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: JEGS.Com/Kalitta Motorsports Top Fuel dragster, JEGS.com Dragster (Super Comp) & JEGS.com Chevy Corvette roadster (Super Gas)
Crew chief: Jim Oberhofer (Top Fuel), 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.
Although he's only in his mid-20s, Troy Coughlin Jr. already has an impressive drag racing résumé. He's an NHRA champion, having captured the 2013 Division 3 Super Gas championship, he's won races at both the divisional and national level, including two times at the prestigious U.S. Nationals, and he's taken home a variety of high dollar bracket race jackpots.
The son of two-time Pro Mod champion Troy Coughlin, Troy Jr. was even named to Drag Illustrated's "30 Under 30" list, which honors the "brightest young people in drag racing," according to the magazine.
In 2017, Troy Jr. competed in Top Fuel for 17 races, recording career (and family) bests of 3.696 seconds and 328.86 mph, before returning to his Sportsman roots in time for the 63rd annual Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals.
Troy Jr. also competed in Pro Mod in 2015, racing to three semifinal appearances and a ninth-place finish in the points, which earned him the category's "Rookie of the Year" award. By racing in Top Fuel and Pro Mod, Troy Jr. became the first of the third generation of Coughlins to race professionally, following in the footsteps of grandfather Jeg Coughlin Sr., his aforementioned father Troy, and uncles John, Mike and Jeg Jr.
Like many drag racers, Troy Jr.'s racing career started in a Junior Dragster, and he promptly proved his abilities by winning the class at a divisional event in 2005 at his home track of National Trail Raceway.
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 D3 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. remains devoted to JEGS High Performance as well and continues to be one of the top associates in the company founded by his grandfather.