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Second Verse Same as The First For Cody Coughlin at Lebanon I-44 Speedway

July 3rd, 2015

(Delaware, OHIO -) – “Second verse. Same as the first…” Those are some lyrics to the old Herman’s Hermits song, “I’m Henry VIII I am” from 1965. 19-year-old Cody Coughlin has probably never heard that song, but it accurately describes the weekend that’s right in front of him.

The Delaware, Ohio native is headed back to I-44 Speedway in Lebanon, Missouri for the Mercy Masters of the Pros 144 JEGS All-Stars Tour race that was originally supposed to be held on May 30.

Instead, the race is now on Independence Day, this Saturday night, July 4. Coughlin is hoping to have fireworks exploding above him as he dons the green jacket that’s awarded to the winners. And he especially wants that jacket, since Coughlin is a huge fan of golf.

“That would be awesome to win the green jacket,” exclaimed Coughlin. “I really enjoy golfing during my downtime and Augusta National Golf Course (home of The Masters) is one course I hope to play someday. To win something like that in an auto race, and be part of a small group of drivers to win it, would be incredible.”

The Joe Gibbs Development driver is going back to the series he was a champion of in 2013. He is also looking forward to returning to the 3/8-mile high-banked oval in this marquee event that pays $8,000 to the winner.

“We are excited about racing at I-44 again; we had a strong run when last visited the track in 2013,” recalled Coughlin. “We started seventh and finished sixth. This time I think we can go back there and be in contention for a win.”

It will be Coughlin’s 36th start in the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour. He has two wins, 13 top-five’s, 21 top-10′s and two fast-qualifier awards in the series.

Joining Coughlin will be his Team JEGS crew featuring Kevin Hamlin (Team Manager), Nick Easton (Crew Chief), Scott Wimmer (Spotter) and Dave Holt (crew member).

His family will also make the trek to Missouri to cheer on Cody this weekend. This includes is parents, John and Di, his sister Kennedi, and other family & friends.

“My family is part of the team and they do their part to help us be successful,” explained Coughlin. “They provide great spiritual motivation to all of us and that shows with the success on the track.”

Coughlin will take to the race track on Saturday for the first time at 12:30 p.m. CT for the first of two 40-minute JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour practice sessions. Qualifying will take place at 3:30 p.m. CT with an on-track autograph session to follow at 4:15. Racing will begin at 5:30 p.m. starting with I-44′s local divisions with the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Mercy Master of the Pros 144 to begin soon after.

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.

Contact: Bob Dillner, Executive Director, Cody Coughlin / Team JEGS – bd51sports@gmail.com

First Ever Dirt Sportsman Race for Matt Pappa Ends In Fourth Place Finish

April 26th, 2013

Nassau, NY- A fourth place in the long awaited debut of 15-year-old Matt Pappa at the Lebanon Valley Speedway capped an amazing race. Pappa has been waiting patiently for his first start in his Brett Hearn Racing Enterprises No. 20 Jr. Dirt Sportsman. His nearly identical TEO chassis race car first hit the track in a short test session the previous Sunday at Albany Saratoga Speedway but all eyes were on his maiden voyage at the high banked Valley.

Pappa used the heat race as a test and followed the field around the 5/8 mile oval to prepare for the feature event. He lined up his black and yellow “Junior Jet” in the 21st starting position in the 32 car Dirt Sportsman field. When the green flag dropped it was obvious to the packed house that the sophomore at nearby Columbia High School would be a force to be reckoned with this season. He darted through the field both high and low having some fans wondering why Brett Hearn was racing in the Sportsman Feature, but it was his 15-year-old teammate that was putting on the show.

“Matt was simply amazing,” stated Hearn. “He has had no time in the car and to see his car fly through the field was incredible. We’ve worked hard to build Matt a great machine but I had to wait to see him race before we knew what we had.”

Pappa ran out of laps in the feature but scored a fourth place finish, which seemed unlikely for the 2012 US Legends Pro division national points champion.

“I can’t wait until next week,” exclaimed the jubilant teen. “With each lap I felt more comfortable and I felt like I might have had something for the top three if I had qualified better. My guys are unreal. The car did whatever I wanted and I can’t wait until both cars from TeamTwenty are in Victory Lane the same night.”

Matt’s next race is Saturday April 27th when he will race again at Lebanon Valley Speedway. For more information on Matt Pappa or TeamTwenty racing, please call Rolfe Schnur at 954-224-8661.

