During Speed’s broadcast of the final race of the season from Homestead-Miami Speedway, Phil Parsons announced that Joey Coulter would drive a second truck for Richard Childress Racing next year.
RCR plans to field two trucks next year with Coulter in one and Childress’ grandson and 2010 Rookie of the Year Austin Dillon in the other.
This past season, in the ARCA Re/Max Series, Coulter finished top-10 in points with a win at Berlin Raceway.
Coulter began racing in 1998, racing go-karts at West Coast Kartway in Naples, Florida, and then also started running the WKA Horstman Gold Cup Series in 1999.
Some of his go-kart accomplishments include more than 50 wins, brought home 100 trophies, four state championships, the CJ Marvin Sportsman of the Year Award (2000), second in the National Championship standings and winner of Summer Nationals at G & J Kartway in Camden, Ohio (2005).
Following go-karting, he moved up to the Florida FASTTRUCK Series in late 2005, where he earned four top-fives in his first four starts, including a second-place finish. He moved up to the pro division in 2006, in which included veterans twice his age, where he won four of the first eight races and finished fifth in the championship standings.
In 2007, he moved up to the USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series, which he says was a big jump for his career.
“It was a big jump as it was on national TV with interviews,” he told me earlier this year.
Coulter gained lots of attention while racing in the USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series as he finished in the top 10 multiple times, including top-10s at the 2007 Thanksgiving Classic at Kenly and Baileys 300 at Martinsville Speedway.
His first stock car victory, though, would come in December of 2008 at Southern National Raceway Park in Kenly, N.C.
2009 marked his rookie season in the ARCA Re/Max Series which resulted in two poles, seven top-fives, 13 top-10s and a fourth-place finish in the season-ending point standings.
When I asked him earlier this year where he’d like to be in five years, NASCAR was his goal.
“With how we’ve been running, hopefully in one of the top three divisions running for a big team as I’d like to give my mom and dad a break,” he said.