Mooresville, NC 4/8/14- In just a few weeks the X-1R Pro Cup Series will go from racing at the shortest track on the 2014 season schedule, at the Hickory Motor Speedway measuring .363 miles, to the largest, Memphis International Raceway (MIR), measuring a whopping .75 miles in distance. It’s this transition to a track that is much bigger in size and speed than the series historically races at that has several drivers intrigued about the upcoming race weekend in Memphis.
While several long time X-1R Pro Cup Series competitors like J.P. Morgan, Caleb Holman, and Bill Plemons Jr. have had experience at “big tracks” like Iowa Speedway, The Milwaukee Mile, and Rockingham Speedway during the series “Hooters” days, the youth movement in the series hasn’t and getting an opportunity to hit the ultra-fast Memphis track has several youngsters excited of whats ahead for them.
Gus Dean, driver of the #56 Dean Custom Air / #MashOnIt Apparel Chevy, is one of those drivers who is glad to be going to Memphis in a few short weeks.
“Memphis is going to be a totally new experience for me. I’ve never really been on a track over half a mile so getting to get on track like Memphis is something I’m looking forward to. Obviously as a race car driver you enjoy the speed factor, so going to a track where we get to go even faster than we normally do is a bonus for me,” stated Dean, the nineteen year old wheel man from Blufton, SC.