NASCAR’s Nationwide Series has a stand-alone race at Kentucky Speedway on Saturday, and Joe Gibbs Racing will be sending all four of its cars out to the Bluegrass State. Nationwide Series regulars Elliott Sadler and Brian Vickers will be joined by Joey Coulter and Drew Herring at the 1.5-mile oval this weekend.
Sadler, driving the No. 11 Sports Clips Toyota Camry at Kentucky, has four top 10 finishes in four Nationwide Series starts at Kentucky; he also earned the pole his first time there in 2011 for Kevin Harvick Inc.
“Kentucky Speedway, especially the night race, is always a weekend we look forward to,” said Sadler. “Last race here in June we were running in second when the race was called for rain, and we hope that we can best that finish this weekend. Last week we had bad luck when a car plowed into the back of us when we were coming in to pit, which is a shame because we had a good run going. This Sport Clips team will continue to fight, and we are looking for a solid run this week at Kentucky.
Vickers, in the No. 20 Dollar General Toyota, made his first two Nationwide Series starts at Kentucky back in 2002 and 2003 – the 2002 start ended in a 32nd-place finish, but he improved the following year with a sixth-place run. Earlier this season, in his first start at Kentucky for JGR, he drove to a fourth-place finish.
Coulter, driving the No. 18 Freightliner Toyota in his third Nationwide Series appearance for JGR this season, makes his first Kentucky Nationwide Series start, but has five previous starts in the Camping World Truck Series at the track, resulting in three top 10 finishes and a pole.
“I’m excited for the opportunity to get back in one of the Joe Gibbs Racing Nationwide cars this weekend at Kentucky,” said Coulter. “I learned a lot from Adam (Stevens, crew chief) when I was in the 54 at Talladega and Chicago earlier this year and I’m looking forward to that continued growth with Matt (Lucas) and the 18 team this weekend. JGR has had some success throughout the year with Matt (Kenseth) in that car and I hope to put what I learned from the first two races together and produce solid results in the third one for everyone at JGR and most importantly Freightliner.”
Herring, in the No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota, makes his fourth start for JGR in the Nationwide Series this season. In last year’s second race at Kentucky, Herring started and finished fourth for JGR, leading two laps along the way.
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