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Cody Coughlin Scores Huge Home State Victory at Toledo

Cody Coughlin returned home to Ohio and returned to victory lane in the same day. The Joe Gibbs Racing Development Driver started third in the 7-Up 100 Saturday for the ARCA / CRA Super Series at Toledo Speedway and won the race in convincing fashion while driving the Team JEGS No. 1 Toyota Camry.

“This feels great, especially because we struggled at the beginning of the year,” said the 20 year-old Coughlin. “We made a change and brought Jack (Smith) in to be the crew chief. He and Kevin Hamlin have really clicked so well. They gave me a great race car and that makes my job easier for sure.”

Coughlin did his job to the best of his abilities Saturday afternoon. He fell back to fourth in the early stages of the race, but he stayed patient. The Delaware, Ohio native worked his way back into third and then set his sights on the top-two drivers.

When the leaders encountered lapped traffic, Coughlin pounced. He made an aggressive three-wide move in turn four to take over second place.

“You have to be careful on your tires at this place,” explained Coughlin, who is also racing part-time for Kyle Busch Motorsports in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. “When you do get an opportunity to take a spot, you have to take it and that’s what I did with that aggressive move.”

Coughlin took the lead off of turn two with 35 laps to go and started to drive away until a crash brought out the red flag with about 28 laps to go.

After the lengthy cleanup, Coughlin was able to drive away from the field on the restart to claim the checkered flag at Toledo in just his second race with his new crew chief.

Kyle Busch Sweeps Texas!

Kyle Busch swept back to back weekends with a win in tonight’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.

The race was delayed nearly two hours by rain but once it started Carl Edwards proved to have the dominate car early leading 124 laps. He would have to battle back from a loose wheel at the end to finish seventh. A loose wheel would also impact Matt Kenseth, who lost a certain top ten finish but still managed to take the checkered flag in 11th. Denny Hamlin also raced inside the top ten much of the night before finishing 12th.

Kyle Busch started the No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota from the 15th position and was able to drive his way into the top ten prior to a lap 30 competition caution. A traffic jam leaving pit road would result in contact by the 48 car to the right rear bumper of the Interstate Batteries Camry. Although the contact wasn’t severe it appeared to affect the handling on Busch’s car as he battled tight handling over the course of the next run. He would run fifth following a round of green flag pit stops on lap 74 and was seventh once the field cycled through a round of stops on lap 113. Despite running well, Crew chief Adam Stevens made the call for bigger changes to help the handling on the Interstate Batteries Toyota and Busch would restart fourth on lap 222. He was up to third with 100 laps to go and managed to move into second just a few laps later. He would line up fourth on a restart with 42 laps remaining and after a big multi-car wreck behind him he was able to restart second with 33 laps remaining. Busch would go to the lead following the restart and held on to the finish to claim the win. It is Busch’s second win in a row in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series after winning at Martinsville last week and he has now swept the previous four national NASCAR touring series races to include the Truck Series in Martinsville last week and XFINITY Series here in Texas last night.

Carl Edwards started the No. 19 STANLEY Toyota on the pole position and held that top spot for the opening 59 laps of the race. Edwards would drop to third following a round of green flag pit stops on lap 74, but raced his way back into second which is where he ran at lap 100. He would run third once the field cycled through on the next round of green flag pit stops on lap 113. A caution would bring the leaders down pit road on lap 137 and the STANLEY crew would put Edwards back out as the leader for the restart. Edwards would pit under caution and lined up second behind his teammate Kenseth for a restart on lap 222. A loose wheel would cause him to drop back and return to pit road for fresh tires resulting in the No. 19 Camry falling a lap down in 19th position. Edwards would get back on the lead lap for a restart with 50 laps remaining. Another restart with 42 laps to go would lead to a big wreck and Edwards would have to come to a complete stop to avoid the multi-car accident. He would line up seventh for a restart with 33 to go and managed to hold that position to the finish.

