Coulter wins Michigan pole with track record lap

BROOKLYN, MI— Joey Coulter is the man with the momentum when it comes to the Truck Series as of late.

Or maybe he just likes freshly-paved race tracks.

That momentum continued Saturday morning at Michigan International Speedway where Coulter took the pole for Saturday’s VFW 200.

Coulter was able to knock Nelson Piquet Jr. off the top spot as the final truck to qualify.

His lap averaging 184.101 mph around the two-mile speedway was enough to give the Florida native his first career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series pole.

The pole doesn’t come as much of a surprise after Coulter’s Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet paced the field in both practice sessions on Friday.

While an RCR truck won the pole, the Turner Motorsports group placed all three trucks inside the top-10.

In his first Truck Series start since 2001, Kurt Busch qualified brother Kyle Busch’s No.18 Toyota in the fourth position.

With only 35 trucks attempting to qualify for the race, no trucks were sent home following qualifying.

VFW 200 Staring Lineup: 

1: Joey Coulter

2: Nelson Piquet Jr.

3: Miguel Paludo

4: Kurt Busch

5: Ty Dillon

6: Johnny Sauter

7: Tim George Jr.

8: James Buescher

9: Timothy Peters

10: Brad Keselowski

11: Parker Kligerman

12: Jason White

13: Matt Crafton

14: Justin Lofton

15: Todd Bodine

16: John Wes Townley

17: Cale Gale

18: Brennan Newberry

19: Scott Riggs

20: Dakoda Armstrong

21: Ross Chastain

22: Ron Hornaday Jr.

23: Bryan Silas

24: Chris Fontaine

25: Ryan Sieg

26: Johnny Chapman

27: Chris Jones

28: Dennis Setzer

29: Jennifer Jo Cobb

30: Stephen Leicht

31: Mike Harmon

32: Brandon Knupp

33: TJ Bell

34: Norm Benning

35: Josh Wise