NASCAR’s Joey Coulter is man of many talents

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NASCAR’s Joey Coulter is man of many talents

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by RUSS OWENS / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on July 1, 2013 at 5:17 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 2 at 6:54 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- It's sweet music to the ears of NASCAR Trucks Series driver Joey Coulter.  

"I've just always been a music buff," Coulter exclaimed.

When he's not racing at high speeds around an oval, Coulter picks up the guitar.

"I think my first concert, I was like 8," he recalled.

If he's not going to be the next Keith Richards, Coulter hopes to be racing's next big thing. It all started in 2011 in the Camping World Trucks Series when he got a call from none other than Richard Childress about getting a ride after a few years racing ARCA.

"At first I thought it was a joke,” Coulter said, “I was like, 'who is messing with me'."

But it was no joke, and it led to Coulter winning Rookie of the Year. But that was just the start.

“It was huge, one just getting an opportunity to go race," says Coulter, "But then the first phone call you ever get is from Richard Childress, and then the second phone call you get is from Kyle Busch. You can't beat that."

Now he’s racing for KBM, and getting to learn from one of the best drivers in the sport.

"Working for someone like Kyle-- that has that much passion, who is that fiery, is just going to make me better," Coulter expressed.

Also, Coulter is also still in school, working on his engineering degree at UNC-Charlotte.

"Me being the driver, if I can put myself right in the middle and talk to the engineer like the engineer, then I can talk to the crew chief like the crew chief, it will just help everything and things will happen quicker, setups will get better and we'll win more races," he says.

And what sweet music that would be for Coulter.

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