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Six Pack: Coulter's first Truck win a family affair

August 07, 2012, Joe Menzer, NASCAR.com



Six Pack: Coulter's first Truck win a family affair
Richard Childress driver had his parents, brothers with him during celebration

Joey Coulter, who won his first Camping World Truck Series race Saturday at Pocono Raceway, answers this week's six questions.

1. Can you describe your emotions after earning your first Truck Series win in just your 36th career start?

"It's always been a family affair, and we've always said that one of our goals, no matter what happens in my career, is that we want to keep it that way."

--JOEY COULTER

Coulter: The first time you get close, you can taste it. It doesn't matter whether it's your first, third or 100th start. You want to close the deal. For me and the whole team, to finally reach Victory Lane, it's just so cool. Pocono is probably one of the last tracks I expected to win at, just because I've always struggled there.

2. What was it like being able to have your whole family be there to celebrate with you in Victory Lane?

Coulter: It was awesome. My racing has always been a family thing. When I was go-kart racing, my whole family would always go along with three or four or five other families. So there would be a whole group of us at all the races -- moms, dads, brothers, sisters. So it's always been a family affair, and we've always said that one of our goals, no matter what happens in my career, is that we want to keep it that way. We want to keep it family-oriented.

That's one of the very cool things about driving for Richard Childress. It's a family deal there, too, so we feel like we fit right in. For everybody to be at Pocono -- both my brothers and their girlfriends, both my parents -- it was really awesome.

3. What was the first thing your mom or your dad said to you in Victory Lane?

Coulter: Mom was kind of speechless, so it took her a while before she could say anything. My dad was all the way down in Turn 1, helping my spotter. ... So it took my dad a while to get there, but he just said, 'There you go. You finally did it.' It was an awesome experience, and to be able to share it with my whole family was really special.

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4. What was it like winning for Richard Childress, watching another RCR driver win later that night in the Nationwide Series and then having Richard say he'd like to see you in that series full-time next year?

Coulter: To be able to win for him and then sit down in the motor home and watch Elliott [Sadler] win for him [at Iowa Speedway] was amazing. ... It was so cool to celebrate our win and then sit down and watch a teammate win, and for Richard to be at both places.

The thing he said about Nationwide next year, it was an honor just to hear him say that. But we're going to stay focused on going after this Truck Series championship right now. It has been the opportunity of a lifetime already, just to be able to drive for him. I'm sure over the next month or so, we'll sit down with Richard and see what the future holds.

5. Could you talk about also getting longtime crew chief Harold Holly back in Victory Lane?

Coulter: It had been since 2004 when he was crew chief for Bobby Hamilton Jr. that he'd been able to do that. I quickly reminded him that I was only 14 in 2004. I think I got on his bad list with that [comment]. But I was proud to be able to be the one to get him back to Victory Lane. He has been the one to turn my career around. ... It's been uphill at times, but we just keep getting better and better.

6. Meanwhile, you continue to balance your budding racing career with being a student majoring in mechanical engineering at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. How do you make time for everything?

Coulter: I've probably got a year to a year-and-a-half left, but with the racing schedule and everything, it's getting harder and harder to do a lot of both at the same time. So I'm trying to spread things out a little bit now so I can continue to do well in school and still go race.