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Coulter wins Trucks Series race at Pocono Raceway

Associated Press Modified: August 4, 2012 at 3:01 pm •  Published: August 4, 2012
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LONG POND, Pa. (AP) — Joey Coulter had seven laps left separating him from his first career NASCAR win or another close call.

He made the move that got him the checkered flag.

Coulter sped from third to first off the final restart to win Saturday for the first time in the Trucks Series at Pocono Raceway.

Coulter won Saturday in his 36th career Trucks start and he's winless in 19 Nationwide races.

"They say once you win one, the others are easier," Coulter said. "I hope they're right."

His emotional mother was among the first join him in Victory Lane. She gushed as she said the 22-year-old Coulter had worked hard every single day of his life since he was 8 to have a moment like this one.

Team owner Richard Childress said the win as long time coming.

"Joey's had a really fast truck and it was misfortune that took him out of the winner's circle," he said. "I'm really happy for his family. They've been there at every race pulling for him."

James Buescher was second and pole winner Nelson Piquet Jr. was third in the 50-lap race. Matt Crafton and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.

Coulter is the ninth different winner this season and fourth first-time winner in 2012. He had never finished higher than third in the Trucks Series.

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