The Ford NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway will be the sixth race in the ten-event 2011 Get Screened America Pro Mod Series. Troy Coughlin will once again be in action with his turbocharged JEGS.com Pontiac GTO.
At the most recent event, at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, N.J., Troy did not qualify for the record 16-car field despite clocking a respectable 6.08-second run at over 243-mph.
Troy finished fourth in the 2010 Get Screened America Pro Mod Series. He is currently ranked 13th but is just 19 points out of the top ten.
In his last trip to Bristol for the 2010 Thunder Valley Nationals, Troy qualified solidly in the No. 9 spot before losing a close round one race against Ray Commisso.
In 2010, Troy was the only driver to qualify for all ten events in the Get Screened America Pro Mod Series. He also qualified in the top half of the field four times and his average qualifying position was No. 9.
Troy’s first Pro Mod victory came at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park as he drove his supercharged Mustang to the victory at the 2005 Super Nationals, defeating Zack Barkledge in the final round.
Troy enjoyed one of the best moments of his drag racing career at Bristol Dragway in 2000 when he won the $50,000 top prize in the Winston No Bull Showdown, a special event for the top eight Pro Stock drivers in NHRA competition. Troy defeated fellow Ohioan Mark Pawuk in the close final round by a margin of just two-thousandths of a second.
Troy was also the low qualifier in Pro Stock at the 2002 Bristol event while his brother, Jeg, won the Pro Stock title at Bristol in 2007 behind the wheel of his JEGS Mail Order entry.
In Bristol, Troy will once again be racing a Pontiac GTO that is owned by Team JEGS crew chief Jake Hairston and his family. The car is powered by a 396-cid turbocharged engine and has already run speeds of nearly 250-mph. Troy is currently awaiting completion of his own Chevy Camaro that will also feature a turbocharged engine combination.
While racing in the NHRA Pro Stock class, Troy recorded two wins in 12 final round appearances.
Troy has won NHRA national event titles in three classes; Pro Stock, Pro Mod, and Super Gas. His first title came in Super Gas at the 1991 U.S. Nationals.
Troy is a former National Muscle Car Association (NMCA) Pro Street champion. While racing his Pro Street car, he also won the $50,000 Big Dog event at Piedmont Dragway in Greensboro, N.C.
In 2007, Troy became the first NHRA Pro Mod racer to win a round of competition with a turbocharged race car when he stopped Doug Palmer in Bristol, Tenn.
The Coughlin family, including John, Troy, Mike, Jeg, and TJ has combined for 91 NHRA national event victories since 1990. The Coughlin’s have won in 9 different eliminators including Pro Stock, Pro Stock Truck, Pro Mod, Comp, Super Stock, Super Comp, Super Gas, Top Sportsman, and Top Dragster.
Team JEGS – By the Numbers
Ford NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals
1 – Prior win for Troy Coughlin at Bristol Dragway ($50,000 Winston No Bull Showdown in 2000)
4 – Troy Coughlin’s finish in the 2010 Get Screened America Pro Mod Series
9 – Number of classes where the Coughlin family has earned an NHRA national event victory
12 – Final rounds for Troy Coughlin during his NHRA Pro Stock career