Cody Coughlin moves to GMS Racing for 2018

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By Aaron Bearden, Motorsports Editor

GMS Racing added to their driver lineup on Tuesday with the addition of Cody Coughlin for his second full-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season.

The team announced on Tuesday that Coughlin, 22, will make the leap over from ThorSport Racing to pilot their No. 2 Chevrolet in the upcoming Truck Series season. Long-time Coughlin supporter JEGS – which was founded by the Ohioan’s grandfather, Jeg Coughlin Sr. – will sponsor the effort.

“I couldn’t be more excited to join the GMS Racing family,” Coughlin said in a release, “as well as be back running for Chevrolet.

“GMS is a team that has proven to be one of the teams to beat every time they unload at the race track and now I have the same opportunity. I can’t thank GMS Racing, Maury Gallagher and Mike Beam enough for this chance. I think we have the right tools and personnel in place with the No.2 team to run up front and contend for race wins every weekend.”

After claiming championships in both the ARCA/CRA Super Series and JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour in 2016, Coughlin made the leap to full-time Truck Series racing with ThorSport in 2017. The rookie ultimately finished the season 13th in the standings, with three top 10s including a career-best result of third in the penultimate race at ISM Raceway.

Coughlin will be joined by veteran crew chief Jerry Baxter in the effort.

“I’m more than ready to get the 2018 season underway,” Baxter said. “Last year we raced against Cody every weekend, so I have an idea of the type of driver he is. It will be even better to be able to work with him now firsthand.

“We have a good group of hard-working guys on the No. 2 that will definitely put us in the position to run well every time we’re at the track.”

A veteran of the tour, Baxter has tallied 10 wins, 43 top fives and 78 top 10s during 139 Truck Series efforts – including a victory at Daytona International Speedway with Kaz Grala last season that led to a playoff appearance.

Coughlin joins Justin Haley, Dalton Sargeant and 2016 series champion Johnny Sauter to complete the four-team GMS Racing lineup.

The new-look group will get their first chance to work together on Feb. 16, when the Truck Series heads to Daytona for the NextEra 250.

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