SPARTA, Ky. – Richard Childress Racing (RCR) driver Joey Coulter became the 14th different NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) pole award winner in Kentucky Speedway history by turning a 176.488 mph (30.597 seconds) lap during Kentucky 201 qualifying this afternoon.
The 22-year-old captures RCR’s third Kentucky Speedway NCWTS pole in the team’s past five visits to the track and his second of the season. He started on point at Michigan International Speedway on Aug. 18.
“I really didn’t think we were going to end up with it (the pole). I was loose getting into three. I just figured that with these trucks, the sides are so big that when you get sideways, it kills them. We were good enough through the center and exits to make up for it. I’m real happy with the truck. We were a little bit loose. I think when it gets dark and we go to racing it’s all going to come right to us,” Coulter said.
His previous best NCWTS Kentucky starting position was sixth in the July 7, 2011 UNOH 225. He took his series track-best seventh-place finishes in that event and this season’s June 28 UNOH 225.
“It’s a totally different race from June. I don’t think we brought the same truck because it’s going to be a whole different ball game. We have a different tire, so, it’s a whole different deal. It’s going to be exciting tonight as cool as it is,” Coulter said.
Johnny Sauter will share tonight’s front row after manufacturing a 176.171 mph (30.652 seconds) circuit.
He makes his third career NCWTS front row start at Kentucky after winning the 2011 UNOH 225 pole and starting second in a 225-mile series battle at the track on Sept. 3, 2010.
Ty Dillon will start his RCR truck third after registering a 175.484 mph (30.772 seconds) lap. He’ll make his second career NCWTS start at the track looking for his second consecutive top-five finish. He placed third in this season’s UNOH 225.
Cale Gale will start fourth after generating a 175.330 mph (30.799 seconds) lap. He will make his third career NCWTS Kentucky start. He placed 25th in this season’s UNOH 225 and earned his series track-best 15th-place finish in a 225-mile tilt on Oct. 1, 2011.
Tickets and infield Fan Zone passes for tonight’s event remain and are on sale at the Kentucky Speedway gates.