TLR AMS ProMod Drag Racing Series
NHRA Mac Tools Gatornationals
Gainesville Raceway
Gainesville, FL
March 19th

Troy Coughlin – ProMod
Race Day Summary

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Troy Coughlin showed off the steely nerves he honed over several years of Pro Stock racing when he entered the final round of qualifying for the AMS Staff Leasing Pro Mod Challenge outside the field of 16 racers who would fight for the
first of 14 race titles on the 2005 series. The multiple national event winner simply drove his beautiful Jeg’s Mail Order Ford Mustang straight down Gainesville Raceway with a 6.564 at 172.28 mph, despite lifting early, to earn
the 13th position in the field.

“We were on the outside looking in going into the final qualifying session and we knew what we had to do to get the job done,” explained Troy. “I felt very confident going into the session.”

Coughlin’s extra effort in a class in which he is making his debut earned him a first-round date with new teammate Mike Ashley of the Gotham City Racing camp, which Coughlin joined late last year. Ashley, the defending series champion, had qualified fourth with a 6.176 at 230.06 mph, giving him a clear advantage over his friend and new teammate in Saturday evening’s head-to-head race.

In the end, it was Ashley that turned on the win light. The Jeg’s Mail Order machine launched from the starting line on the aggressive side and was forced to shut off.

“It’s never easy to run a teammate,” said Coughlin. “I am learning a lot with each run I make. There is a big difference in driving a Pro Stock car and a ProMod car. We will be a factor in this class and I am really looking forward to the next race.”

The next stop for the AMS Staff Leasing Pro Mod Challenge comes in two weeks at the O’Reilly Spring Nationals presented by Pennzoil, April 8-10, at Houston Raceway Park.

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