In his final NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start with Richard Childress Racing, Joey Coulter would cross the line in third place behind Cale Gale and Kyle Busch.
“Harold made a pretty gutsy call there at the end for two tires and got us some good track position, which paid off there at the end,” Coulter said. “I was kind of worried because the truck had been kind of a handful, but it was the right call, it worked, and I can't thank everybody at RCR enough for the opportunity. It was an awesome night tonight.”
At one point when Gale and Busch were making contact, it was looking to present Coulter the win if they made a little too much contact.
“My eyes got big and I started drooling hoping they'd race a little harder,” he said. “But it was exciting. That's the awesome thing about the Truck Series, you can race like that from green to checkered, and it's such an awesome series to race in because of that, and I know it puts on a good show."
After a solid season, which included his first ever Camping World Truck Series victory, he finished the year third in points, 19 points behind James Buescher.
“It’s awesome,” he said. “I can’t say enough about these guys. It’s been an unbelievable two years.”
Coulter makes the move to Kyle Busch Motorsports in 2013 to complete full-time in hopes of bringing KBM their first driver’s championship.
“Since I was 8 years old, winning races and championships in one of NASCAR’s top three series has been a dream and a goal of mine — I feel that joining KBM gives me a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to accomplish those goals,” Coulter said in the press release. “They are a team that has a winning attitude and have proven numerous times that they are capable of getting to victory lane. It is an honor to be given the chance to bring them their first driver championship.”
In two seasons of racing, the third in points for Coulter this year is his best of the two seasons. Last year, Coulter scored no wins, five top fives and 13 top 10s in 25 starts during his rookie season. This year, Coulter had one win, eight top fives and 15 top 10s. Going into his third season with experience in his corner and being a front runner each week, it’d be no surprise if Coulter was one of the main contenders for the championship in 2013.
KBM also has shown success as in their three seasons competing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, KBM has registered 17 victories, eight poles, 38 top-five and 56 top-10 finishes across 87 starts. In 2010, the No. 18 team became the first to win the Owner’s championship in its inaugural season since the Truck Series originated in 1995.
“With the addition of Joey Coulter to KBM’s Truck Series program for the 2013 season we have accomplished our goal of having a talented young driver competing full-time for a driver’s championship,” Busch said. “Joey has been running up front, competing for wins this year and we feel like he is ready to have a breakout year. With the personnel we have in place at KBM and the support we receive from Toyota, we’re going to do everything possible to make sure that he is in a position to bring home a championship next season.”
Whether the program will have sponsorship is yet to be known as Kyle Busch revealed at Homestead-Miami that Dollar General is leaving KBM.
“Just gotta thank Dollar General and Toyota and everybody that supports this program and everything we do,” he said. “Unfortunately, we’re sponsorless for next year, we’re losing these guys – but tough year, just the way things have always gone.”