Daytona has long been known for the “Big One,” the accident during the restrictor-plate race that takes out several cars. For Cody Coughlin and others, the “Big One” happened, not only on the track, but coming to pit road during the NextEra Energy 250 Friday at Daytona Int’l Speedway (FL).
Coughlin’s result is a 31st place finish for the No. 18 JEGS.com / SpillFix Toyota Tundra out of the Kyle Busch Motorsports stables, but it was a chaotic scene on the lap 42 that ended the night abruptly.
NASCAR enacted a new rule this year where a caution is thrown at the end of a 20-minute green flag run. Most teams were trying to pit just before time expired to set up better track position.
As this particular period neared the end of 20-minutes, several drivers hit the brakes and collided in front of Coughlin’s truck. The Ohio-native made contact with the truck in front of him and then another driver hit the No. 18 from behind.
The damage from the incident retired Coughlin’s KBM Tundra for the night.
“Everyone was real tight in front of me and they all stopped in front of me and I got hit from behind,” said the 20 year-old, who qualified 10th. “It’s really disappointing because I thought the team brought a good Toyota Tundra and we were just trying to ride till the end of the race.
“I’m just happy we had a good weekend with SpillFix and everyone from JEGS. Both companies received a lot of exposure and I am just looking forward to moving on from this and to compete in my next NASCAR Camping World Truck race with KBM.”
Coughlin’s next event will be Friday, May 5 at Kansas Speedway.
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About Kyle Busch Motorsports
Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) has quickly established itself as one of the most successful teams in all of NASCAR. Owned by Sprint Cup Series champion Kyle Busch and fueled by his passion for winning, the organization has collected a Camping World Truck Series’ record four Owner’s Championships in just six seasons of competition and earned its first-ever Driver’s Championship with Erik Jones in 2015. The organization enters 2016 with a remarkable 45 Truck Series victories, including a single-season series’ record 14 wins in 2014. Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidates Christopher Bell and William Byron will each compete full-time in 2016 while Daniel Suarez and Cody Coughlin will share driving duties for the team’s third entry.
KBM prepares a fleet of race-winning Toyotas out of its state-of-the art 77,000-square-foot facility in Mooresville, N.C. Fans can stay up-to-date with all the latest KBM news online at www.KyleBuschMotorsports.com, by liking the team on Facebook (KBMteam) and by following the team on Twitter (@KBMteam), Instagram (KBMteam), and Google+ (+KBMteam).