Cody Coughlin came into tonight’s ARCA/CRA Super Series Summit City 100 at Baer Field Motorsports Park starting from ninth place, the deepest he started in any race of the 2016 ARCA/CRA Super Series season. Despite the slow start to his weekend at the half mile asphalt track, he managed to claim his third straight victory on the tour.
Coughlin said of his crew chief, “He [Jack Smith] prepares great race cars with Kevin Hamlin, Scott Wimmer, and Dave Holt. It’s a team effort for sure. They give me the car and I have to go out and do it.”
Terry Fisher dominated the first three quarters of the race, running away from Scott Hantz and the rest of the field. Traffic slowly came into play, holding up Fisher and allowing Coughlin to close up on the top two. While Coughlin was able to take advantage of other drivers mechanical issues early in the race, he was able to use slower traffic to make the pass for second on Hantz after cutting down a six-second deficit.
Just as Coughlin started knocking on Fisher’s door for the lead, the caution flew for a spin. Several late restarts would decide the race, allowing Fisher and Coughlin to restart side by side.
“I hate to admit it,” Fisher said, “but I missed a shift on that final restart there going into one and I was just so tight on the high side that I don’t think it would have mattered.”
Fisher went on to say that he was happy with this performance. “To hang on and to lead a lot of laps here at Baer Field, my home track. It was a good race and it was a really good test for the car and I think we are heading in the right direction.”
The missed shift was all Coughlin needed, allowing him to run away on the last two laps and win the Summit City 100 at Baer Field.
For Coughlin, this is his third straight win on the ARCA/CRA Super Series. Saturday night’s win at Baer Field follows wins at Anderson Speedway and Toledo Speedway.
Coughlin spoke about how hard this win was. “Just another great car. I had to work a bit harder for this one. It’s a real worn out place but it makes for some character and fun.”
As far as the rest of the year, Coughlin may be eyeing a bigger prize. “We’re going to try to win them all that’s for sure. We’re definitely looking better for the championship, winning takes care of that. People say you can points race, I say you win races. Then the points will take care of themselves.”
The ARCA/CRA Super Series continues on to its next race at Michigan’s Berlin Raceway for the Battle at Berlin 251.
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By Patrick Hahe, Speed51.com IN/MI/OH State Editor – Twitter: @PatrickHahe_S51
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