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Dog Days of Summer 100

August 9th, 2015

Cody Coughlin has seen success at the unique half-mile oval just north of Flint, Michigan. Coughlin has made three prior starts at Auto City Speedway. His best finish came in his JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour championship season of 2013 when he finished second. Coughlin has never finished lower than ninth at Auto City and finished sixth there last year.

Momentum On His Side

The last time the 19-year-old driver took to the track he scored a valiant third-place finish in the Circle City 100 at Lucas Oil Raceway with the ARCA/CRA Super Series. Coughlin’s left front tire went flat as he sat parked during a red flag at the halfway mark while in fourth. Coughlin was forced to pit, but battled back as the laps wound down and got back to the front of the field. Coughlin said after the race that he feels like momentum is shifting in his favor as the second half of the summer begins.

A Busy Week in Michigan

The next week is quite the busy one for the Joe Gibbs Racing development driver. Three races in three different vehicles in a seven-day span is what lays ahead. The week begins on Saturday at Auto City in the Pro Late Model. Then Coughlin heads a couple hours west to Kalamazoo Speedway for the ARCA/CRA Super Series race in his Super Late Model on Wednesday. After that it’s back east to Brooklyn, Michigan where Coughlin will do some truckin’. Coughlin will make his debut behind the wheel of a Toyota Tundra for Kyle Busch Motorsports in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Saturday, August 15.

Travis Eddy Scores Broaster Chicken 50 Victory At Auto City Speedway

May 18th, 2015

Clio, Michigan-The Broaster Chicken ICAR Top Speed Modified Tour Northern Division was back in action on Saturday, May 16th with the first of three appearances at the historic Auto City Speedway, located north of Flint in Clio, Michigan. The tricky 0.393 mile semi-banked paved oval served as hosts of the Genuine Broaster Chicken 50 as the Northern Division contingent has shown early on that each event throughout the 2015 racing season will be wide open in terms of who are the front runners for the rest of the year.

In the 50-lap main on the unique layout of the Eastern Michigan speed plant, Travis Eddy, the son of legendary seven-time ASA National Champion Mike Eddy, passed his teammate, Joe Morisette Jr., with just two laps to go and hung on for his first ICAR win of the 2015 racing season. The Beaverton, Michigan driver in his #78 Howe Racing Enterprises / Don’s Towing entry also won the Economy Auto Parts Fast Qualifier Award earlier in the day to start the clean sweep of the racing action in East Michigan.

“We got the win. A real good night for everyone on this team. If I was going to battle somebody for the win, I’d want it to be Joe (Morisette Jr.),” The happy 25-year-old stated in victory lane after the race. “We had a real good car throughout the day here and we’ve turned a lot of laps around the place over the years. It’s good to get back into victory lane though that’s for sure. Second win overall since Speedweeks in Florida back in February.” The 2009 Track Champion at the Clio, Michigan speed plant added.

After Eddy pulled a redraw inversion of an eight, he would place Morisette Jr., and 17-year-old Tristan Van Wieringen on the front row of the 50-lap main. From the drop of the green flag, Morisette Jr., would charge out into the lead and try in vain to get away from the rest of the field. Several cautions slowed the action and each time, Morisette Jr., would dart out into the lead as the rest of the field behind him jockeyed for position.

Eddy started eighth and survived the carnage going on around him to maneuver his way up to the second spot and would begin stalking his teammate all over the unique layout of the former dirt track. As the laps continued to click off, Eddy began his charge for the lead. With two laps to go, Eddy made the winning pass and saw the checkered flag first for his fifth career ICAR event victory. Three of his trips to victory lane in ICAR Top Speed Modified Tour competition have come at Auto City Speedway.

Morisette Jr., lead the first 48 laps before getting passed by Eddy. Still the 28-year-old driver from Port Huron, Michigan in his #4 Don’s Towing entry would hang on to score a career high second place finish to complete the 1-2 sweep for the Don’s Towing / Howe Racing Enterprises teammates. Veteran, Dan Loughan, in his first start of the season after missing the season opener at Springport Motor Speedway (MI) scored the final podium finish of third in his #72 Beacon Sales & Service open-wheeled ride. The 63-year-old competitor from Charlotte, Michigan put Outlaw Super Late Model veteran, Phil Massuch in his modified for the opener two weeks ago.

