USAR: Concord: Joey Coulter race report

Joey Coulter Impressive at Concord It may be too soon to call him "Front-row Joey," but Joey Coulter turned a lot of heads when he put the Darrell Gwynn Foundation/Tempest Cycles Ford Fusion No. 02s on the outside pole...

Joey Coulter Impressive at Concord

It may be too soon to call him "Front-row Joey," but Joey Coulter turned a lot of heads when he put the Darrell Gwynn Foundation/Tempest Cycles Ford Fusion No. 02s on the outside pole at Concord (N.C.) Motorsport Park for the April 26 running of the Racing Electronics 250 presented by BTS Wheel & Tire Distributors USAR Hooters Pro Cup Southern Division race.

"Qualifying was definitely the highlight of the weekend," said the 17-year-old racer from Miami Springs, Fla. "Todd (Myers, crew chief) and Randy (Renfro, driving coach and spotter) have been working with me on the mental aspects of qualifying; qualifying has always been hardest for me, so everybody was really excited."

He may have given up a little in the race for the qualifying run, however.

"We weren't great on the long runs," Coulter said. "After about 20 laps the tires went away a little bit. Concord's a blast to drive, though; it's one of my favorite tracks. I think we were definitely going to have a top-10 finish. We got spun twice during the race -- just racing incidents -- and we had all our stops out of the way. We were definitely working our way back through the field."

That was until the rains came and stopped the race after 205 of the 250 laps, leaving Coulter in 14th.

"We were catching them," Coulter said. "The rain kept us from finishing where we would have, but it looks good for the future. The team's excited and we're all on the same page."

-credit: www.JoeyCoulter.com

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Series Stock car
Drivers Darrell Gwynn , Joey Coulter