Joey Coulter lays down new track record, winning pole for RainEater Wiper Blades 200

Before moving up to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Joey Coulter made his mark in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, catching the eyes of NASCAR car owner Richard Childress. With the trucks having the weekend off, Coulter returns to ARCA routes this weekend.

Coulter proved in qualiying why he was picked by Childress for the No. 22 truck as he won the Menards Pole for the RainEater Wiper Blades 200, setting a new track record in the process. His lap of 37.471 seconds (192.149mh) broke the record set by Cale Gale, which was just under 190 mph. This marks his second career pole award after scoring his first pole at Berlin Raceway in 2010.

“It was a little hairy; I never took the throttle off the thing,” Coulter says. “It was a heck of a lap. I can’t thank everybody at Rip It and Coulter Motorsports enough for putting this car together. (Crew chief) Harold Holly’s calling the shots for this weekend, and I don’t know what he figures out for qualifying, but he can make a rocket ship. It’s a great feeling to me. My dad’s team, they’ve really been getting better and better. I think we’ve found a good combination and something that’s going to work. It’ll be great for (teammate) Matt (Lofton) the rest of the year.”

Coulter has been successful at Michigan in the past in the ARCA Series as in three previous starts, he has never finished outside of the top 10. Earlier in the week, Roger Curtis, the president of Michigan International Speedway, picked Coulter to win the race.

Points leader Brennan Poole will start second as he was 0.247 seconds behind Coulter. Alex Bowman starts third, followed by Venturini Motorsports’ teammates Ryan Reed and Kevin Swindell.

Coulter’s teammate Matt Lofton qualified sixth, followed by Kyle Larson, Frank Kimmel, Chris Buescher, and Jared Marks.

Tonight’s race will begin at 5 p.m., with SPEED airing live coverage and featuring live timing and scoring.

Starting Grid

2012 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards Event #8    
Michigan Int’l Speedway, Brooklyn Michigan, 6-15-12    
RainEater Wiper Blades 200
Official Starting Grid
1 61 Joey Coulter/Miami Springs FL RipIt Energy Drink-Darrell Gwynn Foundtn Chevy 37.471 192.149
2 25 Brennan Poole/The Woodlands TX Venturini Motorsports Toyota 37.718 190.890
3 22 Alex Bowman/Tucson AZ 13 abc/abc 12-St. Jude’s-eBay Motors Dodge 37.911 189.919
4 15 Ryan Reed/Bakersfield CA JDRF Ford 38.021 189.369
5 55 Kevin Swindell/Germantown TN Curb Records-Venturini Motorsports Toyota 38.063 189.160
6 16 Matt Lofton/Roxboro NC Chevrolet 38.123 188.862
7 6 Kyle Larson/Elk Grove CA ESR Chevrolet 38.253 188.221
8 44 Frank Kimmel/Clarksville IN Ansell-Menards Toyota 38.413 187.437
9 17 Chris Buescher/Prosper TX Roulo Brothers Racing Ford 38.480 187.110
10 12 Jared Marks/Napoleon OH Premium Energy VIP-SRT Motorsports-UNOH Dodge 38.548 186.780
11 66 John Blankenship/Williamson WV Coal America’s Energy Toyota 38.751 185.802
12 35 Nelson Canache/Caracas Venezuela Venezuela Tourism Chevrolet 39.134 183.983
13 97 Juan Carlos Blum/Guadalajara Mexico VMP Nutrition Dodge 39.212 183.617
14 52 Tom Hessert/Cherry Hill NJ Federated Auto Parts Chevrolet 39.213 183.613
15 23 Spencer Gallagher/Las Vegas NV Allegiant Air Chevrolet 39.329 183.071
16 68 Will Kimmel/Sellersburg IN Clarksville Schwinn & Cyclery Ford 39.483 182.357
17 92 Brennan Newberry/Bakersfield CA NTS Motorsports Chevrolet 39.571 181.951
18 04 Larry Barford Jr./Denton MD First Mariner Bank-Trauma Doc Dodge 39.764 181.068
19 32 Aleks Gregory/Baton Rouge LA Mosquito Patch Toyota 39.869 180.591
20 99 Brandon Davis/Huntington Beach CA Roulo Brothers Racing Ford 40.441 178.037
21 20 Tom Berte/New Berlin WI CGS Premier-StayTuned Customs Chevrolet 40.805 176.449
22 10 Rick Clifton/Circleville OH BASF Chevrolet 41.562 173.235
23 69 Korbin Forrister/Cedartown GA Tilted Kilt Ford 42.023 171.335
24 02 Josh Williams/Port Charlotte FL SW Florida Cable Construction Ford 42.430 169.691
25 7 Kent Schenkel/Huntington IN Schenkel Racing Dodge 42.793 168.252
26 06 Tommy O’Leary/Cygnet OH Wayne Peterson Racing Ford 42.949 167.641
27 3 Mike Buckley/Ann Arbor MI ETS-Kelly Tire Chevrolet 43.455 165.689
28 48 James Hylton/Inman SC Ford 44.064 163.399
29 0 Brad Smith/Shelby Township MI Wayne Peterson Racing Ford 45.221 159.218
30 34 Darrell Basham/Henryville IN Darrell Basham Racing Chevrolet 45.607 157.871
31 58 Chad Hackenbracht/New Philadelphia OH Michigan Apples Chevrolet Provisional
32 40 Roger Carter/Sunfield MI Carter 2 Motorsports Dodge Provisional
33 88 Buster Graham/Lafayette LA Buffalo Wild Wings-Batter’s Dream Ford Provisional
34 5 Bobby Gerhart/Lebanon PA Lucas Oil Slick Mist Chevrolet