DELAWARE, Ohio — official release — ARCA photo — On the heels of a very successful rookie season on the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards tour, 18-year-old Cody Coughlin will take his ARCA national tour experience to the high-banks of Winchester Speedway this weekend for the 43rd running of the Winchester 400, sanctioned by the ARCA CRA Super Series.
The Delaware, Ohio driver has already had great success at Winchester, winning the most recent ARCA CRA Super Series event there Labor Day weekend, leading all 100 laps to dominate the race. Coughlin also finished seventh in his Winchester 400 debut in 2013.
The Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) development driver made a major step up in his racing career in 2014 by competing in 11 ARCA Racing Series events. Coughlin drove the No. 55 JEGS Toyota, prepared by Venturini Motorsports, through his alliance with JGR. In those 11 starts, he adapted quickly to the heavier ARCA cars, earning three top-five and eight top-10 finishes. His top-five runs came on the bigger, intermediate tracks (Chicagoland, Kentucky and Kansas), recording two fourth place finishes in his last two starts.
“I am extremely optimistic coming into this weekend,” said Coughlin, driver of the No. 1 JEGS Toyota super late model.
“Winchester is one of my favorite short tracks, especially after we won there earlier this year. I expect good speed out of the JEGS Breast Cancer Awareness Toyota.”
Coughlin, his crew and car, will all be sporting the color pink at Winchester in recoginition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month along with the multi-colored ribbon for the JEGS Foundation, which raises awareness and supports research for the eradication of all forms of cancer.
In carrying on what’s become an annual tradition during the Winchester 400 weekend, Team JEGS will be passing out pink Cody Coughlin/JEGS items for all families and survivors who have been touched by breast cancer.
“I know that all of my crew and I are looking forward to showing off our pink colors at Winchester,” Coughlin added. “Supporting those battling cancer and honoring those who had battled in the past means a lot to all of us. Hopefully we can raise even more support for the fight against cancer by putting our car in victory lane this Sunday.”
Considering Coughlin’s recent win at Winchester coupled with his fourth place ARCA Racing Series finishes at Kentucky and Kansas, his confidence is built on momentum.
“Those finishes give me a lot of confidence, even though they were in a different type of car and on bigger tracks. Those races were a new challenge for me and we did well to where it will help me behind the wheel for 400 laps on Sunday.”
Coughlin’s Team JEGS crew has a solid roster of seasoned veterans, including Kevin Hamlin, Team Manager; Nick Easton, Crew Chief; Scott Wimmer, Spotter; and Dave Holt, Crew Member.
“We have a solid crew and get along very well. We were well prepared back on Labor Day and we are going through the same preparation now for the Winchester 400. I really appreciate their hard work leading up to the event.”
Along with the support from his crew, he will also have support from his parents, John and Di, and his sister Kennedi this weekend.
“Our family really enjoys the atmosphere around Winchester, especially during the 400 weekend and we all can’t wait to be there this weekend. My parents have done a lot to help me with my racing career and I can’t thank them enough.
“I also have to thank God for how everything has gone this season. He has blessed me with great opportunities. We have one win so far and some good solid runs. The experience gained has a lot to with the blessings he passed on to all of us.”