Cup Stock Car Series Champion Achieving Lifelong Goal; Tests at
North Carolina (December 29, 2014) – It is any stock car
driver’s dream to one day compete at the World Center of Racing,
Daytona International Speedway.
2013 Super Cup Stock Car Series champion Todd Peck and team
worked hard at the chance to turn laps on the highbanks in the
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series back in February, and now 2014
champion JJ Pack has moved one step closer to receiving a shot after
testing an ARCA Racing Series car in December.
“It was a lot
different than I thought,” said Pack, a veteran of short track
racing. “I have never
been on a track where I was in the throttle the whole way around and
on banking that high. We
definitely met our expectations.”
JJ paired up with
car owner Willie Mullins, who he got to know over this past season
and talked with about the possibility of testing at Daytona during
some Legends car efforts on the Summit Point Motorsports
Park road course in West Virginia.
They additionally had some assistance from some familiar
faces from the ARCA garage throughout
the two days at the track when they rolled out their noticeable
“Stroker Ace” themed plucked chicken replica scheme.
“(Willie) is just
like (our Super Cup team); running on a low budget,” noted Pack.
“He assembled a Roush engine himself, and Andy Belmont
helped set the car up. We
used that as a base and I made adjustments to make it faster.”
Virginia driver felt really comfortable in drafting practice.
He even gained notice from eight-time Daytona winning crew
chief and team owner Billy Gerhart, someone who JJ crewed for on an
occasion nearly a decade ago, to provide some input and apply it on
“I’m just glad
we were able to come away from the test and learn something,”
The team was moving
in the right direction with best lap times consistently averaging
under 50 seconds and more than 180 miles per hour, and Pack hopes
that it will lead to the opportunity to come back in February.
Regardless, he has plans to race at least three more speedway
races on the 2015 ARCA schedule including Pennsylvania’s Pocono
Meanwhile, JJ plans
some more Legends car racing before returning to the Super Cup field
in May. Owner Cal
Richardson has informed him that they are on board to make a run at
the 2015 championship and have picked up another car to add to the
team’s small fleet. Despite
his big opportunity Pack looks forward to coming back to possibly
defend the title, but not only for that reason.
affordable; for one, but the best part is I like helping other guys
and watching them progress. It’s
a family atmosphere.”
Among the drivers
Pack plans to assist will be teammate Tim Richardson and fellow
Virginian Rob Morris, who showed noteworthy improvement during the
early part of the 2014 season.
JJ Pack favors the
flat half-mile tracks on the circuit, which will conveniently open
up the 2015 season. Both CNB Bank Raceway Park and Jennerstown
Speedway are Pennsylvania facilities that he was a winner at in
The full schedule
can be viewed on the official series web site www.supercupstockcarseries.com.
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