NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 19) – Cody Coughlin and the JEGS.com Chevrolet team raced to a respectable ninth-place finish in Sunday night’s 25-lap Pro Late Model race at New Smyrna Speedway.
In the Pro Late Model opener of the 46th World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing on Saturday night, Coughlin spun after contact with another car while battling for the lead. The 16-year-old Coughlin finished 23rd with a bashed-up car in that contest, but the JEGS.com team repaired the No. 1 Chevrolet team in time for Sunday’s second night of racing.
Coughlin qualified second and started from the pole after the top two positions were inverted. At one point he slipped back outside the top 10 but battled back to finish ninth.
“We had a good, solid day and had a great qualifying effort again tonight,” Coughlin said. “We were able to start on the front row but we got caught on the bottom and lost spots early on. I am happy I was able to come back, pass cars, and take a solid top-10 finish home tonight.”
Coughlin battled a loose race car early in Sunday’s feature, a condition made worse because he was pinned on the low side of the track. Still, he maintained control of the car and fought back inside the top 10.
“I am very proud of Cody and the whole team tonight,” crew chief Butch VanDoorn said. “We needed a solid run and a solid finish to get this year rolling and that is just what we did. Cody qualified second and raced smart all night, especially when he passed other cars.”
The weeklong World Series continues for Coughlin and Team JEGS on Tuesday night with another 25-lap Pro Late Model race.
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