ORLANDO — The Joey Coulter Florida Pro-Truck Series will officially begin its second season this Saturday night as part of the World Series at New Smyrna Speedway. A preliminary 25-lap event is on the schedule for Friday night but it is not a sanctioned race for the series. Instead, the race will serve as a nice opportunity for drivers to tune up.
This season’s opener takes place a month earlier than the 2014 season opener, and many drivers are still trying to get their trucks rebuilt and ready for the new season. Thereh as also been a move up by a couple drivers and some that can not compete full-time in 2015 but will run selected events. There are a number of drivers who have responded and plan to be there this weekend including defending series champion Becca Monopoli, veterans Danny Anderson and J.R. Garcia.
Last seasons most improved driver Rodney Haddock along with his son Blake will be competing, as well as female driver Whitney Poole. Also indicating they will be there are Eddie King Jr., Kody Jett, Eddie Lichtenberger Jr., David Patterson, Michael Goddard, Derek Pugh, Doug Elliott and Dean Butrum. There has been quite a few calls from the Georgia trucks and one driver from Charlotte, NC plans to make the trip.
The Speed51.com and FansChoice.TV online coverage is a plus for the series as they open the season. Series owner Joey Coulter and series director Rick Bristol have hired exciting veteran announcer Ozzie Altman to handle the announcing for the series race this weekend. Altman announces big events all over the south and is a long time announcer of a few dirt traveling series.
Pit gates will open Friday morning at 8 a.m. Practice begins in rotation at 1 p.m. The Pro-Truck preliminary 25 lap event is last on the card. Saturday again pits open at 8 a.m. practice rotating beginning at 2 p.m. Qualifying will begin at 5:45 and the Joey Coulter Pro-Truck 50 will be first race after intermission.
We are excited to have Davenport Fights Back on board this season as a title sponsor, C.A.R.S. Racing for a Cause Inc. and the Joey Coulter Charity 200 Race Weekend are also sponsoring the series. There are a couple other sponsor deals being worked on and they will be announced as soon as possible.
-Joey Coulter Pro-Truck Series Press Release & Photo