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June 21, 2015

 

FireAid driver Larry Morgan looking for successful Father’s Day Rounds

BRISTOL, Tenn. (June 20) — FireAde Pro Stock driver Larry Morgan knows the potential is there for a long day Sunday at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway.

 

Morgan hasn’t put together a great run in his Larry Morgan Racing Chevrolet in Bristol and qualified No. 12 with a pass of 6.686 at 206.634 mph, but he’s only five-hundredths of a second away from the top cars in the ultra-competitive class.

 

“We know we haven’t made the best run yet, so we know there’s plenty left in the car,” Morgan said. “If we can put it all together — and I know we can — we’ll be right there. I just wish I didn’t have to run A.J. again first round.”

 

That would be Allen Johnson, who qualified No. 5 with a pass of 6.562 seconds at 206.80 mph. The two have raced each other at the last two events with Johnson getting to the second round each time.

 

“It’s about damn time that changes,” Morgan said. “I know this is A.J.’s hometown race and all, but I hope I have 25,000 Tennesseans mad at me tomorrow.”

 

Johnson is from Greeneville, Tenn., about an hour away from Bristol Dragway. The events in Englishtown, N.J., and Epping, N.H., are the only two times the veteran drivers have faced each other this season.

 

Morgan has had a stellar season to date, winning in Charlotte and scoring eight round-wins en route to a seventh-place standing in Pro Stock points.

 

Bristol has been a bit of a struggle, as electrical issues cost Morgan in the first qualifying session (6.749 at 205.29 mph) and he had to shut off early in Q3 (14.404 at 58.22 mph). His other run, in Q4, was also 6.686 seconds, this one at 204.45 mph.

 

“It’s been a strange weekend, but I know we can put it all together,” Morgan said. “With all the support I have from FireAde, from Gray Motorsports, and all my guys, we’ll be all right.”

June 6, 2015

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Troy Coughlin Jr.: Dad is the driver to beat in Englishtown Pro Mod race

ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. (June 6) — JEGS.com driver Troy Coughlin Jr. is confident he can get the job done in the NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series race presented Smithfield Foods and Western Beef, but he says another driver is the one to beat at the Toyota NHRA Summernationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park.

 

That would be his father, Troy Coughlin Sr.

 

“Hopefully, that’s a true statement,” Troy Sr. said. “That’s definitely the goal tomorrow, to win three more rounds and try to keep this JEGS.com car cruising. It’s definitely running much better. It’s a new car this year, and (crew chief) Steve (Petty) and the guys are getting a good handle on it.”

 

Both JEGS.com drivers pulled off first-round wins on Saturday to advance to Sunday’s final eliminations.

 

Troy Sr. qualified fifth earlier Saturday but then ripped off the best elapsed time in his first-round win over Pete Farber. Troy Sr.’s pass of 5.821 seconds at 255.68 mph overcame a strong pass from Farber, 5.826 at 250.46 mph.

 

“Thanks to Steve Petty, Mike Rees, Kyle Pettus, Scott Woodruff, Brandon Stroud, Justin Beaver, and all the guys at Pro Line for standing behind us,” Troy Sr. said. “They kick pretty hard from the back. We’re fighting.”

 

Troy Sr. was in the lanes when he received word that his son beat Danny Rowe in the first round.

 

“It’s so exciting, and it definitely revs you up,” Troy Sr. said. “My dad told me years ago, ‘You won’t know how fun it is to race with you guys until you have kids on your own.’ I was always like, ‘Yeah, OK, I hear you.’ Now that we’re here, it’s a true statement, and I know what he’s talking about. We couldn’t do this without Mom and Dad and all the parents. It was an awesome first round.”

 

Troy Jr.’s pass of 5.880 seconds at 251.20 mph overcame a solid run by Rowe, 5.888 at 232.87 mph, in a matchup of the Nos. 8 and 9 qualifiers.

 

“Everything’s working great,” Troy Jr. said. “We’ve got the bugs worked out of it, and the car feels fantastic. We’ve got a great surface to race on, and there’s no reason why we shouldn’t take her to the checkers.”

 

Troy Jr., too, credited all the JEGS.com team members for outstanding work in Englishtown, helping him bounce back from not qualifying in Atlanta. Troy Jr. knew he had a strong car from the first hit on Friday, when his initial run was 5.926 at 249.39 mph to put him at No. 4.

 

“It definitely sets a nice pace,” Troy Jr. said. “That’s what makes for the next run to be better, for the next run to be better, and the next run to be better. It definitely gives us a good tone to work off of.”

 

Troy Jr. gets No. 1 qualifier Mike Janis in the second round after Janis beat Gerry Capano with a run of 5.850 at 250.74 mph.

 

Troy Sr.’s second-round opponent will be Billy Glidden, who beat Steve Matusek in the first round with a pass of 5.885 at 245.72 mph.

 

Troy Coughlin Sr. qualified fifth, then ripped off the best elapsed time of Pro Mod in his first-round win over Pete Farber.

Troy Coughlin Jr.’s pass of 5.880 seconds at 251.20 mph was a winner in a first-round matchup of the Nos. 8 and 9 qualifiers.

