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Reid Wilson Rallies for Seventh at Motor Mile

Reid Wilson Rallies for Seventh at Motor Mile

by June 14, 2013 0 comments

HUNTERSVILLE, NC (June 12, 2013) – In short track racing, some top-10 finishes come relatively easy.  Others, like the one 17-year-old Reid Wilson had Saturday night at Motor Mile Speedway, require a sheer test of man and machine just to get to the finish.

The odds of a seventh-place finish seemed stacked against Wilson early in the running of the CARS X-1R Pro Cup Series Heritage Truck Centers 250 at the Virginia track when he went down three laps to the leaders early due to an ill-handling racecar.

A determined driver and the hard work and decision-making of his crew at the lap-125 halfway break at Motor Mile helped rally the Bojangles’ Chicken ‘n Biscuits No. 66 towards the front of the field in the second half of the event.  Wilson earned all three laps back and he sailed beneath the checkered flag in a strong seventh place.

“I don’t know how this day turned around to be so strong at the end,” remarked Wilson after the race.  “I wish I had a better way of putting it, but we just struggled all day.  To be able to get three laps down, but not get down on ourselves and rally back to finish seventh just shows how strong this team is.  Beyond that, it shows how much stronger we’re going to be as we move on from here.”

Wilson qualified his Bojangles’ No. 66 in the seventh position for the Heritage Truck Centers 250.  In front of a tremendous crowd thanks in large part to the free ticket promotion from the CARS X-1R Pro Cup Series and race sponsor Heritage Truck Centers, Wilson maintained his spot on track in the early laps.  Then, an unforeseen change in the handling of the racecar forced Wilson to wrestle his car around the 4/10-mile oval.

Wilson fought his racecar, but it wasn’t enough to keep from losing ground on the leaders.  Timely cautions allowed Wilson and his Chris Rogers-led crew to make adjustments, but the handling issues remained while Wilson dropped three laps to the leaders.
The lap-125 competition caution allowed Wilson to debrief with Rogers and their game plan worked masterfully to improve the car’s handling.

“We don’t know what happened the first 125, but my crew just worked really hard once we got to the break and could make some adjustments.   We made some tire pressure adjustments and that really hooked the car up on corner entry and helped drive it straight off.  We battled with a lot of guys tonight and somehow regained those three laps that we lost in the first 125.”
Wilson earned all three laps back in the race’s second half.  Once back on the lead lap, the Huntersville, North Carolinian moved as far forward as he could until the checkered flag waved.

“We brought it home with a seventh-place finish, which was awesome,” added Wilson.  “We ended up on the lead lap and as strong of a finish as we could have with all the things we were given.  I’m extremely proud and happy that the crew didn’t give up and we didn’t give up and that the No. 66 Bojangles’ car could stay up in the top 10 at the end of the night.”

The seventh-place finish at Motor Mile is the second-straight top-10 run in Pro Cup competition, coming on the heels of a fifth-place result at Kingsport Speedway in Tennessee last month.

Wilson’s focus will now shift to the Summer Shootout Series at Charlotte Motor Speedway.  Wilson will campaign the Bojangles’ Chicken ‘n Biscuits No. 66 in the Legends Pro division in 10 events in the next eight weeks.

The next CARS X-1R Pro Cup Series event for Wilson will be on Saturday, June 22 at South Carolina’s Myrtle Beach Speedway.
For more information on 17-year-old Reid Wilson, visit www.reidwilsonracing.com.  Follow Wilson on Twitter, @ReidWilson66 and on Facebook by clicking “Like” on the Reid Wilson Racing fan page.

Press Release
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