MILLINGTON, TN (June 5, 2017) – For the third consecutive event, Chase Purdy was in contention to win his first NASCAR K&N Pro Series race at Memphis International Raceway on Saturday. After leading the most laps, a flat tire after a late-race restart forced the No. 17 Bama Buggies Toyota to pit road for repairs and relegated the Mississippi native to a 13th place finish.
Purdy and the David Gilliland Racing team made good use of their practice time on Friday, consistently running in the top handful of drivers and ending the session second-fastest. In pole qualifying, Chase backed up his practice time and bypassed all challengers to capture his first career pole in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series.
On the green flag, Chase quickly established himself as one of the dominant cars, leading nearly every lap through the halfway break. Challenges came from fellow Toyota driver Todd Gilliland on various occasions, but Purdy was able to emerge from each joust victorious and held the top spot as the laps continued to click away.
Competitors were given a halfway break to adjust their machines and make changes for the second half of the race before a restart on lap 63. Chase settled into the top five for the second half of the race while setting up an eventual run to the checkered flag. Soon after a late-race restart, the No. 17 Toyota suddenly shot up the racetrack with a cut right front tire. Despite the problem, he was able to gather control of the car in time to make a trip to pit road to change the tire, but ultimately lost three laps during the exchange.
For Purdy, it was the third consecutive race where victory was in sight until circumstances dictated a different outcome.
“Extremely disappointing is about all I can say,” Purdy lamented after the race. “Everyone at David Gilliland Racing did everything right, we were up front leading like we’re supposed to be, and to have something like that happen, it sucks.
“The car was great all weekend, absolutely amazing,” he continued. “The car turned great all weekend and I believed we had the car to win until I went into turn one after the restart and we apparently ran over something. The good news is we’re contending for wins, but to lose one like this, man, it sucks.”
Chase’s next NASCAR K&N Pro Series race is July 1 at Berlin Raceway in Michigan, the first time the series has visited the facility. Prior to that event, he will be back in a super late model on June 24 for the Red Bud 400 at Anderson Speedway in Indiana with the CRA Super Series.
For more information on Chase Purdy, visit his website at ChasePurdyRacing.com and follow him on Facebook (@ChasePurdyRacing), Twitter (@ChasePurdy12) and Instagram (@chase_purdy).