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Cody Coughlin Continues to be Consistent in Indy

Cody Coughlin is one of the most consistent Super Late Model drivers in the country. The 19 year-old proved that Sunday at Lucas Oil Raceway, just outside Indianapolis, IN, by scoring his fifth-straight top 10 finish in that style of racing.

Coughlin started third, finished fifth and led a bunch of laps as well in the Fall Brawl, 100-lap race for the ARCA / CRA Super Series at LOR.

The Delaware, OH native charged to the lead a the onset of the race. Then Coughlin and veteran Brian Campbell waged war for the top spot for several laps. As the race progressed, the handling on the no. 1 JEGS.com Toyota Camry went away. The end result was a fifth place finish, his fourth top-5 and sixth top-10 finish in seven Super Late Model races this year.

“We got to lead some laps which was nice,” said Coughlin. “We’ve certainly have a lot of top fives; now we just need to find a way to contend for wins. I know we’re capable of that because we’ve done it plenty of times in the past. We’re right there. We just need a little more. The car was just a little too loose be able to keep the lead.

“My team and my family work so hard for me,” he added. “It’s always great to have my mom (Di) and dad (John) with me at the race track. They’ve shown me so much support since I decided I wanted to do this. Without them, and the good Lord that has blessed us with so much, I wouldn’t be where I am today.

Coughlin will now take on his favorite track on the Midwest Super Late Model circuit, Winchester Speedway. The teenager has seen plenty of success on the 37-degree high-banks of the famed track. He finished a strong third during the race there on Labor Day weekend and won the event the prior year. In fact, if it were not for cut tires, Coughlin was in contention for the victory in the famed Winchester 400 last year as well.

“We’ll move on from today and get ready for Winchester. I know that my crew chief, Nick (Easton), Scott (Wimmer, spotter) Kevin (Hamlin, team manager) and Dave (Holt, crew member) will all work extremely hard to give me a chance to win the Winchester 400 in two weeks.

“That’s a marquee race,” continued Coughlin. “It’s one that we always mark on our calendars. It’s safe to say that there will be a lot of good cars there, but we can certainly be thrown into the mix. I definitely think we’ll contend for the win.”

For more information on Cody Coughlin and Team JEGS, visit www.teamjegs.com and follow Cody on Twitter, @Cody_Coughlin. Follow Team JEGS on Twitter, @TeamJEGS, and “Like” JEGS Performance on Facebook.

Matt Kenseth Wins at New Hampshire!

Matt Kenseth kept Joe Gibbs Racing’s momentum rolling in a positive direction with a win today in the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Three JGR teams earned a spot in the top five with Denny Hamlin just behind his teammate in second and Carl Edwards in fifth, while an accident left Kyle Busch to finish back in 37th.

The win automatically advances Kenseth into the second round of the Chase with his teammate Hamlin, who won the opening round of the Chase last week in Chicago. Regardless of their finishes next week at Dover, both Kenseth and Hamlin will advance to the Contender round of 12. Edwards is currently third in the point standings behind only his two race-winning teammates. Busch, is currently 13th in points, but only one point out of 12th and two points out of 11th heading into Dover.

Today’s win continued JGR’s recent dominance in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The organization has now won the last four Sprint Cup Series race and 10 of the last 13.

Matt Kenseth started the No. 20 Dollar General Toyota from the 13th position but quickly raced into the top 10. Kenseth patiently moved his way to the front of the field throughout the first half of the race and was running third at the halfway mark. He would take his first lead of the day on lap 194 and crew chief Jason Ratcliff would make the call to remain out on the track following a lap 211 caution to regain his position at the front of the field. He would eventually give way to his teammate in the 11 car on lap 219 and when a final caution came out on lap 239 the Dollar General Camry would make its way back down pit road for tires and fuel. That proved to be a tremendous call as Kenseth restarted in the 11th position but was able to make his way back to the front of the field. He would manage to pass his teammate Hamlin for second with the laps winding down and pushed the leader in the 4 car hard in hopes of making him use up any remaining fuel. That strategy worked to perfection when the 4 car ran out of gas with three laps to go. Kenseth quickly moved to the front for a final time earning his fifth win of the season and automatically earning his position in the Contender Round of 12.

