Battle at Bristol: The Last Great Colosseum … This weekend marks Cody Coughlin’s second Bristol Motor Speedway appearance with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. In his track debut in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series on August 16, 2017, he finished in the 17th-place with an eighth-place starting position at the Bristol Motor Speedway.
Short Track Ace … With historic short track victories at Anderson Speedway, Baer Field Motorsports Park, Birch Run Speedway, New Smyrna Speedway, Salem Speedway, Toledo Speedway and Winchester Speedway, an established short track mentality makes Cody Coughlin a contender in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series 200-lap event at the Bristol Motor Speedway. Coughlin made Champion Racing Association (CRA) history as the first driver to ever win both the ARCA/CRA Super Series, and the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour championships in the same season. He finished the seasons with four posted wins in the ARCA/CRA Super Series, and two wins in the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour.
This Week’s GMS Racing’s Chevrolet Silverado at the Bristol Motor Speedway … Cody Coughlin will pilot Chassis No. 118 in the UNOH 200 at the Bristol Motor Speedway. The Jerry Baxter-led team last unloaded this GMS Racing prepared chassis at the Iowa Speedway on June 16 where Coughlin finished in the seventh-place. The chassis has three previous starts with Coughlin during the 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season – including at the Dover (Del.) International Speedway where the Delaware, Ohio, native, posted his to date season best finish of sixth-place.
DAV Ambassador … Cody Coughlin has the honor and privilege of being named an ambassador for the Disabled American Veterans (DAV), a nonprofit organization that provides support for America’s ill and injured veterans.
#BlessAVet … #BlessAVet is an initiative launched in partnership with the Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Fandango, and the film God Bless the Broken Road where people can contribute to send a veteran to dinner and to go see God Bless the Broken Road in theaters.
Short Tack Stats: In NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts on short tracks (less than one mile in length), Coughlin has recorded one top-10 finish in six starts.
The Crew … Jerry Baxter, the crew chief for the No. 2 JEGS Chevrolet Silverado, has posted one top-five finish and two top-10 finishes in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at the Bristol Motor Speedway in six starts. In addition, Baxter has two top-five finishes, and six top-ten finishes in 11 NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) starts at the Bristol Motor Speedway.
Terry Cook, former NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver and spotter for Coughlin, boasts 10 starts in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, two starts in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, and one start in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) at the Bristol Motor Speedway. Kevin Hamlin, the Cody Coughlin Racing team manager and former Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series crew chief for Dale Earnhardt, has one victory with Dale Earnhardt (1999), five top-five finishes and nine top-10 finishes at the Bristol Motor Speedway in 29 starts.
GMS Racing’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series History at the Bristol Motor Speedway … Since entering the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2013, the Statesville, N.C.,-based GMS Racing team has logged 11 starts at the Bristol Motor Speedway, resulting in one win (2016), three top-five finishes and five top-10 finishes, with an average starting position of 11.1 and an average finishing position of 10.9 with 21 laps led at the Bristol, Tenn.,-facility.
In the Rearview Mirror: Michigan International Speedway … Cody Coughlin finished in the 14th-place in Saturday afternoon’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) Corrigan Oil 200 at the Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn. Coughlin fought a persistent vibration and rallied from the 23rd-place to score a hard-earned finish as the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series returned to action from a week hiatus. The driver of the No. 2 JEGS Chevrolet Silverado for GMS Racing fought the vibration from the restart of the final stage of the 100-lap race before earning his tenth top-14 finish of the 2018 season.
Championship Battle … Cody Coughlin is ranked in the 10th place in the driver point standings, and the No. 2 JEGS Chevrolet Silverado is in the 13th place in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series owner points.
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!