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Cody Coughlin Fights to a Solid Finish in Bud St. Amant Memorial at Columbus

The “fight” in a man can reveal true character. The resiliency of Cody Coughlin and Team JEGS was tested several times over Sunday at Columbus Motor Speedway in Ohio. Not once did they back down. Their “fight” turned out a seventh place performance, which was impressive after having to go to the rear of the field early in the Bud St. Amant Memorial 125 for the ARCA / CRA Super Series.

The 19 year-old was fast in practice and found himself in the top-five early in the race after starting eighth. That’s when the test of character began.

Contact from another competitor forced Coughlin to pit road near the one-third mark in the race. After making repairs to the No. 1 JEGS Toyota Camry, the Delaware, Ohio native rejoined the field at the rear. Methodically, he picked off spots in traffic and with 25-laps to go, the Joe Gibbs Development Driver found himself 7th.

There was another challenge that lied ahead. The gap between he and sixth was significant and by the time the caution he needed came to fruition, the sun had baked a glaze over the 4/10′s of a mile track and frozen the advancement of most competitors.

Coughlin and his team never wavered in their effort, which resulted in a seventh place finish.

“Track position is everything at racetracks like this and we lost it after having to come to pit road to fix the car,” said Coughlin. “We fought hard, but by the time I got within striking distance the track lost all grip and we were all just hanging on.

“It’s tough because I know we could have won this one, but my guys (Team Manager Kevin Hamlin, crew chief Nick Easton, spotter Scott Wimmer and crew-member Dave Holt) never backed down. They made changes to the car that helped, but the car lost grip under these conditions.”

Coughlin’s sister, Kennedi, was the honorary starter for the Bud St. Amant Memorial. She threw the green flag to begin the race.

“It was really cool to have her do that. It was really nice to have her, my mom (Di) and dad (John), plus my grandfather (Jeg Sr.) here at the track today. So many family members, friends and employees from JEGS came out to support us and I really appreciate that.”

Cody Coughlin will now travel to Indianapolis, Indiana in just a couple weeks for another Super Late Model race. He will compete in the “Fall Brawl” at Lucas Oil Raceway on September 26-27 with the ARCA / CRA Super Series.

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.

Denny Hamlin Suffers Torn ACL in Right Knee

Joe Gibbs Racing announces today that driver Denny Hamlin suffered a torn Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) in his right knee while playing basketball Tuesday night.

Hamlin had a MRI this morning to confirm the diagnosis and has been evaluated by the medical team at OrthoCarolina. He has received the medical clearance necessary to continue racing activities and is expected to race the remainder of the season and through the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship. Hamlin will require surgery to repair the ACL damage following the season.

Hamlin is scheduled to address the media on Friday at 2:55 PM in the media center at Richmond International Raceway.

JGR Development Driver Cody Coughlin Turns Heads at Berlin

If you were not at Berlin Raceway in Marne, Michigan on Saturday night, you missed an impressive performance. Track announcers hailed the run of 19 year-old Cody Coughlin as he marched from a 23rd starting spot and into contention for victory at the closing stages of the Berlin 125 for the ARCA / CRA Super Series.

The Joe Gibbs Development driver proved that you can overcome adversity throughout the day. Berlin had been a sore-spot to Coughlin in the few times he has raced their in his young career. After qualifying it did not get any better for Team JEGS. Coughlin timed in eighth quick, but crew chief Nick Easton pulled the car out of the impounded area to help improve the car for the main event. By doing so, Coughlin was relegated to start at the rear of the field.

Methodically Coughlin picked his way through the field and under the direction of spotter Scott Wimmer, Coughlin moved his way into the top 15 by lap 21, then top 10 on lap 33 and eventually the top five. Coughlin did not settle; he was pushing for third when another driver snuck by him in the battle and the Delaware, Ohio native wound up fifth as the checkered flag fell.

“I will tell you, I haven’t been this happy about a fifth place finish in a long time,” exclaimed Coughlin after the race. “We really have struggled here at Berlin over the past few years and didn’t finish in the top 20. We didn’t qualify well and pulled it out of the impound area to work on it and got it better. I am very pleased with our run.”

“We had a good car tonight and I think things went our way after the bad luck we had earlier in the day,” added Coughlin. “I really have to thank God for that. Also, I have to thank God for a safe race tonight. He really blessed us with a strong finish here at Berlin.”

Along with the crew, Cody celebrated his strong run with his parents, John & Di, and his sister Kennedi.

“It was great to have them there tonight and I know they were happy with how we came through the field,” Coughlin said. “It was also awesome to have other drivers, crew members and fans come up and congratulate us afterwards on our strong run. That really capped off our fun night.”

Coughlin will now head to New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, New Jersey this weekend for his first attempt at road course racing with the ARCA Racing Series on Sunday, May 24 at 1:30pm 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.

Joe Gibbs Racing and MX Teams Compete in Atlanta

Both the Joe Gibbs Racing NASCAR and JGRMX teams are competing in Atlanta, GA this weekend. Check out this infographic to learn more about both teams and some of the differences and commonalities between NASCAR and MX.

Watch both races this weekend:
MX – Saturday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. on FOX Sports 2
NASCAR – Sunday, March 1 at 1 p.m. on FOX

David Ragan Will Fill in For Kyle Busch in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Behind Wheel of No. 18 M&Ms Crispy Toyota Starting in Atlanta

Kyle Busch Transferred To Charlotte Area Hospital

Erik Jones Will Pilot No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota In NASCAR XFINITY Series in Atlanta

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (February 24, 2015) – Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) announces today that David Ragan will fill in for Kyle Busch behind the wheel of the No. 18 M&Ms Crispy Toyota in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series beginning with this weekend’s race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Kyle Busch was released this morning from Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach, FL and transferred to a hospital near his home in Charlotte, North Carolina for further treatment. Busch sustained a compound fracture of the right lower leg in an accident during Saturday’s NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Daytona International Speedway. Additionally, Busch suffered a mid-foot fracture of his left foot in the accident.

No specific timetable has been announced for Busch’s return to the race track. It is expected that Ragan will pilot the No. 18 M&Ms Crispy Toyota for at least the next several weeks. Ragan’s current race team Front Row Motorsports and sponsor CSX accommodated the move by Ragan and Ragan is expected to return to the team later this season.

Additional updates on Busch’s condition will be provided as necessary.

In addition, JGR announces that Erik Jones will pilot the No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota in the NASCAR XFINITY Series this weekend in Atlanta. An announcement on who will drive the Monster Energy Camry following Atlanta will be made at a later date.

Ragan has run eight full seasons in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with 291 career starts. The 29-year-old Georgia native has two career wins, including most recently at Talladega Superspeedway in May of 2013.

Jones is currently running a full season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for Kyle Busch Motorsports and a partial schedule for JGR in the No. 20 NASCAR XFINITY Series Camry.

“We appreciate being able to work with Front Row Motorsports and CSX for David’s (Ragan) availability,” said Joe Gibbs, owner of Joe Gibbs Racing. “We are fortunate to be able to have someone of David’s caliber behind the wheel while Kyle recovers. Erik is a big part of our future at JGR and we will be increasing his schedule in the XFINITY Series beginning this weekend in Atlanta and seeking the earliest opportunity to provide him Cup experience. We appreciate all the support we have received from the NASCAR community including our fans and we look forward to getting Kyle back in the car as soon as possible.”

“Everyone at Mars is thankful that Kyle is doing well and we continue to wish him a speedy recovery,” said William Clements, vice president of sponsorship and sports marketing for Mars Incorporated. “While we can’t wait until Kyle returns behind the wheel of the No. 18 M&Ms Crispy Toyota, we are excited to work with David and we’re pleased JGR was able to work it out for him to step in during Kyle’s absence.”