CONCORD, N.C. (April 30) — Troy Coughlin raced his twin-turbocharged JEGS.com Chevrolet Corvette C7 to a runner-up finish at the first-ever four-wide Pro Mod race in NHRA history Sunday at zMax Dragway.
With the J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by JEGS and Plugfones running alongside the Mello Yello Series at the eighth annual NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, Coughlin and the rest of the Pro Mod class represented themselves well, with Mike Castellana edging Coughlin for the win in the final foursome of the day.
The scoreboard numbers showed Castellana crossing the finish line first with a 5.807 at 249.35 mph to Coughlin’s 5.849 at 238.55 mph. Jonathan Gray was third with a 5.826 at 250.27 mph, while a red-light start left Michael Biehle in fourth.
“That was a pretty exciting final round,” Coughlin said, “and a perfect grouping to represent the Pro Mod class. We had a supercharged car, two turbocharged cars and a nitrous car. That’s pretty cool.
“Having lane choice going into the final round, I thought we were for sure gonna get the win today but Mike had a little too much there. We definitely gave it our all.”
Coughlin was strong all day, running a 5.848 at 252.99 mph to advance out of his first-round quad ahead of Khalid alBalooshi (5.863 at 249.26 mph) and Steve Matusek, (5.852 at 249.63 mph). Sidnei Frigo also advanced out of the grouping.
In the semifinals, Coughlin was quickest of both foursomes, blasting to a 5.800 at 254.57 mph to help eliminate Frigo (6.099 at 245.27 mph) and Steven Whiteley (7.503 at 144.86 mph). Gray advanced to the final alongside Coughlin with a 5.841 at 249.39 mph.
“The whole JEGS.com team, Steve Petty, Mike Rees, Kyle Pettis, what a great group. We came into this race with a car had been giving us problems over the last couple of weeks and thanks to the crew’s hard work we were able to absolutely shine at the first Four-Wide Nationals for our class. That’s pretty awesome.”
Coughlin only has a few days to enjoy his success as the 37th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Southern Nationals begin Friday at Atlanta Dragway in Commerce, Ga.
“We’re pretty excited,” Coughlin said. “We are fired up and ready to go to Atlanta. The plan is to just do some basic maintenance on this this beast and head on over to Commerce and try to repeat what we did here.”