Cody Coughlin returns to Daytona with a fulltime Nascar truck ride

DELAWARE, OH -- 21-year old Cody Coughlin is adding to his impressive racing resume, Daytona-bound to start the season in the Camping World Truck Series.

Sandusky-based ThorSport Racing announced the signing of Coughlin in late January.

Coughlin will drive ThorSport's No. 13 Toyota in his first full season in the series. Michael Shelton will serve as crew chief, and primary sponsorship will come from JEGS and Ride TV.

Coughlin, who rose through the Late Model and ARCA ranks, has 12 career starts in the Camping World Truck Series over the last two years. He'll compete for Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors in 2017 after claiming two Late Model titles under the Champion Racing Associations (CRA) banner last season.

"ThorSport Racing is a great team, one I've always admired at the race track," Coughlin said. "I have to thank Duke and Rhonda Thorson for the opportunity. 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."

Coughlin said he became close friends with ThorSport driver and new teammate Matt Crafton on the circuit last season. Crafton will return to the ThorSport No. 88 this season in search of his third series title.

Veteran crew chief Shelton teamed with driver James Buescher to claim the series championship in 2012. He most recently worked with John Wes Townley last season, helping him to one victory and one pole position during their time together.

Coughlin won two titles on the CRA Series in 2016 and is a development driver for Joe Gibbs racing.

Coughlin ran in the ARCA race at Daytona in 2015.

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