Coulter Conquers Golden Isle Speedway2/19/2015
Huntersville, NC (February 19, 2015)- NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) veteran Joey Coulter kicked his dirt racing season into overdrive this past weekend at Golden Isle Speedway in Waynesville, Georgia. He competed with his Rum Runner Racing Chevrolet crate late model in the NeSmith Chevrolet Series in a two-day show that brought him home 10th on Saturday, February 14 and 14th on Sunday, February 15.
On Saturday night, Coulter finished second overall in hot laps with his Rum Runner Racing Chevrolet crate late model. While qualifying his late model bottomed out leading to a 20th place qualifying effort. He started fourth in the second B-Main and finished second which advanced him to 14th in the A-Main.
Coulter brought his Rum Runner Racing Chevrolet home 10th on Saturday evening after strategically missing several wrecks and single car spins that could have very easily ruined his weekend. All of the caution flags that the close and competitive racing produced caused the 50 lap race to be broken up in many very small short runs.
"It was a pretty wild race for sure, especially on the part of the field that we were racing in. All of the short green flag runs were not what we needed at all, but we managed to stay out of trouble and bring home a top 10," said Coulter. "It wasn't the finish that we wanted, but we were able to pull some good information out of the car and make some pretty large adjustments for Sunday."
Sunday afternoon brought an earlier start to racing. Hot laps kicked off at 3 p.m. and Coulter was in the top 10 once again for speeds. He qualified his Rum Runner Racing Chevrolet tenth which put him fourth in the second B-Main. Coulter finished in fifth place which lined him up 20th in the A-Main.
Coulter charged up the field and was in 10th position by lap 40. He got caught on the outside on the last three restarts which pushed him back to a 14th place finish.
"All the work that we did to improve my Rum Runner Racing Chevrolet on Saturday handling wise really paid off on Sunday. The results didn't show it but looking at the lap by lap time sheet we actually had a lot of speed in the car. Starting the race as far back as we did really hurt our finish but again we learned a lot. This year is really the 1st year that Harold (Holly) and I are working together on just the dirt cars, so there is some learning that has to take place still. Overall I was happy with our weekend, even though, are results weren't there. We got to write a lot down in out notebook, which in dirt racing is huge. Looking forward to the next race already," said Coulter.
Coulter will be taking to the track next at Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville, Tennessee on March 13 and 14, 2015 for the second annual Tennessee Tipoff Classic. For more information on the race visit Smoky Mountain Speedway's website: http://www.smokymountainspeedway.com/.