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Williams Sizzles in Return to Victory Lane at Lebanon I-44

Lebanon, Missouri — Returning to a track where you’ve historically been very successful at can often bring on a lot of pressure for a race car driver. Cole Williams returned to Missouri’s Lebanon I-44 Speedway on Saturday night, a track that he’s won a championship at in the past. At the end of the Spring Sizzler 50-lap event, Williams rose above the pressure to take the checkered flag for the first time in 2017.

“That was awesome,” Williams said. “It meant a lot to me to win there on Saturday night because of my past history here, and also because it’s one of their bigger races of the season.”

Williams set fast time in qualifying but started seventh due to an invert. The Sellersburg, Indiana native took his time working through the field and eventually found his way back to the top spot by lap 20.

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Coughlin Fights through Ill-Handling Car at I-44 Speedway

(Lebanon, MISSOURI – July 6, 2015) – The Mercy Masters of the Pros 144 at Missouri’s Lebanon I-44 Speedway is a unique event. Not only does it give a green jacket to the winner, but it is also difficult track to pass on. Cody Coughlin found that out first-hand on Saturday in the Show-Me state.

Starting 20th, the 19 year-old Coughlin never gave up. Despite a “tight” handling race car, he drove up to a 12th place finish.

“We struggled with the handle and that made it even more difficult to pass,” said Coughlin, a Joe Gibbs Racing development driver. “It’s difficult to pass anywhere in these Crate cars. You really have to have track position. I think you can get away with a mediocre car and good track position as opposed to bad track position and a perfect car. We didn’t have track position or a perfect car, so that was pretty difficult, but it wasn’t because of a lack of effort by our team.

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Cody Coughlin I-44 Masters of the Pros Fact Sheet

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Mercy Masters of the Pros 144 News and Notes

The Champ is Back

When the 2013 JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour champion heads back to a race, people take notice. It’s been a while since Cody Coughlin has run a JEGS All Stars Tour race, but he’s back for the first time this year. Coughlin ran just two races in this series in 2014, scoring top-ten finishes in both. A fourth-place run at Columbus Motor Speedway was his best of the two events.

Coughlin Wants That Green Jacket

The winner of the Mercy Masters of the Pros 144 receives a beautiful green jacket, just like the champion of The Masters at Augusta National in Georgia. Coughlin, an avid golfer, would love to score himself one of those jackets.

“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.”

Practice Makes Perfect

Coughlin flew from his home state of Ohio down to North Carolina for pit stop practice this past Tuesday. He participated in practice with both Joe Gibbs Racing and Michael Waltrip Racing throughout the day. He drove a Sprint Cup car at JGR and a Truck at MWR. Coughlin was thrilled by the end of the day as he felt he learned a lot that will help him out as he prepares for his debut in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

Rain, Rain, Go Away

The Mercy Masters of the Pros 144 was originally scheduled to be run on May 30, but it was rained out. That’s not the only time that has happened to Coughlin this year. He was fast in practice this past Saturday at his home track of Columbus Motor Speedway before the ARCA/CRA Super Series Bud St. Amant Memorial 125 was rained out. Hopefully that won’t happen this weekend as Coughlin pursues a win at Lebanon I-44 Speedway.

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Sources: Bob Dillner/Cody Coughlin PR

Second Verse Same as the First for Cody Coughlin at Lebanon I-44 Speedway

(Delaware, OHIO – July 1, 2015) – “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.

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Swearengin Returns to Lebanon Victory Lane

Week 2 Standings: NASCAR Championship Division II-V

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.— A three-time NASCAR Whelen All-American Series track champion recently won his first feature race in more than 10 years.

Tim Swearengin, 45, of Springfield, Mo., won the 25-lap modified feature at Lebanon (Mo.) I-44 Speedway May 3. Swearengin won three consecutive late model championships at the .375-mile banked paved oval 2000-02. He stopped racing at the end of the 2003 season. The track rejoined NASCAR in 2013 after a 10-year hiatus.

Since 2003 Swearengin raced only twice. He substituted for a modified driver several years ago. For 2014, a team gave him the opportunity to get back on track full time.

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Whelen All-American Changes Announced

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR announced several new initiatives for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Thursday at the annual Track Operators Meeting.

The competition changes, which go into effect in 2014, are designed to spotlight the sport’s young stars and reward the achievements of drivers at every level of the series. They were announced at the meeting, which was held in conjunction with the touring and weekly series awards ceremonies in Charlotte, N.C.

Starting next season, a national champion will be crowned in all five divisions of the series. In recent seasons, the Finalist Program honored top competitors in Div. II-V.

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