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Cody Coughlin Turns Adversity Into a Test & Tune at Anderson

Cody Coughlin had high hopes for Sunday’s running of the ARCA/CRA Super Series powered by JEGS Madison County Community Health Care Center 125. Sadly, a cut tire ended his hopes for a win at the fast quarter-mile oval.

The Joe Gibbs Racing Development driver was running third when he had a right front tire go down on his number-one Super Late Model on lap 16. The Team JEGS crew quickly changed the tire and Coughlin returned to the track several laps down.

Coughlin and his team continued to run and gather valuable data for them to use in future events.

“We were taking our time and settling down for the long race and the tire going down took the chance for the win away,”explained Coughlin. “But, we went back out and it was a great opportunity for us to work on our setup for the next time we come here.”

On lap 77, Coughlin received some damage from a minor on-track incident and at that point the team had accumulated the notes it needed so they asked the Delaware, Ohio native to save the car for another day.

“My crew did an excellent job trying to get us back on the track after the tire went down,”exclaimed Coughlin. “I really have to thank Kevin (Hamlin, Team Manager), Nick (Easton, Crew Chief), Scott (Wimmer, Spotter) and Dave (Holt, crew member) for their hard work all weekend. It would have been fun to celebrate a victory with them, but we will get them next time.”

Along with his crew, Coughlin also had the support of his family, which included his parents, John & Di, and his sister Kennedi.

“It was great to have them at the track today, and I really appreciated their love and support after the race.

“I also want to thank God for a safe race and giving all of us a safe travel home this Sunday night.”

Coughlin will now transition from the smallest track he will race on this year to the biggest track this Friday, as he will return the ARCA Racing Series for the running of the International Motorsports Hall of Fame 200 at Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama.

For more information on Cody Coughlin and Team JEGS, visit and follow Cody on Twitter, @cody_coughlin. You can also follow Team JEGS on Twitter, @TeamJEGS and “Like” JEGS Performance on Facebook.

Cody Coughlin Ready to Challenge Anderson’s High Banks

The high banks of Anderson Speedway in Anderson, Indiana can be challenging and fun at the same time for any driver. It is one of the tracks that Cody Coughlin looks forward to competing at every year. In fact, he made his Super Late Model debut at the high-banked, quarter-mile oval in 2013.

This Saturday, April 25th, the Joe Gibbs Racing Development driver will return to Anderson Speedway and compete in the ARCA/CRA Super Series powered by JEGS 125-lap event.

“I am eager to return to Anderson Speedway,”exclaimed Coughlin. “That is one of the most fun places to race, I think, as far from a driver’s standpoint. It is a great short, high-banked track.”

The track is known as one of the fastest quarter-mile ovals in the world. It will be tough to pass and quick reaction will be important to get the victory.

Coughlin’s strategy is going to be simple.

“The key will be to get up front and keep the fenders on the car,”the 19-year-old from Delaware, Ohio explained. “Sometimes races like these are strategy and survival.”

Coughlin will be going into this event with his Team JEGS crew that consists of Kevin Hamlin, Team Manager; Nick Easton, Crew Chief; Scott Wimmer, Spotter, and Dave Holt, crewmember.

“This team has worked real well preparing the car after our top-ten finish at Toledo Speedway,”Coughlin said. “We continue to get stronger at each event and it would be awesome to get a victory this weekend.”

Joining Cody and the Team JEGS crew this weekend will be his family that includes his parents, John & Di, and his sister, Kennedi.

“I am very blessed to have their continued love and support at all of the races,”expressed Coughlin. “When we do well, it is great to celebrate our efforts together as a family.

“Also, I continue to be blessed by my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He has kept a watchful eye over everyone this year and I am very grateful for his love and kindness.”

Coughlin raced with a scratched cornea a couple weeks ago at Toledo Speedway, but through some medicated eye drops and some rest, the third-generation racers is feeling much better.

Cody will be on track this Saturday with a one-hour practice session starting at 3pm ET with qualifying at 5:30pm. The 125-lap event will get underway at 7pm ET.

For more information on Cody Coughlin and Team JEGS, visit and follow Cody on Twitter, @cody_coughlin. You can also follow Team JEGS on Twitter, @TeamJEGS and “Like” JEGS Performance on Facebook.

Matt Kenseth Wins at Bristol!

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It was worth the wait for Matt Kenseth and the Dollar General team today in Thunder Valley.

A long day at the famed short track of Bristol Motor Speedway had it all, with several big wrecks and rain delays of more than five hours turning the 1 PM scheduled NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Food City 500 in Support of Steve Byrnes and Standup to Cancer into a night race.

When it finally concluded Joe Gibbs Racing’s Matt Kenseth earned his first victory of the season, while a late-race accident took away a certain top-five finish from Carl Edwards, who finished 24th. Meanwhile Denny Hamlin, suffering from neck spasms, was replaced following nearly a four-hour rain delay by rookie Erik Jones and the No. 11 FedEx Camry would finish 26th. David Ragan would get caught in a mid-race accident and was left to finish 41st.

