Coughlin & Needles Share 7-Up Cash

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TOLEDO, Ohio – Cody Coughlin and Steve Needles each picked up victories during the 7-Up 200, the season opening event at Toledo Speedway Saturday afternoon.

The ARCA/CRA Super Series took to the track for the first contest. Dalton Armstrong took the lead at the start, but that was short-lived as Chad Finley dove under Dalton in the first five circuits to take control. Two-time defending race winner Brian Campbell moved quickly to the point and zipped along out front as the first 72 laps went all green flag.

Suddenly the bottom fell out for Campbell as he lost his brakes going into turn three and slammed the foam blocks, bringing out the red flag. Campbell walked away but his car suffered heavy damage. Cody Coughlin was within striking distance and suddenly found himself in the lead. He would go on to lead the final 28 laps to take the victory.

Finley came home second, followed by Armstrong third, Johnny VanDoorn and Canadian Jerry Artuso.

The nightcap saw Needles grab the win in the 100-lap ARCA Royal Truck and Trailer Sales outlaw-bodied late model feature. Alex Rosenberry took the point at the start, only to have his car stall on lap six, bringing out the caution flag. Rosenberry was pushed down pit road and Needles took the number one spot.

Needles was very strong the entire distance. Several yellow flags for minor incidents slowed the action, but Needles was able to stay in control on the restarts, including holding off several challenges by Brad Riethmeyer. At the wheel of Brian Short’s No. 18, Needles rolled to the win over Riethmeyer, Brent Jack, Jeff Ganus and Dennis Strickland.