COUGHLIN SCORES THIRD TAD WIN OF THE SEASON
Reigning North Central Region Top Alcohol Dragster champion Troy Coughlin Jr. is claiming points in Division 1 this year, but he's still showing off in Division 3, winning this weekend's Battle at the Beech event with a convincing performance at Beech Bend Raceway.
His sister Paige, who races in Super Comp, also had a big weekend, gaining plenty of points on the three men who started the weekend ahead of her in the North Central Division points.
But this weekend the main spotlight was on Troy Jr., who celebrated his third victory in the last two months. He recently claimed wins at the national event in Norwalk, Ohio, and the D1 race in Atco, N.J. Overall, Troy Jr. has now raced to seven final rounds this year in his JEGS.com McPhillips Racing dragster.
"It's not me," Troy Jr. said. "It takes these incredible people from McP Racing. Rich and Richie (McPhillips), Duke Roney, John Flenard, Andy Goode, Charlie Wroten and Charlie Greco; they make me look good. They're fast, they're smart and they are solid professionals who win. They save my butt all the time.
"Rich has this car hopped up. He's being aggressive and we're running it on the ragged edge, but that's what you need to do this time of the year if you want to achieve your goals. Everything's working for us right now but we know this sport can be very humbling so we will take nothing for granted, stay in the groove we're in, and keep adapting to whatever these races throw at us."
After qualifying No. 2 with a 5.199 at 277.60 mph, Troy Jr. had a huge first-round match-up with Josh Hart, who entered the weekend as the points leader of the Eastern Region, just ahead of Troy Jr. himself. When the lights flashed, it was Troy Jr. all the way, winning with a 5.244 at 278.12 mph to Hart's problem-filled 16.763 at 47.59 mph.
His work wasn't done though as had to get past two more top-10 runners in Chris Demke with a 5.23 and top qualifier Julie Nataas with a 5.22 to secure the trophy.
"I hope we can keep it up because we'll be chasing a little bit of personal history next week in Indy," Troy Jr. said. "In 1991, my dad won Bowling Green in Super Comp and then drove over to Indy and won Super Gas in the same car. I was only a baby but I've heard the stories all my life. I'd love to win both races again in his honor."