Matt Pappa Soars to 4th Place Finish in 1st Ever Dirt Sportsman Race

April 24th, 2013

Nassau, NY-The long awaited debut of 15 year old Matt Pappa at the Lebanon Valley Speedway turned out to be an amazing event in the eyes of his teammate and mentor Brett Hearn. Pappa has been waiting patiently for his first start in his Brett Hearn Racing Enterprises No. 20 Jr. Dirt Sportsman. His nearly identical TEO chassis race car first hit the track in a short test session the previous Sunday at Albany Saratoga Speedway but all eyes were on his maiden voyage at the high banked Valley.

Pappa used the heat race as a test and followed the field around the 5/8 mile oval in preparation for the feature event. He lined his black and yellow “Junior Jet” up in the 21st starting position in the 32 car Dirt Sportsman field. When the green flag dropped it was obvious to the packed house that the sophomore at nearby Columbia High School would be a force to be reckoned with this season. He darted his way through the field both high and low having some fans wondering why Brett Hearn was racing in the Sportsman Feature, but it was his 15 year old teammate that was putting on the show.

“Matt was simply amazing,” stated Hearn. “He has had no time in the car and to see his car fly through the field was incredible. We’ve worked hard to build Matt a great machine but I had to wait to see him race before we knew what we had”.

Pappa ran out of laps in the feature but scored a 4th place finish, which seemed unlikely for the 2012 US Legends Pro Division national Points Champion.

“I can’t wait until next week,” exclaimed the jubilant teen. “With each lap I felt more comfortable and I felt like I might have had something for the top three if I had qualified better. My guys are unreal. The car did whatever I wanted and I can’t wait until both cars from TeamTwenty are in Victory Lane the same night.”

Matt’s next race is Saturday April 27th when he will again race at the Lebanon Valley Speedway. For more information on Matt Pappa or TeamTwenty racing please call Rolfe Schnur at 954-224-8661.

Matt Wallace to Follow the Family Footsteps this Seaon at ASA’s Lebanon I-44 Speedway

January 14th, 2012

DAYTONA BEACH, FL – His grandfather, father, uncles, and sister have all found success in short track racing. In 2012, Matt Wallace plans on taking the same path as he is planning to run for the Late Model championship this season at Lebanon I-44 Speedway, an ASA Member Track in Lebanon, MO.

The 16-year-old from Concord, NC has the same plans to do the same thing that his sister Chrissy Wallace did last season. In fact, he will be driving the same car, owned by Mike Scott, that Chrissy drove to her I-44 Speedway Late Model and ASA Joe Gibbs Driven Racing Oil Member Track West Region Championship in 2011.

“My plans for the 2012 season are to complete every lap at Lebanon I-44 Speedway, and hopefully come out on top at the end of the season,” the third generation driver said. “Mike Scott is the car owner with the backing of Lucas Oil Products. I will be flying back and forth every weekend.”

Matt is looking forward to running at the same facility that his father, Mike Wallace, started his career. His father is the 1990 NASCAR Region Champion as he competed each week with the great Larry Phillips.

Last year, his older sister Chrissy Wallace climbed into the Lucas Handley prepared Late Model and became the first ever- female champion at the famed 3/8-mile high-banked facility. “I am very excited to run at the nicest race track in the world,” Matt Wallace said. “The Willards (track owners) are great people and very loyal to the sport.”

He has a very realistic goal for this season. “I would like to win a few races and be very competitive week in and week out,” Wallace said. “Keep the car in one piece and finish out on top.”

Matt will have some tough competition this season, as he will be competing with drivers like Ken Dickinson, Dale Roper Jr., Grant Sharp, Jim Vanzandt, Mike Slone and more. He may also be competing against his sister as she is hoping to find a ride and come back to possibly defend her 2011 championship.

This will be his first full season in a full-bodied stock car. “I started racing bandoleros when I was nine years old,” Wallace recalled. “We won some races and moved up to the Legend cars where I still compete in North Carolina.” In the seven years of racing, he has 19 wins, 29 top five and 39 top ten finishes.

“We are very excited to welcome another member of the famous Wallace family to compete with us this season at Lebanon I-44 Speedway,” Craig Armstrong, General Manager said. “It is great to see that he is going to follow his family footsteps and continue to develop his racing career with us. His sister Chrissy set the bar very high for him after the great season she had
last season. I think the fans will be eager to watch him compete this season and hope that years down the road, they can say they remember watching him race in their backyard.”

His announcement comes on the heels of his father and uncles being inducted into the Ozarks Area Racers Association Hall of Fame. Brad and David Willard, owners of Lebanon I-44 Speedway, joined the Wallace Brothers as part of the 2012 class. Other inductees included drivers Rex Merritt and Wayne Bates, and legendary race official Bill Crooks.

Lebanon I-44 Speedway is part of the ASA Member Track program. Their Late Model division will be competing for the 2012 ASA Joe Gibbs Driven Racing Oil Member Track National Championship. More information about the Speedway can be found at www.i44speedway.net.

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