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Chris Knight

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Chris Knight has served as Assistant News Editor, Director of Driver Communications and Senior staff writer for Catchfence.com since 2001. In his 13 years with Catchfence.com, Knight has covered and posted daily news and press releases for the NASCAR Nationwide Series, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, ARCA Racing Series and "Other" Series for Catchfence.com. In addition to his active duties at Catchfence.com and other racing endeavors, the 30-year old also served as the Manager of Operations and Communications for Sheltra Motorsports and driver Patrick Sheltra in the ARCA Racing Series for four years including their championship season in 2010. Follow him on Twitter @Knighter01

Nov 17
Monday

Joey Coulter Closes Out the 2014 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Season with a 23rd-place Finish at Homestead-Miami Speedway

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Joey Coulter (Photo Credit: Sean Gardner / Getty Images)
Joey Coulter (Photo Credit: Sean Gardner / Getty Images)
Joey Coulter and the No. 21 Allegiant Travel Chevrolet Silverado team earned a 23rd-place result on Friday evening in the season-finale NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) event at the Homestead-Miami Speedway. The GMS Racing driver started the 134-lap affair from the 19th position and battled a loose-handling Chevrolet Silverado during the early stages of the race. The first of seven caution flags waved on Lap 6 for an incident in Turn 2, and on the Lap 9 restart Coulter had moved into the 15th-postion. Crew chief Jeff Stankiewicz directed Coulter to pit road on Lap 25, under caution, for four tires, fuel and chassis adjustments to combat the handling issues his Florida native driver was fighting.

The 24-year-old restarted on Lap 28 in the 10th-postion. The Miami Springs, Fla., native maintained a top-13 running position until the Lap 71 caution period. After a routine yellow-flag pit stop for four tires, fuel and a chassis adjustment, Coulter restarted eighth on Lap 75. Moments later, on Lap 79 Coulter made an unscheduled four-tire pit stop under green-flag conditions for a reported vibration.

After falling as far back as the 27th in the running order and going one lap down to the leader, the Allegiant Travel driver persevered and raced his way back onto 21st- place by Lap 100. Under caution, on Lap 101 the GMS Racing team serviced the No. 21 Allegiant Travel Chevrolet Silverado with four tires and fuel. Coulter was unable to catch a break with 33 laps remaining, the coveted “Lucky Dog” pass for the lead lap just out of his grasp. He brought home a 23rd-place finish in his season ending race with GMS Racing. Coulter finished the season seventh in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver championship point standings with three top-five and 10 top-10 finishes.

Start – 19

Finish – 23

Laps Led – 0

Joey Coulter Quote:

“It is always tough to end the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season on a not-so-good note, but at the same time a little bad luck at the end of the year cannot ruin a successful season for GMS Racing, either. I’m really proud of everyone at GMS Racing and especially the guys on the No. 21 Allegiant Travel Chevrolet Silverado team. Everyone worked hard and we made a lot of progress throughout the year. I think we have got ourselves in a good spot going into 2015 season.”

ABOUT ALLEGIANT:

Travel is our deal. ® Las Vegas-based Allegiant Travel Company (NASDAQ: ALGT) is focused on linking travelers in small cities to world-class leisure destinations. The company operates a low-cost, high-efficiency, all-jet passenger airline through its subsidiary, Allegiant Air, while also offering other travel-related products such as hotel rooms, rental cars, and attraction tickets. All can be purchased through the company website, allegiant.com. The company has been named one of America’s 100 Best Small Companies by Forbes Magazine for four consecutive years.

ABOUT GMS RACING, LLC:

GMS Racing, formerly known as Gallagher Motorsports, competes full-time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards with drivers Joey Coulter, Spencer Gallagher, and Max Gresham. Formerly based out of Las Vegas, Nevada, home of Allegiant Travel, GMS Racing is now housed in a state of the art 32,000-square-foot shop in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Source: GMS Racing

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