Kyle Busch Motorsports driver Joey Coulter is the defending race winner on the Pocono Mountains 125, and heads back to Pocono Raceway this weekend with a special sponsor on his No. 18 Toyota Tundra.
Coulter and KBM have teamed up with FOX Sports 1 – which launches in place of SPEED Channel on Saturday, August 17th – for this Saturday’s Camping World Truck Series race at the “Tricky Triangle.” FOX Sports 1, which will also be on Coulter’s No. 18 at Michigan, will continue to be the home of the Truck Series.
“Having FOX Sports 1 on the truck for Pocono is huge,” said Coulter on the KBM website. “This new network means big things in terms of viewership and audience and the future of the Truck Series. For them to further promote the network on my Toyota Tundra is pretty cool and it shows how excited they are about NASCAR and our series. To be the driver with the responsibility of getting people ready for the change is going to be a lot of fun and it’s an honor.”
Darrell Wallace Jr., driving the No. 54 Camping World/Good Sam Tundra, will make his first start at Pocono. “I’m excited to go to Pocono,” said Wallace Jr. “I’ve never run there, but was supposed to run some laps there a couple of years ago until Mother Nature changed that. We’ve been working hard here at the shop to get ready to go and I’m excited to get there and learn the tunnel turn and characteristics of the track. We’ll start off kind of slow until we get comfortable with everything and figure things out. We’ll take our time and creep up on it. We’ve got Camping World and Good Sam on our Toyota Tundra again this weekend and looking for another good weekend and shooting for our third top-10 in a row. There’s no doubt in my mind that we’ll be near the top of the board, hopefully at the top of the board all weekend and maybe get us our first win.”
Also making his first Truck Series start at Pocono this weekend is Chad Hackenbracht, driving the No. 51 Tastee Apple/Ingersoll Rand Tundra for the second time this season. This is not, however, Hackenbracht’s first time at the track – he has six ARCA Racing Series starts at the 2.5-mile tri-oval, and his four top 10 finishes include a win in the race last August.
“Pocono has always been a great track for me and does suit my driving style,” said Hackenbracht. “I will carry over what I know about driving lines and various characteristics of the track, but other than that it will be a totally new experience in the truck…I have always run well there, so to be in top-notch equipment this week is going to be great and having Kyle (Busch) at the track as well will be a major plus.”
Qualifying for the Pocono Mountains 125 takes place Saturday, August 3rd at 10 a.m. ET, followed by the race at 1 p.m. ET. Keep up with the action at www.nascar.com and www.kylebuschmotorsports.com.
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