HOPING TO MAKE IT THREE IN A ROW FOR KBM AT PHOENIX11/5/2013
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (November 5, 2013) – Joey Coulter, driver of the No. 18 GunBroker.com Toyota Tundra heads to the desert – commonly known as Phoenix International Raceway (PIR) - for Friday night’s Lucas Oil 150 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) event with guns blazing. Not only is the 23-year-old driver coming off his track-best finish of third at the Avondale facility, Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) has been victorious in the last two events at the 1-mile tri-oval with Brian Scott (2012) and owner-driver, Kyle Busch (2011).
With nothing to lose and only two races to go in the season, Coulter is more determined than ever to get his No. 18 Toyota Tundra team to victory lane and make it three in a row for KBM.
Joey Coulter, Driver of the No. 18 GunBroker.com Toyota Tundra:
In two starts at PIR, you have two solid finishes – including a track-best third in your last start at the 1-mile oval. Is Phoenix a track you enjoy racing at?
“Phoenix is neat. It’s one of those tracks that’s just different and I seem to adapt well to those types of tracks. The track surface at PIR is always a little tricky – it’s dusty and sandy out there, so it’s hard to keep the track cleaned off and get the rubber laid down – so grip is always something we are searching for out there. With the progressive banking down the backstretch from the exit of Turn 2 into Turn 3 and the dogleg, it will make for a fun race and a great show for the fans. The desert was good to us last year and KBM also had a really good weekend there too, so I’m optimistic. We have two races to go and it’s kind of all or nothing for us right now.”
This is the season for hunting, do you own a gun and do you embrace this time of the year?
“I’m really excited to have GunBroker.com back on the truck this weekend at Phoenix – they are actually on the truck the next two races at Phoenix and Homestead. I’ve got a really sweet 300 Ultra Mag that I got from Richard Childress and I’ve actually been on GunBroker.com recently looking into some shot guns. I haven’t been hunting yet this season, but I do more target and skeet shooting than anything.”
Harold Holly, Crew chief of the No. 18 GunBroker.com Toyota Tundra:
This is the second start for the Truck Series on the new track configuration. Do you expect to see any changes in the track since last year?
“The biggest difference between this year and last is the new left-side tire that Goodyear is bringing us. It will cause us to have more grip which ultimately means faster speeds. The new surface took a while to rubber-up last year so it was hard to find grip and we had a demolition derby and a lot of carnage after 150-laps. I believe this new tire is going to be better across the board for everyone.”
Joey Coulter’s No. 18 GunBroker.com Toyota Tundra:
Chassis KBM08: Coulter will pilot chassis KBM08 for the fourth time this season in Friday night’s Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix International Raceway. This Toyota Tundra went to victory lane in its debut in the 2011 N.C. Education Lottery 200 with Kyle Busch behind the wheel at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway. In 10 career starts, KBM08 has led 42 laps en route to three top-five and four top-10 finishes and has an average start of 10.1 and an average finish of 15.6.
No. 18 GunBroker.com Toyota Tundra – Phoenix International Raceway Advance Page Two
KBM-008 Performance Profile:
Date Site Driver Start Finish Laps Laps Led Status
9/8/13 Iowa Coulter 17 25 203/212 0 Accident
06/27/13 Kentucky Coulter 5 16 149/150 0 Running
04/14/13 Rockingham Coulter 17 18 205/105 0 Running
9/21/12 Kentucky B. Scott 10 5 134/134 14 Running
4/15/12 Rockingham Leffler 4 34 19/200 0 Engine
9/2/11 Atlanta Busch 6 3 130/130 14 Running
8/20/11 Michigan Busch 13 25 63/102 7 Radiator
7/22/11 Nashville Richards 12 22 146/150 0 Running
6/4/11 Kansas Busch 11 6 167/167 0 Running
5/20/11 Charlotte Busch 6 1 134/134 7 Running
Notes of Interest:
Joey Coulter – Phoenix International Raceway Stats:
• In two starts at PIR, has compiled one top-five and two top-10 finishes
• Average Start: 13.5/Average Finish: 6.0
• Best Start: 10th (February, 2011)/Best Finish: third (November, 2012)
Joey Coulter Performance Profile – Phoenix International Raceway:
Series Date Start Finish Laps Laps Led Status
NCWTS 2/25/11 10 9 150/150 0 Running
NCWTS 11/9/13 17 3 153/153 0 Running
Joey Coulter 2013
• Ranks 14th in the NCWTS driver point standings with 570 points; 50 markers behind 10th-place Timothy Peters, 87 points behind fifth-place Jeb Burton and 171 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 20 starts in 2013, Coulter has led 18 laps en route to three top-five and five top-10 finishes
• Has completed 94.1% of laps attempted (2910/3093) and has an average start of 14.4 and an average finish of 15.6
• Third full-time season in the NCWTS
Kyle Busch Motorsports’ No. 18 Toyota Tundra:
• In three starts at Phoenix International Raceway since 2010, has led 180 laps en route to two wins, and three top-five finishes
• Has registered an average start of 3.3 and an average finish of 1.3
• In 2013 has an average start of 14.4, an average finish of 15.6 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 – WinStar World Casino 350 at Texas Motor Speedway:
Starting from the 19th position, Coulter would overcome an ill-handling Darrell Gwynn Foundation Toyota Tundra to finish 12th in the Lone Star State.
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