"NO LIMITS" FOR COULTER AT TEXAS10/29/2013
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (October 29, 2013) – Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth (TMS), known as the “No Limit’s Wild Asphalt Circus,” is the host of the 32nd Annual WinStar World Casino 350. The fast mile-and-a-half track is not only home to the Toyota Tundra, but home to the 20th race on the 2013 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) schedule. With nothing to lose, Coulter and the No. 18 Kyle Busch Motorsports team head to the “Lone Star State” with “No Limits,” they are laying it all on the line in hopes of bringing home the iconic trophy – a cowboy hat.
Coulter entered the spring race at TMS with the highest average finish (5.2) of any driver in the field and was also the only driver to finish in the top 10 in each of the last four races. After qualifying 11th and running as high as sixth, the Miami Springs, Fla. native had high hopes of roping in another solid finish at the 1.5-mile track. However, a cut left rear tire just 54 laps into the WinStar World Casino 400 would send the No. 18 Toyota Tundra hard into the Turn 3 wall, causing extensive damage to the left rear. The crew would spend 89 laps in the garage making repairs to the Darrell Gwynn Foundation machine before getting back out with 24 laps remaining in the 167-lap event. The unfortunate event would relegate the third year driver to a 25th-place finish.
With a determined team behind him and all the horsepower underneath him, Coulter hopes to get back on the saddle and lasso in his first win of the 2013 season under the lights in Friday night’s Truck Series event.
Joey Coulter, Driver of the No. 18 Darrell Gwynn Foundation Toyota Tundra:
What is it about Texas that seems to suit your driving style?
“Texas is a high speed, high-momentum race track that develops multiple racing grooves over the course of the night. It’s getting worn out and therefore, the grip level is down, which makes for good racing. It’s got some pretty good bumps in it, which give it a lot of character. Texas is a track I’ve have always enjoyed racing at, with it’s multiple grooves it allows for a lot of passing which makes the racing that much more exciting.”
How are you approaching the remainder of the 2013 season?
“Texas, Phoenix and Homestead have all been really strong tracks for me in the past, so I’m looking forward to finishing out this season strong. We aren’t in the point’s battle, so my main goal each weekend is just to win – we have nothing to lose. Some teams that are worried about points may be conservative, but we have one goal when we unload the next three weeks and that’s do whatever it takes to bring home the trophy.”
Harold Holly, Crew chief of the No. 18 Darrell Gwynn Foundation Toyota Tundra:
What does it take to have a fast Tundra at Texas?
“Unlike the schedule in the spring, we are able to practice Thursday night for Friday night’s race. Therefore, the track conditions should be pretty similar in practice to what we see in the race. In the spring you have to adjust your truck during the day for what you expect the conditions to be during the race. At Texas, you have to have a good balance of speed and handling, so you can run wide open. I believe the driver who can go the longest into a run without lifting is going to be the guy to beat.”
Joey Coulter’s No. 18 Darrell Gwynn Foundation Toyota Tundra:
Chassis KBM14: Coulter will pilot chassis KBM14 in this weekend’s Winstar World Casino 350 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth on Friday night. This Tundra was built new for the 2013 NCWTS season and has made three
starts to date, including the No. 18 Kyle Busch Motorsports team’s season-best finish of second at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City.
KBM- Performance Profile:
Date Site Driver Start Finish Laps Laps Led Status
4/20/13 Kansas Coulter 11 2 167/167 15 Running
5/17/13 Charlotte Coulter 17 32 90/134 0 Running
8/3/13 Pocono Coulter 10 4 54/54 0 Running
Notes of Interest:
Joey Coulter – Lone Star Stats:
• In five starts at TMS, has compiled two top-five and four top-10 finishes
• Has led nine laps around the 1.5-mile track (June, 2011)
• Average Start: 8.6/Average Finish: 9.2
• Best start: second (June, 2011)/Best finish: third (June, 2012)
• According to NASCAR Loop Data Statistics, ranks first in “Quality Passes” with 192
• One ARCA Racing Series start (2010)
Joey Coulter Performance Profile – Texas Motor Speedway:
Series Date Start Finish Laps Laps Led Status
NCWTS 6/7/13 11 25 78/167 0 Running
NCWTS 11/2/2012 5 7 168/168 0 Running
NCWTS 6/8/2012 11 3 148/148 0 Running
NCWTS 11/4/2011 14 6 167/167 0 Running
NCWTS 6/10/2011 2 5 147/147 9 Running
ARCA 4/16/2010 5 23 95/105 0 Running
Joey Coulter 2013
• Ranks 14th in the NCWTS driver point standings with 538 points; 54 markers behind 10th-place Timothy Peters, 87 points behind fifth-place Johnny Sauter and 169 markers behind series point leader Matt Crafton
• Recorded a season-best second-place finish at Kansas Speedway (4/20/13)
• Recorded a season-best fifth-place start in the UNOH 225 at Kentucky Speedway (6/27/13)
• In 19 starts in 2013, Coulter has led 18 laps en route to three top-five and five top-10 finishes
• Has completed 93.8% of laps attempted (2763/2946) and has an average start of 14.2 and an average finish of 15.8
• Third full-time season in the NCWTS
Notes of Interest:
Kyle Busch Motorsports’ No. 18 Toyota Tundra:
• In seven starts at Texas Motor Speedway (TMS) since 2010, has led 80 laps (Kyle Busch, Nov., 2010), en route to 1 win (Kyle Busch, Nov., 2010), 3 top-five and five top-10 finishes
• Has registered an average start of 8.4 and an average finish of 11.9
• In 2013 has an average start of 14.2, an average finish of 15.8 and has led 18 laps en route to three top-five and five top-10 finishes
• Currently 16th in the 2013 NCWTS owner’s point standings
• Finished fifth in the 2012 NCWTS owner’s championship standings
• Over the final 18 races of the 2012 season, collected 683 owner’s points, the most among Truck Series teams during that span
• Led the NCWTS with 17 top-10 finishes in 2012, including nine straight to end the season, while collecting seven top-five finishes and one win (Brian Scott 11/9/12 at Phoenix International Raceway)
• All seven drivers that made a start in 2012 posted a top-10 finish (Ku. Busch, Ky. Busch, Hamlin, Herring, Leffler, Mayhew and Scott) and six of the seven led at least one lap
• Since debuting in the Truck Series in 2010, has compiled 17 wins, 8 poles, 42 top-five and 61 top-10’s across 87 starts
• Led the Truck Series in wins in each of its first two seasons: 2010 (8) and 2011 (8)
• In 2010, became first team since the NCWTS originated in 1995 to win the owner’s championship in its inaugural season
Last NCWTS Event - Kroger 200 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway:
Starting on the outside of row 11 in the 22nd position, Coulter would run as high as ninth before settling for a 12th-place finish after 200 laps around the .526-mile Martinsville Speedway paperclip.
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