Cody Coughlin joins ThortSport Racing in Truck Series

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ThorSport Racing has added 21-year-old Cody Coughlin to its Camping World Truck Series lineup for 2017, joining long-time veteran Matt Crafton.

Coughlin, who has 12 Truck Series starts, will drive the No. 13 JEGS/RIDE TV Toyota in his rookie season. He competed in 10 races last year for Kyle Busch Motorsports. His best result was 12th in the June race at Texas Motor Speedway.

Coughlin is a native of Delaware, Ohio, where the family-owned JEGS Automotive is based, 85 miles north of ThorSport’s shop in Sandusky, Ohio.

“ThorSport Racing is a great team, one I’ve always admired at the race track,” Coughlin said in a press release. “Their professionalism, the speed they display, and their record, speaks for itself. Considering the team and I are both based in Ohio, it makes for a great fit, and I’m proud to be part of this championship-caliber organization.

Earlier this month is was revealed Rico Abreu and Cameron Hayley would not return full-time to ThorSport.

Crafton, a two-time champion, enters his 17th season in the Truck Series.

“Matt Crafton and I became good friends last year,” Coughlin continued. “His insight and help with driving these Toyota Tundra’s at all of the different tracks has been a valuable asset, and to be his teammate this year, takes it to the next level.”

Michael Shelton will serve as Coughlin’s crew chief after most recently working with John Wes Townley. Shelton led James Buescher to his Truck Series title in 2012.

Last year, Coughlin became the first driver to win the ACRA/CRA Super Series and JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Championship in the same season.

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