Stage One: Rolling off 10th after his best NCWTS qualifying effort at Martinsville Speedway, Coughlin quickly grabbed the ninth-position in the opening laps, despite fighting a tight JEGS.com Chevy, before weather postponed the Alpha Energy Solutions 250 to Monday morning. Restarting ninth when the field finally went back green on lap 27, Coughlin ran within the top-10, in the 10th position, until right before the end of Stage One, where he ultimately finished 13th when the green-checkered flag waved. Still fighting a Chevy Silverado that was tight in the center and loose off, Coughlin came to pit road for four tires, fuel, and a chassis adjustment to aid in his handling. However, Coughlin was forced to come back down pit road to serve a one-lap penalty for pitting outside his stall, lining up 28th for Stage Two.
Stage Two: Trying to race his way into the “free pass” position to get his lap back, Coughlin was in contention until sustaining slight damage on lap 87 during an accident. However, with just minor body damage, Coughlin remained on track, lining up 23rd for the restart. Running the remainder of Stage Two in 23rd, Coughlin got his lap back when the caution came out on lap 142 to signal the end of Stage Two. Crew çhief Jerry Baxter called the No. 2 down pit road for four tires, fuel and another round of adjustments, before Coughlin lined up at the tail-end of the field due to receiving the “free pass.”
Final Stage: Fighting his way through traffic and making up as much ground as possible, Coughlin raced his way into the top-15 after just 20 green-flag laps. However, with a little over 60 laps to go in the race, Coughlin reported that he had lost his brakes completely. Pulling behind the wall on lap 190, the JEGS.com team worked rapidly to fix the issue with the No. 2 Chevy. Coughlin rejoined the field on lap 215, scored in the 26th position, 25 laps down. Able to finish the race on the track, Coughlin ultimately crossed the finish line on lap 250 for a 26th-place finish.
“Today was a tough one. Throughout the weekend, my GMS Racing team gave me one of the best trucks I have ever had at Martinsville Speedway, and that had me optimistic for the race.Unfortunately, we got behind early from the pit road penalty, and then I lost brakes during the Final Stage. My JEGS.com team worked hard to get me back out as fast as possible, but that mechanical failure ended our chances of having a good finish to the weekend. We’ll regroup in the off weeks and be ready for Dover (International Speedway).”
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!