Overall and Rookie of the Year points leader, Jason Parish, who won the 2015 Northern Division Season Opener at Springport back on May 3rd, backed up that showing with a fourth place finish in his #31 Painless Dentistry ride. The 41-year-old from Eaton Rapids, Michigan would also collect his second straight M.P.H. Promotions Rookie of the Race Award for his efforts. Home Track favorite from Clio, Michigan, Nick Clemens completed the top five in his #34 O’Guinn Family Funeral Homes entry. The 31-year-old driver is a 2008 Track Champion at the tricky facility.

Greg Fullarton made his first Northern Division appearance of the season and scored a sixth place effort as Van Wieringen hung on for the seventh place finish. Joe Hodgeson Jr., in his first start with ICAR since the 2007 season grabbed an eight place finish as two more Rookie of the Year contenders, Donny Matteson Jr., who tied a career high finish with a ninth and Mike Occhipinti completed the top 10. Ricky Glasscock collected the Top Speed Fabrication Hard-Charger Award for his 24th to 16th place effort while Bobby Heyink left the track with the Genuine Broaster Chicken Hard-Luck Award for finishing 19th after qualifying seventh and starting third.

Earlier in the afternoon in Economy Auto Parts Qualifying, Eddy set the mark over the 27 cars on the property with a lap measured at a 16.160 which equals out to 87.550mph around the unique 0.393 mile semi-banked paved oval. The Track Record still belongs to Eddy who turned a 15.810 back on May 17th, 2014. In the special Heat Races, Morisette Jr., Dave Christensen and Occhipinti collected those checkered flags.

The next event on the calendar for the ICAR contingent will be the rescheduled ICAR Top Speed Modified Tour Southern Division season opener, the Broaster Chicken 50 Presented by Burkett-Nester Racecars on Saturday, May 23rd at Baer Field Speedway (IN). The field has been set by Economy Auto Parts Qualifying as Bud Adams won the award back on May 9th over the 26-car field with an 18.327. His lap equaled out to 98.216mph on the 1/2 mile. The ICAR Track Record remains in the possession of Adams who, back on September 18th, 1999, almost 16 years ago, turned in a 17.790.

Adams then drew the maximum redraw invert of a 12 which will place Rookie Matt Dimit and Dave Dobbins on the front row of the Broaster Chicken 50 Presented by Burkett-Nester Racecars. The 10-Lap Last Chance Race, which will be the first event of the night on Saturday, May 23rd, will see Trei Deubel and Damon Breedlove start on the front row. Any teams that were not on the property on May 9th can enter for the rescheduled date of May 23rd and would start at the rear of the starting lineup behind the cars who have already qualified for the show. In addition, all grandstand tickets as well as pit passes will be honored or the rest of the season at the Summit City speed plant.

The next event for the ICAR Top Speed Modified Tour Northern Division will be a return date to Springport Motor Speedway on Saturday, June 13th. The Broaster Chicken 50 will mark the second of three appearances at the fast 3/8s (0.375) mile semi-banked paved oval located north of Jackson and south of Lansing in Springport, Michigan. In the tours’ first appearance back on May 3rd, 2015 Rookie of the Year title contender, Jason Parish scored the victory in the Cabin Fever 100 Presented by Genuine Broaster Chicken.

For more information about the 2015 racing season within both divisions of the Broaster Chicken ICAR Top Speed Modified Tour, please go to the series website located at: www.topspeedmods.com You can also follow along on the Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/TopSpeedModifieds and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ICARModifieds For more information about Baer Field Speedway, go to: www.baerfieldspeedwayin.com Finally for more information about Springport Motor Speedway, the host track for the third race of the 2015 racing season for the ICAR Top Speed Modified Tour Northern Division, go to: www.springportmotorspeedway.com

Cody Coughlin Battles Back to a Sixth Place Finish at Auto City Speedway

August 15th, 2014

Flat Tire Interrupts Chance at JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Win
(DELAWARE, OH – August 10, 2014) – Cody Coughlin and his Team JEGS crew fought their way back to a sixth place finish in the late going after having a flat tire in the Auto City 100 presented by JEGS.com at Auto City Speedway in Clio, Michigan on Saturday night.