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RACE PREVIEW WRITTEN BY Scott “Woody” Woodruff; COURTESY TEAM JEGS PR

 

 

June 3, 2015

Cody Coughlin

No. 55 JEGS.com Toyota

Pocono ARCA 200

News and Notes

 


Incredible Road Course Debut in ARCA Competition
Cody Coughlin recently made his first start in road course racing. The 19 year-old competed in the ARCA Racing Series event at New Jersey Mo-torsports Park. It was his third start of 2015 in the series. Coughlin qualified ninth and ran in the top-10 throughout the 67-lap race around the 2.3-mile course. In fact, he was as high as second late in the race. Coughlin finished sixth in his debut and received many accolades from his crew chief, drivers and especially his trainer Chris Cook of the Bondurant/Chris Cook Performance Motorsports Stock Cars in Chandler, Arizona.

15th ARCA Racing Series Start
The Joe Gibbs Racing Development driver will be making his 15th start in the ARCA Racing Series in the Pocono ARCA 200. In his first 14 starts, he has one pole, five top-five and 11 top-ten finishes. He also has completed 99.54% of the laps in his races. This is his fourth ARCA Racing Series start in 2015 and has completed every lap so far this season. Coughlin also won the pole award at the Talladega Superspeedway (AL).

Top-10 Streak is Still Going
Coughlin is currently on a streak of six-straight top-10 finishes in ARCA Racing Series competition. That streak started at the second Pocono event in 2014. Four of those six are top-five finishes, with his best being second at Talladega last month.

Visiting a Popular Attraction in Columbus
Besides racing and other sports, Cody Coughlin has a love for animals. His family has a variety of animals including dogs, goats and horses. Oc-casionally, he will venture to the famous Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in Columbus, Ohio. The zoo is famous for its Director Emeritus Jack Hanna. Coughlin said that he enjoys visiting the orangutan exhibit along with other attractions the zoo provides for its guests.

@Cody_Coughlin
Social media is becoming more and more popular each day. Cody Coughlin is also jumping on board with his own Twitter account. Fans are encouraged to follow his Twitter account @Cody_Coughlin. On race days, the account will be updated to give you a little insight as to what is happening behind the wheel and with his race team. Plus it’s a great opportunity to see what he enjoys doing away from the track.

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Venturini Motorsports on Twitter: @VenturiniMotor

ARCA Racing Series 

Pocono ARCA 200

June 6, 2015

Pocono Raceway
Long Pond, PA

@ARCA_Racing
@PoconoRaceway
Get to Know Cody

 

Born
December 11, 1995

Hometown
Delaware, Ohio

Family
John (father), Di (mother),

Kennedi (sister) Coughlin

 

Career Highlights

- 2014 Winchester 100 Winner

 

- 2014 ARCA Racing Series, 11 starts, 3 Top-Five’s, 8 Top-10 finishes

 

- 2013 JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Champion

- 2013 Two-time JEGS/CRA Winner
- 2013 Winner: New Smyrna (FL) World Series Pro Late Model division

 

- 2011 JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Howie Lettow Memorial Rookie of the Year

 

- Hobbies: Golf, tennis, spending time with family

 

RACE RECAP WRITTEN BY Bob Dillner; COURTESY 51Sports.com

 

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June 3, 2015

Mike Coughlin in his car going down track (courtesy Team Jegs PR)

Two-time Division 3 champ

Mike Coughlin ready to shift to

a higher gear in Chicago

JOLIET, Ill. (June 3) — Currently 12th in the national points rankings for the Top Sportsman category, two-time Division 3 champion Mike Coughlin says it’s time to get on the gas at this weekend’s Division 3 NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Route 66 Raceway if he wants to have any chance of winning the inaugural world title in his favorite class.

“When NHRA announced a national championship was up for grabs in Top Sportsman and Top Dragster, it really ramped up the level of competition,” Coughlin said. “The class is better than it’s ever been, and we’re seeing more and more people put full-time efforts into winning it all.

 

“There are more racers spending more money to go faster and be more consistent. Every race, every round has seen just stunning competition. It’s awesome.

 

“NHRA absolutely, positively made the right decision with these two classes.”

 

Just a handful of races into the season, Coughlin admits he was hoping for a better start with his JEGS.com-sponsored, Jerry Haas-built Camaro, but he knows that just a few little tweaks can drastically change his course.

 

“We definitely need to score more points every race,” Coughlin said. “It’s time to step it up. We’ve made lots of little adjustments this year but nothing major. We really haven’t been that far off. It’s been one of those deals where races we’ve won in the past by thousandths of a second have gone the other way so far. We know that can change back at any moment. We need a little good fortune.

Mike Coughlin standing by drag racing tree (courtesy Team Jegs PR)

 

“I’m so proud of the work Greg Cody and Tony Collier have put into this car. Sonny Leonard and his crew have given us great motors. We have the horsepower, for sure. All the pieces are there.”

 

Coughlin also has a résumé of success at Route 66 Raceway. He has won at the facility three times in the past, once in Super Comp in 2005 and two more times in Top Sportsman in 2007 and 2011.

 

His two Division 3 Top Sportsman championships came in 2007 and 2009. He also finished as a Top Sportsman runner-up in 2011 and 2012.

