Wednesday night’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Aspen Dental Eldora Dirt Derby will be Cody Coughlin’s first race on dirt. It is a 150-lap race, broken down into three segments of 40, 50, and 60 laps. The 32-truck field will have their starting positions decided by five heat races to comply with dirt track tradition.
The Race Track
Eldora Speedway, known as “the Big E,” is a half-mile dirt oval located in Rossburg, Ohio and is owned by NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver, Tony Stewart. Eldora was built by Earl Baltes in 1954. In addition to being the home of the Eldora Dirt Derby, Eldora is the home of some of the biggest races in dirt racing, including the Kings Royal, World 100 and Dirt Late Model Dream.
The Race Truck
Cody Coughlin and the No. 51 JEGS.com Kyle Busch Motorsports team will pilot chassis No. KBM-012. This will be the first race of 2016 for this chassis. KBM-012 has made 17 starts and has scored one win. In 2015, KBM-012’s best race came at Bristol Motor Speedway with the boss, Kyle Busch behind the wheel, where it started from the pole and finished second.
The Crew Chief
Kevin “Bono” Manion will be calling the shots atop the pit box for Coughlin this week. It will be the third race for Coughlin and Manion. Manion is an accomplished crew chief with a Daytona 500 championship on his resume. Manion and Jamie McMurray won the 500 together in 2009.
“Eldora should be interesting, but I expect it to be a lot of fun,” said Manion. “This is still a new race to the Truck Series, and of course this is Cody’s first time on dirt too, so there’s still a lot of unknowns. However, with the way Cody is quickly learning, I expect things to go pretty wellon Wednesday night.”
The Season to Date
Cody Coughlin has seen plenty of success so far in 2016 on the Late Model side. The Joe Gibbs Racing Development Driver currently leads the points standings in both the ARCA/CRA Super Series and JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour with four total wins between both series (three in Super Series, one in All-Stars Tour).
Cody Coughlin: Through the Years
Made first NCWTS start at Daytona International Speedway for Kyle Busch Motorsports.
Scored a top five and a top 10 at Nashville in the North/South Super Late Model Challenge.
Won ARCA/CRA Super Series race at Toledo Speedway in April.
Won ARCA/CRA Super Series race at Anderson Speedway in May.
Won ARCA/CRA Super Series race at Baer Field Motorsports Park in May.
Won JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour race at Salem Speedway in June.
Made first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start at Kentucky in July.
Made six ARCA Racing Series starts, capturing two poles (Talladega, Chicagoland), two top-fives, three top 10’s, and led a total of 28 laps.
Coughlin finished sixth on the road course at New Jersey Motorsports Park in an ARCA Racing Series event in June.
He ran eight ARCA/CRA Super Series Super Late Model races, with a best finish of second coming at the prestigious Winchester 400 in October.
Made 11 ARCA Racing Series starts, scoring three top five finishes, and eight top-10 finishes.
He had a best finish of fourth, twice, at Kentucky Speed and Kansas Speedway.
He had a streak of three-straight top-10 finishes twice.
Won the Winchester 100 ARCA/CRA Super Series race at Winchester Speedway.
Scored three top-fives and four top-10 finishes in four ARCA/CRA Super Series races.
2011 – 2013
Won the 2013 JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour championship.
Scored two victories in JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour competition (Dixie Speedway, Salem Speedway) in 2013
Scored seven top fives and nine top-10’s and two poles in addition to the two victories in JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour competition in 2013
Won the 2011 Howe Lettow Memorial Rookie of the Year Award for the JEGS / CRA All-Stars Tour.
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