Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Coulter joins Kyle Busch Motorsports

   Kyle Busch Motorsports announced Tuesday the team has signed Joey Coulter to compete for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver’s championship in 2013.

   Coulter currently ranks fifth in the 2012 Truck Series driver point standings and is tied for the series lead with three poles. The 22-year-old driver picked up his first career Truck Series win at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway in August and has six top-five and 13 top-10 finishes in 20 starts this season.

   “Joey has been running up front, competing for wins this year and we feel like he is ready to have a breakout year," team owner Kyle Busch said. "With the personnel we have in place at KBM and the support we receive from Toyota, we’re going to do everything possible to make sure that he is in a position to bring home a championship next season.”

Brian Vickers to run for 2013 Nationwide title

   Joe Gibbs Racing on Tuesday confirmed Brian Vickers will join the organization and compete for the 2013 Nationwide Series championship with the organization. Vickers is a former series champion who drove a part-time schedule in the Sprint Cup Schedule this season for Michael Waltrip Racing.

  "I’m very happy to stay in the Toyota family, and when you look at the Nationwide Series over the past several years, no team has dominated like Joe Gibbs Racing," Vickers said. "Hopefully we’ll be able to get Dollar General, Toyota and JGR a Nationwide Series Championship next season.”

   Vickers will be sponsored by Dollar General, which also announced an expanded partnership with JGR next season. The new agreement means in 2013 the No. 20 Toyota team driven by Matt Kenseth, who joins the team next season, will be sponsored by Dollar General in 20 races - up from 12 this season.

   “We look forward to our expanded partnership with Dollar General in both our Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series’ programs for next season,” said Joe Gibbs, owner and founder of JGR. “With Matt (Kenseth) and Brian (Vickers) we feel well positioned to deliver great visibility and winning results for the Dollar General brand. Matt is obviously a great talent, and his experience will be invaluable to our race team. Brian has proven to be successful in everything he has raced.”

   Dollar General will also to continue to sponsor two Nationwide races in 2013 - at Charlotte Motor Speedway and Chicagoland Speedway.