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Mike Coughlin came tantalizingly close to once again winning the Division 3 Top Sportsman championship in 2011 and is more fired up than ever for another title run in 2012.

Mike, in integral part of one of drag racing’s top families, returns with his JEGS.com Chevrolet team to contend for more race wins and ultimately his third overall championship. He won two races in 2011, at Indianapolis and Chicago, and was runner-up at Bowling Green, Ky.

Entering the final race of the season, Mike just needed a second-round win to secure the title, but a broken transmission sidelined him in that fateful run and Coughlin ended up second, giving him more incentive for 2012.

Coughlin, one of four sons born to drag racing legend Jeg Coughlin Sr., already has two Division 3 Top Sportsman championships on his resume, winning titles in 2007 and 2009.

With brothers John, Troy Sr., and Jeg Jr., Mike has helped push the family total to 12 championships and more than 100 major drag racing victories in the past two decades.

Mike himself won the Pro Stock Truck title in Englishtown, N.J., in 1999, joining his three brothers on a national event winner's podium. Later that year, he won NHRA’s most prestigious and longest-running event, the U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis, which helped him finish the year as one of the few competitors to qualify for every event.

In 2001, Mike won three more Pro Stock Truck races in four final-round appearances during a five-race span to drive from 13th place to fourth by season's end, while establishing performance records for elapsed time and speed by driving his JEGS Mail Order Chevy S-10 to a 7.379-second run at 182.65 mph in Chicago. He capped the season by winning the final Pro Stock Truck event in history at the NHRA Finals in Pomona, Calif.

Returning to his sportsman racing roots in 2002 with a Super Comp entry, Mike remained one of the most consistent drivers in the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, routinely winning races and contending for the national title each year.

By 2006, he shifted gears to a much quicker six-second, 200-mph JEGS.com Chevy Cobalt for the new Top Sportsman class. Within a year, he was the 2007 Division 3 champion after dominating the class in his JEGS Mail Order Chevy Cobalt with three event wins and the largest points total of any competitor in the division, regardless of class.

He followed that up with another steady showing in Division 3 Top Sportsman competition in 2008, winning the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event in Indianapolis and finishing fifth overall despite entering just five events.

His hunger and passion to return to the champion's podium pushed him to a second Division 3 Top Sportsman title in 2009, which came on the strength of one national event victory, one divisional trophy, and one divisional runner-up result.

Mike and his wife Kriss reside in Delaware, Ohio, with their sons, Jack and Clay, and their two boxers.


Vehicle: JEGS.com Chevy Cobalt
Series: National Hot Rod Association, Top Sportsman
Hometown: Delaware, Ohio
Birthplace: Columbus, Ohio
Age: 45 (DOB January 23, 1966)
Family: Kriss (wife), Jack & Clay (sons)
2012 Car: JEGS.com Chevy Cobalt
Crew Chief: Greg Cody
Years racing: 26
Professional victories: 6 (Pro Stock Truck)
Professional final rounds: 9 (Pro Stock Truck)
Sportsman wins: 6 (3 in Top Sportsman, 3 in Super Comp)
Sportsman final rounds: 9
Total NHRA national event victories: 12
Total NHRA national event final rounds: 18
Total NHRA divisional event victories: 11
Total NHRA divisional event final rounds: 14
Career-best elapsed time: 6.679 seconds, Indianapolis, Ind. 2011
Career-best speed: 209.92 mph, Indianapolis, Ind. 2011

 

 

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