Volume X, Issue 3, Page 57

Why do you think that the NHRA is seemingly so adamantly opposed to allowing Pro Mods to be a professional class?

TROY COUGHLIN: I just don’t know, to tell you the truth. They seem to like the cars, they seem to like the class…. I just don’t know.

How about a TV program for the NHRA Pro Mod series; will there be one this year?

TROY COUGHLIN: Right now there is no TV for the series. That is a very expensive program to fund. But that’s not to say that at some point in the future we won’t have a dedicated Pro Mod TV program.

What about the purse structure and a championship points program? Can you tell us what that will be?

TROY COUGHLIN: Well, as far as the purse for a race, I believe it will be $10,000 to win and $5,000 for runner-up, but the qualifying money is going to be less than it was. I think it will pay $750 to qualify, but we are still working on that issue. As for the championship points, we’re still working on that issue too. I can tell you it will pay the top five racers in points but I honestly don’t know right now how much.

How long do you see JEGS backing the NHRA Pro Mod series? At some point will it become a business decision for your family business to keep supporting the series?

TROY COUGHLIN: Well, business definitely has something to do with how long we will be involved but we do sell a lot of parts to racers who have Pro Mod-style cars, so we’ll be involved in the series for a while.

How long do you intend to keep racing?

TROY COUGHLIN: I don’t know. My kids ask me that all of the time. I tell them I don’t know. I’m only 47 years old -- I still like to race.

Okay, Troy, it is time for the traditional last two DRO InnerView questions. As far as music goes, Ohio Players or Joe Walsh? 

TROY COUGHLIN: Definitely Joe Walsh.

Boxers or briefs?

TROY COUGHLIN: Boxers.  

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