Matt Kenseth started the No. 20 Dollar General Toyota from the pole and led the first five laps of the day before dropping back to second on the opening run. A wreck would bring out the first caution of the day and rain quickly turned the yellow flag into a red one for nearly four hours. When the race resumed Kenseth would remain in a fight for a spot in the top five as he found the balance on his No. 20 Camry pretty good, but dealt with tight handling once in traffic. Kenseth would pit under caution just past the halfway mark and crew chief Jason Ratcliff would make the call for a major adjustment pulling a spring rubber out of the right rear of his car. Kenseth would line up seventh for the restart on lap 277, which followed yet another brief red flag for rain. He would manage to avoid a wreck in front of him shortly after the restart and that allowed him to restart fourth on lap 292. Kenseth would jump into second behind just his teammate Edwards following the restart. He would come down pit road on the next caution and restarted ninth on lap 350 when several teams made the decision to remain out on the track. Kenseth would drive up to fourth before another caution on lap 367. He would restart in the fourth position but managed to jump immediately into second and was on the bumper of the leader with 100 to go. Kenseth would show patience while battling for the lead he would claim the top spot when the 42 was forced to pit on lap 437. The 41car would take the top spot from Kenseth with 56 laps to go, but a caution with 27 laps remaining would force the teams to make the decision on whether or not to pit. Ratcliff made the call to remain on the track and the 20 team assumed the lead for the restart with 20 to go. Kenseth would clear his teammate Edwards on the restart when another caution came out for a big wreck with 17 to go. He would restart as the leader gain with eight to go and once again cleared the field on the restart before a caution would bring things to halt. After yet another stoppage for rain Kenseth would line up first with the 24 to his inside for a green-white-checkered finish. He would drive away for his first win of the season and essentially clinched his spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship.

Carl Edwards started the No. 19 Comcast Business Toyota in the fifth position and held a spot in the top five for the entire first half of the race. Edwards, the defending race winner, moved into second at the halfway mark and took his first lead of the race just a few laps later on lap 257. A caution for light rain would bring the field back down pit road and the 19 team kept Edwards out front with a fast stop. The rain would continue causing NASCAR to throw another red flag on lap 274. Edwards would hold the lead through the lap 277 restart when a wreck just behind him brought out another caution a few laps later. He would continue to hold the lead through the ensuing restart once again. Another caution would come out and Edwards would come to pit road. He would line up 10th for the restart on lap 350 when several teams made the call to remain out on the track. Edwards would lose several spots back in traffic and was running 13th when another caution came out on lap 367. A few of those that stayed out came in allowing Edwards to restart 10th on lap 381. He would run sixth with 100 laps to go and was back into the top five and all the way up to third with 45 laps remaining. A caution with 27 laps left would force teams to make the decision on whether or not to pit and the 19 team remained on the track to restart second with 20 laps remaining. Edwards would fall in behind his teammate to run second following the restart when a big wreck with 17 to go brought out yet another caution. He would hold the second spot for a restart with eight to go and was in a battle with the 24 car when he got loose and ran up into the wall. The 41 car couldn’t stop and hit Edwards hard from behind causing significant damage to the Comcast Business Toyota. He would bring the 19 down pit road for repairs. After a tremendous race that saw him lead a total of 86 laps, the 19 team would be scored with a disappointing 24th-place finish.

Denny Hamlin started the No. 11 FedEx Freight Toyota from the fifth position and was able to hold that spot through the short opening green flag run to start the race. A wreck between the 2 and 22 cars on lap 20 would bring out the day’s first caution and just two laps later the yellow flag would move to a red one when the rain moved back in. The race would restart after a nearly four-hour delay, but when it did, the driver of the 11 would be rookie Erik Jones. Hamlin had suffered a neck spasm in the opening laps of the race and when the delay didn’t alleviate the issue, a decision was made to use caution and bring Jones, who had finished fourth in Saturday’s XFINITY race, back to the track to finish the race for Hamlin. Jones would do a fantastic job despite the challenges of the task at hand and jumping into a race car that was set up for another driver and then having to drop to the back of the field when the race restarted. He would manage to gain position on the track despite losing a few laps to the leader. He was running 32nd and was three laps down for a restart on lap 277. Jones would get caught in an accident with 27 laps to go running into the back of the 17 car when it checked up suddenly. All-in-all it was impressive effort from the 18-year-old with a 26th place finish.

David Ragan qualified the No. 18 Snickers Xtreme Toyota in 11th and quickly jumped in the top ten during the brief opening green flag run to start the race. A nearly four-hour red flag for rain would turn this from a day race to a battle under the lights and Ragan continued to prove to have a fast car despite the changing conditions. A competition caution on lap 62 would bring the field down pit road but despite a great stop from the Snickers team, the 18 would be called for speeding on exit and had to go to the back of the longest line. The loss of track position on the short track proved costly as Ragan would drop two laps down. After another brief red flag for rain Ragan would restart a couple laps down in 29th on lap 277. An accident at the front of the field after the restart would bunch the field and the 18 would suffer a little front end damage, but it didn’t prove to be severe. Unfortunately for Ragan the big one was still to come however, as he was collected in a lap 311 wreck when the 48 and 26 cars made contact in front of him and he was unable to avoid the spinning cars. The damage would force the 18 team to the garage for repairs. He would return to finish the race and would be scored in 41st when the checkered flag waved.