 

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RACE PREVIEW WRITTEN BY Scott “Woody” Woodruff; COURTESY TEAM JEGS PR

 

 

 

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June 2, 2015

Troy Coughlin, son plan double strike

on Pro Mod field in New Jersey

ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. (June 2) — The father/son duo of multi-time world champion Troy Coughlin and his rookie racer son Troy Coughlin Jr. is amped up and ready for this weekend’s NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series, which will be run as part of the 46th annual Toyota NHRA Summernationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park.

 

Troy Coughlin, the 2012 class titlist, soars into Old Bridge fresh off a runner-up result at the previous Pro Mod race in Atlanta, which lifted him to second place in the championship rankings. He enters the weekend just 30 points, or a round and a half of action, behind leader Don Walsh.

 

Troy Coughlin Sr.

“We are hoping to maintain this start we’ve had and stay up with the front pack,” said Troy, the 2005 Pro Mod winner of the Englishtown event. “If we keep everything lined up the way it has been with this JEGS.com Stingray, we’ll be good. We’re testing and scanning the data for ways to improve, but we’re pretty happy with where we are.

 

“Englishtown is a highlight of the year for me. We have so many great friends in that area and it’s a big reunion all weekend. Plus, having won there before, that gives you an extra boost. That was an awfully fun win because it was Father’s Day and my dad was there with us, along with my wife and kids. That’s a special memory for sure.”

 

While his father hopes to maintain the status quo, Troy Jr. arrives in Englishtown looking for a healthy dose of redemption after an unexpected failure to qualify in Georgia, the first of his rookie campaign. Even with the DNQ, he is solidly in the points in seventh place, 90 back of Walsh, after recording back-to-back semifinal finishes at the first two races of the year.

 

Troy Coughlin Jr.

“We rebound from what happened in Atlanta by testing,” Troy Jr. said. “We are testing here in Norwalk (Ohio) for the next few days, and right off we found a faulty ignition box that was making the power output far too aggressive. That’s what tripped us up in Georgia. We’ll test some more until we get a consistent tune-up figured out.

 

“If we take it one run at a time in Englishtown and approach each run with logic and reason, we’re going to be very competitive. As for me and my driving, if I can keep good focus on making one good run seven different times in three days and help my team with the info they need to keep this car rolling, we’re going to have a fun weekend.”

 

The Pro Mod class will hold three qualifying rounds at 3:15 and 5:45 p.m. ET, Friday, and 3:15 p.m., Saturday. The first round of eliminations is slated for 5:30 p.m., Saturday, with the final three rounds set to begin at 12:45 p.m., Sunday.

 

Troy Coughlin Sr. soars into this weekend’s event in Englishtown, N.J., just 30 points from first place in the NHRA Pro Mod standings.
Troy Coughlin Jr. is 90 points back from the top of the standings after recording back-to-back semifinal finishes at the first two races of the year.

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RACE PREVIEW WRITTEN BY Scott “Woody” Woodruff; COURTESY TEAM JEGS PR

 

 

Cody Coughlin getting advice 2015 (courtesy 51sports.com)

 

Third Time Could be a Charm for Cody Coughlin at the Tricky Triangle

 

 

 

(Delaware, OHIO – June 2, 2015) - They often compare the Pocono triangle to the Bermuda triangle.  Mysterious things happen in both places.  But, Joe Gibbs Development driver Cody Coughlin is hoping the third time is a charm for him when he makes his third start at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, PA with the ARCA Racing Series.

 

The 19 year-old feels that experience and strategy will lead him and the Venturini Motorsports team to victory lane Saturday in the Pocono ARCA 200.

 

“Pocono Raceway is a cool place to race with its unique layout.  We have been decent there with a legitimate top-five car.  Strategy hasn’t gone our way a couple of times, but that is something we have learned from,” recalled Coughlin.  “I have been keeping a close eye on this date because I want to go back there and prove how strong we are.  I’m looking forward to trying different things as a driver.”

 

The Delaware, OH native competed in both of the ARCA Racing Series events at the 2.5-mile tri-oval racetrack in 2014.  He finished ninth in both events, but was a contender each time driving the #55 JEGS.com Toyota Camry prepared by Venturini Motorsports.

 

One of the things that Coughlin likes about Pocono Raceway is the unique triangle design where each corner is different.  Some feel it is like driving on a road course with just left turns.

 

“Each corner has its own unique quality and challenge,” explained Coughlin. “One of the things I will be focusing on is to get better going through the tunnel turn (turn two).”

 

This will be Coughlin’s 15th start in the ARCA Racing Series.  He has an impressive five top-five and 11 top-ten finishes along with one pole in his career.  He has also completed 99.54% of the laps in those events.

 

“I am very pleased with those statistics,” Coughlin responded.  “As I look over my stats in the first 14 races, I still have one column that has nothing in it.  I hope to get the win at Pocono this weekend to fill in that column.”

 

Joining Coughlin and the Venturini team this weekend will be his Team JEGS crewmembers Kevin Hamlin (Team Manager), Scott Wimmer (Spotter) and Dave Holt (crew member).

 

He will also be joined by his family, which includes his parents, John & Di and his sister, Kennedi, who recently graduated from primary school and is now getting ready to be a high school freshman in the fall.

 

“It was a big week for my sister last week and I am proud to be her big brother,” Coughlin said.  “It would be awesome to extend her graduation celebration in victory lane along with my entire family and friends.

