Doug Kerhulas' last drag race-National Trail 1984
Kerhulas' meeting with the NHRA's ill conceived aircraft style arresting nets caused a closed head injury which ended his career. As Kerhulas' head was thrust forward from the quick slowdown the metal cables from the top of the net rebounded and hit him in the helmet at a very high speed. He was a second round winner in the race. This was Doug's last race as noted in National Dragster Magazine, cutting short a rising career. He recovered fully from his injuries.
Coughlin Family at National Trail Raceway - 2009
COLUMBUS, Ohio (Sept. 23) For Team JEGS drivers John and Mike Coughlin and their nephew Troy Jr., any opportunity to race at their home track, National Trail Raceway, represents an opportunity for good times spent with family and friends. However, when the Coughlin clan descends on National Trail for this weekends JEGS NHRA Northern SPORTSnationals, the mood figures to be a bit more serious as both John and Mike are currently battling for championship points in Top Dragster and Top Sportsman, respectively. John currently leads Top Dragster with his JEGS.com rail, while Mike is ranked fifth in Top Sportsman behind the wheel of his JEGS.com Chevy Cobalt. John also is ranked in the top 10 of Super Stock in his own JEGS.com Chevy Cobalt. "I have two Top Dragster races left where I can claim points so I like my chances," John said of his chance at another championship. "Its not over yet but if I can have a good weekend here at our home track, I can really do myself a lot of good. If I have a good weekend in Super Stock I could move up as high as fourth or fifth. "I feel good about racing in Columbus because it's our home track and Im very comfortable here. Im also driving well in both cars. We recently did some testing with our Top Dragster to make it a little faster and more consistent and it's working well. As for the Super Stock car, it's just plain nasty. It is very consistent." Although his busy schedule has prevented him from running as many races as some of his competitors, Mike has made the most of his opportunities in Top Sportsman and now finds himself in a position to win the title he last held in 2007. Mike has also had tremendous success at the JEGS NHRA SPORTSnationals races, claiming three victories and two runner-up finishes since 2005. "This is a big weekend for all of us," Mike said. "We have a lot of work to do but we still have a chance to win the championship. Obviously, its getting late in the season and we need to make something happen sooner rather than later but our team has had a lot of success here at National Trail so this would be a perfect place to gain some ground. "No matter what happens we really enjoy these JEGS SPORTSnational races. For a Sportsman racer, it doesnt get any better than this." Troy Jr., or T.J. as his friends and family know him, will be looking to rebound after a semi-successful outing in his JEGS Super Comp dragster at the recent Mac Tools U.S Nationals. In his first appearance at NHRAs premiere event, T.J. successfully advanced to the third round of eliminations, but thats where his weekend ended as his opponent, Chad Lamont, put together a nearly perfect run with a .001 reaction time and an 8.906 elapsed time on the 8.900 Super Comp index. T.J. put together a very competitive effort of his own with a .014 reaction time and an 8.914, but it wasnt enough to get the win. "When something like that happens, all you can do is load up, go home, and try again another day," T.J. said. "I thought I did a good job but he did a great job. Thats all part of Super Comp racing. I knew that it wasnt going to be easy and its not but I do feel like I get a little better every time I go to the track." Adding some additional excitement to the proceedings will be some of the third-generation Coughlin kids racing in the Junior Dragster category, including John's 13-year-old son Cody, Mike's 8-year-old son Jack, and Troy Coughlin Sr.'s 9-year-old daughter Paige. Information regarding JEGS Mail Order can be found at www.jegs.com and for media/fan resources checkout www.teamjegs.com .
Early Days at National Trails Raceway
Slide show of the early days at National Trails Raceway in Hebron,Ohio I did not make this video and take no credit for it, I'm simply sharing a cool video for everyone to see.