Cody Coughlin doesn’t think the results tell an accurate story. He hasn’t run as poorly as his average finish of 17.3 through the first six races in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series would seem to suggest.
Coughlin has found himself in unfortunate situations late in races. A wreck on the final lap ruined his day at the season-opening race in Daytona. Same story when he spun out on the final lap in Martinsville.
He’s had other issues, too, like his transmission breaking at Kansas or his pit crew leaving a lug nut off a wheel during a pit stop in Charlotte.
As Coughlin said: “All we need is a little bit of luck. We’ve had speed to be in the top five, top 10 every week. Hopefully, we get a break and, hopefully, it’s a big break and we’re in Victory Lane at the end.”
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There isn’t a better time for that to happen than in Friday’s winstaronlinegaming.com 400 at Texas Motor Speedway. Coughlin will be driving the No. 13 Toyota sponsored by Ride TV, a Fort Worth-based cable network specializing in equestrian lifestyle programming.
Coughlin and his ThorSport Racing teammate, Grant Enfinger, visited Cowtown in April to to tape a segment for the network called “RIDE Presents: From Stock Cars to Stockyards” where they did everything from go-kart racing with Mayor Betsy Price to enjoying a massive chicken fried steak at Horseshoe Hill.
“Fort Worth was great. I got a custom cowboy hat and I had them structure it the way Garth Brooks wears his hat because that’s my favorite country singer,” Coughlin said. “I also got some cool boots that I’m going to wear to the track this weekend. I’m all Texas upped and ready to go.”
The segment featuring Coughlin and Enfinger aired earlier this month and will air again on Ride TV at 6 p.m. Wednesday and 9 a.m. Saturday.
Each of them is hopeful to catch the Saturday edition after a win. Coughlin ran at Texas for the first time a year ago, finishing 12th in the summer race and 28th in the fall.
But, much like his season to date, Coughlin said he believes he had better days than those results.
“Both times we were faster than we finished,” Coughlin said.
For Enfinger, driver of the No. 98 Toyota, it’ll mark his first NASCAR race at Texas. He is hoping to make a strong first impression.
Enfinger has posted two consecutive top-10 runs, including a season-best third last Friday at Dover.
“I’m confident,” said Enfinger, who earned his first career truck win a year ago at Talladega. “We’re still not where we want to be on the program overall, but we’re making gains on it.
“We’re going to get there. We contended for a win this past week and our goal is to be a contender every time we go to the race track. We won’t be happy until we’re consistently contending for wins.”
The good news for Coughlin and Enfinger is that their relative inexperience in Texas may not matter. Every driver is essentially starting with a new slate at this track after it was re-paved and re-configured before the season.
That bodes well for them more than their other teammate, Matt Crafton, who has two wins and finished in the top five the last six truck races here.
“Some drivers have an advantage if they’ve been going to some of the tracks that have been weathered and aged for several years,” Enfinger said. “But with the new surface at Texas, it does level out the playing field.”
Added Coughlin: “With the new pavement, track position is going to be very important. We’ve just got to make sure we qualify good.”
7 p.m. Friday, FS1