The Joe Gibbs Racing Development driver was leading with 30 laps to go when his right front tire went flat, causing him to pit. He rejoined the field and came back through to get the top ten finish.

“We didn’t qualify that well and started 14th. We battled our way up to the top ten pretty fast. Then we were in the top six than the top three, and then we were leading,” Coughlin said about his night. “The two fast guys were sent to the tail for causing a caution, which gave us the lead. While we were leading the right front tire went down and were able to change it under caution. But we rallied back to a sixth place finish.”

Coughlin patiently worked his way to the front avoiding to two big accidents. One occurred on lap 44 where he narrowly drove through it and found himself running in the top five at the halfway mark.

When he took the lead with 30 to go, Coughlin felt that if he had a good restart, that he could have won the race. But, on the restart, he went into turn one and the car went up high as his right front tire was going flat. The yellow came back out for another car’s spin allowing Coughlin to come into the pits and replace the tire.

He was able to work his way through the field in the last 30 laps, but ran out of laps to record a top-five finish and settled for sixth.

“I wasn’t able to come up on Friday to test, and we had limited practice time today to work on the setup,” Coughlin said. “Nick Easton, our crew chief and Kevin Hamlin, our team manager, did a great job getting it pretty comfortable for me. Scott Wimmer was awesome as my spotter and Dave Holt worked his tail off today. I really appreciate their efforts.”

Cody also had support from his family at the track today, his parents, John & Di, and his sister Kennedi.

“It’s great to have the positive support from my family at the track and very thankful that they were here tonight. I really am grateful for them being there and helping with my racing career,” Coughlin said.

“I also have to thank God for giving us a safe race tonight. There were some close calls out there tonight and I praise him for him watching over us.”

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

Defending Champion Returns to JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour

August 9th, 2014

Cody Coughlin is the defending champion in the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour. He will be making his second start of the 2014 season in the series this Saturday night at Auto City Speedway in Clio, MI. His other start was on May 24th at Columbus Motor Speedway in Columbus, Ohio where he finished fourth. Last year at Auto City Speedway, Coughlin started fifth and recorded a second-place finish.

35th Start in JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Competition

Saturday night’s Auto City 100 presented by JEGS.com will be the 35th start for Cody Coughlin in the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour. In his 34 previous starts he has a record of two wins, two fast qualifier awards, 13 top-five and 20 top-10 finishes. Those two wins came during his championship season in 2013. Along his two triumphs,he had seven top-five and nine top-ten finishes in 12 starts to capture the 2013 title.

Cody Gets Two Top-10 Finishes Within 24 Hours

This past weekend was busy for Cody as he raced his Venturini Motorsports ARCA Racing Series No. 55 JEGS.com Toyota to a ninth-place finish at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. 24 hours later, the Joe Gibbs Racing development driver climbed into his No. 1 JEGS.com Toyota Super Late Model and drove to his best career Super Late Model finish with a second-place finish in the Bud St. Amant Memorial 174 at Columbus Motor Speedway.

Graduation Time

This Friday night, the Coughlin family will celebrate Cody’s graduation from high school with a 3.9 GPA. The celebration will take place at the Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio. Festivities will include golf and dinner. His current plans are to continue working with Joe Gibbs Racing Development and work on his goal to make it to the higher levels of racing.

Spotter Takes the Wheel

Cody’s spotter, former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Scott Wimmer, recently had an opportunity to drive one of Coughlin’s Super Late Models at State Park Speedway in Wausau, Wisconsin. Wimmer, who co-owns the track with his father Ron Wimmer, was given the opportunity drive the car in the Larry Detjens Memorial, a race dedicated to Scott’s late uncle who tragically passed away from a racing accident in 1981.

Wimmer drove to a 13th place finish.

“I thought it was pretty cool that we were able to give Scott this opportunity,” Coughlin said. “We had a car available and were more than happy to let him borrow it for their special race. Too bad I wasn’t there to spot for him. It would have been a fun role reversal.”

Follow Cody

Cody Coughlin on Twitter: @Cody_Coughlin
Team JEGS on Twitter: @TeamJEGS
Joe Gibbs Racing on Twitter: @JoeGibbsRacing
Venturini Motorsports on Twitter: @VenturiniMotor

Auto City 100

August 9, 2014

Auto City Speedway Clio, MI @CRAracing