Residence: Delaware, Ohio
Hometown: Columbus, Ohio
Date of birth: July 10, 1990
Family: Troy (father) and Michelle (mother) Meghan, Paige, & Kelly (sisters)
Height/weight: 5'9", 190 lbs.
Hobbies: Golf, selling parts for JEGS Performance, hot rods and Cleveland sports (Ohio State Buckeyes & Columbus Blue Jackets)
Troy Coughlin, Jr.
Top Fuel Dragster
2017 car:Dragster (Super Comp) & JEGS.com Chevy Corvette roadster (Super Gas)
Crew chief: Justin Beaver (Sportsman)
Years racing: 9
Sportsman wins: 5 (2 in Super Comp, 3 in Super Gas)
Sportsman final rounds: 6
Total NHRA national event victories: 5
Total NHRA national event final rounds: 6
Career-best elapsed time: 3.853 seconds, Phoenix, Ariz. 2016 (Top Fuel licensing)
Career-best speed: 321.81 mph, Phoenix, Ariz. 2016 (Top Fuel licensing)
2016 Season Highlights:
• Qualified for his NHRA competition license in the Top Fuel class (2016).
• Re-set his personal bests with a run of 3.853-seconds at 321.81 mph during his Top Fuel license runs. (2016).
• Began racing in the NHRA Jr. Drag Racing League shortly after celebrating his 8th birthday in 1998.
• Claimed his first Jr. Dragster victory at his home track, National Trail Raceway, in 2005
• Made his debut in a “big car” in 2007 driving his uncle, John’s Team JEGS dragsters in the Super Comp class
• Became the first third-generation Coughlin to win an NHRA national event title when he earned the Super Comp win in Las Vegas in 2009
• Finished No. 12 in the NHRA North Central Division Super Comp standings during his rookie season in 2009.
• Joined his father, Troy Sr. as a winner of the sport’s most prestigious race, the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals when he won the Super Comp class in 2010. Troy Sr. won the Super Gas title in 1991.
• Finished 8th in the NHRA national points standings and No. 4 in the North Central Division in Super Comp in 2010
• Made his debut in the Top Dragster class at the 2011 JEGS Northern SPORTSnationals in Columbus, recording a personal best 6.665-elapsed time and a 206.76- mph speed.
• Won the $25,000 top prize in the 2011 AA Auto Salvage Northeast Bracket Championships at Atco Dragway, one of the nation’s richest E.T. bracket events.
• Won his second title at the sport’s biggest event, the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals in Indy in 2014.
• Went to the final round of four NHRA divisional events in 2014 and scored a win in Cecil County, Md.
• Won his first NHRA Lucas Oil Series divisional championship when he claimed the Division 3 Super Gas title in 2013. Also posted a third-place finish in Super Comp.
• Won the overall points championship at the prestigious Moroso 5-Day E.T. Bracket Championships in West Palm Beach, FL in 2014
• Joined his father, Troy, in the Pro Mod class for 2015 and earned a ninth-place finish
• Earned three semifinal finishes in his first season in the Pro Mod class in 2015.
Coughlin Jr. is the son of two-time Pro Mod champion Troy Sr., and has been a winner at every level of drag racing during his young career. For his efforts, the 26-year-old was named to Drag Illustraded's "30 Under 30" list, which honored the "brightest young people in drag racing," according to the magazine.
Troy Coughlin Jr. has already proven to be a force in the world of drag racing – and he's still in his 20s.
The first of the third generation of the famed Coughlin family to taste success in drag racing, Troy Jr. has greatly added to the family legacy with championships and victories.
Troy Jr. is the son of three-time NHRA Pro Mod champion Troy Coughlin Sr. and the grandson of the legendary Jeg Coughlin Sr. – founder of JEGS High Performance. He chose the path followed by his grandfather, his father and his three uncles, racing through the NHRA Sportsman ranks.
And Troy Jr. has been successful in his own right. He's won five NHRA national events, including the prestigious U.S. Nationals at Indianapolis twice, and he won the 2013 Division 3 Super Gas championship.
Plus, Troy Jr. has found success in the world of high-dollar bracket races, beating some of the best Sportsman racers in the country. To top it off, he's the fastest of the Coughlin family, going over 328 mph in a Top Fuel dragster in 2017.
For 2018, Troy Jr. will continue to ply his trade in the Sportsman ranks and in bracket races, competing with his Super Gas roadster and Super Comp dragster.
Like many in the sport these days, Troy Jr.'s career started in a Junior Dragster, where he quickly showed his driving acumen, winning a divisional event at the family's home track, National Trail Raceway, at age 14.
Showing his family's entrepreneurial spirit, Troy Jr. began a side business the same year, building and dyno-testing Junior Dragster engines for his friends and fellow competitors. He raced the half-scale dragsters for seven years before taking over Uncle John's Super Comp dragster at age 17.
Soon after that move, Troy Jr. became the first of the third generation of Coughlins to win an NHRA national event when he went to victory lane at the final Las Vegas race of 2009.
In 2010, Troy Jr. won his first of two U.S. Nationals titles by winning the "Big Go" in Super Comp. He finished eighth in the Super Comp national standings and fourth in Division 3 that year.
The following season, Troy Jr. beat teammate Kenny Underwood, one of the most talented bracket racers in the country, for the $20,000 top prize at the Spring Buck Blast in Valdosta, Ga. He also was runner-up at the Moroso 5-Day event, and he raced to a semifinal finish in Super Comp at the U.S. Nationals.
After his Division 3 championship season in 2013, Troy Jr. continued his winning ways in 2014. He scored three victories in the ultra-competitive Super Gas class in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, including another U.S. Nationals title. He also won the JEGS NHRA Northern SPORTSnationals in Columbus, Ohio, and the Division 1 race in Cecil County, Md.
Plus, he was the overall points champion and the Day 5 winner of the prestigious Moroso Memorial 5-Day Bracket Championship.
Troy Jr. competed in Pro Mod in 2015 alongside his father, racing to three semifinal appearances and a ninth-place finish in the points, which earned him the category's Rookie of the Year award. He also was named to Drag Illustrated's "30 Under 30" list, which honors the "brightest young people in drag racing," according to the magazine.
Away from the quarter-mile, Troy Jr. remains devoted to JEGS High Performance as well and continues to be one of the top associates in the company founded by his grandfather.