 

“Our family has been very blessed by God with everything we have done in our lives.  He is a very big part of our family and we are grateful for the benefits he bestows on us every day.”

 

The Joe Gibbs Racing Development driver will be on track on Friday, June 5th with practice from 2:15 – 4:15pm.  Qualifying will get underway at 10:05am on Saturday, June 6th.  The green flag for the ARCA 200 will wave at 1pm ET.

 

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.

 

RACE PREVIEW WRITTEN BY Bob Dillner; COURTESY 51Sports.com

 

Cody Coughlin gets ready for ARCA race at Talladega Superspeedway

No. 55 JEGS.com Toyota

ARCA Int’l Motorsports Hall of Fame 200

News and Notes

 


First Race at Talladega for Cody Coughlin

The Joe Gibbs Racing Development driver is eager to step back in his No. 55 Sport Clips/JEGS.com Toyota Camry this Friday to compete in his first race at the famed Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama.  This will be his second start on a Superspeedway.  Back in February, he qualified second and finished fourth in the ARCA Racing Series season opener at Daytona International Speedway in Florida.

 

13th Start in the ARCA Racing Series

Cody Coughlin has an impressive record in ARCA Racing Series competition.  He is currently in his second season driving for Venturini Motorsports. In his 12 previous starts, he has four top-five finishes and nine top-ten finishes.  In his last three starts, he has finished fourth.  Those finishes came at Kentucky Speedway, Kansas Speedway and Daytona International Speedway.  At Daytona, he came up a bumper short of finishing third.  He also missed the pole by a mere 0.004 seconds.

 

Voices of Wisdom for Coughlin at Talladega

Not only will Cody Coughlin have the expertise of Crew Chief Dave Leiner and the Venturini Motorsports team at the 2.66-mile oval, he will also have two members of the Team JEGS crew with experience at Talladega.  Kevin Hamlin (Team JEGS Manager) has three wins at Talladega with the late Dale Earnhardt in 1999-2000.  Scott Wimmer, Cody’s spotter, has six starts in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at the famed oval.

 

Mentoring a Student at his Alma Mater

Recently Cody Coughlin learned that a student named Adam, who attends his alma mater Worthington Christian Elementary School in Worthington, Ohio, was doing a report on the history of cars.  The Joe Gibbs Racing Development driver found out and invited Adam over to help him with his report.  Coughlin said he did a similar report like what Adam is doing when was in the fifth grade himself.  He said it was a fun experience helping him out and is waiting to hear what he got for a grade on the report.

 

@Cody_Coughlin

Social media is becoming more and more popular each day.  Cody Coughlin is also jumping on board with his own Twitter account.  Fans are encouraged to follow his Twitter account @Cody_Coughlin.  On race days, the account will be updated to give you a little insight as to what is happening behind the wheel and with his race team.  Plus it’s a great opportunity to see what he enjoys doing away from the track.

 

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ARCA Racing Series

Int’l Motorsports Hall

of Fame 200

May 1, 2014

Talladega Superspeedway
Talladega, AL

@ARCA_Racing
@TalladegaSuperS
Get to Know Cody

 

Born
December 11, 1995

Hometown
Delaware, Ohio

Family
John (father), Di (mother),

Kennedi (sister) Coughlin

 

Career Highlights

- 2014 Winchester 100 Winner

 

- 2014 ARCA Racing Series, 11 starts, 3 Top-Five’s, 8 Top-10 finishes

 

- 2013 JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Champion

- 2013 Two-time JEGS/CRA Winner
- 2013 Winner: New Smyrna (FL) World Series Pro Late Model division

 

- 2011 JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Howie Lettow Memorial Rookie of the Year

 

- Hobbies: Golf, tennis, spending time with family

 

RACE PREVIEW WRITTEN BY Bob Dillner; COURTESY JOE GIBBS RACING, TEAM JEGS, 51 SPORTS & VENTURINI MOTOR SPORTS

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Drag racers Mike and Troy Coughlin Jr. excited about D3 season opener in Indy

April 28, 2015

Mike Coughlin's car going down track (courtesy Team Jegs PR)

Troy Coughlin Jr. Super Gas car (courtesy Team Jegs PR)

 

INDIANAPOLIS (April 29) — Past Division 3 champions Mike and Troy Coughlin Jr. are prepared for a big weekend in Circle City as the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series begins its six-race North Central Division schedule at Lucas Oil Raceway.

 

Both men have distinct goals in mind for the four days of racing. Mike is anxious to begin earning points towards a third D3 Top Sportsman crown while also adding to his total in the national standings; this is the first year NHRA is offering a national championship in his class. Troy, meanwhile, is pulling out all the stops in a last-ditch effort to make the D3 JEGS Allstars team in Super Gas.

Mike Coughlin

 

“We are especially anxious to race after getting rained out last weekend in Dinwiddie (Va.),” Mike said. “We qualified really well there, fifth overall, and were looking to have a big day in the JEGS.com Chevrolet when the rain set in. There really wasn’t much we could do at that point, and the race was eventually postponed until May 9.