Hamlin qualified his No. 11 FedEx Freight Toyota in seventh position and ran consistently in the top ten throughout the first half of the race. Hamlin would lead for the first time on lap 219 and held the lead for the next 21 laps before a caution came out on lap 239. Short on fuel to make it to the end, crew chief Dave Rogers would call for Hamlin to come to pit road for a final time. That decision paid off as Hamlin restarted in 10th, but had the car and fresher tires to make a run back to the front. He would get as high as second before his teammate Kenseth made the pass to put him back in third with the laps winding down. Hamlin would hold third until three laps to go when the 4 car ran out of gas from the lead. That allowed the FedEx Camry to claim an impressive second-place run.

Carl Edwards started the No. 19 Sport Clips Toyota on the pole and led the opening 19 laps before giving way to the 4 car on lap 20. The Sport Clips Camry would come out fifth following the first round of stops after taking four tires. Edwards would drop back to run 10th over the next portion of the race. The 19 team would suffer a penalty on pit road on lap 160 when NASCAR ruled that equipment had left the pit box area. That caused Edwards to have to serve a stop and go penalty and he would drop back to run 25th. However the 19 team would rebound once again and Edwards was back in the top ten. He would run seventh over the course of the final run of the afternoon and then gained a couple additional spots when other leaders ran out of fuel before the checkered flag. He would earn his eighth top-five finish of the season.

Kyle Busch started the No. 18 Pedigree Toyota in 17th but quickly moved his way toward the top ten and was running 12th just five laps into the race. Busch was solidly into the top ten through the halfway point of the race when he suddenly lost his right front tire on lap 160 sending him hard into the outside wall resulting in severe damage to the right side of his Camry. Busch would somehow manage to drive the car to the garage and the Pedigree team did amazing work to get the 18 back on the track just 36 laps later. That proved important as Busch returned to the track in 40th but managed to gain three additional spots to finish 37th. Despite the setback today, Busch is just one point behind 12th and two points out of 11th place in the standings heading into Dover next week. Only the top 12 teams in points will advance into the Contender Round after Dover.

Kenseth captured the win, followed by Hamlin, Joey Logano, Greg Biffle and Edwards then rounded out the top five. There were nine cautions for a total of 41 laps and 16 lead changes among seven different drivers.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series continues the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship next weekend in Dover, DE. NBCSN will provide live broadcast coverage of the race starting at 2 PM ET (race begins at 3 PM ET) on Sunday, October 4.

Denny Hamlin wins at Chicago!

Joe Gibbs Racing opened the Chase for the Sprint Cup Series Championship in the same way it concluded the NASCAR regular season: with a trip to victory lane. This time it was Denny Hamlin’s turn to claim the checkered flag in today’s MyAFibRisk.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway. All three JGR teams would join their teammate in the top ten today with Carl Edwards claiming second, Matt Kenseth fifth and Kyle Busch, who led a race-high 121 laps, finished ninth.

The win automatically advances Hamlin into the second round of the Chase regardless of his finishes the next two weeks in New Hampshire and Dover. With today’s results, JGR now holds the top four spots in the standings, with Kenseth the current leader among Chase contenders, while Hamlin is second, Edwards third and Busch fourth.

Today’s win continued JGR’s recent dominance in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The organization has now won the last three Sprint Cup Series race and nine of the last 12.

With qualifying rained out the field was set based on Friday’s first practice times. That left Hamlin to start his No. 11 FedEx Ground Toyota back in 29th and he would face adversity right from the beginning when he spun on the bottom of the track on just the second lap of the day. Hamlin would fall a lap down after making a trip down pit road for four fresh tires. A lap 124 caution would allow Hamlin to use the wave around to get back on the lead lap and then another quick caution on lap 130 would allow him to hit pit road again for fresh tires. From there he would drive his way to the front of the field. He would lead for the first time on lap 240 but it was a final restart with five laps to go that Hamlin made his move for the win. Despite remaining out on the track following a caution and restarting third on older tires than many of the other leaders, Hamlin was able to drive his way to the front and held on for the final few laps for the win.

