Last Race Recap: Chase raced the races of his NASCAR K&N Pro Series career at South Boston Speedway two weeks ago. After leading the most laps across the twin 100-lap contests, Chase finished second in the opening race and 11th in the final race after a late-race penalty. In his last super late model event, Chase led laps at Mobile International Speedway before fading late in the race after the tires went away in the final 40 laps.
Experienced Rookie: Up until the event at Bristol, the fastest tracks Chase has visited in a super late model may have been any number of facilities like New Smyrna Speedway, 5 Flags Speedway or Dominion Raceway. This weekend, however, he is set to tackle the World’s Fastest Half-Mile where average lap speeds exceeded 130mph in testing. In April, Chase was able to compete at Bristol in a NASCAR K&N Pro Series machine during a rain-shortened race where he charged from 22nd to 12th before the race was called just past halfway. Chase is one of few competitors who have competitive laps at The Last Great Colosseum under his belt entering this weekend’s spectacular.
Breakout Weekend?: After winning the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Rookie of the Year title in 2016, few doubted Chase Purdy’s ability to go fast. Learning how to race a super late model or K&N Pro Series car, as opposed to a weekly late model race or Legend car contest, was a completely different story. Slowly, Chase has improved in both machines, contending for wins in both of his most recent outings in each car. Given his take-no-prisoners, wide-open style that helps him to excel at places like Dominion, South Boston and Mobile, there is a high likelihood of Chase taking his first super late model win at Bristol after running top-ten in each test session at the track last weekend in his David Gilliland Racing prepared Toyota.
Chase’s Thoughts: “I’m looking forward to going to Bristol because I feel like we have a fast car and are going be one of the contenders competing for the win. During the test, I learned a lot about being smooth on the wheel in both race and qualifying runs because even the slightest bobble can kill your momentum when you’re running almost wide open. Track position will be huge because I have a feeling it will be a one-groove track and everyone will want to be on the bottom, meaning there will also be a big emphasis on qualifying so we can start up front and have less work to do as the race goes on.”
The Skinny: For more information about Chase, explore his website at www.ChasePurdyRacing.com. He can also be found on social media such as Facebook (@ChasePurdyRacing), Twitter (@ChasePurdy12) and Instagram (@chase_purdy).