COLUMBUS, Ohio (May 24) – Cody Coughlin and the JEGS.com late model stock car team return home to race at Columbus Motor Speedway in this weekend’s CoughlinCars.com 100 JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour race.
Columbus is the home track for Coughlin and JEGS, which is based in nearby Delaware, Ohio. Columbus Motor Speedway is also where Coughlin, 16, began racing .25-midgets before moving to stock cars at the half-mile track.
“I’m really looking forward to this weekend,” Coughlin said. “I get to race in front of my home crowd, which is always neat. I expect there will be a lot a family members, friends and a bunch of people from JEGS there, too. I can’t think of a better place to get things going for us this year.”
The defending Howie Lettow Rookie of the Year for the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour, Coughlin finished 12th at Columbus a year ago in what was his second start on the JEGS series. Coughlin hopes to improve on that finish his second time around.
“I’ve always felt comfortable at Columbus Motor Speedway and the whole facility,” Coughlin said. “I’ve spent a lot of time there as a fan and have made a ton of laps around there, probably more than any other track.
“I can still remember the first time going through the gate when I was younger, and to think how far I’ve come in such a short period of time is pretty amazing. It would be great to be competitive there and run up front and hopefully challenge for a win.”
Coughlin and his entire family – dad John, mom Di and sister Kennedi – have been active at Columbus, a track that promotes family-style racing through the efforts of track owner Jeff Knuckles. The facility has been in the Knuckles family since the 1940s when John Knuckles and a group of motorcycle friends carved it out of the Ohio land. John’s son, James, took over in 1971, with James’ son, Jeff, currently running the facility.
“The Knuckles are a racing family, just like ours, and they always put the racers and fans first,” Coughlin said. “I feel truly blessed to represent JEGS and our family this weekend and I’m going to try my best to do everyone proud.”
Pit gates open at 12:30 p.m. Saturday in preparation for the 100-lap race. Practice is scheduled for 3 p.m., with qualifying at 6:15. The race program is slated to start at 7 p.m. and also includes local Late Models, Modifieds, Sport Stocks and Compacts.
Media Note: Additional information is available at the following locations:
Scott “Woody” Woodruff
JEGS, Director of Media & Motorsports
Office: 800-345-4545 (#3, ext. 412)