Pro Cup Rookie Makes Up Three Laps for Top-10 Finish
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.”