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Five Icons Selected as 2018 NASCAR Hall of Fame Class

Byron, Evernham, Hornaday, Squier, Yates Comprise Hall’s Ninth Class

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 24, 2017) – NASCAR announced today the inductees who will comprise the NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2018. The five-person group – the ninth since the inception of the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2010 – consists of Red Byron, Ray Evernham, Ron Hornaday Jr., Ken Squier and Robert Yates. In addition, NASCAR announced that Jim France earned the Landmark Award for Outstanding Contributions to NASCAR.

The NASCAR Hall of Fame Voting Panel met today in a closed session at the Charlotte Convention Center to debate and vote upon the 20 nominees for the induction class of 2018 and the five nominees for the Landmark Award.

The Class of 2018 was determined by votes cast by the Voting Panel, including representatives from NASCAR, the NASCAR Hall of Fame, track owners from major facilities and historic short tracks, media members, manufacturer representatives, retired competitors (drivers, owners, crew chiefs), recognized industry leaders, a nationwide fan vote conducted through NASCAR.com and, for the fourth year, the reigning Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion (Jimmie Johnson). In all, 54 votes were cast, with four additional Voting Panel members recused from voting as  potential nominees for induction (Ricky Rudd, Robert Yates, Waddell Wilson and Ken Squier). The accounting firm of EY presided over the tabulation of the votes.

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Coughlin Races in the Top-10 in Heart of Stock Car Country

CONCORD, NC – Cody Coughlin made the FS1 TV broadcasters stand up and take notice at Charlotte Motor Speedway.  Commentators noted the fine run the 21 year-old driver was having in Friday’s NC Education Lottery 200 for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.  Coughlin was knocking on the door to his first top-10 finish of his NASCAR career until a late-race restart shuffled the field up.  His 16th place finish was not indicative of the fine performance for the entire ThorSport Racing team. 

Coughlin raced his JEGS.com/RIDE TV Toyota Tundra from the 17th place starting spot into the top-10 in the late stages of the race. 
 
“We almost accomplished our goal of a top-10 finish tonight.  If that caution didn’t come out with just a few laps to go I think we could have done it,” said Coughlin.  We fought a tight truck all weekend.  We are making strides and I appreciate my entire ThorSport team and all their hard work.  I think with a couple more changes to our mile-and-a-half track program where we need to be.

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Coughlin Trying to Tame NASCAR’S Beast of the Southeast

DELAWARE, OH – Cody Coughlin has speed and momentum on his side heading into this week’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.  In fact, after racing near the top of the pack in last week’s NCWTS race in Kansas, and testing at Charlotte a couple weeks ago, Coughlin and the ThorSport Racing team are primed to pick-off their first top-10 finish of the young season.

 
The 21-year-old driver will pilot his JEGS.com/RIDE TV Toyota Tundra for ThorSport Racing in Friday’s NC Education Lottery 200 on FOX Sports 1 at 8:30 p.m. ET.  For Coughlin and the NCWTS, it’s the second straight week of racing on a 1.5-mile racetrack.  The team recorded 26th at Kansas Speedway last Friday after transmission issued sidetracked the team’s potential top-10 run.
 
Friday’s race will be Coughlin’s first at the 1.5-mile track in the heart of stock car country.  Coughlin and his team participated in an open test session at the track two weeks ago.

Coughlin Ridin’ Upfront at Kansas, Knocking on Door of Top 10

KANSAS CITY, KS – Cody Coughlin was knocking on the door of his first top-10 finish in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series during Friday night’s Toyota Tundra 250 at Kansas Speedway, but a transmission issue left Coughlin with a 26th-place finish.

Near the end of a caution-filled first segment, the 21-year-old driver found himself just outside of the top 10 on a restart. When the green flag waved Coughlin tried to shift from second gear to third gear, but the shifter wouldn’t budge.

Coughlin brought his No. 13 JEGS.com/RIDE TV ThorSport Racing Toyota Tundra to the garage where his team quickly changed transmissions.

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Coughlin Follows the Yellow Brick Road to Help Kids & Go Fast in Kansas

DELAWARE, OH – The long hiatus is finally at an end for Cody Coughlin and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Coughlin will get back behind the wheel of his JEGS.com/RIDE TV No. 13 Toyota Tundra for ThorSport Racing for the first time in five weeks this Friday (May 12) in the Toyota Tundra 250 at Kansas Speedway.

