Troy coughlin Sr.

Quick Facts:

Hometown: Delaware, Ohio
Birthplace: Columbus, Ohio
Age: 55 (DOB June 30, 1964)
Family: Julie (wife), Troy Jr. (son) & Meghan, Paige, Kelly (daughters)

Years Racing: 30 (24 as a professional)
Professional Victories: 15 (3 in Pro Stock, 12 in Pro Mod)
Professional Final Rounds: 37 (14 in Pro Stock, 23 in Pro Mod)
Sportsman Wins: 1 (Super Gas, 1991 U.S. Nationals)
Sportsman Final Rounds: 1
Total NHRA National Event Victories: 16
Total NHRA National Event Final Rounds: 38
Total NHRA Divisional Event Victories: 2
Career-best NHRA Elapsed Time: 5.766-seconds, West Palm Beach, FL. 2016
Career-Best NHRA Speed: 259.21 mph, West Palm Beach, FL. 2016
Career-Best Outlaw Elapsed time: 5.591-seconds, Las Vegas, NV. 2016
Career-Best Outlaw Speed: 274.83 mph, Las Vegas, NV. 2015

BIOGRAPHY

Husband, father, grandfather, successful businessman, multi-time drag racing champion, mentor — Troy Coughlin Sr. is living a dream life.

First and foremost, Troy Sr. and his wife Julie take the greatest pride in their children, Troy Jr., Meghan, Paige and Kelly. They further endeavor to spoil their sole grandchild Brodix, Meghan’s adorable son and the first of the fourth generation of Coughlins.

Troy Sr. also remains a big part of the family business, JEGS Automotive, the high performance parts, mail order corporation started by his father, Jeg Coughlin Sr., in 1960. Together with his three brothers — John, Mike and Jeg Jr. — Troy Sr. has helped bring the worldwide company to new heights since they purchased the operation from their father. Like his brothers, Troy Sr. remains very much involved in the day-to-day operations of the Delaware, Ohio-based business.

Although life has literally slowed down a touch since he retired from drag racing himself, Troy Sr.’s quarter-mile legacy is still one most would envy. He left the sport a three-time champion of the popular Pro Mod class, having won world titles in 2012, 2015 and 2017. He also was runner-up in the class in 2013, 2014 and 2016.

His tally of 16 NHRA national event victories — 12 in Pro Mod, three more in Pro Stock and one in Super Gas — further speaks to his abilities, as does the NMCA Pro Street title he earned in 2009.

Additional drag racing accomplishments include membership in the Holley Six-Second Pro Stock Club and Speed Pro 200-mph Club, the title of the $50,000 Winston No-Bull Showdown in 2000, various Sportsman-level wins, and a memorable and profitable weekend at the $50,000 Big Dog Shootout in 2005.

Troy Sr. now gets his drag racing fix through Troy Jr. and Paige, who are showing the same driving acumen as their decorated father. Now a rising star in Pro Stock, Troy Jr. already has earned two regional championships in the Top Alcohol Dragster class and has numerous national and divisional wins in a variety of sportsman classes, while Paige continues to excel in Super Comp — finishing second in her division and leading the JEGS Allstars points — when she’s not working towards her degree at Miami University of Ohio.

Although life is definitely full for Troy Sr., there’s always a chance he’ll drive again. Like always, it’s entertaining to keep an eye on the wily veteran.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

• Claimed his first major event win in 1991 when he won the Super Comp title at the Division 3 Lucas Oil Series event at Beech Bend Raceway Park in Bowling Green, Ky.

• Won his first national event title in the Super Gas class at the 1991 Mac Tools U.S. Nationals

• Earned a runner-up finish in Super Comp at the JEGS Allstars event in Columbus, Ohio in 1992

• Became the first of the four Coughlin brothers to turn pro when he made his Pro Stock debut in 1994

• Reached his first Pro Stock final at the 1997 Pontiac Excitement Nationals in Columbus, earning a runner-up finish to Tom Martino

• Became the 11th member of the prestigious Holley Six Second Pro Stock Club in 1997 after running a 6.972 elapsed time in Pomona, Calif.

• Posted his first top ten finish in Pro Stock (8th place) in 1997

• Qualified No. 1 in Pro Stock at the NHRA Auto Club Finals in 1999

• Became the ninth member of the Speed Pro 200 mph Club in 1999 after running a 200.47 mph speed in Richmond, Va.

• Won the $50,000 top prize at the Winston Showdown, a special invitational event held at Bristol Dragway in 2000

• Won his first Pro Stock event at the 2001 NHRA Pep Boys Nationals, in Reading, Pa.

• Won the $50,000 top prize at the Big Dog Shootout at Piedmont Dragway in Greensboro, N.C. behind the wheel of his Pro Street entry (2005)

• Won his first NHRA Pro Mod Series event in Englishtown, N.J. (2005)

• Won the National Muscle Car Association (NMCA) Pro Street Series Championship (2009)

• Won NHRA Pro Mod Series Championship (2012)

• Won the Outlaw Pro Mod class at the Street Car Supernationals in Las Vegas (2012)

• Won a second-straight Outlaw Pro Mod title at Street Car Supernationals, Las Vegas  (2013)

• Won second NHRA Pro Mod Series Championship (2015)

• Won the Outlaw Pro Mod class at the Street Car Supernationals in Las Vegas for third time (2015)

• Reset the all-time speed record (274.83) for doorslammers in his turbocharged JEGS.com Corvette in the Outlaw Pro Mod class at the Street Car Supernaitonals.

