Joe Gibbs Racing development driver Cody Coughlin will team with Kyle Busch Motorsports for his next start in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, driving the No. 54 Tundra in the Careers For Veterans 200 at the Michigan International Speedway on Saturday, August 15.
“Kyle Busch Motorsports is on top of the game in the Truck Series,” said Coughlin, a 19-year old native of Delaware, Ohio. “It’s an honor to be able to race for this team. Kyle has helped me with some knowledge of some tracks this year and that has really helped me. I think this is a great opportunity and I’m expecting a great run.”
“Joe Gibbs Racing has called upon us the last few seasons to put a few of their young drivers in our trucks and help with their development,” said team owner Kyle Busch. “This year the extra seat time that Daniel (Suarez) has received by running our trucks has really seemed to help speed up his learning curve in the XFINITY Series. Cody’s another one of their young guys and we’re looking forward to the opportunity to work with him.”
Coughlin has been a stand-out in the Late Model ranks in the Midwest. Coughlin won the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour championship in 2013, and has won races at prestigious tracks such as Indiana’s Winchester Speedway and Florida’s New Smyrna Speedway.
While still running Late Model races when he can, Coughlin has also competed with the ARCA Racing Series on a part-time basis. He has won poles at Chicagoland Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway, had a career-best second place finish at Talladega in the spring and nearly won in his first attempt on a road course. The Delaware, Ohio native has scored five Top-5 and 11 Top-10 finishes in 17 career starts.
“I’ve been able to watch Cody progress as a young driver in the Late Model ranks and be able to pick up some wins along the way, including a big one in the Super Late Model at Winchester (Speedway) last year. Then he moved up into ARCA where he has had some strong runs the last few seasons and continued his progression earlier this year when he made his first Truck Series start at Kentucky,” said Busch.
Coughlin has one NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start under his belt so far. Rain washed away all practice and qualifying, but Coughlin was still able to score a Top-20 finish even after having never run a lap in a truck before taking the green flag.
Coughlin has seen a lot of success at the bigger race tracks in his ARCA career, and expects to run strongly on the two-mile track in Michigan.
“Obviously I want to contend for the win,” said Coughlin. “But I’ll be satisfied with a good, solid top-10 finish after being up around the front all day long.”