Back-to-back wins puts Mike Coughlin in Top Dragster spotlight heading into D7 double-header weekend
SONOMA, CA – Consecutive victories in Indianapolis and Chicago has put Mike Coughlin in the spotlight of the Top Dragster class as the two-time Division 3 champion heads west for this weekend’s NHRA Division 7 Doubleheader presented by Korbel at Sonoma Raceway.
After struggling with their racecar for the better part of a year, Coughlin and his Columbus, Ohio-based crew changed to a locally-built Fowler F12 roots-style supercharger that turned their unreliable tune-up into the most consistent one they’ve ever used.
“Between qualifying and eliminations, we made eight perfect runs in Indy and eight more perfect runs in Chicago,” Coughlin said. “It’s really been quite remarkable. We’re not putting any stress on the engine and the EFI system we use is working perfectly with this blower. It’s been a dream to drive this thing.
“We’re going to ride this wave as long as we can. There’s no reason to think we can’t have another great weekend in Sonoma. I’ve only raced there once but I know it’s a beautiful facility and we expect perfect conditions. If we continue to do our thing, we’ll have a good chance.”
DENVER – The gaps in the NHRA schedule where Pro Stock cars do not compete are over with the start of the vaunted “Western Swing” of consecutive races in Denver, Sonoma, Calif., and Seattle and five-time class champion Jeg Coughlin Jr. is pumped up about racing his JEGS.com Elite Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro again.
“I’m excited to resume the title chase with my Elite teammates,” Coughlin said. “What better place to get back into the swing of things than Bandimere Speedway. It’s one of my favorite tracks on the NHRA tour and definitely one of the most picturesque of them all. Plus, we have a long relationship with the Bandimere family and just love coming here.”
Coughlin won back-to-back Pro Stock titles at Bandimere Speedway in 1998 and 1999, and was also a runner-up at the facility 2003, 2011, and 2014. Overall, he has 62 national event wins in Pro Stock and 19 more in a variety of sportsman categories.
Troy Coughlin Jr. runner-up in TAD after dead-even finish
JOLIET, IL – Mike Coughlin remains unbeaten in his JEGS.com Top Dragster ever since changing to a Fowler F12 roots-style supercharger, winning Sunday’s Burndown at Sundown Division 3 race at Route 66 Raceway. It was Coughlin’s second win in as many weekends and the first time he’s ever won two races in a row.
“If you had come to me a month ago and said I’d win two in a row I would have said ‘no way, no how,'” said Mike, a two-time Division 3 champion in Top Sportsman who switched to Top Dragster three years ago. “This is such a different racecar since we switched to the Fowler. It’s so easy to drive and it responds to everything we ask of it.
“This win is for the guys on this crew who made this change so seamless. They’re the best. Big thanks to Dad (Jeg Coughlin Sr.) too for all of his advice, and once again it was a blast having my son Clay with me.”
Sharing the spotlight in Chicago was Coughlin’s nephew Troy Coughlin Jr., who raced to his fourth runner-up finish of the season in Top Alcohol Dragster, as well as Paige Coughlin, Mike’s niece and Troy Jr.’s sister, who went five rounds in Super Comp.
JOLIET – Team JEGS drag racers Mike, Troy Jr. and Paige Coughlin head to this weekend’s Burndown at Sundown Division 3 race at Route 66 Raceway carrying a bunch of winning momentum into the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event.
Mike and Troy Jr. are fresh off big victories in their respective classes, with Mike still glowing from his triumph in Top Dragster Sunday in Indianapolis, and Troy Jr. reveling in a home-state conquest of the Top Alcohol Dragster category on July 23 in Norwalk, Ohio.
Paige is holding her own as well, going deep into elimination action at every race she’s attended since beginning her summer break from Miami University of Ohio.
A two-time D3 champion in Top Sportsman, Mike’s Indy victory was his third since he switched to Top Dragster three years ago, and his first in two years. The 27-time NHRA event winner says a recent switch to a Fowler F12 roots-style blower has made his car much more consistent.
INDIANAPOLIS – Mike Coughlin scored his first Top Dragster victory in two years Sunday, beating five tough challengers in elimination action to take the crown of the Summer Spectacle at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis. The event was the third on this year’s North Central Division schedule in the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series.
“I really don’t think this has sunk in yet,” Coughlin said from the winner’s circle. “I feel like I’m going to wake up tomorrow morning and have to check to make sure that little gold man (Wally trophy) is still sitting by my bed. Maybe then I’ll realize I’m not just dreaming. It seems like forever since I’ve felt this feeling.
“My crew guys, Greg Cody, Tony Collier and Dave Raurk, along with a bunch of input from Dad (Hall of Famer Jeg Coughlin Sr.), have put in so much work to figure this car out the last two months and to come out with a brand-new setup and roll through a really tough divisional race like this is just phenomenal. I couldn’t be happier.”
INDIANAPOLIS – Two-time Division 3 champion Mike Coughlin leads a trio of JEGS.com sportsman racers into this weekend’s Summer Spectacle Drag Race in Brownsburg, Ind. Mike and his niece Paige Coughlin are sporting a brand-new look on their dragster that are sure to turn some heads, while nephew Troy Coughlin Jr. is contesting the event in his Uncle Jeg Coughlin Jr.’s reliable Corvette Roadster.
“We have a new look and a new attitude,” said Mike, the D3 Top Sportsman champ in 2007 and 2009 who now races in Top Dragster. “My dad (JEGS founder Jeg Coughlin Sr.) actually came up with the idea to make the front of our dragsters black and I think it gives us a bit of a sinister look. Now we all need to go out there and prove we mean business on the racetrack.”
Mike and crew spent last weekend at National Trail Raceway preparing for a busy stretch of five races in the next four weekends, including divisional events in Indianapolis, Chicago and a double-header in Sonoma, Calif., as well as the NHRA national event in Sonoma.
MARTIN, MI – Six-time NHRA world champion Jeg Coughlin Jr. took on a massive field of 700-plus talented bracket racers in Saturday’s $525,000-to-win main event at US 131 Motorsports Park and came away as a final-four finisher in his JEGS.com Chevy II wagon.
The challenge was the highlight of four high-dollar bracket races contested between Wednesday and Saturday at “the Fastest Track in Michigan,” and was attended by numerous NHRA professionals along with most of the top sportsman drag racers in the world.
“What an incredible event,” Coughlin said. “I’m pretty much exhausted at this point but personally very, very proud to have made it through nine rounds of some of the toughest racing ever to finish in the semifinals. It was very satisfying to be a part of what, as far as I know, was the largest single payout in drag racing history.
“With so many cars entered, just the first round each day would take six hours or so. With buy-backs the second rounds weren’t much shorter, and you go from there. It made for very long days and very short nights every day of the event. I know I started the $525K race at 8:30 a.m. Saturday and made my last pass in the semifinals around 4:30 a.m., Sunday morning.”