A couple of weeks ago the Cody Coughlin and the Team JEGS crew made a change atop the pit box. They brought in Jack Smith to be the new crew chief and the move has quickly paid dividends as Coughlin drove into victory lane in the ARCA/CRA Super Series portion of the 7UP 200 at Toledo Speedway.
“This win just feels great” Coughlin told Speed51.com presented by JEGS. “We struggled at the beginning of the year and we decided to make a couple changes and brought Jack (Smith) on. Him and Kevin (Hamlin) have really clicked working together and so have I.”
Coughlin qualified third for the mid-day event. Fast-qualifier Brandon Oakley drew a five for the inversion, the lowest number that can be drawn. That meant Coughlin would still remain in the third spot to begin the CRA Super Series portion of the 7Up 200.
Dalton Armstrong started his season off successful taking home a mini jukebox trophy from Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville (TN). Armstrong continued with the success today as he started from the pole position. He led the first four laps.
Chad Finley made the trip back to his home region for today’s event. He had a fast car all day long. He took the lead on lap four, until Brian Campbell, who has won this event in back-to-back years took over the prime position.
Things became dicey when the leaders caught up to traffic and Coughlin who was running third made a three-wide move with Finley and a lapped car to take over second-place.
“Here at this place you have to be careful with your tires, people don’t think that as much as it really happens. But I didn’t want to push the limit under green so when I did have the opportunity I wanted to take it. A little aggressive move to get you a spot is better and cruising is better than driving the wheels off the thing,” Coughlin stated.
Just over the halfway mark Coughlin was able to get the nose of the car under Campbell and took control of the field.
“I enjoyed driving this racecar, it makes my job easier, that’s for sure and I couldn’t be happier with this JEGS Camry.” Coughlin stated.
“When we brought Jack on there was no doubt that we would click like that, we’ve been friends for a long time. I didn’t know we would have the speed, so to have the speed and the friendship is great,” said Coughlin.
Campbell was involved in the only caution of the day after making hard contact with the wall resulting from a right rear tire going down. Coughlin was able to hold off a hard charging Finley throughout the event.
“This gives me a huge confidence boost. The last time I won I lead every lap so now I know I can pass cars to win and tough cars, as Brian and Chad were both really tough today,” Coughlin said.
“The car was just a little bit too free here today, actually all weekend. We couldn’t really fix it and if we tried we would hurt the drive off,” said Finley. “We had a solid day, we really wanted a win. We thought we really had a chance there when the tires cooled down. We just came up a little short today.”
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-By Mikayla Kugler, Speed51.com Correspondent.
-Photo Credit: Speed51.com
ARCA/CRA Super Series 7UP 200
Toledo Speedway, Toledo, Ohio
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