 

“The good news is the guys had the car completely ready to race, so we didn’t feel the need to do anything to it this week. We didn’t even take it out of the trailer. We all just spent a few days at home, and now we’ll head to Indy and see what we can get done there. The D3 opener is always fun, seeing all the new cars and new paint schemes. I think we all have a little extra pep in our step heading over to Indy.”

 

While Mike is early in his 2015 campaign, Troy’s quest to make the JEGS Allstars team is down to the wire. He is chasing Luke Bogacki for the Super Gas slot on the D3 team. Should Bogacki lose in Round 1 this weekend, Troy could wrestle the spot away by reaching the final round.

 

“There are only two races left where I can earn points towards the JEGS Allstars race, but I can only attend this one, so it’s an all-or-nothing deal for me,” Troy said. “Luke is a great racer and it will be super hard to pass him, but if there’s a chance, you have to take it, so we’ll go do our thing and see what happens.”

 

Although his JEGS.com Super Gas Corvette Roadster covers the quarter-mile in 9.9 seconds at 167 mph, Troy may be feeling a tad slow in Indy. At the start of 2015, the 21-year-old, third-generation driver made the move to the pro ranks behind the wheel of a 5.8-second, 255-mph turbocharged Pro Mod race car.

 

“The crew guys were telling me it’s going to be a huge difference and I think they’re right,” Troy said. “It’s the first time I’ve made this transition backwards, so I hope it’s like riding a bike and it all comes back to me. I haven’t driven the roadster since October, so I’ll be busy, but as long as I’m drag racing, I’m happy.”

 

Mike and Troy also have placed a huge amount of importance on attending a special memorial service on Friday night for longtime Division 3 announcer Leo Taugher, who passed away two months ago.

 

“Leo was a true gentleman who loved drag racing and was definitely one-of-a-kind,” Mike said. “Being a D3 guy, he was the voice of drag racing for us since as far back as I can remember. We look forward to celebrating his life Friday night.”

 

Added Troy, “Leo went out of his way to welcome me when I first started racing. He had a way of making you feel important, both in person and over the microphone, and his selfless nature said a lot about the man. We miss him a bunch.”

 

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Coughlin Learning and Leaning on the Wisdom of NASCAR Winners at Talladega

Cody Coughlin (left) talks to Kevin Hamlin, Team JEGS Manager, prior to his first start at Daytona in February. (Speed51.com photo)

(DELAWARE, OHIO – April 29, 2015) - Cody Coughlin will achieve another personal goal in his racing career as he will make his first start in the ARCA Racing Series International Motorsports Hall of Fame 200 this Friday at Alabama’s Talladega Superspeedway.

While this may be Coughlin’s first start at the famed 2.66-mile oval, he will have experience on his side with his crew chief Dave Leiner and the Venturini Motorsports crew.

But, there will be one additional person on his side with an impressive resume at Talladega, his longtime Team JEGS manager Kevin Hamlin.

Hamlin is a former crew chief in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with 488 starts, nine wins, 48 top-five’s and 126 top-10 finishes.

Most of his victories came as the last crew chief for the late Dale Earnhardt.  He was on top of the pit box as Earnhardt won three of the four races at Talladega in 1999 and 2000.  The Fall victory in 2000 was Earnhardt’s final career victory.

“Earnhardt knew how to work the draft,” Hamlin recalled.  “We would go to Talladega and the car would be junk, but somehow he figured out a way to get a win or a top-five finish.”

The worst finish the duo had together was third in the spring Talladega race in 2000.

Fast forward to this Friday’s ARCA Racing Series 200-mile event where Hamlin will help Coughlin, a Joe Gibbs Racing Development driver, get to victory lane.

“Kevin has been a great mentor to me and has really helped my development on and off the track,” said Coughlin.  “We have had many conversations about Talladega, just like we did before the Daytona race back in February.  I learned a lot that day about racing in the draft and how to be patient.  I am eager to show what I have learned this Friday.”

Hamlin’s advice to the 19-year-old driver from Delaware, Ohio is simple.

“You need to be smart and make sure you are there at the end of the race,” Hamlin explained.  “The biggest thing is keeping your fenders on all of the corners of the car.  Talladega is one where you aren’t racing the whole time, just at the end.  You want to try to position yourself during the race to be up there and battle.  Some will stay up towards the front and others may fall back and see how their car can get up there towards the end.”

At the Daytona ARCA event back in February, Coughlin led the first eight laps and stayed in the top-five throughout the race before finishing fourth, missing third by a bumper at the line.

“I can’t wait to get to Talladega later this week and race again in the draft,” said Coughlin.  “Venturini Motorsports has put together some great cars for me and I look forward to get back to competing in an ARCA Racing Series event.”

Along with Hamlin and the Venturini Motorsports team, Coughlin will also have the experience and expertise of longtime NASCAR driver and Scott Wimmer in the spotter’s stand.  Wimmer has led laps and finished strong in numerous NASCAR Sprint Cup and XFINITY Series events during his driving career.

As always, Coughlin will also have the tremendous support of his parents, John and Di, and his sister Kennedi, at Talladega.

“My parents have been great at finding the right people to help me with my racing career and I can’t thank them enough for their help in this area,” said Coughlin.  “I am glad they will be there for my first race at Talladega.

“I also want to thank God for who he has blessed us with those who have entered into our lives.   They each bring something unique to help with our overall goal.”

