Columbus: Troy Coughlin preview

Troy is Excited About Hometown Race   Ten years ago Troy Coughlin made his Pro Stock debut at the Pontiac Excitement Nationals at National Trail Raceway.  He became the first of the four Coughlin brothers to step into the professional ranks ...

Troy is Excited About Hometown Race   Ten years ago Troy Coughlin made his Pro Stock debut at the Pontiac Excitement Nationals at National Trail Raceway.  He became the first of the four Coughlin brothers to step into the professional ranks within the NHRA.  That year Coughlin qualified ninth and lost to Pro Stock legend Bob Glidden in the opening round.    "A lot has changed in Pro Stock in ten years," explained Coughlin.  "We have seen a number of body styles come and go from the big three.  But the class has always been ultra-competitive and fans can relate to their showroom counter parts.  The technology advancements and horsepower gains that have taken place over the last ten-years is pretty amazing when you think about."   In 1997 Troy Coughlin reached the final round in Pro Stock for the first time in his professional career at his home track.  He ultimately scored a runner-up finish.   Coughlin has qualified for the last four straight events and has been making a gradual move up in the NHRA POWERade championship each week.  He is currently sitting in the No. 18 position with 175 points.  A strong performance this weekend could put the 39-year-old second-generation driver firmly within the top-15 and a step closer to breaking into the top-10.   "We are moving in the right direction and things are starting to fall into place," said Coughlin.  "We certainly have room for improvement, but if we can get in the top half of the field that will give us a leg up on race day."   Coughlin has qualified seven times in nine attempts at National Trail Raceway.  He has never started race day lower than the No. 10 qualifying position.    "You always want to do well at your hometown track," said Coughlin.  "We will obviously have a number of local fans, friends, family and over 300-plus Jeg's associates and their families cheering us on all weekend.  Doing well at this race has been a lot of fun in the past and we are looking forward to having another great weekend in our backyard."   EVENT FAST FACTS:   Columbus is the home base for Team Jegâ^À^Ùs and they have enjoyed some of their most successful weekends there. 

Troy Coughlin made his Pro Stock debut in Columbus in 1994, becoming the first of the four Coughlin brothers to race at a professional level. That year, he qualified ninth and lost to Bob Glidden in round one.    Troy reached the final of the 1997 Columbus race, defeating Mark Pawuk and Jim Yates before receiving a bye run into the final.   Troy has qualified seven times in nine attempts in Columbus and has never been ranked lower than tenth.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Troy Coughlin , Mark Pawuk , Bob Glidden