After suffering an initial setback with a radiator hose issue, Joey Coulter and the No. 22 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet team claimed a seventh-place finish in Friday night’s North Carolina Education Lottery 200. The one-day show at Charlotte Motor Speedway began when Coulter ran a qualifying lap at 180.699mph, placing him third on the starting grid. Coulter’s impressive driving ability was on display as he overcame adversity from the first report of problems with his water pressure gauge as the caution flag flew on lap 23. After spending extra time on pit road to correct the problem, Coulter restarted one lap down to the leader in the 32nd position. Coulter’s determination proved invaluable as he methodically passed trucks under green in an attempt to regain track position. When the caution flag was displayed on lap 83, Coulter was awarded the lucky dog pass, returning to the lead lap. That proved to be all he would need. In the final 51 laps, Coulter continued to prove the strength of the No. 22 RCR Chevrolet, as he improved his position on track. With 20 laps to go, Coulter found himself in the 12th position, and continued to report his happiness with the speed and handling of the RCR truck. As the final laps winded down, Coulter continued to pick off additional spots. After a caution for debris on lap 125, Coulter restarted in the ninth position. In the final five laps of the race, Coulter gained an additional two spots, ultimately placing him seventh as the checkered flag flew. Coulter gained two positions in the driver’s championship point standings, landing in 10th position, 55 points behind the leader.
Start – 3 Finish – 7 Laps Led – 0 Points – 10
Joey Coulter Quote:
“With just a little bit of luck, I knew our No. 22 RCR Chevy would be there in the end. Right now the shop is providing me fast trucks, which not only have the speed but also handle extremely well. The combination of a little good luck with these RCR Chevrolet trucks will produce the top-five finishes and wins that our No.22 team has been in search of. Overall, it was a good night for the entire team and a good night in the points.”