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Trucks: Maiden win for Coulter

Joey Coulter took his first win for Richard Childress Racing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Pocono Raceway, ahead of James Buescher and Nelson Piquet Jr.
Joey Coulter was celebrating in victory lane at Pocono Raceway on Saturday afternoon, having claimed his maiden win in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 36 attempts.

Coulter hadn't been on front all evening until it came to what proved to be the final restart on lap 44, which saw him start from third place behind the leaders Nelson Piquet Jr. and James Buescher, but with his eyes firmly on the prize.

"As soon as the spotter said green, I just put the foot to the floor," he said of the moment he managed to dip underneath Piquet for the lead. "It's what we needed to do. We needed to make moves quick. I knew we had to get it done right there or we weren't going to have a second chance at it."

That gave Coulter the lead for the first time with just seven laps remaining of the 50-lap race, and he was never ousted all the way to the chequered flag, and meant that former F1 driver Piquet was once again denied his own first visit to victory lane in the Truck series.

"The last restart was a bit of a problem," admitted Piquet. "It's so wide. I didn't know if I would defend on my left - Coulter - or if I would try to keep my line with James next to me, and it ended up being three-wide in the first corner.

"That was it," he continued. "I lost all my position. Still recovered to third. But it was a shame. Obviously, we had a fast truck, the quickest one out there. All we wanted to do was win."

Piquet had indeed been the fastest man for most of the brisk one-hour race, leading from pole position for the first stint of the race for 28 of the first 33 laps, interrupted only by the cycling of cars through pit lane for their first gas-and-tyres of the race under green flag conditions.

Piquet was back in the lead by lap 30 when Timothy George Jr. spun at turn 2 to bring out the first of the day's three cautions, but fell back to second place behind Buescher which left him firmly in the sights of Todd Bodine closing from behind.

"You don't wreck somebody like that. It's just totally ridiculous that happened," said a fuming Bodine of the incident that ended his race. “I pulled down to draft off of James and I should have known that Nelson wasn't smart enough to pull over with me and side draft with me.




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