Wilson Leads 75 Laps En Route to Fifth-Place Pro Cup Finish
HUNTERSVILLE, NC (May 21, 2013) – Sixteen-year-old Reid Wilson could see the signs of a season turn-around coming as he and his Reid Wilson Racing team prepared for the May 17 MAHLE 250 at Tennessee’s Kingsport Speedway. What he actually got in the 250-lap affair was a head-turning effort that saw his No. 66 Bojangles Chicken ‘n Biscuits Chevrolet qualify up front, lead 75 laps ahead of a strong field of competitors before bringing home the North Carolinian’s first top-five finish of his rookie Pro Cup season.
“I think a top five, remembering that I’m a rookie, is a really good result,” said Wilson. “At the same time, I’m a little disappointed that we didn’t finish quite as good as the car and the team deserved. I’m really excited that we are disappointed with a fifth, because that means we have a lot going for us.”
Wilson qualified fifth and raced inside the top five for much of the first half of the MAHLE 250. He moved his way up to third before the competition caution at lap 125. A halfway redraw put his No. 66 on the pole for the stretch run to the checkered flag.
Once up front, Wilson proved that he had a car capable of staying there.