Troy Coughlin has had a sold four or five years in Pro Mod, and it came to another peak this weekend at the NHRA SummerNationals in Englishtown, NJ, where he won his first race since 2014.
Coughlin managed to qualify 7th overall with a 5.908 at 254.52. Janis was his first pairing. Troy got loose, but he pulled it back in for a win. He had Rickie Smith in round 2 and, unfortunately, Rickie couldn’t pull up to the line under power. That gave Troy a bye into the semis, where he went up against Steve Matusek. Matusek blew a blower belt around 33o giving Troy a chance to take the “W.” Coughlin went up against Glidden in the final, making it a turbo showdown. Glidden got loose and had to shut it off, and, at that point, Coughlin stomped across the finish line and claimed the Wally as his.
The last time Troy Coughlin won a race was in 2014 and he won 2 that year: the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals in Norwalk, OH, and the NHRA Carolina Nationals in Charlotte, NC. He also won championships in 2012 and 2015, with 2015 being the interesting year. He managed to pull of the 2015 championship without winning a race, though he did go to two final rounds: the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals in Atlanta, GA, and the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals in Norwalk, OH.