Matt Kenseth started the No. 20 Dollar General Toyota in the ninth position and was able to hold a spot in the top ten through the opening green flag run prior to the competition caution on lap 30. The Dollar General crew would put Kenseth out fifth for the restart and he was able to drive his way up to third by lap 50. Kenseth would lead a lap during the day’s first round of green flag pit stops and was running fifth once the field cycled through. He was running fourth at lap 100 and went to second during a round of green flag pit stops on lap 113. He would restart second to his teammate Edwards following a round of stops under caution on lap 137. Kenseth would report that his Camry had turned extremely loose on the next run and he would drop back outside the top five. Kenseth would come down for a green flag pit stop just prior to a caution. He would remain out when the leaders came down pit road allowing him to restart as the leader no lap 222. Kenseth would hold the top spot for the next 19 laps before giving way to the 78. He would drop back to run fourth on the next run before caution brought the leaders back down pit road. The Dollar General Camry was third off pit road but the left rear tire was loose forcing Kenseth back down pit road. That put him back to 13th for the restart with 50 laps remaining. He would restart again from 13th with 33 laps to go and managed to gain two spots to finish 11th.

Denny Hamlin started the No. 11 FedEx Office Toyota from the sixth position and raced inside the top ten prior to a competition caution on lap 30. Hamlin would slow to avoid a traffic jam exiting pit road causing him to restart in 11th. He would battle tight handling conditions on his FedEx Camry over the course of the next green flag run but was able to re-enter the top ten following the night’s first round of green flag stops on lap 74. Hamlin was up to ninth following the next round of green flag pit stops on lap 113 and that is where he continued to run with 100 laps to go. Hamlin would line up seventh for a restart with 42 laps to go. Hamlin would avoid a multi-car wreck following the restart and lined up fourth for another restart with 33 laps remaining. He would have to check up on the restart causing him to lose his momentum and dropping him back to ninth. He would go on to finish 12th.

Kyle Busch captured the win, followed by Dale Earnhardt, Jr. in second, Joey Logano third, Jimmie Johnson fourth and Chase Elliott rounded out the top five. There were seven cautions for a total of 41 laps and 17 lead changes among eight different drivers.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series heads to short track confines of Bristol Motor Speedway next Sunday. Live coverage on Fox will start Sunday, April 17 at Noon (race starts at 1 PM ET). The race will also be carried on Sirius NASCAR radio channel 90.

Kyle Busch Wins at Martinsville!

Kyle Busch dominated this afternoon at Martinsville Speedway leading 352 laps en route to his first victory of the season in today’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ STP 500. Meanwhile Carl Edwards battled back from a lap down to finish sixth, while Matt Kenseth finished 15th and an accident left Denny Hamlin back in 39th.

Kyle Busch started the No. 18 M&M’S 75th Anniversary Toyota from the seventh position but was fast from the outset driving his way to the front by lap 32. Busch would hold the lead through the opening round of pit stops on lap 93. He would relinquish the lead shortly after the restart to the 4 car but the change only lasted a few laps as Busch went back to the front and held the top spot until giving way to his teammate Kenseth on lap 132. He would get that lead back shortly after a restart on lap 148 before giving way again and running third on lap 200. Busch would restart second on lap 227 and was the leader when the race reached the halfway point. He would continue to lead when the afternoon’s next caution came out on lap 312. He would restart second to Kenseth on lap 321 but quickly returned to the lead with 150 to go. Busch continued a dominant afternoon restarting as the leader with 110 laps to go. A final caution with 15 laps remaining left the leaders with a decision and the M&M’S team made the call to remain out on the track. Busch managed to do the rest from there pulling away from the field on the restart with 11 laps to go and holding on to take the checkered flag. The win essentially assures the defending NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion place in this year’s Chase.

