Mike Coughlin

MIKE COUGHIN<br>Top Dragster

Vital Statistics
Residence: Delaware, Ohio
Hometown: Columbus, Ohio
Date of birth: January 23, 1966

Married: Wife, Kriss
Sons: Jack and Clay
Hobbies:  Spending time with his family and dogs, water skiing, restoring classic/muscle cars, tinkering with car audio systems, and bowling

Mike Coughlin







Top Dragster
2017 car: JEGS.com Top Dragster
Crew chief: Greg Cody
Years racing: 33
Professional victories: 6 (Pro Stock Truck)
Professional final rounds: 9 (Pro Stock Truck)
Sportsman wins: 6 (3 in Top Sportsman, 3 in Super Comp)
Sportsman final rounds: 9
Total NHRA national event victories: 12
Total NHRA national event final rounds: 18
Total NHRA divisional event victories: 11
Total NHRA divisional event final rounds: 14
Career-best elapsed time: 6.004 seconds
Career-best speed: 229.28 mph

2016 Season Highlights:

Career Highlights:

  • Won his first major event title in 1987 at the Fall Classic at National Trail Raceway in Street E.T.
  • Claimed first Lucas Oil Series title at Beech Bend Raceway Park in 1989 when he won the Super Comp class
  • Won his first IHRA national event title in Top Sportsman at the 1991 Ethanol Sportsman Nationals
  • In 1997 finished second in the Division 3 Super Comp standings and claimed a runner-up finish at the JEGS Allstars event
  • Turned Pro in 1998 when he made his debut in the Pro Stock Truck class at the Sears-Craftsman Nationals
  • Won his first NHRA national event title in the Pro Stock Truck class at the 1999 NHRA Mopar Parts Nationals in Englishtown, N.J.
  • Qualified for every event and finished fourth in the 1999 Pro Stock Truck standings in his JEGS.com Chevy S-10. Also ranked No. 1 in reaction time in the Pro Stock Truck class
  • Set NHRA national record for Pro Stock Truck in 2001 at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Ill., with 7.379-second, 182.65 mph run
  • Won the last-ever NHRA Pro Stock Truck race at the 2001 Auto Club of Southern California NHRA Finals in Pomona Calif.
  • Shared a memorable Coughlin family double win on Father’s day in 2003 when he won the Super Comp title at brother John won in Super Stock at their home track, National Trail Raceway.
  • Finished No. 2 in the 2004 NHRA Lucas Oil Division 3 championship in Super Gas. Also finished No. 35 nationally in a field of 1231 drivers
  • Drove his Jegs.com dragster to the Super Comp title at the 2005 JEGS NHRA Cajun SPORTSnationals event in Belle Rose, La. Later posted a runner-up finish at the inaugural JEGS Northern SPORTSnationals held at National Trail Raceway
  • In 2005, made special guest appearance along with his wife, Kriss, on the popular “Emeril Live” television cooking show with master chef Emeril Lagasse
  • After enjoying success in Super Gas, Super Comp, and Pro Stock Truck, made his debut in the new Top Sportsman class in 2006 with a new Jegs.com Chevy Cobalt
  • Won the 2007 NHRA North Central Division Top Sportsman Championship after winning two events in his new JEGS.com Chevy Cobalt
  • Won the Top Sportsman title at the 2007 JEGS NHRA Northern SPORTSnationals, posting his third consecutive SPORTSnationals victory and his fourth-straight final round appearance.
  • Won a second NHRA North Central Division Top Sportsman championship in 2009 following a clutch victory at his final points-earning event of the season at Silver Dollar Raceway in Reynolds. Ga.
  • After missing most of the 2010 season, made a successful return in 2011 with a pair of division 3 Lucas Oil Series wins and a second place finish in the North Central Division Top Sportsman standings.
  • Qualified for the prestigious JEGS Allstars competition in Joliet, Ill. with his 6-second Top Sportsman Camaro.
  • Finished No. 22 out of more than 425 competitors in the battle for the inaugural Top Sportsman National championship (2015)
  • Drove to a runner-up finish in the Top Sportsman class at the Division 3 Lucas Oil Series race at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Ill. with his 6-second JEGS.com Camaro. (2015)
  • Recorded a career-best elapsed time of 6.004-seconds and a carer-best speed of 229.28 mph in is ProChrager equipped JEGS.com Top Dragster entry.
  • Took a hiatus for most of 2010 while recovering from knee and hip surgery.


