Darlington Luck Bites Coulter in Debut at Historic Raceway
Darlington Raceway is tagged as the track 'Too Tough to Tame' for a reason. It's not unusual for every competitor at the 1.366-mile track to earn at least one of the famed 'Darlington Stripes' by the end of the race weekend. Though not of his doing, Richard Childress Racing rookie Joey Coulter learned that lesson in his first trip to the historic South Carolina race track during the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Saturday. After starting the 147-lap event from the 30th position, Coulter took direction from veteran crew chief Harold Holly and spotter Randy Renfrow to absorb as much information as possible in maneuvering his way around Darlington, climbing as high as 18th on lap 60. Unfortunately, while slowing for a spinning truck off turn two on lap 73, Coulter's No. 22 Chevrolet Silverado was tagged from behind and pushed into the wreck, causing extensive damage to the RCR machine. With feverous work on repairs, the No. 22 team was able to return Coulter to the track to manage a 28th-place finish.
JOEY COULTER QUOTE:
"I learned Darlington is just as wild as everyone said. That was a tough night; we were gaining throughout the day and definitely throughout the race. I was trying to race the track and learn as much as I could early on with the goal of making it to the end. Unfortunately, as I slowed for a spin off of turn two I was hit from behind and pushed into the wreck. It's a tough deal for this RCR team. They did a great job of getting the truck repaired and back on track. I'm looking forward to getting to Martinsville where I have some experience."