MOORESVILLE, N.C. (July 9, 2013) - Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) has 20 Truck Series victories since making its debut in 2010, however, Iowa Speedway is one of nine tracks on the 2013 schedule that the young organization has not yet conquered. Joey Coulter and his No. 18 Darrell Gwynn Foundation team hope to change that stat in this weekend's American Ethanol 200 presented by Enogen at Iowa Speedway. Although the team has had their share of heartaches in the first eight races of the season, Coulter feels as though the team is focused and has what it takes to make a little noise in the remaining 14 races - starting with this weekend's first of two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) event's in the Hawkeye State.
Coulter has 55 Truck Series starts since 2010, including 11 starts on a short track (anything under a mile in length), and boast the highest percentage rate (36%) for finishing in the top five than any other type of track on the circuit. In nine superspeedway (2 miles +) starts, Coulter has finished in the top five 11% of the time and in 35 intermediate (1-2 miles in length) starts, has finished in top five 26% of the time.
Joey Coulter, Driver of the No. 18 NCWTS Darrell Gwynn Foundation Tundra:
Is Iowa a track you enjoy racing at?
"When people ask me what my favorite track to race on is, I always say Iowa Speedway. There are a lot of reasons why, but two are more important. One, the race track is the perfect size - it's just big enough to really carry a lot of speed and give you the sensation of being on a large intermediate track, but at the same time the corners are short and banked enough to give you the feel of a short track. The racing that goes on during an event there is similar to that description as well - we are really going fast but racing as hard as we would and as close as we would if we were racing at Bristol or Martinsville. The other main reason that Iowa is my favorite, is that the fans that go out to that track are probably some of the most enthusiastic and loyal that I have ever seen. People out there eat, sleep, and breathe all kinds of racing. It is hard not to like a track that has that kind of support from its fans."
Do you enjoy the stand-alone Truck Series events?
"Stand-alone truck races are cool because the fans are more focused on us and we become the 'big show' for the weekend. However, I do also enjoy racing with the Sprint Cup or Nationwide Series, because that gives us the chance to race in front of the cup teams and owners who might be there to see us win. Either way, I don't feel like one is better or worse than the other. As long as I get to go to a track somewhere and put on a great show for the fans, I'm happy."
What are you expectations for the remainder of the season?
"I'm not sure what to expect for the rest of the season. I know that the entire team and I are focused on winning the most races of any driver this year. We feel like that is our only shot at getting into title contention or at least make a bunch of noise for the rest of the year. So far we have had a lot of bad luck mixed in with one or two really strong runs. Harold (Holly) and I have fully adapted to the way that these Tundra's work compared to what we were used to and the team has jelled perfectly. Now that we have everything working like a well-oiled machine, we feel like we can really build some super-fast trucks and win a bunch of races for Samantha and Kyle."
Harold Holly, Crew Chief of the No. 18 NCWTS Darrell Gwynn Foundation Tundra:
What kind of racing can we expect at Iowa this weekend?
"They changed the tire on us last year and also went in and did some work in the corner of Turns 1 and 2 where it was sagging on each side of the tunnel. Basically, they drilled holes in the race track and blew the race track up on each side of the tunnel and it took the big bump out of it. The bump put a lot of character in the race track and made it pretty challenging. Well when they took that bump out, it changed things quite a bit and on top of that they changed the tire on us too. In 2011 we sat on the outside pole, but when we went back last year we somewhat struggled with our set-up. These guys at KBM had a really strong truck and set-up, so we are going back with a mix of what we experienced and what KBM had and I think we will unload pretty close. As far as the groove, it was single-line racing around the bottom early on, but late in the race the top came in strong and I think that will make for some good racing this week."
Joey Coulter's No. 18 Darrell Gwynn Foundation Tundra:
Chassis KBM12: Coulter will pilot KBM12 in this weekend's American Ethanol 200 presented by Enogen at Iowa Speedway in Newton. The Tundra has finished inside the top 10 in each of its five previous races, amassing an average start of 13.4, an average finish of 6.6, completing 100% of laps attempted (793 of 793) and 75 laps led, all by owner-driver Kyle Busch at Atlanta (Ga.) Motor Speedway in 2012. The last time this chassis saw action was in Dover, when Coulter advance more positions after 200 miles than any other driver in the field - gaining 16 spots - to bring home his second top-10 finish of 2013.
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