Monday, January 20 2014 @ 10:26 AM EST
Huntersville, North Carolina Native Focused; Driven For 2014 Season
HUNTERSVILLE, North Carolina (January 17, 2014) - - Dubbed last year as one of “NASCAR’s future prospects to watch” by Motorsports Analytics, 17-year old Reid Wilson (@reidwilson66) is clearly living up to that hype.
Giving them a taste of what’s yet to come, Wilson made the transition from Late Models to the X-1R Pro Cup Series last season and performed more like a profound veteran, rather than an inexperienced rookie.
However, it was the mentality of his willingness to learn, while earning the respect of his fellow competitors that transitioned into three top-fives and eight top-10s finishes in 10 races. Furthermore, the former INEX Legends car driver also became the second-youngest pole sitter in Pro Cup Series history after claiming the top spot at Hickory (N.C.) Motor Speedway in April.
While a mechanical issue halted his effort to win from the pole in his No. 66 Bojangles Chicken ‘n Biscuits Chevrolet that day, a string of eight consecutive top-10 finishes, including career-bests of fifth (three times), most recently at Kingsport (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, has given the home schooled senior momentum to carry into the off season and more importantly, 2014.
“I’m very thankful for the opportunity I was given this year,” said Reid, who plans to aim for an engineering degree next year in college, while continuing to race. “Before our first race at Dillon Motor Speedway last season, we tried to set realistic goals for the year. We achieved most of them. But now, we’re focused on capitalizing on what we learned into the 2014 season.
“Without the partnership of Bojangles’, Planet Central, my family, friends and team, none of this would have been possible. We built some memories this year, but there’s still plenty more to be made.”