Fuel Curve Countdown. The Nation’s Top 10 Pro Mods, Troy Coughlin

Pro Mod Madness! Our Fuel Curve Top 10 List, #7 Troy Coughlin

Editor’s Note. This is a ten-part series we will run once per week introducing the Top 10 Pro Mod race cars in our opinion. Series author Steven Bunker knows a thing or two about drag racing, especially Pro Mods. His grandfather Bob Bunker was one of the premier racers in supercharged, steel-bodied, quarter mile door cars which were the precursor to the class. Check back each week as Steven counts ‘em down!

#7 – Troy Coughlin

Fuel Curve Countdown. The Nation’s Top 10 Pro Mods, Troy Coughlin

Troy Coughlin is a long-time door slammer racer from NHRA Pro Stock to his most recent ride, the twin-turbocharged JEGS.com C7 Corvette which competes in the NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Series. Coughlin has tried his luck with both supercharged and nitrous power plants but it wasn’t until he teamed up with Pro Line Racing Engines and tuner Steve Petty that things began to click. Coughlin is the second fastest Pro Mod driver in the world with a top speed of 274.83 MPH and is always finding himself in the thick of the battle for the NHRA Pro Mod series championship. He won the NHRA Pro Mod championships back in 2012 and 2015 and was runner-up to Rickie Smith in 2016. Coughlin has also cashed many big checks from 20-50k throughout his 28-year long racing career. In addition to NHRA success, he is a three-time Street Car Super Nationals Pro Mod champion at 20k a pop each.

The J&A Service Pro Mod Series kicks off a four week run this weekend in Englishtown, NJ. Coughlin currently sits fifth in the points standings and looks to find a groove and make a move towards being a player for the 2017 Championship battle.

Tune in next week for #6 on our Top 10 Pro Mods

Complete list:
#10 – Danny Rowe
#9 – Todd Tutterow
#8 – Lizzy Musi

Associate Editor

A lifelong car kid, Steven grew up around drag strips – his name may sound familiar because his grandfather is Bob Bunker, a Pro Mod pioneer who piloted the “Folsom Flash” ’55 Chevy from the ’70s through the ’90s. Steven’s father, Bob Bunker Jr., heads up Bunker Motorsports and is a regular in the West Coast racing scene, building chassis and race cars for more than 30 years. With genetics like that, it’s no wonder Steven has a passion for both cars and motorsports. In addition to helping his father and honing his fabrication skills at Bunker Motorsports, Steven began shooting photos at the drag strip and capturing the action with his Canon camera. He is now artfully crafting stories around the awesome machines at the shows, as well as the men and women behind them. When he's is not on the road covering events, he spends his downtime out on the water fishing, building his 1962 Chevy Nova, or cruising his 1987 GMC Suburban.