of classes where the Coughlin family has earned an NHRA national event victory
127: Combined NHRA national event victories for the Coughlin family
229: Combined NHRA national event final rounds for the Coughlin family.