CONCORD, N.C. --
"Charlotte's such a great place to race," Coughlin said. "The JEGS.com car was rocking and rolling. I've got my family with me, and I couldn't be more excited."
Defending world champion Coughlin powered his JEGS.com Corvette to his third career victory in the popular 250-mph doorslammer touring series with a final round performance of 5.893 seconds at 242.19 mph. Runner-up Kenny Lang trailed Coughlin with a 5.898 at 246.98 in his Summit Racing '63 Corvette.
"I'm not sure what the reaction times were there in the final, but it was a tight race," Coughlin said. "I could sense that he was there. I could hear that thing humming. But we got him. Thank God. What a day."
To advance to the final round, Coughlin raced past Chip King, Mike Castellana and Mike Knowles in earlier rounds.
"(Crew chief) Steve (Petty) and all the guys did a fabulous job of putting this car together for race day," Coughlin said. "It's been a dream to drive."
With the win, Coughlin moved into second place in the series standings, 19 points behind leader Von Smith. Smith lost in the second round to eventual runner-up Lang.
The NHRA Pro Mod Series continues with the O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA SpringNationals presented by Super Start Batteries, April 26-28 at Royal Purple Raceway near Houston.
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