Sponsorship woes have bit another GMS Racing driver. This time it is Cody Coughlin getting the ax from one of the Camping World Truck Series top teams.
Coughlin put out the following statement on his website Monday:
Cody Coughlin announced today that he will no longer drive the No. 2 Chevrolet truck for GMS Racing due to lack of additional sponsorship.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time in NASCAR. I want to thank Maury Gallagher and Mike Beam for the opportunity to race with GMS Racing. I wish them well for the rest of the season. I also want to thank my fans and extend the biggest thank you to my dad, mom, and sister for all of their love and support. While I am sad to leave NASCAR for the time being, I am excited about the new opportunities I will be pursuing.”
Coughlin’s truck was sponsored by his family’s auto parts store Jegs.com. The “lack of additional sponsorship” is an interesting part of his short press release. Jegs.com was listed as the sponsor of the #2 truck in 17 of 18 races this season. With 5 races left in the season, this is certainly an interesting time for Jegs.com to pull their sponsorship.
As for what is next for Coughlin he left that door open only stating he’s “excited about the new opportunities I will be pursuing.” Whether that is in racing or out of racing, best of luck to him.
This is the second GMS Racing driver to bite the dust in recent weeks due to sponsorship issues. Last month Dalton Sargeant was forced out of his #25 truck due to sponsorship woes. Coughlin will be replaced by GMS super sub-Spencer Gallagher at Talladega where he won the Xfinity race in the spring. (Then got suspended for substance abuse but ignore that for now). No word from GMS on if the #2 team will continue past Talladega.
We’ll miss seeing Cody and his unkempt hair and brief social media outbursts.
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