Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?


TJ Coughlin Racing Twice in Same Car at Piedmont

JEGS_TroyJr-SC640After a successful stint of Super Comp and Super Gas races that culminated with a victory at the recent Amalie NHRA Gatornationals, Troy Coughlin Jr. and the JEGS Mail Order team will now switch their focus to big-money bracket racing during this weekend’s $50,000 Top Eliminator Classic on the eighth-mile course at Piedmont Dragway.

Coughlin will be driving his uncle Jeg Coughlin’s JEGS Mail Order dragster in the event, which features three separate races on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, paying the winner $5,000, $20,000 and $10,000, respectively.

Troy Coughlin Jr.

Troy Coughlin Jr.

“I’ve had a blast racing in Super Comp and Super Gas over the last couple of months and we’ve done pretty well but it’s always nice to have a change of pace,” Coughlin said. “Bracket racing it a completely different discipline but so far I’ve been able to go back and forth and make the adjustment fairly quickly.

“[Piedmont track operator] Gilmer Hinshaw and his crew do a great job and we really enjoy racing there. This event runs very smoothly and the track surface is second to none. It’s everything you’d want as a racer.”

Coughlin, who will be joined at the Piedmont race by crew chief Jay Schroeder and traveling buddy and fellow racer Kenny Underwood, will need to be sharp as he plans to take advantage of a unique rule that allows one driver to “double-enter” the same car using two different competition numbers. That means that Coughlin will have two opportunities to win each race and a total of six entries for the weekend.

“It’s very hectic to double-enter the same car but you just have to make sure you have the extra discipline and attention to detail. After every round, you have to make sure you pull up in the shortest line so you can come back around quickly and race the second entry. I’ve done it before so we have a pretty good routine. It’s just a matter of sticking with the program,” Coughlin said.

“The cool thing is it increases your chances to win.”

(Photos courtesy JEGS)

This story was originally published on April 10, 2013. Drag Illustrated

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You May Also Like


The star-studded STREET OUTLAWS: No Prep Kings series is set to return for its 6th season in the summer of 2023. Fans can expect to...


Street Outlaws: No Prep Kings star and renowned engine builder Pat Musi joined the recent episode of The Wes Buck Show and provided an update...


Street Outlaws: No Prep Kings star Lizzy Musi announced today that she has been diagnosed with stage four breast cancer via her Youtube channel....


Ryan Fellows, who starred in “Street Outlaws: Fastest in America,” died in a tragic crash while filming for the show in Las Vegas on...

Since 2005, DI has informed, inspired and educated drag racers from every walk of the racing life - weekend warrior and street/strip enthusiasts to pro-level doorslammer and Top Fuel racers. From award-winning writing and photography to binge-worthy videos to electric live events, DI meets hundreds of thousands of racers where they live, creating the moments that create conversations.