After a week off, Cody Coughlin and his ThorSport Racing team are returning to the race track in the Windy City for the first and only time this season. Coughlin will pilot his JEGS.com/RIDE TV Toyota Tundra in the Chicagoland 225 at the Chicagloland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series on Friday, September 15th.
The 21-year-old driver has made two starts at the 1.5-mile oval outside of Chicago in the ARCA Racing Series. The last time Coughlin was there he qualified on the pole in 2015.
Having prior experience at the race track is something that hasn’t been common for Coughlin, a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender. Heading into Chicago with plenty of laps and a top five finish already under his belt gives Coughlin a lot of confidence for Friday’s race.
“It’s always nice to be familiar with a race track. I’m sure some things have changed. The track is probably a bit more worn out than it was the last time I raced there. First practice will probably be a bit of a feeling out period, but I know the line heading in. I’ve run well here before, and the team has had good speed on the intermediate tracks so I have a good feeling for Friday night.”
If Coughlin can replicate his past ARCA performances on Friday night he’ll be in a position to score a new career-best finish.
“That would be pretty cool,” Coughlin said. “Honestly, I just want to give my team the best finish possible. My guys work really hard in the shop and at the race track. I want to reward them for their hard work.”
Coughlin’s race weekend will begin on Thursday, September 14th with two practice sessions. The first practice session will begin at 2:30 p.m. CT. Final practice will begin at 5:30 p.m. CT.
Friday, September 15th is Chicagoland 225 race day. Coughlin’s day will begin with qualifying at 4:05 p.m. CT live on FOX Sports 1. The green flag for the Chicagoland 225 will wave at 8:30 p.m. ET/7:30 CT live on FOX Sports 1.
Friday night’s race is a 150-lap race and it is broken down into three stages. The first stage will end on lap 35. The middle stage will end on lap 70 and the race’s final stage will end at lap 150 unless the race requires NASCAR Overtime.
Race fans will have the chance to meet Cody Coughlin on Friday at the Chicagoland Speedway track autograph session from 1 p.m. CT – 1:45 p.m.
For more information on Cody Coughlin and Team JEGS, visit codycoughlin.com and follow Cody on Twitter, @Cody_Coughlin. Follow Team JEGS on Twitter, @TeamJEGS, and “Like”JEGS Performance on Facebook. Follow ThorSport Racing on Twitter, @ThorSportRacing, and visit them online at ThorSport.com. If you need more information regarding ThorSport please contact Jessica O’Brien via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Any other inquiries for Cody Coughlin can be sent to Bob Dillner via email at email@example.com.
About JEGS Automotive, Inc.
In 1960, Jeg Coughlin Sr. founded JEGS as a small speed shop. It has grown into a high-performance powerhouse that includes a race team (Team JEGS), 250,000 square foot warehouse, retail store, mail order and website. The 350+ employees at JEGS still strongly believe and practice our simply business philosophy: Customer Care is #1. For more information about JEGS Automotive, Inc. visit JEGS.com.
About Ride Television Network, Inc.
Ride Television Network, Inc. is a privately held corporation based in Fort Worth, Texas. The company was formed in 2011 for the purpose of launching a 24-hour, high definition, television network. RIDE TV launched on October 1, 2014 in the United States and is now available internationally. The network features high-quality television programming showcasing both English and Western disciplines and lifestyles and includes live events, reality shows, talk shows, children’s programming, documentaries and more. For more information about RIDE TV, please visit www.ridetv.com.
About ThorSport Racing
ThorSport Racing, based in Sandusky, Ohio, is the longest-tenured NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team. ThorSport Racing, which has competed in the NCWTS since 1996, will run the No. 88 Menards Toyota Tundra driven by two-time NCWTS drivers’ champion Matt Crafton, the No. 13 JEGS/RIDE TV Toyota Tundra driven by Cody Coughlin, the No. 27 Tundra driven by Ben Rhodes, and the No. 98 RIDE TV/Champion Power Equipment/Jive Communications/Curb Records Toyota Tundra driven by Grant Enfinger. For more information visit www.ThorSport.com.
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