By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
His career came to an end on Sunday at the 20th annual Dodge NHRA Finals presented by Pennzoil. He was defeated in the first-round by his Elite Motorsports teammate.
Aaron Stanfield defeated Coughlin Jr. at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, Nevada, according to Drag Race Central. The Louisiana-based driver went 6.687 at 205.82 mph to get the win.
The Ohio-based driver went 6.667 at 205.29 mph in the losing effort.
Stanfield won by 0.0212 seconds. He won the round by approx. 6 feet.
“Since 1997, I’ve been able to live out my biggest childhood dream by racing with my family and following my Dad and older brother Troy into the professional ranks and racing a Pro Stock car,” Coughlin Jr. said when he announced his retirement in February. “We’ve been able to win six championships, five in Pro Stock, and 82 national events in a variety of classes. It’s been a remarkable run.
“It certainly hasn’t been an individual effort. It’s taken so many talented crewmen and crew chiefs, engine builders and chassis experts, my incredible family, everyone at JEGS, and all the other companies that have partnered with us through the years. I couldn’t have asked for a better scenario.”
The six-time Pro Stock Champion departs the sport with 65 career wins. He departs the class as the fourth-most winningest driver in the category.
He only trails the late Bob Glidden, who had 85; while active racer Greg Anderson, who has 94 wins. “The Professor” Warren Johnson leads them all with 97 career wins.
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