Coughlin Grabs First All-Star Tour Triumph
Coughlin regrouped however and retook second place for Cling on lap 81 and set his sights on Stacy who had built up a nearly two second lead over the rest of the field. Coughlin then began to reel in Stacy and caught him with 10 laps to go.
With seven laps to go, Coughlin made the winning pass and from there, it was all Coughlin as the Buckeye State teenager pulled away to not only score his first career JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Win, he would also take over the points lead as well.
“The car was tight, so I had to be real aggressive with the throttle to break the rear end loose and help it rotate and it obviously worked out,” Coughlin said. “This really means a lot to win especially here at Dixie. This was one of the very first tracks we ever tested at back in 2010 and I made my second ever start in a Late Model here that same season. This is a big win for us and hopefully it leads to more wins this season.”
Coming home in second place in only his second career JEGS/CRA start was open-wheeled modified ace, Mike Stacy who was behind the wheel of the #7 Howe Racing Enterprises/Ford.
“We made the most of the restarts. I want to thank Howe for giving us this car and working on it the car was really really close, Jeff Miller, the team, the sponsors, without all their help I couldn’t do it.” said Stacy. “We had a great night. Second time ever running with this series and it was good to have a good night with a new car. We were very close, but no cigar.”
Picking up the final podium position was Landon Cling, who picked up a career high third place finish and a season high run for Scott Neal Racing.
Tom Woodin finished a season high fourth with D.J. Weltmeyer earning the Five Star Racecar Bodies Hard-Charger Award and the first Hoosier Racing Tire Performance Award with his 19th to fifth place run.