When the Coughlin brothers (John, Troy, Mike & Jeg Jr) started the weekend at The NHRA Pontiac Excitement Nationals they had the possibility of scoring victories in four classes (Pro Stock, Super Stock, Super Comp & Super Gas) and a runner-up in...
When the Coughlin brothers (John, Troy, Mike & Jeg Jr) started the weekend at The NHRA Pontiac Excitement Nationals they had the possibility of scoring victories in four classes (Pro Stock, Super Stock, Super Comp & Super Gas) and a runner-up in one (Pro Stock). Fathers Day wins have happened three-times at National Trail Raceway in front of the loyal hometown crowd.
Jeg Coughlin Jr was the first to stand with his father (Jeg Sr) jointly holding on to a NHRA national event trophy in 1989 when he competed in Super Gas. It was also the first NHRA national event win for the youngest Coughlin brother.
John Coughlin was the second to win on Fathers Day. The oldest of the four Coughlin brothers is the only to score the hardware twice. He first did it in 1993 in Super Gas and followed up with a win in Pro Stock Truck in 1999.
Mike Coughlin won in 2002 in Super Comp. The win marked his first NHRA national event win in the class that he had gone winless in for over 10-years.
After surviving several rounds of competition in the sportsman classes John & Mike Coughlin are still alive going into race day. John is competing in Super Stock and there are 18 cars between him and a victory.
Mike took on the task of racing in two classes (Super Comp & Super Gas) this weekend in front of the hometown crowd. He is the defending champion in Super Comp and there are 40 cars that stand in his way to successfully defend his win from last year. In Super Gas Mike is down to 38 cars.
Jeg and Troy Coughlin started their weekend with the possibility of facing off in the final round of Pro Stock if they landed on opposite sides of the ladder. Professional qualifying ended Saturday night and the field of 16 was set. Troy was just south of the bump spot by .010 seconds. Jeg Coughlin will start his battle from the No. 13 qualifying position.