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Cody Coughlin’s first career start at Atlanta Motor Speedway can be summed up in one word: Loose. Coughlin fought an extremely loose Toyota Tundra for all 130 laps of Saturday’s Active Pest Control 200 for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series before eventually finishing in the 16th position, the same position in which he started the race.
Atlanta Motor Speedway is known for seeing vehicles slide around on its 20-year-old racing surface. The 21-year-old Coughlin only had one test session of experience on the slippery surface before the race weekend began.
“It’s a tough race track,” said Coughlin after the race. “We battled a loose-in and loose-off condition pretty much all race long, but I think that’s just what happens here.”
Coughlin, in his No. 13 JEGS.com Toyota, was scored as high as second at one point before the loose condition really set in.
Coughlin’s ThorSport Racing crew, led by crew chief Michael Shelton, fought hard all race long to improve the handling of the truck.
At the end of the day, Coughlin worked himself back up into the top-20 before he settled for 16th.
“My guys did a great job,” said Coughlin, a Joe Gibbs Racing Development Driver. “I just need to be able to put it all together over the course of the whole race and then we’ll be alright. I’m just really proud of Michael, Terry (Cook, spotter) and all of my guys from ThorSport. They worked so hard all weekend and I know we’ll be much better at the next race. I’m really thankful I get to work with all these guys and also really appreciative to have Duke and Rhonda Thorson and my family on my side.”
After two races in 2017, Coughlin has scored finishes of 11th (Daytona) and 16th (Atlanta). Coughlin currently sits 11th in the driver’s points standings.
Coughlin’s next race will be on Saturday, April 1 at Martinsville Speedway (VA) in the Alpha Energy Solutions 250.
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 Kate Fegley 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.