Driver: Chase Purdy
Car: No. 17 Bama Buggies/Textron Off-Road Toyota
Track: Dover International Speedway – Dover, Del.
Track Description: 1.0-mile high-banked concrete oval
Date/Time: Friday, September 29 – 5:00pm ET
Race Length: 125 laps / 125 miles
TV Coverage: NBC Sports Network (Taped)
Radio Coverage: None
Last Race Recap: The last time the NASCAR K&N Pro Series hit the track, Chase competed in his second career road course race in a full size stock car at New Jersey Motorsports Park. After a tumultuous afternoon, Chase was able to finish sixth after a late race restart shuffled him back a few spots. Most recently, last weekend, Chase competed in a super late model and the ARCA Racing Series. In Kentucky’s ARCA event, Chase was in contention to win until a late-race restart where contact was made while racing four-wide for the lead. The impact was enough to break the track bar and send him to the garage just a handful of laps from the finish and credit for finishing 17th.
Miles is a Monster: NASCAR’s K&N Pro Series schedule gradually works new drivers up from smaller short tracks to bigger, faster facilities like New Hampshire, Watkins Glen and the season finale at Dover International Speedway. Dover is the fastest oval track on which Chase has competed with average speeds approaching 150 miles per hour. In his last one-mile layout race at New Hampshire, he sat on the pole and led early until he was bypassed by another competitor. Another caution never fell, preventing the team’s tire strategy from playing out, leaving Chase in second at the checkered flag.
Rookie Of The Year… Two Years in A Row: Last year, Chase competed in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series for approximately half the season. His stats were so dominant that his early-year performance was enough to secure him the national honors as NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Rookie of the Year. Last week, he received word that his run at New Jersey clinched the same title for his resume in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series.
Chase’s Thoughts: “I’m hyped up. Dover has always looked like a cool, fast place. I’m looking forward to experiencing the speed and g-forces and hopefully competing for a win with my David Gilliland Racing team. I really like these faster racetracks we’ve been running on recently. It’s also really cool to be going into this race having already clinched the Rookie of the Year title, so it takes a little bit of pressure off. But we still want a win, and we want to hold on to third in the points, too. Either way, it should be a fun weekend to end my first year in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series.”
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).