Coughlin Wins Jay C Food Stores 100 at Salem SpeedwayScott Menlen
Salem, IN. (June 19, 2016) – Cody Coughlin last visited the famous High Banks of Salem Speedway back in 2013 when he came away with his first ever CRA win on his way to claiming the 2013 JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Presented by Chevrolet Performance Championship, Coughlin came away with the same results in his second visit, getting the win in the Jay C Food Stores 100 JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour event Saturday night at Salem Speedway.
“This is really cool to come back here three years later and get back to victory lane,” remarked Coughlin. “We had a fast car all day, I knew starting tenth I just needed to be patient and work my way to the front and that’s what we did. I want to thank my whole team for another great effort tonight, especially my crew chief Jack Smith, it was a lot of fun racing with him tonight.”
Coughlin broke the series track record earlier in the evening in Boyne Machine Company qualifying, a record Brandon Oakley had just set prior to Coughlin coming on the track. Coughlin drew the maximum 10 for the invert, putting him in the tenth place starting position. Coughlin worked his way to the front and passed Quinnton Bear on lap 67 to grab the lead. Coughlin would have to fight off Jack Smith over several restarts in the closing laps of the race before going on to get the victory, his fourth CRA win of the season to go along with three ARCA/CRA Super Series wins. Coughlin increased his series points lead with the victory, he is also the point’s leader with the ARCA/CRA Super Series.
Smith, Coughlin’s crew chief in the ARCA/CRA Super Series and the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour, was a driver in the event Saturday night and came from his 21st starting position to finish second to Coughlin. Smith would earn a Great Lakes Tire/Hoosier Racing Tire Performance Award and the T & K Trucking Hardcharger Award for his charge through the field. Smith also earned the Sweet Move of the Race Award after making an amazing save after contact from another competition. Smith is second in series points to Coughlin after Saturday night’s event.
Dakota Stroup got a series high third place finish and earned the FLUIDYNE High Performance Cool Under Pressure Award. Trevor Berry would hold on to get a fourth place finish, while Phil Bozell would finish in fifth place. 13 year old Michael Clancy Jr. finished in sixth earning a Great Lakes Tire/Hoosier Racing Tire Performance Award after getting his series best finish after starting 18th and earned the VanDoorn Racing Development Rookie of the Race Award.
Jack Dossey III’s pit crew earned the PitBoxes.com Pit Crew of the Race Award after a trying weekend that saw them have issues with two motor’s, they had to replace a clutch after practice on Saturday, then made repairs to return to the track after contact with the inside front stretch pit wall to finish the event.
The next series event will be the Dixie 100 Presented by JEGS.com on Friday, July 8th at Dixie Motor Speedway. More information on the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Presented by Chevrolet Performance is available at www.cra-racing.com.