For just the second time this season Coughlin is racing at a track that he’s already been to.  The only other time that happened was at the season opener at Daytona International Speedway.  While Coughlin’s first race at Kansas last year didn’t exactly go according to plan, the 21-year-old driver said already having laps under his belt helps his confidence a lot heading into this weekend.

“I’m excited to head to Kansas this weekend,” said Coughlin.  “I’m glad that when I get there I don’t have to spend any time in practice trying to learn the line of the track.  I already know that from last year.  Now I can just work with Michael (Shelton, crew chief) to dial in our Toyota Tundra for the race.”

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Coughlin Goes From Back to Front Twice at Anderson

ANDERSON, IN – The words “give up” are certainly not in Cody Coughlin’s vocabulary. Coughlin came from the back of the field to the front of the field twice at Indiana’s Anderson Speedway.  A late-race crash took Coughlin out of contention out of the race after an unreal performance and relegated him to a 10th-place finish in the Koorsen Fire & Security 125 for the ARCA / CRA Super Series.

Coughlin qualified second overall in time trials and was slated to start sixth after the invert before he and his Team JEGS crew decided to pull the car out of the impound line to make last-minute adjustments.  That meant that the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver for ThorSport Racing would have to start at the back of the field.

The 21-year-old driver carefully and methodically worked his way from the 14th starting position to the front of the field. By lap 80 Coughlin was in third and knocking on the door of the top two.

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NASCAR National Series News & Notes — Talladega

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Richmond Winner Logano Goes For Second Straight ‘Dega Victory

Joey Logano, 26, won his first race of the season Sunday at Richmond in his 300th career start. He’ll attempt to win again in his 301st start in Sunday’s GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway (2 p.m. ET on FOX, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) – a track where he won the latest race last fall.

Logano has taken the checkered flag in the last two fall races at Talladega, but claims only two top-10 finishes at the 2.66-mile behemoth in the spring (ninth in 2009 and 10th in 2011; both with Joe Gibbs Racing). Overall the No. 22 Team Penske driver has two wins, four top fives, six top 10s and an 18.7 average finish in 16 starts at Talladega.

The Middletown, Connecticut, native’s win at Richmond put an exclamation point on his strong start to the season.  He has only finished outside the top six once in the first nine races – a 31st-place showing at Phoenix where he led a season-high 82 laps and won the first stage before wrecking out of the race.

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Three Time: Coughlin Eyeing a Third Win on High Banks of Anderson

COLUMBUS, OHIO – While the NASCAR Camping World Trucks Series hiatus continues for a few more weeks, Cody Coughlin is keeping himself busy. Coughlin returns to the wheel of his Super Late Model on Saturday night at the legendary high-banked quarter-mile of Anderson Speedway in Anderson, Indiana.

The 21-year-old driver is the defending winner of this race, which has him anxious to get back to Anderson. Coughlin actually scored two victories at Anderson last year; once in a Super Late Model in May, and again in July in his Pro Late Model.

“Defending that win is the goal, of course,” said Coughlin. “It should be a fun time. I love racing at Anderson Speedway, and it’s even more fun to win there.”

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NASCAR Enlists 14-Year-Old to Direct New NASCAR Acceleration Nation Spot

Driver Austin Dillon Stars in Television Ad to Promote Sport’s National Youth Platform

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Apr. 28, 2017) –- In search of a director to oversee filming for its latest NASCAR Acceleration Nation television creative, NASCAR® turned to a 14-year-old rising star in advertising.

Amelia Conway of Temecula, Calif., developed the treatment and directed Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series™ driver Austin Dillon in the new spot promoting the sport’s national youth platform.

The 30-second ad, titled “Tutelage,” debuted today online and will air beginning this weekend during the Richmond races on FOX and FS1.

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NASCAR National Series News & Notes — Richmond

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. To Retire At End Of Season

Dale Earnhardt Jr. announced Tuesday he will retire from Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series racing at the end of the season. He is still under contract to run two NASCAR XFINITY Series races in 2018.

In 603 career starts, Earnhardt has 26 wins, 149 top fives, and 253 top 10s. He is a 14-time Most Popular Driver and a two-time DAYTONA 500 champion.

The No. 88 Chevrolet driver, who currently sits 24th in the standings, will attempt to turn his season around at Richmond – one of his better tracks.

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Coughlin Going for Two-In-A-Row in Return to Roots at Toledo

COLUMBUS, OHIO – NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Cody Coughlin is returning to his racing roots on Saturday at Ohio’s Toledo Speedway. Coughlin, the reigning ARCA/CRA Super Series champion, will step into his No. 1 JEGS.com Super Late Model for the first time this season at the Spring 200 for the ARCA/CRA Super Series.

The 21-year-old Ohio native returns as the defending winner of the event. Coughlin graced victory lane in the 100-lap Super Late Model portion of the Spring 200 one year ago at Toledo. That’s a big reason why Coughlin has decided to give up an off weekend from his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule to go racing at Toledo.

“I’m super excited to get back in my Late Model,” said Coughlin, a Joe Gibbs Racing Development Driver. “Toledo was one of my favorite tracks even before I won there last year.”
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NASCAR National Series News & Notes

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Racking Up The Points: Larson Logs Another Runner-Up Finish

Kyle Larson continued his breakout season at Texas with his fourth runner-up showing. The result marked his fifth top-two finish in the last six races.

Only four other drivers have logged as many top-two finishes as Larson’s five through the first seven races of a season: Kevin Harvick (6 top fives; 2015), Dale Earnhardt (5; 1987), Bobby Allison (5; 1972, 1979), Cale Yarborough (5, 1974).

The No. 42 Chevrolet driver has the top average finish (5.4) in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, but more importantly, he leads the points standings by 17 markers over second-place Chase Elliott. Martin Truex Jr. (-40) sits third, followed by Brad Keselowski (-41) and Joey Logano (-72). Ryan Blaney (-91), Kyle Busch (-104), Jamie McMurray (-106), Clint Bowyer (-111) and Kevin Harvick (-117) round out the top 10.

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NASCAR National Series News & Notes — Texas

Clock Stopper: Keselowski First Driver To Multiple Wins

Brad Keselowski became the first driver in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series to win multiple races this season when he passed Kyle Busch with 42 laps remaining and never looked back to visit Victory Lane for his first time at Martinsville Speedway.

Keselowski, who notched the first victory for Ford at Martinsville since Oct. 20, 2002 (Kurt Busch, Roush Fenway Racing, 28 races ago), will go for his second straight victory in Sunday’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas Motor Speedway (1:30 p.m. ET on FOX).

The No. 2 Ford driver leads the series with 10 playoff points and sits fourth in the points standings, 34 markers behind No. 1 ranked Kyle Larson. Continue reading ‘NASCAR National Series News & Notes — Texas’

Coughlin Picking Up Steam in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

MARTINSVILLE, VA – Fans at Martinsville Speedway departed the track affectionately known as “The Paperclip” talking about several things from the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series springtime event. One of those water-cooler type discussions will involve a fantastic performance by Cody Coughlin.

The driver of the No. 13 JEGS Performance Toyota Tundra for ThorSport Racing rebounded Saturday from a 27th starting spot, a pit-road miscue and being two laps down, to knock on the door for a top-10 finish in the closing laps of the Alpha Energy Solutions 250.

The aggressive nature of another driver, in the third turn of the final lap, spoiled what was an unbelievable comeback for the 21 year-old Coughlin.
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Tick Tock – Time for Coughlin to Race for a Grandfather Clock

DELAWARE, OH – After nearly a month off, Cody Coughlin is ready to get back behind the wheel; only this time he’ll be doing something he’s accustomed to, short-track racing. The short track ace will head to the famous paperclip of Martinsville Speedway in Virginia for the first time in his career on Saturday, April 1 in the Alpha Energy Solutions 250 for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

The 250-lap battle is Coughlin’s first short track event with the NCWTS and first since making history in 2016 by becoming the only driver to win two Champion Racing Association titles (ARCA/CRA Super Series and JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour) in one year.

Martinsville Speedway is very different from the fast, high-banked half-mile of Winchester Speedway (IN) where Coughlin clinched his historic feat. Martinsville is a flat half-mile with curbs on the inside of each corner, making the facility very treacherous.

