Cody Coughlin challenges at Daytona in season opener for the NASCAR Truck Series

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DAYTONA BEACH, FL -- He qualified well but Delaware's Cody Coughlin wishes he had a little luck to go with the speed.

Coughlin's Jeg's machine ran among the top 10 most of the night in the season opener Friday in the NextEra Energy Series 250 at the Daytona International Speedway where he finished 17th thanks to a flat tire late in the race.

"Frustrating to say the least," Coughlin told ABC-6 after the race. "Somebody told me I shouldn't go to the casino tonight and I think they're right."

Coughlin was involved in a few dust-ups Friday, none of his makings and said that's part of life in a Nascar Truck. The series moves to Atlanta next week and he goes there with lots of superspeedway knowledge he can put to good use when the Camping World Truck Series lands at Talladega in the fall.

Coughlin has a tremendous mentor in Kevin Hamlin, the former crew chief for the legendary Dale Earnhardt Senior who says the 22-year old Ohio driver "has lots of talent."

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