Englishtown: Troy Coughlin preview

Troy looks to turn things around at E-town Troy Coughlin is the type of person that looks ahead and doesn't spend much time thinking about the past. The 39-year old second-generation driver is a glass is half-full kind of person. "Every...

Troy looks to turn things around at E-town

Troy Coughlin is the type of person that looks ahead and doesn't spend much time thinking about the past. The 39-year old second-generation driver is a glass is half-full kind of person.

"Every race is like a clean slate and everyone is tied for first when they roll through the gate to start the weekend," explained Coughlin. "You can't let the past control what you do going forward. You still need to learn from the mistakes you made, but you can't change anything that has already happened. The opportunities are ahead of you."

This weekend the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series will invade Old Bridge Raceway Park in Englishtown, NJ. The event is the 11th stop on the 23-race schedule.

Troy Coughlin will enter the event sitting in the No. 19 position in the NHRA POWERade Pro Stock championship with 185 points. With a strong performance he can move up as high as the No. 16 spot. The 10-year Pro Stock veteran knows how important it is to make a move forward at this point in the season.

"We are almost to the halfway point in the 2004 NHRA POWERade season," said Coughlin. "The West coast swing is coming up and you really need to be moving forward going into the swing. Every point is part of the big picture when you add up your score the closer you get to the end of the season. We just need to focus on what we can control and do the best job we can going forward with what we have to work with."

History At Event:

In 1976, Coughlin family patriarch Jeg Coughlin Sr., was runner-up in Pro Comp in Englishtown.

Troy Coughlin has qualified seven times in eight trips to Old Bridge Township Raceway Park including a best of fourth in 1998.

In 1997, Troy Coughlin wrecked against George Marnell in the second round. He was uninjured.

-www.teamjegs.com

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Series NHRA
Drivers Jeg Coughlin , Troy Coughlin , George Marnell