Thursday, June 07 2012 @ 08:58 AM EDT
By Adam Fenwick – email@example.com - CARS Pro Cup Series Public Relations Director
RADFORD, Va. – It’s fair to say that Harrison Rhodes may have a bit of an advantage heading into this Saturday’s CARS Pro Cup Series Highway Motors/Heritage International 250 at Motor Mile Speedway.
Rhodes has already raced there three times this year in late-model stock-car competition, earning a best finish of fifth there May 19. That goes along with seven starts in extra distance events at the .416-mile asphalt oval last season.
“(The track) is about two and a half hours away, but it has kind of become our home track just because we like racing there and we like the people that work there and we like the track,” said Rhodes, a rookie in the CARS Pro Cup Series this year. “The track is real smooth and it’s not too worn out, so you’ve got a lot of grip and a pretty good amount of banking. It’s definitely one of the most fun tracks I’ve been to.”
Entering only his fourth CARS Pro Cup Series event, Rhodes carries with him the momentum of finishing fourth in his NASCAR K&N Pro Series East debut last Saturday night at Bowman Gray Stadium. He hopes that, combined with his extensive experience at Motor Mile, will make for an exciting night this Saturday.
“I actually have to go to my high school graduation that morning, so I might end up missing a good amount of practice,” Rhodes said. “I definitely think the experience will help me a little bit so I won’t have to get use to the track.”
If Rhodes is going to pick up his first CARS Pro Cup Series victory, he’ll have to beat the three men who have already visited victory lane this season. Championship leader J.P. Morgan, Tyler Young and Allen Purkhiser will all be at Motor Mile looking for their second victories of the season.
Gates for Saturday’s Highway Motors/Heritage International 250 open at 5 p.m. with qualifying scheduled to begin at 5:15 p.m. An on-track driver autograph session is scheduled for 6:15 p.m. The Highway Motors/Heritage International 250, featuring 250 laps of intense racing action and a halfway break, will go green at approximately 7:30 p.m.
Tickets for Saturday’s event can be purchased online for $10 through Thursday by visiting www.carsprocup.com. Tickets can be purchased for $15 at the track on the day of the event. Kids under the age of 12 are free.
For more information, please contact Public Relations Director Adam Fenwick at firstname.lastname@example.org or 828-329-6050.
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