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The traditional uniform for a race car driver is a fire-proof suit, gloves, shoes and a helmet. On Wednesday, Cody Coughlin will don all of that, but he could also use a shield, sword and body armor as he heads to “The Last Great Colosseum” of Bristol Motor Speedway (TN) for the first time. Coughlin will pilot his No. 13 RIDE TV/JEGS.com Toyota Tundra for ThorSport Racing in Wednesday’s UNOH 200 for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
“I’m really looking forward to Bristol. It’s a high-banked short track, and I love racing those kinds of tracks. I’ve tested at Bristol before, but I’m really looking forward to a race under the lights.”
The 21-year-old driver has had plenty of success on high-banked short tracks throughout his racing career with multiple wins at tracks like Winchester Speedway and Salem Speedway in Indiana. Coughlin said he believes his success at those two tracks in particular can translate to running well at Bristol.
“At both of those tracks you run at the wall, and Bristol you run on the bottom, but otherwise they’re very similar,” Coughlin explained. “Both of those tracks are half-mile ovals with a lot of banking. It just really suits my style. I love racing at those tracks and I’m sure I’ll love racing at Bristol too.”
In addition to having wins at Winchester and Salem, Coughlin has proven to be a short track ace, having won the ARCA/CRA Super Series Super Late Model championship and JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Pro Late Model championship in the same season in 2016. Coughlin is the first and only driver to have accomplished the feat.
Wednesday’s UNOH 200 is a one-day show, meaning that Coughlin and his ThorSport Racing team will practice, qualify and race all in the same day. The day begins with practice at 9 a.m. ET. Final practice will follow at 11 a.m. ET. Qualifying will take place at 4:35 p.m. Qualifying will be three rounds, knockout style.
The UNOH 200 will see the green flag wave at approximately 8:30 p.m. ET. The race is 200 laps for a distance of 106.6 miles. The race is broken down into three stages. The first stage will end on lap 55. The second stage will end on lap 110. The final stage will end at the checkered flag on lap 200 unless the race goes into Overtime.
Race fans hoping to meet Cody Coughlin can do so at the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series autograph session at 4:45 p.m. ET. The exact location is to be determined.
For more information on Cody Coughlin and Team JEGS, visit codycoughlin.com and follow Cody on Twitter, @Cody_Coughlin. Follow Team JEGS on Twitter, @TeamJEGS, and “Like”JEGS Performance on Facebook. Follow ThorSport Racing on Twitter, @ThorSportRacing, and visit them online at ThorSport.com. If you need more information regarding ThorSport please contact Jessica O’Brien via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Any other inquiries for Cody Coughlin can be sent to Bob Dillner via email at email@example.com.
About JEGS Automotive, Inc.
In 1960, Jeg Coughlin Sr. founded JEGS as a small speed shop. It has grown into a high-performance powerhouse that includes a race team (Team JEGS), 250,000 square foot warehouse, retail store, mail order and website. The 350+ employees at JEGS still strongly believe and practice our simply business philosophy: Customer Care is #1. For more information about JEGS Automotive, Inc. visit JEGS.com.
About Ride Television Network, Inc.
Ride Television Network, Inc. is a privately held corporation based in Fort Worth, Texas. The company was formed in 2011 for the purpose of launching a 24-hour, high definition, television network. RIDE TV launched on October 1, 2014 in the United States and is now available internationally. The network features high-quality television programming showcasing both English and Western disciplines and lifestyles and includes live events, reality shows, talk shows, children’s programming, documentaries and more. For more information about RIDE TV, please visit www.ridetv.com.
About ThorSport Racing
ThorSport Racing, based in Sandusky, Ohio, is the longest-tenured NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team. ThorSport Racing, which has competed in the NCWTS since 1996, will run the No. 88 Menards Toyota Tundra driven by two-time NCWTS drivers’ champion Matt Crafton, the No. 13 JEGS/RIDE TV Toyota Tundra driven by Cody Coughlin, the No. 27 Tundra driven by Ben Rhodes, and the No. 98 RIDE TV/Champion Power Equipment/Jive Communications/Curb Records Toyota Tundra driven by Grant Enfinger. For more information visit www.ThorSport.com.