Richard Childress Racing
February 21, 2012
Joey Coulter Event Preview: NextEra Energy Resources 250
"I think we are carrying a lot of momentum from last year into this season. Winning the Rookie of the Year title was a great testament to this team and all the hard work they put in throughout the year."
Event Preview Fact Sheet
No. 22 Mama Lucia Meatballs Chevrolet Silverado
NextEra Energy Resources 250
February 24, 2012
Daytona International Speedway
Race Notes and Quotes:
This Week's Mama Lucia Meatballs Chevrolet at Daytona International Speedway ... Joey Coulter will pilot Chassis No. 010 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Camping World Truck Series stable in this weekend's NextEra Energy Resources 250. This RCR racer was last seen on track at Talladega Superspeedway in October 2011 where Coulter started seventh and finished in the 20th position. Coulter also drove this No. 22 Chevrolet last February in his career-first NCWTS race at Daytona earning a less-than desired 34th-place finish after starting in the eighth position.
Coulter at Daytona ... In 2011, Coutler made his career-first start at Daytona, where a blown tire left the team with severe damage resulting in a 34th-place finish after starting eighth.
The No. 22 Team Reunites ... The No. 22 Mama Lucia Meatballs Chevrolet team heads into the 2012 season virtually unchanged from 2011. Driver, crew chief Harold Holly, team engineer Matt McCall and many of the race shop and over-the-wall pit crew members have remained the same. One new face on the team is truck chief Mark Setzer who joined the Mama Lucia Meatball gang at the end of the 2011 season.
Welcome Aboard ... Coulter partnered with NASCAR and Daytona International Speedway to travel to the Jacksonville, Fla. for a media event on Tuesday before heading to the "World Center of Racing." First stop of the day was the Mayport Naval Base in Jacksonville, Fla., where the 21-year-old driver met with sailors and toured a naval ship prior to meeting with a youth group in the local Jacksonville area.
Mmm Meatballs ... Mama Lucia Meatballs will adorn Coulter's red and black No. 22 truck as the primary sponsor for the NextEra Energy Resources 250 at DIS. Quaker Maid Meats introduced the fully cooked Italian style meatballs to the market shelves in 1979. The frozen meat manufacturer remains a family-operated business.based in Reading, Pa.
Gone Fishin'... The 2011 NCWTS Sunoco Rookie of the Year will participate in the Darrell Gwynn Foundation fishing tournament on Lake Lloyd at DIS before buckling into the No. 22 Mama Lucia Meatballs Chevrolet on Friday, February 24 for the 100-lap main event. The Darrell Gwynn Foundation provides support for people with paralysis and helps prevent spinal cord injuries. Darrell Gwynn was a former race car driver that suffered injuries during an accident that result in paralysis. He now works closely educating people about the significance of spinal cord injuries.
JOEY COULTER QUOTES:
What are your thoughts about returning to Daytona International Speedway for the Camping World Series Truck race?
"After last year at Daytona, I am really looking forward to getting back on the track and starting where we left off. Harold Holly and the guys gave me a great truck to race last year and they have built a brand new truck this year that looks more promising than the last. I really enjoy super Speedway racing and I really enjoy racing at Daytona. There is so much history at that track it is unreal. It doesn't matter how many times I race there it is the same awesome feeling every time I drive through the tunnel. I am also very proud to have mama Lucia meatballs on the truck this weekend. It really means a lot lot to me to have a sponsor come on board and support me and the rest of the team. I am looking forward to having a great run with them on the truck."
What are your expectations this season?
"I think we are carrying a lot of momentum from last year into this season. Winning the Rookie of the Year title was a great testament to this team and all the hard work they put in throughout the year. I think we are coming into 2012 a lot stronger and we have set the bar with high expectations."