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NASCAR National Series News & Notes — Martinsville

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California Winning: Larson Notches First Win Of Season At Auto Club

Kyle Larson snapped a streak of three consecutive runner-ups, leading 110 laps and winning Stage 1 on his way to Victory Lane in last Sunday’s Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California.

The No. 42 Chevrolet driver extended his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series points lead to 29 points over Chase Elliott. Because of his victory and stage win, Larson now has six playoff points.

Larson, who also won Saturday’s NASCAR XFINITY Series race, became the 17th driver to sweep a national series weekend.

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Coughlin Visits Toyota Headquarters to Thank Employees

TORRANCE, CA – In racing it is common for teams, drivers and fans to use the saying, “support those who support you.”  On Thursday, that’s what Cody Coughlin did as he joined the entire Toyota Racing family of drivers from NASCAR to drag racing to rally racing at Toyota’s National Headquarters in Torrance, California for Toyota Motorsports Day.

Coughlin attended the event with his ThorSport Racing teammates to thank the employees of Toyota with an autograph session at Toyota’s headquarters.
 
It was also a chance for Coughlin and his teammates to learn about the business side of Toyota as Bob Carter, the Vice President of Sales for Toyota Motors North America gave a presentation. Continue reading ‘Coughlin Visits Toyota Headquarters to Thank Employees’

NASCAR National Series News & Notes — Auto Club

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Larson Leads Points Standings Following Third Straight Runner-Up Finish

There’s a new sheriff in town as the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series closes out its West Coast swing with Sunday’s Auto Club 400 at Auto Club (Calif.) Speedway (3:30 p.m. ET on FOX).

Kyle Larson has ascended to the top of the points standings following his third consecutive runner-up showing last Sunday at Phoenix. It’s the latest in the season a Chip Ganassi Racing car has led the standings since Sterling Marlin’s Coors Light Silver Bullet led the field in 2002.

Larson is the first NASCAR Drive for Diversity alumnus to lead the points standings.

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NASCAR National Series News & Notes – Phoenix

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Sweep’n Row: Furniture Row Racing’s Truex First to Win All 3 Stages

Martin Truex Jr. became the first driver to win all three stages under NASCAR’s race enhancements when he took the checkered flag in last Sunday’s Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

The No. 78 Toyota driver, who won a career-high four races last season, led 150 total laps on his way to his first victory of 2017. Through three races, Truex sits fourth in the points standings (five points below leader Brad Keselowski, but leads the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series with seven playoff points.

Truex will attempt to notch another win in Sunday’s Camping World 500 at Phoenix Raceway (3:30 p.m. ET on FOX, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) – a track where he’s logged only one top-five finish (fifth in 2009) in 22 starts.

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NASCAR Announces Nominees for NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2018, Landmark Award

Allison, Farmer, Gibbs, Labonte, Penske New to Ballot; France, Hawkins Join Landmark List

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 8, 2017) — NASCAR today announced the 20 nominees for the NASCAR Hall of Fame’s Class of 2018, as well as the five nominees for the Landmark Award for Outstanding Contributions to NASCAR. Each name made an indelible mark on the sport, whether from behind the wheel or atop a pit box … or even from inside a broadcast booth. After long careers that have helped shape NASCAR, all are now one step closer to its highest honor – enshrinement into the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

Included among the list are five first-time nominees, all racing heroes who earned race wins, championships … and millions of fans.

Among them are two owners who have each eclipsed the 100-win mark (Joe Gibbs and Roger Penske), a driver who combined for four championships in NASCAR’s Modified and Late Model Sportsman division (Red Farmer), an extreme talent who collected 19 wins before his too-soon passing (Davey Allison) and the 2000 premier series champion (Bobby Labonte). For a full list of nominees, please see below.

Click for bios of the 2018 NASCAR Hall of Fame class nominees

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NASCAR National Series News & Notes — Las Vegas

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Grand Theft Auto: Keselowski Steals Win At Atlanta, Goes For Second Straight Victory At Las Vegas

Brad Keselowski took advantage of Kevin Harvick’s late speeding penalty by passing Kyle Larson with six laps left to win last Sunday’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

The victory extends Keselowski’s streak of seasons with at least one win to seven. The No. 2 Ford driver ranks third in the points standings (six markers behind Harvick) as the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads to Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the Kobalt 400 (3:30 p.m. ET on FOX).

