Top-10 Finish Tops Off Consistent Run for Rookie Joey Coulter
In his first career start at Phoenix International Raceway, Joey Coulter and the No. 22 RCR Chevrolet team finished ninth in the NASCAR 150. Starting from the 10th position, the 20-year-old rookie ran in the 13th position while turning lap-times that mirrored the leaders and getting a feel for the unique one-mile desert oval. After a caution flag on lap 41, Coulter was back in the top 10 after gaining three spots on pit road thanks to a great stop by the No. 22 team. During the middle of the event, the Miami Springs, FL., native ran in the top 12 despite battling a loose-handling truck. Just after the halfway point of the race, Coulter earned praise from his crew chief, Harold Holly, and car owner, Richard Childress, after navigating his way through a four-car pileup that took place directly in front of him on the PIR frontstretch. That caution period gave Holly and the team an opportunity to make adjustments to tighten up the Chevrolet Silverado. Those changes helped Coulter maneuver his way around three more cars on the track, earning himself a ninth-place finish in just his second career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start.
JOEY COULTER QUOTE: "It was just an awesome night for me on so many levels. I gained valuable track experience in a truck, ran in the top 10 for most of the night and somehow managed to dodge a few accidents. My pit crew also had lightening-fast pit stops all night. I can't thank them and everyone at RCR enough for this opportunity. I had a blast."