Carl Edwards started the No. 19 STANLEY Toyota in the 14th position. A pit road speeding penalty on lap 52 would force Edwards to serve a pass through penalty on lap 56 and eventually it would cause the 19 to go a lap down to the leaders. Fortunately a lap 124 caution would fall just at the right time and Edwards was able to use the wave around to get back on the lead lap after the leaders hit pit road. Another quick caution on lap 130 would allow Edwards to hit road once again for fresh tires. He would restart in 14th on lap 134. From there the No. 19 STANLEY Toyota began his climb back toward the front of the field as he entered the top ten. He would take his only lead of the day on lap 188 for six laps before a caution brought him down pit road once again. A late caution would leave Edwards to restart seventh with five laps remaining. Fighting for every spot in the Chase, the restart was aggressive up front and Edwards was able to go low and make it stick for an impressive second-place finish.

Matt Kenseth started the No. 20 Dollar General Toyota from the 12th position and would spend much of the afternoon battling tight-handling conditions as he raced just inside the top 15 for much of the afternoon. Kenseth would manage to battle all afternoon to keep his spot on the lead lap while crew chief Jason Ratcliff and the Dollar General team made adjustments to help improve the handle on the No. 20 Camry. Kenseth would restart for a final time with five laps to go in the 13th position and managed to make it stick on the bottom of the track as he drove his way into the top ten and secured an impressive fifth-place finish.

Kyle Busch started the No. 18 M&Ms Crispy Toyota in seventh and quickly advanced toward the front of the field taking his first lead of the day on lap 46. He would manage to hold that lead for the majority of the next 125 laps. He would lead four different times on the afternoon for a race-high 121 laps. The M&M’s Crispy Toyota would become tight and Busch would drop to third late in the race. A caution with eight laps to go would bring the No. 18 Camry back down pit road for four fresh tires and he would line up fifth for a final restart behind several cars that made the decision to remain out on the track under the caution. Aggressive racing at the front of the field would leave Busch in a four-wide situation following the restart and he would make contact with the outside wall. Busch was able to race to the finish but had to take care to do so and the result was a solid ninth-place run.

Hamlin captured the win, followed by Edwards, Kurt Busch, Ryan Newman, and Kenseth out the top five. There were six cautions for a total of 28 laps and 17 lead changes among 10 different drivers.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series continue the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship next weekend in New Hampshire. NBCSN will provide live broadcast coverage of the race starting at 2 PM ET (race begins at 2:15 PM ET) on Sunday, September 27.

Bosch Aftermarket NA Makes Fourth Donation of Year to Motor Racing Outreach for Matt Kenseth’s Victory in Richmond

Bosch-Supported Teams Win 22nd of Season

Matt Kenseth dominated Saturday night’s NASCAR® Sprint Cup SeriesTM Race in Richmond, leading 352 of the 400 laps as he drove his Bosch-equipped No. 20 Dollar General Toyota to his fourth victory of the season. In recognition of the victory, Bosch Aftermarket NA is making its fourth $1,000 contribution to Motor Racing Outreach. To-date this season, Bosch has contributed a total of $12,000 to the charities of Joe Gibbs Racing’s drivers.

Motor Racing Outreach (MRO) works to support the motorsport community so that they may enjoy a more wholesome life together, and in turn, become good role models for millions of motorsport fans around the world. Originally founded in 1988 to serve the NASCAR Sprint Cup racing community, MRO has evolved over the years to serve other forms of motorsports such as motorcycle and powerboat racing. A faith-based organization, MRO’s mission includes introducing the racing community to a personal faith in Christ, encouraging active involvement in the church, understanding God’s Word and assisting in the development of leadership skills.

“It was impressive watching Joe Gibbs Racing dominate in Richmond as they have all summer long,” said Tony Pauly, director of advertising and brand management for Bosch Automotive Aftermarket North America. “Bosch congratulates Matt Kenseth on his latest triumph and the entire Joe Gibbs Racing organization on an incredible season. We’re proud to partner with Joe Gibbs Racing, providing teams with the Bosch parts and systems that propel them to victory time and time again.”

Bosch Aftermarket has a long-standing partnership with NASCAR, providing oxygen sensors to all NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams. Additionally, Bosch has provided quality parts — including spark plugs, injectors, alternators, coils, filters, fuel pumps, starters and pressure regulators — to multiple NASCAR teams for more than a decade, helping them to scores of wins and seven Sprint Cup Series championships since 2001.

Thus far in the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, Bosch-supported teams have won twenty-two races, garnering a total Bosch Aftermarket NA contribution of $22,000 to help their respective charities carry out their missions.