Keselowski is the defending race winner in Sin City. He took the checkered flag there last year in a highly competitive contest in which five different drivers led 24 or more laps – Keselowski, first-place, 24 laps led; Joey Logano, second, 74; Jimmie Johnson, third, 76; Kyle Busch, fourth, 38; Kurt Busch ninth, 31.

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NASCAR and SiriusXM Extend Broadcasting Agreement Through 2022 for Every NASCAR National Series Race

SiriusXM will continue to air all races from NASCAR’s premier division, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, as well as every NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race

NASCAR fans continue to get 24/7 coverage of the sport on exclusive SiriusXM NASCAR Radio channel

NEW YORK and DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 8, 2017) –- NASCAR and SiriusXM today announced a six-year renewal to extend their broadcasting and marketing agreement through 2022. SiriusXM will continue to deliver 24/7 racing content to millions of listeners across North America, including live broadcasts of every race, plus daily NASCAR talk and interviews with voices across the industry through its exclusive SiriusXM NASCAR Radio channel. NASCAR content is available to SiriusXM subscribers in their car, at home or on the go on satellite radios, on the SiriusXM app and online at SiriusXM.com.

SiriusXM and NASCAR’s agreement extension marks another important milestone in the history of collaboration between the two organizations, as 2017 is NASCAR’s 16th season on satellite radio and listeners will have uninterrupted access to the sport for more than two decades. SiriusXM will also retain exclusive category rights to utilize NASCAR branding and trademarks for advertising and promotion.

“We have more than a successful decade of partnership already under our belts with SiriusXM and look forward to continuing our relationship over the next six years,” said Steve Herbst, senior vice president, broadcasting and production at NASCAR. “SiriusXM provides robust coverage of both our live events and breaking news, acting as a trusted resource for our sport and helping NASCAR content to reach new, diverse audiences nationwide.”

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Coughlin Shows Some Peachstate Prowess at Atlanta

HAMPTON, GA – Cody Coughlin’s first career start at Atlanta Motor Speedway can be summed up in one word: Loose.  Coughlin fought an extremely loose Toyota Tundra for all 130 laps of Saturday’s Active Pest Control 200 for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series before eventually finishing in the 16th position, the same position in which he started the race.

Atlanta Motor Speedway is known for seeing vehicles slide around on its 20-year-old racing surface.  The 21-year-old Coughlin only had one test session of experience on the slippery surface before the race weekend began.

“It’s a tough race track,” said Coughlin after the race.  “We battled a loose-in and loose-off condition pretty much all race long, but I think that’s just what happens here.”
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Lilly Diabetes Becomes ‘Official Diabetes Health Partner of NASCAR®’

New Relationship Builds on Partnership with Roush Fenway Racing™

NASCAR® and Lilly Diabetes announced today that Lilly is expanding its involvement in NASCAR with a multi-year official partnership with the sanctioning body. The new collaboration designates Lilly Diabetes as the “Official Diabetes Health Partner of NASCAR.”

The partnership with Lilly Diabetes builds upon its primary sponsorship of the No. 16 Ford Mustang driven by Roush Fenway Racing’s Ryan Reed, who last weekend won his second career NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Daytona International Speedway. Additionally, as a part of this new partnership, Lilly Diabetes will work with NASCAR on multiple health and wellness initiatives, including launching an editorial series on NASCAR.com.

“As a leader in diabetes care for more than 90 years, we understand the daily challenges that millions of Americans face managing this disease,” said Mike Mason, vice president, U.S., Lilly Diabetes. “Our partnership with NASCAR, along with our continued relationship with Ryan, emphasizes the critical role of ongoing discussions with your doctor about how to best manage the disease.”

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Balancing Act for Lutz

Ryan Lutz of Miller Place, NY plans to run 5 Legends Car races at Riverhead (NY) Raceway and defend his win from last year.

“(I am) incredibly thankful for the parents I have that let me pursue my dream I have in life,” Lutz said. “… My dad and Renee, they sacrifice a lot for me and let me do what I love and I cannot thank them enough.”

