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JEGS Sportsman Teammates Bound for Route 66 Raceway

JEGS_MCoughlin-TS-Camaro640The NHRA North Central Division Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series  will make its third stop of the 2013 season this weekend at Route 66 Raceway in  Joliet, Ill., and the event will provide plenty of opportunities for JEGS Mail  Order teammates Mike and Troy Coughlin Jr. to shine.

Mike  will be racing his new 2013 Chevy Camaro (above) in the Top Sportsman class, which also  includes the completion of the rain-delayed season opener from Lucas Oil Raceway  in Indianapolis, while third-generation racer Troy Jr. will pull double duty in  Super Comp and Super Gas.

A  two-time North Central Division Top Sportsman champion, Mike is still getting  comfortable behind the wheel of his 210-mph Camaro, but he believes  that it’s already one of the best race cars he has ever  driven.

“We  last ran the car in Norwalk a couple of weeks ago and even though we didn’t win  any rounds it was not the car’s fault,” Mike said. “I’ve probably made 10 or 11  runs and I can already tell this is a better car than my old Cobalt. The  technology in these cars has come so far that they are faster and more  consistent than ever before.”

Mike  also is excited about completing two events on the same weekend, which will give  him more seat time in the new car.

“We’re  going to finish the Indy race on Friday and then run the Joliet event on  Saturday and Sunday, which means that if someone gets on a roll they could make  12 or 13 runs,” Mike said. “I’d like to be that guy. It’s no different than some  of the big bracket races we’ve competed at. When you have a chance to make more  runs in a weekend it helps make everyone more competitive. I’d much prefer a  busy schedule than having a lot of downtime.”

With  one national event win and one divisional victory to his credit, Troy Jr. is off  to one of the best seasons of his career. The 22-year-old will enter the Joliet  event ranked third in the Super Gas class and a respectable 37th in Super Comp.  His confidence is soaring following a victory at the most recent North Central  Division event in Norwalk, Ohio.

“So  far, so good,” Troy Jr. said. “Things are going pretty well in both classes but  we need to keep looking forward. There is still a lot of racing left this season  before anyone can start thinking about championships. I enjoy racing both cars,  but I’m really looking forward to getting back behind the wheel of our Super Gas  Corvette. That car has been awesome this season.

“There  is a lot going on this weekend. My sister Meghan, my cousin Clay, and my crew  chief Jay Schroeder will be with us, and they provide us with a lot of support.  We’ve got some momentum, so now we just need to keep it  going.”

This story was originally published on June 8, 2013. Drag Illustrated

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