For the second time in 2013, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) will “Clock In” at Martinsville Speedway for the 30th Annual Kroger 250 on Saturday, October 26. It’s been more than six months and 16 races since the series last visited the 0.526-mile oval and Joey Coulter, driver of the No. 18 Darrell Gwynn Foundation Toyota Tundra, will tell you that his junior year hasn’t gone as planned. With several misfortunes keeping his No. 18 Kyle Busch Motorsports team from collecting a win this season, the team is hoping to “fall back” into place at Martinsville.
With only five races remaining on the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) schedule, Joey Coulter and the No. 18 Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) team headed to the “Last Wild Card” race, Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway, for the fred’s 250 powered by Coca-Cola. The 2.66-mile superspeedway produces high speed, high drama and unpredictable racing from lap to lap - a race that can take you from the back of the pack to leading in just one lap - a driver’s recipe for success at the Alabama-track, is to stay out of the “Big One.”
The 18th race on the 2013 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) schedule at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway is one of two superspeedway races on the 22-race schedule. The Alabama track is the largest the series visits as well as one of NASCAR’s top 10 fastest tracks on the circuit. The 2.66-mile Tri-oval holds the all-time NASCAR track record for an incredible fast lap of 212.809 produced by Bill Elliott in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying in 1987. It’s also a track that most teams circle on their calendar as “The Wild Card.”
The 1st Annual AKL Insurance Group presents Joey Coulter's Karting Challenge raises $15,000 for the Darrell Gwynn Foundation.
The No. 13 can be lucky in “Sin City” if you are playing roulette and your chips are riding on the odd numbered black space down the middle of the board. However, Joey Coulter, driver of the No. 18 GunBroker.com Toyota Tundra had his chips on a different number for the 17th race on the 2013 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) event. After starting 14th, 13 positions behind his 2012 start, Coulter ran as high as second and settled for an “unlucky” 13th-place finish in Saturday’s Smith’s 350 at Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway. The Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) driver remains 13th in the 2013 driver point standings.
In life you have to play the hand you are dealt. Sometimes that hand is a bust and sometimes you can go all in. Joey Coulter, driver of the No. 18 GunBroker.com Toyota Tundra would agree that his hand has been a challenge in 2013, but the young driver isn’t giving up yet. With only six races remaining on the 2013 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) schedule, the Miami Springs, Fla. native knows he has nothing to lose and will do what it takes – even gamble – to add another “W” to the column after Saturday night’s Smith’s 350 at Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway.
After starting sixth - his career-best NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) start in five races, Joey Coulter was forced to the back of the field for the 146-lap event for "unapproved adjustment's" following qualifying. Running as high as fifth, the NNS rookie would take a late-race tire gamble and settle for an 18th-place finish in the "Bluegrass State."
“I’m excited for the opportunity to get back in one of the Joe Gibbs Racing Nationwide cars this weekend at Kentucky. I learned a lot from Adam (Stevens, crew chief) when I was in the 54 at Talladega and Chicago earlier this year and I’m looking forward to that continued growth with Matt (Lucas) and the 18 team this weekend. JGR has had some success throughout the year with Matt (Kenseth) in that car and I hope to put what I learned from the first two races together and produce solid results in the third one for everyone at JGR and most importantly Freightliner.”
Although Friday night’s EnjoyIllinois.com 225 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) race fell on one of two Friday the 13th’s in 2013, Joey Coulter, driver of the No. 18 Darrell Gwynn Foundation Toyota Tundra, was optimistic entering the 16th race on the schedule. Following a solid sixth-place qualifying effort – his sixth top-10 start in 2013 – the Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) driver was handicapped just prior to the halfway mark in the 150-lap event, when his No. 18 Toyota Tundra ran out of fuel on the backstretch. Forced to pit under green, a culmination of events never allowed Coulter to gain track position and the KBM team was relegated to a 23rd-place finish at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill..