Third-generation drag racer Troy Coughlin, Jr. will make his Pro Stock debut at this weekend’s World Doorslammer Nationals at Orlando Speed World Dragway in Florida, racing alongside his accomplished uncle, Jeg Coughlin, Jr., and an array of NHRA’s top factory hot rod competitors.
The son of noted racer Troy Coughlin, Troy, Jr. is no stranger to fast doorslammer racing nor the NHRA’s professional ranks: he has competed in an array of sportsman-class eliminators since his debut in 2007, and briefly competed alongside his father in Pro Modified. He also contested 17 events in Top Fuel behind the wheel of a Kalitta Motorsports-owned dragster. He has, for the past two seasons, competed in Top Alcohol Dragster, eyeing a return to the professional ranks. He will now accomplish that goal behind the wheel of an Elite Motorsports Pro Stock Camaro.
“To have a chance to drive one of Richard Freeman’s cars for Elite Motorsports and JEGS is beyond description. I’m so excited to have this level of support. This team has won so many championships and everyone is so professional. Elite is a top-level organization with the best crew guys and engine builders in the world.
Troy, Jr. and Jeg, Jr. find themselves at very opposite ends of the career spectrum — Jeg announced at the season-opening Winternationals the 2020 season would be his last as a full-time Pro Stock racer, while Troy, Jr. sits in the very position his uncle was two decades and five Pro Stock championships ago.
“Being able to race with my mentor, a man who’s taught me so much and continues to mentor me, is very special also,” Troy, Jr. said. “We’ve been fortunate enough to win a couple of Top Alcohol Dragster regional championships the last two years but there’s something about Pro Stock that just feels right to me. I can’t wait to get started.”
“We are certainly poised for a very interesting weekend,” Jeg Jr. said. “Racing with Troy and being here for his first Pro Stock start is a special moment in our family history. We’re all expecting big things out of him and considering the success he’s had in all the other classes he’s raced, combined with the racecar Elite has prepared for him, he’s someone that could really have a big race.”
Troy, Jr. has not stated his plans in Pro Stock beyond the World Doorslammer Nationals, but has made it clear his vision is to assume the driving duties of the JEGS.com Camaro in 2021 as Jeg, Jr. enters retirement.