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Although every round win was pivotal in the victory, it was Coughlin's second-round blast of 5.776 seconds at 252.76 mph against Kevin Rivenbark that brought the crowd to its feet. His elapsed time was within striking distance of the national record of 5.751, and was easily the best of the entire race weekend.
"We're not touching this racecar because it's perfect," Coughlin said of the turbocharged Corvette. "It might not come out of the trailer again until (the 2017 season opener in) Gainesville. What a year it's been and what a way to finish it off. The whole Jegs.com race team has been strong and we couldn't be more excited.”
Seeing Smith clinch the title earlier in the day followed a familiar pattern for the two pros, who once worked together when Smith tuned Coughlin's car. In the last five years, Coughlin won championships in 2012 and 2015, while Smith won it all in 2013, 2014 and now 2016.