Recent winner Mike Coughlin headlines JEGS entries at National Trail Raceway

By Ben Stroup

July 16, 2014

There will be plenty of yellow and black on display at this weekend’s 13th annual Buckeye Fuel Wars at National Trail Raceway, as Mike, Troy Jr. and Meghan Coughlin will compete in a combined four different sportsman categories in their racecars.

Additionally, Clay and Kelly Coughlin will be racing JEGS Junior Dragsters in a winner-take-all race Sunday.

Mike Coughlin, a 13-time nation event winner fresh off earning top honors at the NHRA national event in Norwalk, will look to make plenty of noise in the Top Sportsman category.

“We’re going to keep doing exactly what we were doing in Norwalk,” he told the team’s official website. “No need to change anything; the car was absolutely flawless. We made a slight change to the rear suspension for the hotter weather and it worked. The guys kind of foresee the same type of conditions coming up this weekend so it should work great at National Trail also.

“It’ll be a blast to watch Meghan and Kelly make their debuts, Meghan in the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series and Kelly in Junior Dragsters. And my boy Clay will be out there fighting for the trophy as well. It’s a big family weekend, for sure.”

Troy Coughlin Jr., meanwhile, will race in both Super Gas and Super Comp at the event. Ranked fifth in the D3 Super Gas points — thanks in large part to two runner-up finishes this year in his Corvette — He’ll also try to move up the national and division points in his Super Comp dragster.

“It’s going to be so much fun racing as a family, especially with my sisters Meghan and Kelly and Cousin Clay helping me represent the third generation of Coughlins on the drag strip,” T.J. said. “Racing at National Trail is like racing in our backyard. I’ve been there so many times it’s super familiar to all of us, and that helps you relax.

“Racing-wise, I’m planning on sticking to the basics. I can only control what I’m doing in my racecars so that’s what I’ll focus on. I always do my best when I’m having fun, and with Uncle Mike and Meghan there, I should definitely be able to have fun.”

Meghan Couglin, making her debut in the Super Street class, will climb behind the wheel of her six-time world champion uncle Jeg Coughlin Jr.’s hand-built JEGS Mail Order Chevy II wagon.

“I’ve only ever raced Junior Dragsters so this is my first time out in a big-girl car,” Meghan said. “I’m so excited and my nerves are going, for sure, but I know when I get in the car and fire up the engine all that goes away. You get that tunnel vision of a racer where all you really see is the racetrack.

“We’ve tested with the car and it’s very fun to drive. Having been away from racing for so long I really don’t have any goals other than enjoying myself. If I could get even one round win it would be awesome.”