FISHERS, Ind. (Jan. 16) – JEGS.com Chevrolet driver Cody Coughlin was awarded the Howie Littow Rookie of the Year Award for the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour during the Championship Racing Association awards ceremony at the Fishers Banquet Center.
“We had a good time with all the drivers,” Coughlin said. “I made a little speech, and it was fun to be able to get the award and hear some compliments from the other drivers. That was a lot of fun.”
Coughlin earned the series’ top rookie honor after posting four top-five and seven top-10 finishes in 11 races. The 2011 season was Coughlin’s first full year in a full-bodied stock car, after racing .25-midgets and other open-wheel cars earlier in his career.
“It was a good year,” Coughlin said. “It was a good learning experience, especially jumping from .25-midgets to a Late Model. That’s quite a jump. To be able to win Rookie of the Year and have some top-fives and lead some laps and finish sixth in the points, I think it was a pretty successful year.”
Coughlin, 16, was running at the finish of all but one race – the first of the year. He posted a top-five in the third race and finished in the top 10 in six of the last seven events of the season.
Now coupled with three-time champion crew chief Butch VanDoorn, Coughlin looks forward to a successful 2012 season.
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