MONTGOMERY, AL (Sept. 12, 2016) – In just his third career super late model start, Alabama native Chase Purdy brought home his first career top-five finish in the Alabama 200 on Sunday at Montgomery Motor Speedway. It was an improvement of nine positions for the driver of the No. 97 Bama Buggies Toyota after beginning the day from his 13th starting spot.
Purdy spent most of the weekend’s practice time learning the racetrack and dialing himself in before tuning on the racecar. After qualifying was completed, Purdy found himself outside the top ten, forced to start the 200-lap Southern Super Series event from 13th position.
“I was a little nervous after qualifying because we were so far back, but I knew we had a good race run car so I wasn’t too concerned,” said Purdy.
The driver’s sentiments were verified once the green flag flew. Slowly, Purdy began to work his way through the field, passing cars as they came to him while being conscious to stay on the lead lap. By the halfway break at lap 100, Purdy was sitting in fifth with half of the race still in front of him.
At the outset of the second half of the event, Purdy resumed the tire management and conservative strategy that got him to the top five by halfway. On the final lap, he found himself in fourth and within striking distance of the third place driver. Coming off of the final turn, Purdy gave a little too much extra effort and found the limit of his No. 97, spinning off the corner but still crossing the line in fourth.
“I thought we did really good this weekend,” explained Purdy after the event. “Coming to the checkered, I just lost it and over-corrected. That’s my only regret from the weekend was that I tore up the car. Other than that, my entire DGR team hooked me up with an awesome piece. As the race went on, they kinda came to me and I feel we were pretty equal with the leader.”
Purdy will have a short turnaround before his next event, the Honeywell 200 at Myrtle Beach Speedway in CARS Tour competition this weekend.Friday’s festivities include an open test day with sanctioned practice and qualifying on Saturday afternoon. The race festivities begin at 7pm ETand can be seen LIVE on CARS Tour TV.
For more information on Chase Purdy, visit his website at ChasePurdyRacing.com and follow him on Twitter (@ChasePurdy12) and Instagram (@chase_purdy).