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Coughlin is Going Short Tracking Again in Iowa

June 22nd, 2017

DELAWARE, OHIO – Growing up a short tracker means Cody Coughlin has raced at plenty of small tracks throughout the Midwest. As the first driver to ever win the ARCA/CRA Super Series championship and JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour championship in the same year, Coughlin has also won at plenty of races on the short tracks of America. This weekend, Coughlin will head to a 7/8-mile short track that he’s yet to race on.

Coughlin will pilot the No. 13 JEGS.com/RIDE TV Toyota Tundra for ThorSport Racing in Friday night’s M&M’s 200 for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Iowa Speedway.

“I’m really looking forward to Iowa. I love racing short tracks. This is a new one for me, so I’m excited to get there and see what it’s like. I’ve been watching film to try to get ready and studying anything I can use to help me learn Iowa, so we’ll see how it goes on Friday.”

The 21-year-old driver is seeking his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series top 10 and Iowa Speedway is the perfect place for it to happen.

“I think my short track background will definitely help me out on Friday night. Hopefully we’ll get a strong finish and I can make Michael (Shelton, crew chief), Rich (Lushes, truck chief), Duke and Rhonda (Thorson, team owners) and my parents (Di and John) proud out there.”

The M&M’s 200 at Iowa Speedway is a 200-lap race broken into three stages. Stages one and two are 60 laps in length with stage three at 120 laps.

Friday’s race is a one-day show, meaning Coughlin will practice, qualify and race all in the same day. Coughlin will hit the track for the first time at 9 a.m. CT/10 a.m. ET for the first of two practice sessions. The final practice session will begin at 11:15 a.m. CT. Both practice sessions will air live on FOX Sports 1.

Qualifying will take place at 5:05 p.m. CT. Qualifying will be three rounds, knockout style.

The M&M’s 200 will see the green flag wave at approximately 7:30 p.m. CT/8:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1.

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 jessica@edgehillmanagement.com. Any other inquiries for Cody Coughlin can be sent to Bob Dillner via email at bd51sports@gmail.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.

Aikey holds off Bruening, scores Deery Series win in Des Moines

July 31st, 2016

The current point leader in the Deery Brothers Summer Series for IMCA Late Models rolled off from the pole but was pressured throughout most of the 40-lapper by Tyler Bruening. Aikey, also the 2016 track champion in Des Moines, led the field through a pair of early cautions on laps three and nine, the only two stoppages of the event.

Bruening, who started outside of row three, took advantage of the lap nine restart and stole second from Matt Ryan before running down the race leader. The lead pair built a near straightaway lead over the field while they battled for the top spot. Bruening remained within a couple car lengths throughout the rest of the first half of the event and pulled alongside Aikey when they encountered slower traffic just shy of midway.

Although Bruening drew even on numerous occasions, Aikey held him at bay as they sliced through traffic. Exiting turn four on the final lap, Bruening tried a crossover move and dropped to the low side of the leader, however Aikey led the distance and held on at the checkers to take the win by less than a car length.

Ray Guss Jr. finished third, less than a half straightaway behind the leaders, after a hard-fought battle with Jake Neal. Charlie McKenna and Darrel DeFrance each advanced seven positions.

Joel Callahan won the $250 Sunoco Race Fuels feature qualifier drawing. Next up for the Deery Series is another $2,000 to win event at Cedar County Raceway next Tuesday, Aug. 2.

The Hawkeye Dirt Tour for Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds is also on the card at Tipton. Pit gates open at 4:30 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5 p.m. Hot laps are at 6:45 p.m. with racing to follow.

USMTS drenched in Des Moines, feature finishes July 18

June 19th, 2016

DES MOINES, Iowa– With heat races in the books at the Iowa State Fair Speedway, persistent rain forced event organizers to postpone Tuesday evenings main event for the USMTS Caseys Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental.

