STATESVILLE, N.C. (June 26, 2018)—When it comes to the patriotism of sports fans, NASCAR fans have a passion for their country that is difficult to beat. Cody Coughlin, driver of the No. 2 JEGS Chevrolet Silverado for GMS Racing, echoes the sentiment with his true Americana and patriotism.
Fittingly, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) heads to a venue this weekend that’s unmistakably in ‘America's Heartland’ – the Chicagoland Speedway. Coughlin will sport a special scheme that will proudly show off the red, white, and blue for the NASCAR Salutes program.
Coughlin’s No. 2 JEGS Chevrolet Silverado will feature the special patriotic scheme in Friday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Overton’s 225 at the Chicagoland Speedway. The Disabled American Veterans (DAV) logo will also be featured on the b-post of the No. 2 JEGS Chevrolet Silverado for the 150-lap event.
As Coughlin heads to the Chicagoland Speedway this weekend, he hopes the JEGS red, white, and blue colors bring him some added luck for a great finish, as a great way to salute the men and women who have served this country.
Coughlin is making a drive for the playoffs, with another top-10 finish this past weekend at the Gateway Motorsports Park. Coughlin’s sixth top-ten finish of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season has moved him to the 10th position in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver point standings.
This weekend marks Coughlin’s second Chicagoland Speedway appearance with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. The Delaware, Ohio, driver finished in the 11th-place at the ‘Windy City’-facility on September 15, 2017 in his track debut with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
Coughlin will also lean on the knowledge he’s gained on the track from his experience in the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) Racing Series. The 22-year old has one top-five and one top-ten finish in two ARCA Racing Series starts at the Chicagoland Speedway with four laps led. In addition, Coughlin won the General Tire Pole Award with Venturini Motorsports in 2015.
“I like the Chicagoland (Speedway),” Coughlin said. “I ran well at the track with the ARCA Racing Series a couple years ago. In my last ARCA Racing Series start at the Chicagoland Speedway, our team had a couple mechanical problems, otherwise I think we could have contended for the win after starting on the pole for the 100-lap event.
“Last year in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, we finished in the 11th-place. Overall, I like Chicago and feel good about returning. I think our No. 2 JEGS Chevrolet Silverado will be competitive, and I think we have a really good shot at our first win there which is exciting.”
In NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts on speedways (tracks 1 to 2-miles in length), Coughlin has recorded one top-five and seven top-10 finishes. Four of the top-ten finishes on speedways have happened during the 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season.
Since entering the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2013, the Statesville, N.C.,-based GMS Racing team has logged 10 starts at the Chicagoland Speedway, resulting in a victory (2017), two top-five finishes and seven top-10 finishes, with an average starting position of 10.4 and an average finishing position of 10.1 with 42 laps led at the Joliet, Ill.,-facility.
Jerry Baxter, crew chief for the No. 2 JEGS Chevrolet Silverado, has two top-five and five top-10 finishes in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at the Chicagoland Speedway in six starts. In addition, he has one top-five and one top-ten finish in six NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) starts.
Kevin Hamlin, the Cody Coughlin Racing team manager, and former Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series crew chief for Dale Earnhardt, has one win with Kevin Harvick (2001), one top-five finish and four top-10 finishes at the Chicagoland Speedway. Terry Cook, former NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver and spotter for Coughlin, boasts one top-10 finish in one start at the Chicagoland Speedway. In addition, Cook has one start in the NASCAR Xfinity Series at the 1.5-mile tri-oval track.
The Overton’s 225 will be broadcast live on FS1 on Friday, June 29 starting with NASCAR RaceDay: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at 8:30 p.m. (ET). It will also broadcast live at 8:30 p.m. (ET) on the Motor Racing Network (MRN) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. Qualifying for the 11th event of the 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule will air on Friday at 5:30 p.m. (ET) on FS2.
The Overton’s 225 at the Chicagoland Speedway will re-air on Saturday, June 30 at 3:00 a.m. (ET) on FS1.
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ABOUT GMS RACING
GMS Racing competes full-time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series with drivers Johnny Sauter, Dalton Sargeant, Justin Haley and Cody Coughlin, and also in the NASCAR Xfinity Series with Spencer Gallagher. Since the team's start in 2014, GMS Racing has grown to occupy several buildings located in Statesville, N.C. The campus also includes operations for GMS Fabrication. More information can be found at https://gmsracing.net/.