Kenseth captured the win, followed by Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. and Ryan Newman rounded out the top five. There were 11 cautions for a total of 117 laps and 21 lead changes among six different drivers, including three red flag cautions for rain which combined for more than five hours in delay.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will head to Richmond International Raceway next weekend for a Saturday night battle on April 25. Fox will broadcast the race live with coverage starting at 7 PM (race begins at 7:30 PM ET).

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Joe Gibbs Racing Selects Ross Kenseth to Drive No. 20 Camry at Chicago

Dollar General to Sponsor Ross Kenseth in NASCAR XFINITY Series Debut

Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) announced today that Ross Kenseth will make his NASCAR XFINITY Series debut in the No. 20 Toyota Camry at Chicagoland Speedway on June 20. Dollar General will proudly partner with Kenseth for his first NASCAR National Series career start.

“This is an exciting time for us,” said Joe Gibbs, owner of Joe Gibbs Racing, “We’ve got several young, talented drivers in our stable, and now we have the chance to add Ross Kenseth to that list. Ross has been working hard and showing that he is ready for this next step. We’re excited that he will be doing that in the No. 20 car with our partner Dollar General.”

Dollar General joined JGR in 2012 with sponsorship in NASCAR’s top two series. Since joining the organization, Dollar General has been a part of 14 visits to Victory Lane between the NASCAR Sprint Cup and XFINITY Series.

“We’re excited to expand our partnership with Joe Gibbs Racing and return to the XFINITY Series with Ross (Kenseth) as he makes his series debut,” said Rick Dreiling, Dollar General’s chairman and chief executive officer, “We’ve been fortunate to work with great drivers over the years and have success across all three of NASCAR’s top series. We know Ross will do a great job and represent the Dollar General brand well.”

In addition to making his XFINITY Series debut this season, 21-year-old Kenseth will also compete in a limited Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) and late-model racing schedule.

“I am really thankful for the opportunity JGR and Dollar General have given me and I am excited to make my first XFINITY Series start,” said Ross Kenseth, “I couldn’t have asked to be in a better situation. Having Dollar General support me for my first start means a lot to me. JGR and Dollar General are used to running up front and competing for wins, and hopefully I can catch on quickly.”

The Chicago 300 from Chicagoland Speedway will air live on FoxSports 1 beginning at 9:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, June 20.

Erik Jones Claims First-Career XFINITY Series Win From the Pole at Texas Motor Speedway in Just His Ninth Series Start

Post-Race Highlights:

  • Making just his ninth-career NASCAR XFINITY Series start, Erik Jones earned his first series victory in dominating fashion under the lights at Texas Motor Speedway.
  • Sweeping all three qualifying sessions, Jones earned his second-career NASCAR XFINITY Series pole and led the field to green for the O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 behind the wheel of the No. 20 GameStop Mortal Kombat X Toyota Camry. With the race under way for 200 laps, Jones settled into his positon at the front of the field with spotter Tony Hirschman coaching the 18-year-old around the 1.5-mile track.
  • Happy with his Toyota Camry the entire race, Jones visited pit road for four routine pit stops, including one green-flag stop, taking on four fresh tires, fuel and making small adjustments throughout the 200-lap event. With solid stops each time, Jones was the first car off pit road after every pit stop.
  • With great coaching from crew chief Mike Wheeler and Hirschman, Jones was able to remain in the top five for the entire race and battle for the lead with Cup Series regulars Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Brad Keselowski.
  • At the end of the night, Jones prevailed to claim his first victory in the series and Toyota’s 99th-career NASCAR XFINITY Series victory since joining the series in 2007.
  • Jones crossed the finish line 1.624 seconds in front of second-place finisher Keselowski. Earnhardt, Jr. finished third followed by Regan Smith and Austin Dillon.
  • The win also marked Crew Chief Mike Wheeler’s first win as a crew chief.
  • The No. 20 Toyota Camry team gained three positions in the NASCAR XFINITY Series point standings and now sits sixth, 42 points out of the lead.

Erik Jones’ Post-Race Thoughts:

“It’s just surreal. It’s going to take a minute for this one to sink in. This has got to be one of the biggest wins in my career by far, to race against these Cup guys and being able to go out and get a win. I knew we had a fast Camry, I never go into a race thinking we can’t win, but it’s still far-fetched to think – man, it’s amazing, I watched the other guys do it, win races as young guys, and I wanted to be that guy. Now we’re here in victory lane and taking it all in and honestly can’t wait to get to the race track again.”