Troy Coughlin


Vital Statistics
Residence: Delaware, Ohio
Hometown: Columbus, Ohio
Date of birth: June 30, 1964

Married: Wife, Julie
Son: Troy Jr.
Daughters: Meghan, Paige, Kelly

Troy Coughlin





Pro Mod
2018 car: Chevy Corvette C7 (turbocharged)
Crew Chief: Steve Petty
Years racing: 29 (23 as a professional)
Professional victories: 17 (2 in Pro Stock, 15 in Pro Mod)
Professional final rounds: 34 (12 in Pro Stock, 22 in Pro Mod)
Sportsman wins: 1 (Super Gas, 1991 U.S. Nationals)
Sportsman final rounds: 1
Total NHRA national event victories: 18
Total NHRA national event final rounds: 35
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


2017 Season Highlights:

• Won two of twelve events in the J&A Services Pro Mod Series (St. Louis and Bristol 2017)

• Won third NHRA Pro Mod Series Championship (2017)


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)

• Officially became the fastest member of the Coughlin family with a 255.82 mph run in his turbocharged Chevy Camaro in Las Vegas (2011)

• 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 Corvette in the Outlaw Pro Mod class at the Street Car Supernationals.

• 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)


Pro football's John Elway, golf's Bobby Jones, baseball's Sandy Koufax -- all great athletes who ended their careers at the pinnacle of their sport.

Dare we add Troy Coughlin Sr. to that list?

Coughlin won the NHRA E3 Spark Plugs Pro Mod Series championship three times in the last six years, including the 2017 title. The veteran driver then decided to retire from professional drag racing.

He leaves behind a stellar resume that includes the 2012, 2015 and 2017 Pro Mod titles and 17 victories, 15 in Pro Mod and two more in Pro Stock.

Now out of the seat, Coughlin will shift most of his focus to JEGS High Performance, the company found by his father, Jeg Coughlin Sr., and now run by he and his three brothers: John, Mike and Jeg. Jr.

Coughlin also will still dabble in drag racing, driving in Super Gas, where he won the 1991 U.S. Nationals. He'll also continue to be a guiding force to son Troy Jr. and daughter Paige, who look to extend the Coughlin family legacy in drag racing.

He certainly has plenty to offer his children, after a career that spanned nearly 30 years and taught him many valuable lessons. He followed in the footsteps of his famed father and became the first of his brothers to turn pro, making his NHRA debut in Pro Stock in 1994.

Coughlin began his winning ways in 1991 driving to the winner's circle in Super Comp at a Division 3 race at Beech Bend Raceway Park in Bowling Green, Ky. He won his first national event later that year with a Super Gas victory at Indianapolis.

Some of his other accomplishments in drag racing include membership in the Holley Six-Second Pro Stock Club and Speed Pro 200-mph Club, a trophy run at the exclusive $50,000 Winston Showdown in 2000, various Sportsman-level wins, and a memorable and profitable weekend at the $50,000 Big Dog Shootout in 2005.

Coughlin also won the NMCA Pro Street title in 2009. And in addition to his Pro Mod titles, he finished second in the standings in that class in 2013, 2014 and 2016.

The affable driver also has been key to the growth of the Pro Mod class in recent years. As part of the Real Pro Mod Association, Coughlin and JEGS are founding supporters of NHRA Pro Mod racing, which has enjoyed drastically increased participation by teams, drivers and sponsors.