MEMPHIS, Tenn. (July 4) – Perseverance will be key for Troy Coughlin Jr. as he makes his way to Memphis International Raceway for this weekend’s Dixie House Cafй Ironman $50K event.
Coughlin will head to Memphis along with several hundred other top flight E.T. bracket drivers as they compete for a huge $50,000 first-place prize.
“You can’t win it if you’re not in it and we plan to be in this one,” Coughlin said. “Lately, I haven’t been really happy with the way I’ve been driving but I’m not giving up by any means. I’m going to be persistent and keep plugging along until we get results.”
Coughlin will have plenty of chances to strike gold this weekend as he plans to enter his JEGS.com dragster in Saturday’s $50,000 main event and the two $10,000-to-win races held on Friday and Sunday. There are also a pair of 64-car shootout events that feature a complete dragster chassis and a Schmidt Competition Engine as the top prizes.
“The good thing about these big bracket races is that you can make a lot of runs so you can collect a lot of data and hopefully use what you’ve learned to either make your car better or make yourself a better driver,” Coughlin said. “If you’re winning rounds, it’s not uncommon to make 12-15 runs in a day and that’s a lot of data to sort through.”
Two weeks ago at a similar $50,000 event at Mountain Park Dragway in Clay City, Ky., Coughlin posted a respectable quarterfinal finish. This time, he’d like to advance just a few rounds further in final eliminations.
“That race in Clay City did a lot for my confidence,” Coughlin said. “I had been struggling a bit before that but I really feel like we turned the corner there. It certainly didn’t hurt to have Kenny Underwood and our new crew chief, Jay Schroeder, there with me. They’ve been a tremendous help. As I said earlier, I just need to have some perseverance. I need to stay focused and not get frustrated when things don’t go exactly right. I know that if can do that the wins will come.”
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