• Won three of ten events in the J&A Services Pro Mod Series (Englishtown, St. Louis, Las Vegas, 2016)

• Posted quickest elapsed time of his career with a 5.591 in Outlaw Pro Mod class at the Street Car Supernationals in Las Vegas (2016)

• Appeared in a career-high seven final rounds and claimed two wins in Bristol and St. Louis (2017)

• Won third NHRA Pro Mod Series Championship (2017)

STATISTICS

Troy Coughlin Victories

Year

Event

Location

Class

2017

AAA Midwest Nationals

East St. Louis, IL

Pro Mod

2017

Thunder Valley Nationals

Bristol, TN

Pro Mod

2016

Toyota Nationals

Las Vegas, NV

Pro Mod

2016

AAA Midwest Nationals

East St. Louis, IL

Pro Mod

2016

Toyota Summernationals

Englishtown, NJ

Pro Mod

2014

Carolina Nationals

Charlotte, NC

Pro Mod

2014

NHRA Norwalk Nationals

Norwalk, OH

Pro Mod

2013

Toyota Nationals

Las Vegas, NV

Pro Mod

2013

Four Wide Nationals

Charlotte, NC

Pro Mod

2012

Toyota Nationals

Las Vegas, NV

Pro Mod

2012

AAA Midwest Nationals

East St. Louis, IL

Pro Mod

2005

Summernationals

Englishtown, NJ

Pro Mod

2002

O’Reilly Nationals

Topeka, KS

Pro Stock

2001

NHRA Nationals

Reading, PA

Pro Stock

2000

Winston Showdown

Bristol, TN

Pro Stock

1991

U.S. Nationals

Indianapolis, IN

Super Gas

Troy Coughlin NHRA Divisional Wins

Year

Event

Location

Class

1993

Indianapolis Raceway Park

Indianapolis, IN

Super Gas

1991

Beech Bend Raceway Park

Bowling Green, KY

Super Comp

Troy Coughlin NHRA Final Rounds

Year

Event

LResult

Opponent

2017

Las Vegas

R/U

Steve Jackson

2017

St. Louis

Win

Khalid alBalooshi

2017

Indianapolis

R/U

Sidnei Frigo

2017

Norwalk

R/U

Shane Molinari

2017

Bristol

Win

Shane Molinari

2017

Englishtown

R/U

Rickie Smith

2017

Charlotte

R/U

Mike Castellana

2016

Las Vegas

Win

Todd Tutterow

2016

St. Louis

Win

Rickie Smith

2016

Indianapolis

R/U

Von Smith

2016

Englishtown

Win

Billy Glidden

2015

Norwalk

R/U

Mike Janis

2015

Atlanta

R/U

Kenny Lang

2014

Charlotte

Win

Mike Janis

2014

Norwalk

Win

Von Smith

2013

Las Vegas

Win

Danny Rowe

2013

Bristol

R/U

Rickie Smith

2013

Englishtown

R/U

Mike Janis

2013

Charlotte

Win

Kenny Lang

2012

Las Vegas

Win

Don Walsh Jr.

2012

St. Louis

Win

Danny Rowe

2012

Norwalk

R/U

Don Walsh Jr.

2012

Englishtown

R/U

Danny Rowe

2005

Englishtown

Win

Zack Barlkedge

2003

Reading

R/U

Warren Johnson

2003

Phoenix

R/U

Greg Anderson

2002

Topeka

Win

Mark Whisnant

2001

Reading

Win

Tom Martino

2000

Chicago

R/U

Ron Krisher

2000

Gainsville

R/U

Warren Johnson

1999

Topeka

R/U

Mike Edwards

1999

Denver

R/U

Jeg Coughlin Jr.

1999

Bristol

R/U

Jeg Coughlin Jr.

1999

Chicago

R/U

Warren Johnson

1999

Phoenix

R/U

Kurt Johnson

1999

Pomona

R/U

Jeg Coughlin Jr.

1997

Columbus

R/U

Tom Martino

1991

Indianapolis

W

Mary Ann Jackson

Notes: 2002 Bristol, No. 1 Qualifier and Low Elapsed time of event. 1999 Pomona2 No. 1 Qualifier

Troy Coughlin Special Event Wins

Year

Event

Location

Class

2015

Street Car Supernationals

Las Vegas, NV

Outlaw Pro Mod

2013

Street Car Supernationals

Las Vegas, NV

Outlaw Pro Mod

2012

Street Car Supernationals

Las Vegas, NV

Outlaw Pro Mod

2005

NMCA Barett Performance Nationals

Valdosta, GA

Pro Street

2005

Big Dog Challenge

Piedmont, NC

Pro Street