Heartland Motorsports Park (Topeka, Kan.) June 7-9
The JEGS Mail Order team will be well represented at this weekend’s Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals by Troy Coughlin Jr., who will be competing in the Top Alcohol Dragster class with his JEGS.com dragster.
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.
In his most recent appearance at the NHRA Route 66 Nationals in Chicago, Troy Jr. reached the semifinal round where he lost to current points leader Megan Meyer. So far this season, Troy has appeared in two final rounds including the Northeast Region event at Maple Grove Raceway in Reading, Pa., and the Mopar Express Lane SpringNationals in Houston.
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.
Troy Jr’s uncle, six-time world champion Jeg Coughlin Jr., has three wins in Topeka. He has won the Pro Stock title in 2000 and 2013 and won the Super Stock title in 1994. In addition to his three wins, Jeg Jr. also has a four runner-up finishes in Topeka. The Pro Stock class is not being contested at this event.
Overall, the Coughlin family, including John, Troy, Mike, Jeg Jr. and Troy Jr. have combined for 122 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 (Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals Edition)
6 – National event wins for Troy Coughlin Jr.
10 – Number of classes where the Coughlin family has earned an NHRA national event victory
11 – Number of classes where the Coughlin family has earned an NHRA national event victory
122 – Combined NHRA national event victories for the Coughlin family