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
2017 car: Chevy Corvette C7 (turbocharged)
Crew Chief: Steve Petty
Years racing: 28 (22 as a professional)
Professional victories: 12 (2 in Pro Stock, 10 in Pro Mod)
Professional final rounds: 23 (12 in Pro Stock, 11 in Pro Mod)
Sportsman wins: 1 (Super Gas, 1991 U.S. Nationals)
Sportsman final rounds: 1
Total NHRA national event victories: 13
Total NHRA national event final rounds: 30
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

2016 Season Highlights:

• Won three of ten events in the J&A Services Pro Mod Series (Englishtown, St. Louis, Las Vegas, 2016)

• Finished runner-up to Von Smith at the prestigious U.S. Nationals

• Finished second in the championship standings to Rickie Smith (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)

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.



As the popularity of and the participation in NHRA’s Pro Mod class has skyrocketed, one name and one team keeps coming to the forefront of a very crowded and talented field of contenders.

Troy Coughlin Sr. and his instantly recognizable, bright yellow Chevy Corvette C7 have dominated Pro Mod like no other.

Coughlin won the 2015 NHRA Pro Mod championship, marking the second time in four years he was the man holding the big trophy at the end of the season. He also won the championship in 2012. He ended another three seasons (2013, 2014, 2016) in second place in the Pro Mod points standings, trailing the champion by a mere 50 points in the final tally last season.

It is easy to see how it’s become common knowledge that Coughlin, his award-winning crew chief Steve Petty, and the talented team will contend for the trophy at every Pro Mod race.

No driver has a better record than Coughlin over the last five years in the highly competitive class. He won a career-high three events in 2016 (Englishtown, St. Louis, Las Vegas 2). He’s accrued an astonishing nine victories and six runner-up finishes in the only 50 Pro Mod races NHRA has staged.

The second-oldest of JEGS High Performance founder Jeg Sr.'s four sons, Coughlin has also been integral in the overall growth of the class since its inception. As part of the Real Pro Mod Association, Coughlin and JEGS are founding supporters of NHRA Pro Mod racing.

As a younger man, Coughlin paved the way for his family's second generation of drivers by becoming the first of the four Coughlin brothers to turn pro. He made his Pro Stock debut in 1994 and later scored the first of his three wins in the class in 2001.

Coughlin began his winning ways years earlier in 1991 in the sportsman classes when he drove to the winner’s circle in Super Comp at a Division 3 race at Beech Bend Raceway Park in Bowling Green, Ky., and he won his first national event later that year with a Super Gas victory at the prestigious U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis.

Combined with his two Pro Mod championships, his NMCA Pro Street world title in 2009 puts three championship trophies in his ever-expanding trophy case.

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.

More recently, Coughlin has helped guide the career of his son, Troy Jr., who will make his debut in the Top Fuel class in 2016 in the SealMaster/ dragster. He’s also active in the careers of daughters, Meghan and Paige, who will become the latest members of the Coughlin family to tackle the tough Super Comp class this season.