Driver: Chase Purdy
Car: Bama Buggies / Polaris No. 17 Toyota
Sanction: NASCAR K&N Pro Series
Race: Zombie Auto 125
Track: Bristol Motor Speedway – Bristol, Tenn.
Track Description: .533-mile ultra high-banked concrete oval
Date/Time: Saturday, April 22 – 4:00pm
Race Length: 125 Laps
TV Coverage: NBC Sports Network – Taped
Radio Coverage: None
Last Race Recap: Chase visited his former NASCAR Home Track at Greenville Pickens Speedway for his second career NASCAR K&N Pro Series race. After a piece of ballast from another car destroyed his primary machine, the DGR crew unloaded a backup car for Chase to race and it was just as fast as the car which was destroyed. Chase ran as high as fourth until contact from another competitor sent him into a spin and relegated him to a 11th place finish.
Fastest. Track. Ever.: Throughout Chase’s career, he has raced on a variety of tracks but this weekend’s race at Bristol will be the highest-banked and fastest track on which he has ever competed. Prior to Bristol, the fastest layouts he has raced on were at New Smyrna Speedway and Five Flags Speedway in Florida, along with Orange County Speedway outside of Durham, N.C.
Food City Family Race Night Appearance: As part of the traditional Bristol race weekend festivities, Chase is scheduled to make an appearance at Food City Family Race Night on Friday night prior to the race. As part of the free event held in the racetrack’s hospitality area, he is scheduled to begin signing autographs at 7:30pm, an hour after the conclusion of pole qualifying. Other drivers and celebrities involved in activities at the event include NASCAR President Mike Helton, Kelley Earnhardt Miller, Richard Childress, Richard Petty, Kyle Busch, Kasey Kahne and numerous other current NASCAR national and regional stars in addition to Chase’s Toyota teammate Todd Gilliland.
Chase’s Thoughts: “I’m really excited about this weekend because it will be a highlight moment in my career. It will be the first big-league track where I get to race, one the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series guys race on, plus the Xfinity guys and both of those series will be there this weekend, too. I’ve been trying to watch video and study as much as I can about the line and how things play out over the course of a K&N race at Bristol and I’ve been racing at Bristol a lot in the K&N car on iRacing. I’ve also talked to a lot of my friends and teammates who have raced here in the past and they’ve helped me to understand how hard I need to attack the track and things like that. Still, they say there is no substitute for experience and actually going out there myself.”
The Skinny: For more information about Chase, explore his website at He can also be found on social media such as Twitter (@ChasePurdy12) and Instagram (@chase_purdy).
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