Joe Gibbs Racing development driver Cody Coughlin will make his third career ARCA Racing Series start from the ninth starting position in Sunday afternoon’s Menards 200 at Toledo Speedway (OH). The 18-year-old from Delaware, Ohio recorded a fast lap time of 16.159-seconds on his second qualifying lap around the half-mile banked oval to claim his second top-10 qualifying effort in three career ARCA starts in the No. 55 JEGS.com Toyota for Venturini Motorsports.
“The car was a little bit tight in the center which forced it to be a tick loose off the corner,” said Coughlin of his qualifying run. “I probably left a tenth out there when I got in the dirt a little bit, but overall I think it was a very solid effort. The car was fast and really consistent all day in race trim so we’ll just go get them in the race tomorrow.”
Before Coughlin recorded his fast lap, his qualifying run was delayed for nearly an hour after heavy rain fell onto the race track just as he was about to pull onto the track. Coughlin was thankful of the hard work put in by race officials to dry the track so that he could make his qualifying run.
“I think we’re going to start a little bit better than we would have if we started by points,” Coughlin said. “The Venturini Motorsports crew did a great job all day getting our JEGS.com Toyota in a position where I think we can be very competitive during tomorrow’s race."
The green flag will wave on the Menards 200 at 2pm ET at Toledo Speedway on Sunday. Fans can meet Coughlin during an on-track autograph session at noon. Fans not able to make it to the track can watch the race live on FOX Sports 1.
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