Coulter Drives to Eighth-Place Finish, Earning Third Consecutive Top-10 ResultMay 18, 2013
The No. 22 Richard Childress Racing entry unloaded at Iowa Speedway for the American Ethanol 200 with the title sponsor's black and green paint scheme and after qualifying 12th at the 0.875-mile facility, Joey Coulter drove the American Ethanol Chevrolet to an eighth-place finish. From the drop of the green flag, Coulter relayed to crew chief Harold Holly that his RCR machine was tight and the condition continued to increase as the run ensued. When the caution flag flew for the second time on lap 49, Holly directed Coulter on to pit road for a track bar adjustment to alleviate the tight-handling condition. Over the next 60 laps the tight-handling condition persisted, with Coulter falling back as low as the 13th position in the running order. On lap 136, while running under caution, the 2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Rookie of the Year brought the American Ethanol Chevrolet to pit road for routine service and a chassis adjustment. The No. 22 pit crew delivered a strong performance, gaining the Miami Springs, Fla.-native valuable track position. The entire No. 22 team rallied around the evening's mantra "never give up," as Coulter wheeled his truck from the 11th position up to the eighth position by the time the checkered flag flew. Coulter now sits eighth in the Camping World Truck Series driver championship point standings, 61points behind leader Timothy Peters.
Start - 12 Finish - 8 Laps Led - 0 Points - 8
JOEY COULTER QUOTE:
"Tonight we were continuously battling the handling of our (American Ethanol) Chevrolet. I'm proud of the crew; they worked hard all weekend and once again delivered with fast pit stops this evening. All of the parts are there; if we can put them altogether our first win is not far away. I'm looking forward to heading to Chicagoland (Speedway) next Saturday and competing for another good finish."