Friday at Toledo Speedway was a successful day for Ohio native Cody Coughlin. The 19-year-old Joe Gibbs Racing Development Driver was fastest at the end of four hours of practice for the 7-Up 100 for the ARCA / CRA Super Series on the high-banked half-mile oval.
Coughlin’s quickest lap of the day was 15.622 seconds, and it came in the final session of the day.
“It feels good because everybody that is here always puts tires on at the end of the day,” Coughlin expressed. “That proved that we are one of the best cars here. I’m really pleased with that.”
Coughlin was fast before putting new tires on for his final run. In fact, he sat in the top five for much of the session.
“We were running good times before we put tires on so I am really happy with that,” said Coughlin. “Once we put the tires on it made it that much better. Tires take a good car and make it a great car without even doing anything to it.”
The fast time gave Team JEGS plenty of confidence for qualifying and 100 laps of racing on Saturday afternoon.
“We just need to have it 100-percent right before we qualify, which I know we can and will,” Coughlin said. “Our goal is the pole and I think we can do that.
“I just have to thank God for continuing to bless us each and every day,” Coughlin added. “I know that without him, and of course my family, none of this would be possible.”
The Delaware, Ohio native is looking forward to having his dad (John), mom (Di) and sister (Kennedi) with him Saturday at Toledo Speedway as well as the support from the fans who will be watching the race televised live on speed51.com.
The next time Coughlin and Team JEGS will be on track is at 10am ET Saturday morning for final practice. Qualifying will take place at 1pm. There will also be an on-track autograph session immediately after qualifying with racing to begin soon at 3pm.
For more information on Cody Coughlin and Team JEGS, visit www.teamjegs.com and follow Cody on Twitter, @Cody_Coughlin. You can also follow Team JEGS on Twitter, @TeamJEGS and “Like” JEGS Performance on Facebook.
– Team JEGS/51 Sports press release
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