COLUMBUS, Ohio (May 29) – Late Model Stock Car racer Cody Coughlin used some home cooking at Columbus Motor Speedway to bring home his season-best finish at the Coughlin Cars 100 on Saturday night.
“It was great to wake up in my own house and not be rushed to get to the track,” said Coughlin, who lives in nearby Delaware, Ohio. “I was a little nervous for the race but I was excited.”
Coughlin put the JEGS.com Chevy No. 11 on the starting grid, completed all 100 laps of the race, and brought the car home in 12th place in the second race of the 2011 JEGS/CRA Allstars Series schedule.
“I was nervous about qualifying because that’s been a weak point of mine,” said Coughlin, whose best qualifying lap time was 14.153 seconds. “We qualified 11th and that was great. We started the race and I could hear the fans cheering when they announced my name. That was special.”
Coughlin said it was a typical rough-and-tumble short track race on the one-third mile track, but he kept his cool and advanced as high as seventh in the field before crossing the finish line in 12th position. The official results have yet to be posted and Coughlin might have made it into the top-10.
“I was able to save it all of those times (there was contact),” Coughlin said. “I missed a ton of wrecks so that was exciting. We got seat time, finished on the lead lap, and learned a bunch so I am very happy with it considering all the action.
“When I got out of the car I was really tired but it was nice seeing my mom, dad, sister, and crew. It was a great night and I’m thankful to all the JEGS associates that were here for their support.”
The 15-year old Coughlin will jump right back in to the car on June 4 for the next stop on the JEGS/CRA Allstars Series in Anderson, Ind.