Mid-Race Tangle Relegates Joey Coulter to 30th-Place Finish at Martinsville
After being involved in a mid-race incident at the Martinsville Speedway, Joey Coulter and the No. 21 Allegiant Travel Chevrolet Silverado team finished 30th in the Kroger 200. The Miami Springs, Fla., native started strong for the 200-lap event, from the 11th position on Saturday afternoon. Coulter showcased that he was one of the fastest drivers in the 36-truck field by climbing into the top 10 by Lap 50, and then to eighth place by Lap 60. With the race slowed by four early-race cautions, Coulter eventually settled into the 12th position. After 100 laps completed around the .526-mile track, Coulter was forced into the wall during a multi-car pileup in Turn 1. Coulter brought his Chevrolet Silverado to pit road so crew chief Jeff Stankiewicz and the GMS Racing team could evaluate the damage. A lengthy pit stop ensued, with the team repairing the front end of the pink and white machine. Coulter returned to pit road under caution on Lap 106 for four Goodyear tires and Sunoco fuel. Coulter lost laps to the race leader during the extended pit stops and restarted in the 31st position when green-flag racing resumed on Lap 107, only to return to pit road under the next caution period two laps later. Over the next 90 laps, displaying his perseverance, the 24-year-old ran between the 32nd and 29th positions, providing feedback to Stankiewicz and giving the Allegiant Travel pit crew an opportunity to make chassis adjustments to improve the handling on the No. 21 Chevrolet Silverado. When the checkered flag was displayed, Coulter crossed the finish line in 30th-place. Coulter is in the seventh position in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver championship point standings.
Start - 11 Finish - 30 Laps Led – 0
Joey Coulter Quote:
"It is disappointing for the No. 21 Allegiant Travel Chevrolet Silverado team to come out of here (Martinsville Speedway) with a 30th-place finish with a Chevrolet Silverado that was running in the top-10 before the accident. The damage we suffered in the incident was something we just couldn't overcome in the end. We'll look for our luck to change next weekend at Texas Motor Speedway."
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