LAS VEGAS (Nov. 17) — World champion drag racer Troy Coughlin will be part of the star-studded line-up racing for a $20,000 payout at this weekend’s seventh annual Street Car Supernationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Billed as the biggest East vs. West Showdown of it’s type, Coughlin, the 2009 NMCA Pro Street champion, will match his twin-turbo charged hot rod up against some of the top names in the sport running supercharged, nitrous and turbo configurations.

“I’ve raced in a lot of big-time events over the years and you’d be hard pressed to find one with the talent level of the Street Car Supernationals,” Coughlin said. “All the hitters will be there, and my adrenaline already is pumping because I know we’re going to need to be on our game to have success. We are definitely up for the challenge.”

U.S. Nationals winner Eric Dillard headlines the roster of competitors, which includes Steve Matusek, Lee Smith, John Mihovetz, Dan Nickelson, Mike Maggio, Marc Meadors, Joe Delehay, Don Wilk, Dan Myers, Yvonne Lucas, Ed Thornton, Clint Hairston, Giuseppe Gentile, Rod Burbage, Tony Marino, Jim Knight, Sean Renteria, Wade Maggio, Bret Williamson, Rick Snavely, Greg Seth-Hunter, Monty Berney, Tommy Johanns, Mark Campbell, Toni Moretto, Kelly Bluebaugh, Glen May, Joe Lepone Jr., Randy Walker and Joe Barry.

“There’s a lot more West Coast than East Coast on the list but that’s okay,” said Coughlin, who hails from Delaware, Ohio. “We’ll just have to dig that much deeper to represent. The truth is, we all want to win and everyone is going to be tough.

“We’re using the same car we raced at the end of the Get Screened America Pro Mod Drag Racing Series in NHRA competition. We just had to adjust the weight and a few other little things. The car was running great at the end of the season and we feel as though we can carry that success over to this race.

“Racing at a Bruton Smith track you know we’ll have a great racing surface to pound on and the weather is usually great in Vegas this time of year. This should be a great event.”

Action begins at 3:30 p.m. Thursday with the Pro Street Quickest Pass Challenge. For a complete schedule, visit


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