Cody Coughlin: Charlotte Was A Tough Night

Cody Coughlin


No. 2 Chevrolet Silverado 


Start: 15th

Finish: 17th

Points: 11th


Stage One: Starting 15th Friday night for the 134-lap NCWTS event, after rain cancelled qualifying, Coughlin made up a couple positions in the opening laps to run just outside the top-10. Shortly into the run, however, Coughlin reported to his team that his Chevy was lacking grip and was plowing tight in the center and exit of the corners. Crew chief Jerry Baxter called the No. 2 down pit road under the first caution of the race, on lap 22, for four tires, fuel, and major chassis adjustments, lining him up 12th for the remaining four laps of Stage One. Still fighting major handling woes, Coughlin finished Stage One in the 16th position and came to pit road under the stage break for major chassis adjustments and to top off on fuel. With a majority of the leaders electing not to pit under the stage break, Coughlin lined up 22nd for the start of Stage Two after his pit stop.


Stage Two: Trying to make up track position during Stage Two, Coughlin reported that his No. 2 Chevrolet Silverado had no compliance and was plowing tight, preventing much progress through the field. Finishing Stage Two 18th, Coughlin brought his machine down pit road under the caution for four tires, fuel and another round of major chassis adjustments, lining him up 16th for the final stage of the race.


Final Stage: Continuing to a fight a lack of turn off in the corners through the green-flag run, Coughlin came to pit road for the final time during the race, under caution on lap 82, for four tires, fuel, and a chassis adjustment. Before going back green from the 16th position with 50 laps to go, Baxter told his driver to save fuel when he could to make it to the end of the race. Coughlin raced his way up to the 12th position before the caution came back out on lap 89 and reported that his Chevrolet Silverado seemed to fire off okay at the start but was just loose on exit. Restarting 11th on lap 93, Coughlin began fighting major handling issues again with his Chevy. Trying to use a couple quick restarts in the closing laps to his advantage, Coughlin was able to hold on with an ill-handling truck to finish 17th in the North Carolina Education Lottery 200.


Additional Notes:

–      After the Charlotte night race, Coughlin is 11th in the NCWTS driver point standings.


Quote: “It was a tough night for us and waiting around in the rain created a challenging equation for us. My team fought hard all night and I appreciate their hard work. We will regroup and be ready for Texas in a couple weeks. I can’t thank my team and GMS Racing enough for all that they do.”


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