Cody Coughlin Get Career Best Finish At Dover

Cody Coughlin

No. 2 Chevrolet Silverado
Start: 18th
Finish: 6th
Points: 11th 

Stage One: Rolling off 18th for the JEGS 200 Friday afternoon, Cody Coughlin’s plan was to pick up as much track position as he could before the end of Stage One. Coughlin quickly jumped into the top-15 at the start and continued to run there throughout the majority of the stage. However, as a long-green flag run ensued, Coughlin’s No. 2 Chevy became too loose everywhere, but he was able to hold on to finish Stage One in the 17th position. Crew Chief Jerry Baxter called Coughlin down pit road under the stage break for four tires, fuel and a round of chassis adjustments to help tighten up the No. 2, lining him up 16th for the start of Stage Two.


Stage Two: With the handling of his Chevrolet Silverado moving in the right direction, Coughlin moved his way into 13th at the start of Stage Two. Continuing to fight a loose No. 2 on entry and exit, but now tight in the center of the corners, Coughlin made his way into 12th before the stage concluded. Coughlin came to pit road for four tires, fuel and another round of adjustments, however, an uncontrolled tire penalty during the pit stop forced Coughlin to restart at the tail end of the field for Stage Three.


Final Stage: Scored 16th for the restart on lap 98, a long green-flag run ensued allowing Coughlin to work his way through traffic and back into the top-15. Running some of his best laps of the race, Coughlin worked his way into the 12th position but relayed to Baxter that his No. 2 Chevy was still “free in, tight center.” However, with the long green-flag run, Coughlin ultimately went one lap down on lap 148. With the caution coming out on lap 157, unfortunately, Coughlin was not in the position to get his lap back but was able to come to pit road for four tires, fuel, and additional adjustments. On the restart, Coughlin quickly positioned himself in 11th, the first truck one lap down, and continued to hold that position until the caution came out on lap 182. Back on the lead lap, Coughlin restarted ninth with 13 laps remaining. A late race caution though lined the field up for a two-lap shootout to the finish, with Coughlin crossing the finish line in sixth-place, his best finish at Dover International Speedway.


Additional Notes:

– Coughlin’s sixth-place finish is his best finish at the “Monster Mile” as well as his best NCWTS finish of the 2018 season.


– After this weekend’s race at Dover, Coughlin is now 11th in the NCWTS driver point standings.


“I am really pleased with the outcome of the JEGS 200 tonight. We fought hard and overcame some adversity to have a great sixth-place finish. Our No. 2 team, led by Jerry (Baxter, crew chief),hung in there, and together we finished strong. We have great momentum building as we go to Kansas and I’m looking forward to the weeks to come. “It was also great having the JEGS employees and fans at the track to support. I needed to give them a good result.”


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