The race has been rescheduled for Monday, July 18. Stock Cars and Trucks will be added to the show that night, along with the Hobby Stocks. Another four events remain this week for United States Modified Touring Series competitors in the RealTruck.com Northern Region presented by Day Motor Sports. Tomorrow (Wednesday, June 15) the series returns to the Dodge County Speedway in Kasson, Minn. While 31 shows have been staged at the 3/8-mile clay oval, this is the first visit in nearly four years. Gates open at 5 p.m., hot laps begin at 6:30 and racing starts at 7 p.m. General admission is $20 for adults, kids ages 6-12 are $5 and children under 6 get in for free. Race fans can pick up coupons good for $2 off adult admission at Casey’s General Stores locations in Dodge Center, Hayfield, Mantorville and West Concord. To find the location nearest you, visit www.caseys.com. WISSOTA Super Stocks, WISSOTA Midwest Mods and WISSOTA Street Stocks will also be on the racing card. TraLo Companies of Owatonna has pledged $1,000 to pad the Midwest Mod purse and Northland Trenching Equipment is adding $500 to the normal Super Stock payout. The Dodge County Speedway is a 1/3-mile semi-banked clay oval located 1.1 miles north of US 14 on SR 57 (at the Dodge County Fairgrounds). Visit www.racekasson.com for more information.

On Thursday the USMTS road warriors invade the KRA Speedway in Wilmar, Minn., for the second straight season. A little more than a year ago, Craig Thatcher was standing in Widow Wax Victory Lane in the inaugural event at the semi-banked 3/8-mile yellow clay oval. Start time is 6:30 p.m. Grandstands are $20 and kids 12 and under are free. Pit passes are $35. Support classes will be WISSOTA Midwest Mods, WISSOTA Street Stocks, Hornets and Hobby Stocks. On race day, fans can grab discount coupons good for $2 off an adult admission at Casey’s General Stores locations in Atwater, Cosmos and Willmar. To find the location nearest you, visit www.caseys.com. This event is made possible by support from Marthaler Chevrolet of Glenwood, Kent’s Auto Body & Glass of Willmar and Uncommon USA. The KRA Speedway is located off north of Willmar on US 71, then 0.3 mile west on Ella Ave. NW, then 0.5 mile north on 7th St. NW (at the Kandiyohi County Fairgrounds).

For more information, call (320) 212-8503 or check them out online at www.kraspeedway.com and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/KraSpeedway.

The week culminates with the 18th Annual Masters at the Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wis., on Friday and Saturday, June 17-18. Both days will feature a complete program of UMP Hell Tour Late Models and USMTS Modifieds with racing getting started at 7 p.m. On Friday, tickets are $25 for adults, $12 for students ages 6-16 and kids; 5 and under are free. Pit passes are $35. On Saturday, tickets are $30 for adults, $15 for students ages 6-16 and kids; 5 and under are free. Pit passes are $40. Trackside parking available for the entire weekend only. Regular parking available for the day or weekend for free. Camping is available for $35 for the entire weekend. Call (612) 363-0479 for details. The Cedar Lake Speedway is a high-banked 3/8-mile clay oval located 1 mile east of SR 35 on SR 64, then 4.2 miles north on CR C to CR CC, then left 1.8 miles. For more information, call (612) 363-0479 or (715) 248-7119 or check out www.cedarlakespeedway.com online. All four shows will pay $3,000 to win. All roads lead to the highly-anticipated inaugural Widow Wax Summersota Nationals, June 22-25, at the I-94 Raceway in Fergus Falls, Minn., where a $15,000 payday awaits the winner. To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.com online or call 515-832-7944. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usmts, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usmts and Instagram at www.instagram.com/usmts or subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usmtstv.

