Cody Coughlin’s marathon week continues on Wednesday night at the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Aspen Dental Eldora Dirt Derby at the famous dirt track of Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio. Coughlin will be back behind the wheel of the JEGS.com Kyle Busch Motorsports No. 51 Toyota Tundra for his maiden voyage on a dirt surface.
“I’ve never raced on dirt before,” Coughlin said. “This is going to be interesting, but I’m excited. I’m looking forward to trying something new and learning a new discipline of racing.”
The 20-year-old Delaware, Ohio native will lean heavily on his Kyle Busch Motorsports team throughout his two days at Eldora Speedway.
“My plan is to ask as many questions as possible,” said Coughlin. “I just want to learn and try to get a good finish. Fortunately, I’ve got a great team to learn from since KBM has won this race the last two years. While I have used pavement racing to climb the ladder, my teammate Christopher (Bell) has always been a dirt racer and I will definitely be watching him and others to absorb as much information as I can and apply it on the racetrack.”
Coughlin’s first laps at the legendary half-mile dirt oval will be on Tuesday in practice, beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday, July 19. The Joe Gibbs Racing Development driver will have two practice sessions on Tuesday night.
The dual Champion Racing Association points leader will then qualify and race the 150-lap Dirt Derby on Wednesday, July 20. Unlike any other NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race, this one will feature heat races to determine the starting lineup. The 150-lap race will be broken down into three segments.
After the Dirt Derby at Eldora is over, Coughlin’s marathon week will continue in his Super Late Model at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis on Friday night. His week will then conclude on Saturday night at Anderson Speedway in Anderson, Indiana in his Pro Late Model.
“I’m so lucky to have these kinds opportunities,” said Coughlin, who has four Late Model victories this year. “I can’t thank Kyle and Samantha and everyone at KBM enough for the opportunity to race their equipment. I know that Kevin Manion (crew chief) and all of his guys will give me their best, and I will do all I can to give them the finish they deserve on Wednesday. I also can’t thank my parents, Di and John, and my sister Kennedi, enough for all of their support. They’re my biggest fans and I’m so blessed to have them with me for this first venture into dirt racing.”
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