Lutz also thanked his brother Craig, Kyle Ellwood, 600 Racing, and engine builder Chad Honeycut.

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NASCAR National Series News & Notes — Atlanta

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Milestone Alert: 2,500th Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race

Sunday’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway marks the 2,500th Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race. Below are some stats from the first 2,499 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races.

  •         The first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race was held at Charlotte Speedway in Charlotte, North Carolina on June 19, 1949 – the race was won by Jim Roper (Lincoln)
  •         186 drivers have won a race
  •         The series has competed on 156 different tracks
  •         234 different drivers have won a Coors Light Pole
  •         2,536 drivers have made a start

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Coughlin Ready to Stay “Hot” in “Hot-Lanta”

DELAWARE, OHIO – Cody Coughlin is already off to a strong start in 2017, scoring a career-best finish in last weekend’s race at Daytona International Speedway (FL) to open this season’s campaign. Now Ohio native is off to Atlanta to take on the ultra-fast 1.5-mile D-shaped oval of Atlanta Motor Speedway in Georgia for the first time in his budding career. Coughlin will drive the JEGS.com No. 13 Toyota Tundra for ThorSport Racing in Saturday’s (March 4) Active Pest Control 200 with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

The 21-year-old driver has raced on multiple intermediate tracks prior to this weekend, but this will be his first race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Coughlin, however, does have some prior experience at “Hot-Lanta.” He participated in a rookie driver test session last season.

“Even though it was a over a year ago, I think that test session will definitely help me this weekend,” Coughlin said. “I have some knowledge to lean on heading into this weekend, and that is always good. Anytime you can be on a track for a substantial amount of time before you race is always a big help.”

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Lights, Camera & Plenty of Action for Coughlin in Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, FL – Friday’s NextEra Energy Resources 250 for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Daytona International Speedway (FL) was a wild one for all involved, but when the dust settled Cody Coughlin had passed more than a 100 trucks during the race and scored his best NASCAR finish to date.

Coughlin started the 100-lap race in the 17th position and finished 11th.  In Friday’s kickoff to the 2017 season at Daytona, the Ohio native had 113 quality passes, according to NASCAR statistical reports, which ranked second among all drivers.
 
The 21-year-old driver sustained minor nose damage in a 17-truck crash on the second lap of the race.  His ThorSport Racing team worked hard throughout the event to patch up the damage as best possible.

NASCAR National Series News & Notes — Daytona

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He’s Back. Dale Jr. Set To Return At Daytona

After missing the final 18 races of the 2016 season Dale Earnhardt Jr. returns to his No. 88 Chevrolet for Sunday’s 59th running of the DAYTONA 500 (2 p.m. ET on FOX).

Earnhardt, a two-time DAYTONA 500 winner, qualified second for Sunday’s race, a mere .002 seconds behind Chase Elliott. In 34 total starts at “The Birthplace of Speed,” he has four wins, 13 top fives and 19 top 10s.

Sunday’s race marks the sixth time an Earnhardt will follow a pole-winning Elliott on the starting grid. NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt (Dale Jr.’s father) started second to fellow NASCAR Hall of Famer Bill Elliott (Chase’s father) in five Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races, the last in 1995 at Phoenix.

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New Year, New Number, New Team & New Quest for Coughlin Begins at Daytona

DELAWARE, OHIO – Cody Coughlin’s rookie campaign in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will kick-off in one week when he takes on the legendary high-banks of Daytona International Speedway (FL) on Friday, February 24 in the NextEra Energy Resources 250.  It will be Coughlin’s second trip to 2.5-mile tri-oval in the NCWTS, but the race will be the first for Coughlin in the JEGS.com/RIDE TV number-13 Toyota Tundra for ThorSport Racing.

The 21-year-old driver said he cannot to wait to head back to Daytona.

“I’m really excited. It’s always exciting to go to Daytona because the energy level is so high among every body in the garage and all of the fans. You can feel the excitement. I like Daytona. It’s a cool place. I had a good run there in an ARCA car (2015) and I felt comfortable there in the Truck race too last year.”

Overall, Coughlin has two prior starts at Daytona.  In 2015, Coughlin started second, led laps and finished fourth in an ARCA Racing Series event.  In 2016, he started ninth, but finished 31st after getting caught up in an early crash.

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