BIRCH RUN, Mich. (Aug 19) – The first race of Cody Coughlin’s season in the ASA Late Model Northern Division was all about learning the ropes, on Friday night at the Mid-Michigan Dixie Challenge 100 the 14-year-old is ready to make the next step in his racing progression.
“I was just trying to get the respect of the other drivers out there,” Coughlin said. “I wanted the other drivers to know that I was going to give them space if I wasn’t contending for a spot. I don’t think I could have raced better that first time, but I know I could have raced dumber.
“I’m feeling like if I continue to earn that respect, I’ll be able to run for wins.”
Coughlin placed 15th his first time out at the Wolverine 100 in Ovid, Mich.
“I just wanted to get familiar with being in traffic, how the spotting worked and missing wrecks,” Coughlin said. “I feel very comfortable with that now, so now I feel like I can be more aggressive and become two or three steps above where I finished the first time out.”
He’s not yet raced at Dixie Motor Speedway, but that doesn’t mean Coughlin is completely unfamiliar with the track’s layout.
“I’ve tested there before,” Coughlin said. “It’s not something that gives me this huge jolt of confidence going into the race, but it is a comfort to know what the place is like and how the track feels.”
Gates at Dixie Motor Speedway open at 5 p.m. Friday night with qualifying starting at 5:30 p.m. Racing begins at 7:30 p.m. Go to  for more information.
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