Cody Coughlin will be on the track for practice on Friday morning from 8:30-10:20am CT with qualifying at 2:30pm.  The green flag for the International Motorsports Hall of Fame 200 waves at 5pm CT and it will air live on FOX Sports 1.

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

 

RACE PREVIEW WRITTEN BY Bob Dillman; COURTESY JOE GIBBS RACING, TEAM JEGS, 51 SPORTS & VENTURINI MOTORSPORTS

 

 

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Sport Clips and Cody Coughlin team up To Go for Win at ARCA’s Talladega 200

Cody Coughlin's #55 car (courtesy 51 Sports)

(DELAWARE, OHIO – April 28, 2015) - Success can be defined as “a performance or achievement that is marked by success, as by the attainment of honors.”  Joe Gibbs Racing Development driver Cody Coughlin achieved that success with Sport Clips at the ARCA Racing Series season opener at Daytona Int’l Speedway (FL).  Now Coughlin and Sport Clips have decided to continue that trend by joining forces for the International Motorsports Hall of Fame 200 this Friday at Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama.

“This is awesome to have Sport Clips support again this weekend at Talladega,”exclaimed Coughlin.  “Their support motivated myself and the team at Daytona.  We worked really hard and the results showed back in February.  Our goal is to take Sport Clips to victory lane this Friday afternoon.”

At Daytona, the 19-year-old driver started on the outside of the front row, led laps and stayed up front for the entire race to finish with a strong fourth-place outing.

This Friday’s race will be Coughlin’s 13th start in the ARCA Racing Series.  So far, he has four top-five and nine top-10 finishes.  The Delaware, Ohio native will pilot the No.55 Sport Clips / JEGS.com Toyota Camry for his first start at the famed Alabama track.  The race will be shown live on FOX Sports 1 at 5pm CT.

 

Sport Clips is currently in their seventh season with Joe Gibbs Racing and continues to support the JGR racing family, including Cody Coughlin as part of the Joe Gibbs Racing driver development program.

 

Sport Clips increased their sponsorship in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series this season, continuing their partnership with the No. 11 Toyota Camry team with Denny Hamlin for two races and adding JGR newcomer Carl Edwards to their lineup for two races with the No. 19 Toyota Camry. In addition, Sport Clips will sponsor Hamlin for one NASCAR XFINITY Series race in the Sport Clips-sponsored Help A Hero 200 at Darlington Raceway.

 

In its fourth year to partner with Darlington, the national haircut franchise will use the race to increase awareness and support for the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW). The “Sport Clips Help A Hero Scholarship” program provides scholarships to active-duty military and veterans who are pursuing a college degree or vocational certification. To date, Sport Clips and the VFW have granted more than $866,000 in scholarships since beginning the program in 2013.

 

Along with the additional support from Sport Clips, Coughlin is strong in his Faith and is appreciative that his family, which includes his parents, John & Di, and his sister Kennedi will be with him at Talladega Superspeedway.

 

He is also thankful to his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ for the blessings he has received so far, not only in his racing career, but in life.

 

Coughlin will be on track at Talladega on Friday morning with practice from 8:30-10:20am Central Time.  Qualifying is scheduled for 2:30pm with the green flag for the ARCA Racing Series International Motorsports Hall of Fame 200 at 5pm CT.

 

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

 

About Sport Clips Haircuts

Sport Clips Haircuts is headquartered in Georgetown, Texas. It was established in 1993 by founder and CEO Gordon Logan and started franchising in 1995. The sports-themed haircutting franchise, which specializes in haircuts for men and boys, is ranked by Entrepreneur as one of the Top 10 “Fastest-Growing Franchises” and ranks 36th in the “Franchise 500.” It is also ranked by FORBES as a “Top Ten Best Franchise” to buy for its investment category. With more than 1,300 Sport Clips stores, new locations open each month in the U.S. and Canada.  Sport Clips is the “Official Haircutter” of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), offers veterans preferential pricing on haircuts and franchises, and was named as one of the “2014 Best for Vets: Franchises” by Military Times. Our “Help A Hero” program has raised more than $3 million to help deployed and hospitalized U.S. service members call home through the VFW’s Operation Uplink™ and to provide scholarships for veterans transitioning to a civilian career. Sport Clips is a proud sponsor of Joe Gibbs Racing’s Denny Hamlin and Carl Edwards, and partners with numerous NCAA and professional sports teams. To learn more about Sport Clips, visit sportclips.com.

 

RACE PREVIEW WRITTEN BY Bob Dillner; COURTESY JOE GIBBS RACING, TEAM JEGS, 51 SPORTS & VENTURINI MOTORSPORTS

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JEGS.com Pro Mod team remains

red-hot in Houston

 

 

Rookie Troy Coughlin Jr. stopped his two-time world champion father in the quarterfinals to advance to his second straight semifinal.

Their quarterfinal race was decided by .10-second, mainly due to Troy Coughlin Sr. having to backpedal his car to keep traction.


Troy Coughlin Sr. was pleased to get past the opening session, earn some more points, and have that first-ever race with his son.

HOUSTON (April 26) — Team JEGS Pro Mod drivers Troy Coughlin Sr. and his son Troy Coughlin Jr. had another pair of strong outings at this weekend’s J&A Services Pro Mod Drag Racing Series, which was run as part of the annual O’Reilly NHRA SpringNationals at Royal Purple Raceway.