2 Night of Racing for the Casey’s General Stores Battle at the Barn VII

December 22nd, 2014

DES MOINES, IA – The Jacobson Building located at the Iowa State Fairgrounds will roar to life on January 23rd and 24th of 2015 with The Casey’s General Stores Battle at the Barn VII. The new format will see the first round of heats run on Friday night after an afternoon practice session. Upon the completion of the heats, $200 to win feature events will be run for the top twelve finishers in five classes. The Friday features will involve the 370 Clones, KT100, Stock Medium, Pro Bikes, and Quad A. On Saturday, there will be a two hour practice session with heats rolling off at 1:30 p.m. and the features set for 5:30 p.m. Reserved parking is available for $10 per spot and electrical at a cost of $20. Once again this year, the event will have live flag to flag coverage on Speed Shift TV. For further information, check out www.battleatthebarn.com. , and remember to like us on Facebook.

Scott Heckert Notches Career-Best K&N Finish at Iowa

May 23rd, 2014

Speed had not been an issue in most of Scott Heckert’s NASCAR K&N Pro Series East starts in 2014. He had been quick in qualifying and had impressive top-10 qualifying runs on several occasions, but circumstances never quite went his way to have a threat to win come race time. That “total package” effort was put together for the first time this season on Saturday, May 17 at Iowa Speedway, when Heckert was quickest in practice, qualified third and finished third to score his best-career NASCAR K&N Pro Series finish in the Casey’s General Stores 150. “We were a threat to win and I think anyone who watched that race knew it. That’s a great feeling,” said Heckert after the race. “Any time you’re fast in practice or fast in qualifying, it’s great knowing that you can be fast for one lap. But it’s a great feeling when you’re able to know that you’ve got a car that will stay fast for 150 laps and execute like you need to.”

Heckert, in his first season driving for NASCAR powerhouse Turner Scott Motorsports in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East division, raced inside the top five for much of the opening 75-lap segment at Iowa. The No. 34 Chevrolet faded a bit near the 10-minute
competition caution at halfway, but Heckert and crew chief Rich “Fuz” Bergdoff consulted and made the right adjustments for Heckert to battle for the win in the final 75-lap run to the checkered flag.

“We knew if we could stay up near the front most of the race, we’d be in a good spot to go for the win,” said Heckert. “The car was a little loose in the first run and dropped back to sixth before the break. Into the night, the car seemed to come to us a little bit and tighten up. The car was really good in that second half.”

In the final 75-lap run to the finish, Heckert battled up to second and took a peek around TSM teammate Ben Rhodes for the lead. Heckert showed the nose of his No. 34 Chevrolet to the inside and the outside of Rhodes and got to his back bumper several times. In the final laps, however, the handling of Heckert’s car began to fade a bit. He lost touch with Rhodes and lost second in the final laps, but still came home with a career-best third.

“I thought we’d have a chance at the win,” added Heckert. “We were fighting with Ben Rhodes and thought we were a little quicker than him, but I just got a little loose at the end and just rode there and came home with a good finish.” Now Heckert will take the momentum built up at Iowa, one of the biggest tracks on the K&N Pro Series East circuit, to one of its smallest tracks. Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, North Carolina will host the NASCAR Hall of Fame 150 on Saturday, May 31. Heckert made one start at historic Bowman Gray in 2013. He was racing inside the top-10 when he was tangled up in a late-race crash that relegated him to a 20th-place finish. This time around, Heckert has a top-five run in his back pocket as he goes to battle at the “Madhouse” of Bowman Gray.

“We’ll come out in a few weeks at Bowman Gray and even though it’s a totally different kind of track, we tested there and were just as fast. There’s no reason we can’t do the same any place we go and that’s a good feeling. Bowman Gray is another place where you’ve got to be prepared and qualify as well as you can. You’ve got to be up front and out of the mess because you know there’s going to be a mess. We’re going to work to stay up front and I think we’ll be good.” For more information on Scott Heckert, visit www.scottheckert.com. Follow Scott on Twitter, @Scott34Heckert and “Like” his page on Facebook by searching Scott Heckert Racing.