(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.