Carl Edwards qualified the No. 19 ARRIS Toyota in the 25th position but didn’t have the handling needed early on in the race to drive his way forward. He would fall a lap down to the leaders on the first long green flag run of the afternoon. Edwards restarted 33rd following the afternoon’s first round of pit stops on lap 93. He was up to 26th at lap 130 and was running 20th at lap 175 as he battled for the lucky dog position to try and get back on the lead lap. With the handling much improved on his ARRIS Camry, he would restart 17th as the first car a lap down on lap 227. Unfortunately by the time the caution came out on lap 312 Edwards was no longer in the lucky dog position. He would restart once again as the first car a lap down on lap 321. The caution would finally fall his way with 117 laps to go and the 19 team would receive the lucky dog designation to restart back on the lead lap. He lined up 16th with 110 to go and was running 13th with 50 laps remaining. A final caution would bring Edwards down pit road for fresh tires and he would restart eighth with 11 laps to go. The ARRIS Toyota would come home with a solid sixth-place finish.

Matt Kenseth started the No. 20 Dollar General Toyota in the ninth position and was able to drive his way into the top five over the course of the opening long green flag run. Kenseth was running fifth when a caution on lap 91 brought the leaders down pit road. He would restart third on lap 98 and held that spot through the restart before settling in to run second behind his teammate Busch on the next green flag run. Kenseth would move around the 18 for his first lead of the day on lap 132. The Dollar General Camry proved not to be as strong on the short runs as some others this afternoon and he would give the lead back to his teammate Busch on lap 147 shortly after the field restarted from another caution. He would run second at lap 200. Kenseth restarted as the leader following a caution on lap 227 and was running second at lap 250. He was running third when the afternoon’s next caution came out on lap 312. A great stop by the Dollar General crew would allow Kenseth to restart as the leader on lap 321. He would drop a couple spots to run third at lap 150 and restarted from the third position with 110 to go. Kenseth continued to run second through the final round of pit stops and lined up on the outside of his teammate Busch for a final restart with just 11 laps to go. Unfortunately the outside line proved problematic on restarts all afternoon and Kenseth was unable to make his way down into the low line causing him to drop from second to 15th at the finish. It was a disappointing finish for Kenseth who raced in the top five all afternoon and led three different times for a total of 45 laps.

Denny Hamlin started the No. 11 FedEx Express Toyota from the eighth position but didn’t quite have the handling to drive forward at the outset of the race. Hamlin held firm inside the top ten through the first 91 laps before a caution brought the leaders down pit road. NASCAR ruled that Hamlin sped on pit road forcing him to the back of the lead lap cars which left him to restart 18th on lap 98. The FedEx Camry would return to the top ten by lap 150 and was running eighth at lap 200. Hamlin was running fifth when he would get loose on lap 221 and slid up into the outside wall causing damage to the right side of his FedEx Camry. He would drive it to the garage where it was determined that the damage was too severe to repair. He would be scored in 39th for the day.

Kyle Busch captured the win, with AJ Almendinger second, Kyle Larson third, Austin Dillon fourth and Brad Keselowski rounded out the top five. There were eight cautions for a total of 51 laps and 11 lead changes among five different drivers.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series heads to Texas Motor Speedway next week for the season’s first Saturday night race. Live coverage on Fox will start Saturday, April 9 with begin at 7 PM (race starts at 7:30 PM ET). The race will also be carried on Sirius NASCAR radio channel 90.

With Team Strength Coughlin Looking to Future

Cody Coughlin is already looking forward to his new Super Late Model race. The 20 year-old competed in The Rattler at South Alabama Speedway in Opp, AL this past weekend. Coughlin’s no.1 Super Late Model broke a suspension component just before lap 90, which resulted in a 30th-place finish in Sunday’s 250-lap race.

“Our team worked so hard this weekend. The result didn’t match the effort that was put forth with our team,” said Coughlin, who started 29th. “Sometimes things happen and it’s unfortunate, but we will build on this experience and be even stronger the next race out.”

The next race is in less than a month at the Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville (TN) for the North-South Challenge, a combined CRA Super Series / Southern Super Series event, on April 8-9.

Coughlin will return to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for Kyle Busch Motorsports on Friday, May 6 at Kansas Speedway.

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. Also be sure to check out Cody’s new website, www.codycoughlin.com.