  • Works in family owned business, JEGS Automotive/JEGS Mail Order.
  • Is the second youngest of the four Coughlin brothers
  • Brother John can be found helping his son, Cody's circle track effort.
  • Brother Troy races in Pro Mod.


Mike Coughlin is a multi-time champion during his long career as a drag racer.

Coughlin, who will celebrate his 33rd year in drag racing in 2017, racing in the Top Dragster class and will compete at NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series events on the national and divisional level. He's had several successful seasons racing his JEGS.com Chevrolet in Top Sportsman, including winning a national event in Norwalk, Ohio, in 2014.

Coughlin is one of four sons to JEGS founder Jeg Sr., and he has been a part of the drag racing since he was a small boy growing up in Ohio. Family and drag racing go together for the Coughlins, and Mike's sons Clay and Jack are following in their dad's footsteps, just like he did.

Son Jack has raced in the past and is very good at it and has since shifted his interests to golf, basketball and soccer. In 2016 his school, St Charles Prep, his golf team finished 2nd in the Division 1 state finals. He has also made the school Honor Roll for five straight quarters.

Son Clay is an avid participant in the NHRA Jr Dragster racing league, this year scoring 2 wins and a runner up along with late round finishes to secure a 2nd place finish in the 2016 Jr2 class at National Trail Raceway.

Coughlin already has a pair of Division 3 championships on his résumé, joining his brothers in a title-winning family legacy. The family has won 15 championships and more than 100 major drag races in the past two decades.

For his part, Coughlin won the Division 3 Top Sportsman championship in 2007 and 2009 and finished second in the title race in 2011 and 2012.

His first major win came in Street E.T. at the Fall Classic at National Trail Raceway in 1987, but he has added plenty of victories in the years since. Coughlin won the Pro Stock Truck title in Englishtown, N.J., in 1999, joining his three brothers on a national event winner's podium.

Later that year, he won NHRA's most prestigious and longest-running event, the U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis, which helped him finish the year as one of the few competitors to qualify for every event.

In 2001, Coughlin won three more Pro Stock Truck races in four final-round appearances during a five-race span to move from 13th place to fourth by season's end. He established records for elapsed time and speed by driving his JEGS Mail Order Chevy S-10 to a 7.379-second run at 182.65 mph in Chicago.

Coughlin capped the season by winning the final Pro Stock Truck event in history at the NHRA Finals in Pomona, Calif.

He returned to his Sportsman racing roots in 2002 with a Super Comp entry and remained one of the most consistent drivers in the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, routinely winning races and contending for the national title each year.

By 2006, Coughlin shifted gears to a much-quicker six-second, 200-mph JEGS.com Chevy Cobalt for the newly formed Top Sportsman class. He won the Division 3 championship in the class the next season after dominating in his JEGS Mail Order Chevy Cobalt with three event wins and the largest points total by any competitor in the division, regardless of class.

He followed that up with another steady showing in Division 3 Top Sportsman competition in 2008, winning the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event in Indianapolis and finishing fifth overall despite entering just five events.

Coughlin's passion for another championship pushed him to a second Division 3 Top Sportsman title in 2009, which came on the strength of one national event victory, one divisional trophy, and one divisional runner-up.

In 2014, he and brother Troy doubled up in Norwalk, Ohio, with Troy winning the Pro Mod national event and Coughlin the Top Sportsman class on the same day.

Coughlin and his wife Kriss reside in Delaware, Ohio, with their sons. He serves as a vice president at the family business, JEGS Automotive.