Rookie Troy Jr. did a little better, beating his two-time world champion father in the quarterfinals to advance to his second straight semifinal. Troy Sr., meanwhile, was pleased to get past the opening session, earn some more points, and have that first-ever race with his son.

 

“Racing him for the first time in competition was fun, it was exciting, it was emotional — every bit of all that,” said Troy Sr., who beat Mike Knowles before bowing to Troy Jr. “I couldn’t be more proud of him. He’s doing great, and it’s what I expected from him all along.

 

“I’m pretty happy right now. Last year at this time we weren’t even in the top 10, and I would guess we’ll leave out of here with (Troy Jr.) in second or third and I think on my side we’ll be fifth, so we’re very satisfied with the start to the season.

 

“Both cars are going rounds and we’re earning points. We need to pick on mine a little to get it quicker, but Steve and the guys from Pro Line, where we get our motors, have a home race coming up next when we go to Atlanta, so I know they’ll want to put their best foot forward there. We’ll be ready.”

 

Showing no signs of being a new driver in the class, Troy Jr. scored a massive holeshot upset win over Danny Rowe in Round 1 when he left the Christmas Tree with a sizable .054-second lead. At the other end, his start allowed a slower 5.915 at 249.16 mph to erase Rowe’s quicker-but-losing 5.866 at 248.39 mph.

 

Dad was next, and that race was decided by .10-second, mainly due to Troy Sr. having to backpedal his car to keep traction. Bill Glidden finally turned the tables on Troy Jr. with a unfathomable .003-second reaction time that gave him a wire-to-wire win.

 

“I’m so proud of the team,” Troy Jr. said. “We’re happy, if not completely satisfied. We always want to come away with the win, but there wasn’t much I could do against Billy with a .003-second light and a 5.88. We’ll just have to try harder.

 

“It was quite surreal racing Dad. We’ve been going head to head on practice Trees since I was 5. To have it happen in a Pro Mod race for the first time was majestic. He’s my hero. He’s my idol. He’s a world champion. It was a huge moment for me. This is new ground for the Coughlin family, and we are enjoying it immensely.”

 

The entire JEGS.com crew will now take two weeks off before racing again May 15-17 at Atlanta Raceway in Commerce, Ga.

 

RACE RECAP WRITTEN BY Scott “Woody” Woodruff; COURTESY TEAM JEGS PR

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For Immediate Release

Quarterfinal finish for FireAde pro

Larry Morgan in Texas

HOUSTON (April 26) — Charlotte winner Larry Morgan had his FireAde Chevrolet Pro Stock car ready for another trip to the Victory Circle Sunday at the O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA SpringNationals, but a cosmic .003-second reaction time by quarterfinal opponent Greg Anderson resulted in a 2-inch loss on the quarter-mile stripe.

 

Morgan was plenty fast off the starting line himself, posting a great .016-second launch, but Anderson’s 6.572 at 210.47 mph was just enough to steal away the win against Morgan’s quicker-but-losing 6.563 at 211.36 mph.

 

“That was a classic, door-handle-to-door-handle race all the way down the quarter-mile,” Morgan said. “Both cars were in step, and I promise I couldn’t have pushed that gas pedal any harder. It was so close I don’t think either one of us could tell who won until the lights came on in his lane.

 

“He’s a four-time champion and all you can do with a deal like that is shake his hand and wish him well next round. Today was his day, so maybe next time it will be our turn. I have to feel a little disappointed because we know every weekend that we have a car capable of winning the race, and that sure was the case today. It just didn’t happen.”

 

Morgan looked sharp at the start of the day, beating good friend Vieri Gaines with a 6.559-second pass at 211.53 mph compared to Gaines’ 6.581 at 210.47 mph. He barely lost out on lane choice in his second race against Anderson, who was .002 quicker in his opening-round win against European champion Jimmy Alund. Lane choice may have ultimately been the difference.

 

“There was some late swapping around with the lanes, and it seemed that the right side was really good,” Morgan said. “I thought both lanes were pretty nice. Of course, you can ‘what-if’ yourself to death in drag racing.

 

“We’re not hanging our heads. This is the best start to the season we’ve had in ages, and with the help of Ron and Teresa Thames, the owners of FireAde, we are contenders once again. It’s an exciting time for us.”

 

Morgan will now take two weeks off before racing again May 15-17 at Atlanta Raceway in Commerce, Ga.

 

“That’ll be a huge race for us because FireAde is headquartered just outside Atlanta,” Morgan said. “The most fun we’ve ever had in the winner’s circle was with all the FireAde folks in Charlotte. I’d dearly love to do that again at their home track.”

Larry Morgan's car taking off

 

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PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Rob Geiger; COURTESY GEIGER MEDIA GLOBAL & FIREAID

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For Immediate Release

Charlotte winner Larry Morgan ready

to light ‘em up in his FireAde Chevrolet

HOUSTON (April 25) — Just one race removed from a huge victory at the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals in Charlotte, veteran Pro Stock pilot Larry Morgan is anxious to take his FireAde Chevrolet Camaro back to the Winner’s Circle. That’s the goal for Sunday’s elimination action at the annual O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA SpringNationals at Royal Purple Raceway in Baytown, Texas.

