Just a few weeks after securing his second NHRA Pro Modified class championship, Troy Coughlin put his JEGS High Performance C7 Corvette into ‘Outlaw’ Pro Mod trim and came back to the scene of the championship at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Mel Roth and his assembled team piled in numerous trucks and trailers to the 11th Annual JEGS Street Car Super Nationals for yet another wild and competitive heads-up drag racing event to cap off the season in 2015.
Coughlin and his team reworked his Larry Jeffers Race Cars-built C7 Corvette into Outlaw Pro Mod trim, packing larger turbos, and took the boost restrictions off that are required in NHRA competition.
After a few changes in the laptop by ProLine Racing mastermind Steve Petty, Coughlin and team took to the track for a few pre-race shakedowns to make sure the FuelTech FT500 engine management system took care of all the changes in the tune-up and the engine was going to be running happy.
After ripping off a 5.686 at 268 mph and clinching the Quickest Pass Challenge to cap off the test session, the JEGS team went into qualifying mode and went even quicker and faster.
In the finals qualifying session under the lights, Coughlin pulled up beside John Stanley and the Stanley & Weiss supercharged Cadillac. Turbocharger guru Steve Petty brought the Pro Line-powered Corvette up to the line, nestled perfectly into the groove after backing into the hot rubber laid down on the burnout. At the release of the transbrake, Stanley launched hard and got out on the bright yellow turbocharged machine, but as both cars hit the mid-track mark, Coughlin’s machine start making up ground in a hurry as his twin Precision turbochargers starting pumping boost into the cylinders at a rapid rate.
That Quickest Pass deal was just awesome — you could take all the weight out of your car and just go for it. Everyone was welcome to give it a shot and we came out on top, so that was cool. – Troy Coughlin
Coughlin ran through eliminations like a mad man, knocking down Brian Macy and John Stanley and capping off the event with a 5.68 at 273.72 ph shot to defeat Andrew Berry and claim the Outlaw Pro Mod crown. Coughlin stated, “We had about a perfect weekend out there, and more importantly, we had a bunch of fun with all the other drivers. The pressure of the NHRA title fight was gone and then you add in a bunch of the Outlaw guys taking their best shots and it was just a fun race to win.”
We at Dragzine want to send out a huge congratulations to Team JEGS, Pro Line Racing, Troy Coughlin, and Steve Petty, on such a huge accomplishment with the new doorslammer speed record and the NHRA Pro Modified world championship.