Thursday, August 23 2012 @ 03:30 PM EDT
Series Returns To Tennessee Track For First Time Since 1997
By Adam Fenwick – email@example.com, Rev-Oil Pro Cup Series Public Relations Director
Kingsport, Tenn. – The Rev-Oil Pro Cup Series will travel to Tennessee this weekend for a special Sunday show at Kingsport Speedway.
Known as the “Concrete Jungle,” Kingsport’s three-eighths-mile concrete surface is likely to present a unique challenge for Rev-Oil Pro Cup Series drivers. The series raced once at Kingsport way back in 1997, meaning none of the current series competitors have raced a Pro Cup car at the venue.
Inexperience hasn’t mattered to Rev-Oil Pro Cup Series championship leader J.P. Morgan thus far this season. Morgan and the J&R Racing team have won three times this season at tracks they have never raced at before, so counting him out this weekend would be a massive mistake.
Morgan will be looking to earn his fifth-straight victory and sixth overall of the season this weekend during the Food Country USA 250 presented by MAHLE Motorsport, but he’ll have some stiff competition from several returning names.
Caleb Holman, who made his return to the series at Myrtle Beach (S.C.) Speedway on Aug. 12, is expected to be back again this weekend. Tennessee native Wade Day, who made his last Pro Cup start in 2008, is also expected to be in attendance.
One driver in particular who will be returning this weekend is Cody McMahan, who will be making his second series start wheeling Wes Gonder Racing’s No. 31 Chevrolet. McMahan had planned to run Sunday’s race in a car owned by NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Eric McClure, but things didn’t work out as planned.
“We had some unexpected circumstances that caused our ride to not be finished for this weekend,” McMahan said. “I was getting antsy. I haven’t been in a race car since May. So I talked to Jack (McNelly, Rev-Oil Pro Cup Series president) and he hooked me up with Wes and we just took it from there.”
McMahan has never raced at Kingsport in any form of car, but he has attended two races there and has gleaned a little information that he hopes will help him Sunday.
“As far as the track goes, it looks like a really tight track,” McMahan said. “It is a concrete track and I’ve never raced on a concrete track. I really don’t know a whole lot about it but I’m just going to get out there and try to get a feel for it and get some seat time.
“My goal is always to win races. That’s all I want to do is win. I just want to get a feel for the car. If the car is there and capable of going to the front, then you’d better believe I’m taking it there,” McMahan added.
The Rev-Oil Pro Cup Series will take to Kingsport Speedway on Saturday for three practice sessions ahead of Sunday’s 250-lap event.
On Sunday, qualifying for the Food Country USA 250 presented by MAHLE Motorsport is scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m., which will be followed by a 75-lap street-stock event at 2 p.m. Rev-Oil Pro Cup Series drivers will then take to the track at approximately 3:15 p.m. for an autograph session.
The Rev-Oil Pro Cup Series Food Country USA 250 presented by MAHLE Motorsport is scheduled to go green at approximately 4:30 p.m. Fans can visit www.revoilprocup.com to purchase pre-sale tickets for just $12 through Thursday. Tickets will be $15 on the day of the event.
For more information, please contact Public Relations Director Adam Fenwick at firstname.lastname@example.org or 828-329-6050.
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