 

“I’ve done some research,” Morgan said with a smile. “I have determined beyond a shadow of a doubt that it’s way more fun to win than not. So what the heck, we might as well win this thing!

 

“We certainly have as good a chance as anyone here. We’ve got an awesome sponsor with FireAde, and this Chevrolet has been so good. The engines we get from Gray Motorsports are stout. All we have to do is put the pieces together the right way and we’ll be back in Victory Lane.”

 

Morgan qualified his car in the 11th slot with a quick pass of 6.567 seconds at 212.26 mph. That sets up a first-round date with good friend Vieri Gaines, who topped out at 6.551 and 211.96 mph in time trials.

 

“I got ‘em all scared, so you can put whoever you want in the other lane,” Morgan said. “We’ll be ready.

 

“I tell you, it’s been a heckuva race so far. The weather has changed every round, and with all the on-and-off rain the track conditions have been all over the place, but credit the crew here at this track; they’ve given us a great surface under some very trying circumstances. All you can ask for is a level playing field and we have that here.”

 

A native of Newark, Ohio, Morgan has been locked in the Mello Yello Top 10 all season. A big day tomorrow could lift him as high as second in the current world rankings, depending on how some of his rivals do in the race.

 

“All we can worry about is what we do,” Morgan said. “We start against V., and I know for sure if we aren’t 100 percent ready he’ll get us, so we need to get after it. I’ve been doing this a long time and I know nothing comes easy out here.

 

“I will say this about Texas: These fans are just phenomenal. They love drag racing and they really appreciate what we do in Pro Stock. I’m having a ball talking to these folks, and it’s nice to hear the congratulations after winning Charlotte. People are fired up about FireAde and the support they’re giving us, and we want to reward them with another win.”

 

Sunday’s eliminations will be aired live from 1 to 4 p.m. CT on ESPN2.

 

Larry Morgan's car at start line

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PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Rob Geiger; COURTESY GEIGER MEDIA GLOBAL

 

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The two-car JEGS.com Pro Mod team of father and son Troy and T.J. Coughlin successfully qualified both of their sleek Chevrolets for this weekend’s eliminations in Houston.
Troy Coughlin will open eliminations in his ’15 Stingray against Mike Janis.
T.J. Coughlin and his ’14 Corvette will face Danny Rowe in round one.

 

Pro Mod racers Troy and T.J. Coughlin loving their time in Texas

HOUSTON (April 25) — The two-car JEGS.com Pro Mod team of father and son drag racers Troy and T.J. Coughlin successfully qualified both of their sleek Chevrolets for this weekend’s elimination rounds at Royal Purple Raceway. Due to numerous weather delays in the last two days, Round 1 has been postponed from Saturday evening until 10 a.m., Sunday, but that hasn’t changed their perspective.

 

“We’re both in, and in this class anyone that’s in the field can win the race,” Troy said. “That’s already been proven this year. We made a bunch of passes down both lanes between the two JEGS.com cars, so we have enough data to run either lane and get some win lights. The crew guys will plug in the right tune-ups for tomorrow and these cars will be hauling the mail, I promise you that.”

 

Troy’s ’15 Stingray is slotted 11th overall after a best pass of 5.915 at 250.92 mph. T.J.’s ’14 Corvette is just a few spots back in 14th place with a best of 5.954 at 248.20 mph. Troy will open eliminations against Mike Janis while T.J. faces Danny Rowe. Should both men win their first-round races, they will square off in the quarterfinals, which would be a first for the duo.

 

“For a while there it looked like Dad and I may have to face each other in Round 1, but the order got shuffled around a bit in the final session and now we won’t face each other until Round 2, if we both get that far, and I’m confident we will,” rookie T.J. said. “That will be a fun race, and I’m sure it’ll happen many times throughout the year, so we’ll be keeping score for sure.

 

“We had two solid passes out of the three we had, so although I think we can run much better, I know (tuner) Steve Petty and the guys have done a ton of work this weekend to get us qualified, and we’re thankful and thrilled to be in the field.

 

“This class is very challenging and it makes it even more challenging when the weather is all over the place like it’s been so far this weekend, especially with these turbocharged cars. Thank goodness Steve is the best tuner out there.”

 

The race has been interrupted several times by scattered rain, but so far none of the action has been cancelled outright. The wet stuff certainly hasn’t dissuaded the spectators, who have packed the pits and grandstands.

 

“These Texas fans are outstanding and they’ve been so cool to T.J. and I,” Troy said. “As a father, I’m so proud of how fast he’s adapted to these race cars because they can be animals, but he’s been great and it’s neat to see the fans appreciate what he’s doing. I think people see a little of themselves in T.J. because he’s just a kid living a dream and racing in the NHRA.

 

“Texas also is a great state for JEGS, and we love coming here any chance we get to interact with our customers in person. Like they always say, God Bless Texas!”

 

Coming into the weekend, Troy and T.J. are third and fourth, respectively, in the J&A Services Pro Mod Drag Racing Series championship points standings.

 

Additional information, artwork, videos and images are available at TeamJEGS.com.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Scott “Woody” Woodruff; COURTESY TEAM JEGS PR

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