Episode Two of Speed51.com’s “The Morning Bullring” from Studio51 went down Monday morning, talking shop with some of the biggest names in the sport. Racers including Christopher Bell, Kyle Busch, Brian Campbell, and more called in to discuss a range of topics varying from the Chili bowl, to the upcoming CRA Speedfest at Crisp Motorsports Park and more.
Speed51.com’s Editor in Chief, Brandon Paul was the first to call into the Online Racing School Hotline to share some of the top stories of the short track community last week.
Brian Campbell then checked in from the frigid tundra of Michigan as he looks forward to coming down to Cordele, Georgia to run the Super Late Model 200 at CRA Speedfest 2019 this weekend.
“We sold our one pro car. We’re building a new one for next year. That will be done coming up in the spring. So we are bringing the super car we had out last year, with a new body and new decals. So, it’ll be fun,” Campbell told Bob Dillner and Casey LaJoie on air. “Depending on weather it’ll take about 15 hours to get down there.”
The 2018 Carolina Clash Champion Ross Bailes broke some news, announcing that he’s teaming up with Barry Wright to run the Barry Wright Race Cars house car in 2019. While not planning to run any specific tour, the crew looks to race regionally at all the big money shows.
“Right now we’re just starting off at Gaffney, for the March Madness race, the first weekend in March and then we’re just gonna run a regional pick and choose schedule. I don’t think we’re gonna run any particular series,” Bailes said. “We’re just going after the money races, is the main thing. It may work out that we can run the Ray Cook Southern Nationals in the middle of the summer, but we’ll just have to see how things go.”
Coming off the heals of his third Chili Bowl victory, Christopher Bell called in to talk about the race and break down when he thought he had a chance to win.
“I felt (competitive) throughout the entire race,” said Bell. “I was running fourth behind Justin Grant. I was a little bit concerned because the track was staying good for a long time, so I couldn’t really get by him. Then when I did get by Grant, I think that was around the midway point of the race, I was really good. I was pressuring Logan. Logan was right on top of Larson. So I felt good. I felt like I had a shot.”
The big news of the day came from none other than Kyle Busch as he announced his new partnership with Hamke Racecars, making Rowdy Manufacturing one of the perennial chassis builders in the Southeast.
“It’s going to be a relationship where Hamke Racecars and Rowdy Manufacturing, which is the chassis building business of Kyle Busch Motorsports for Super Late Models, for K&N cars, for ARCA cars, for Trucks, for Xfinity, for Cup, if you got Cup needs, whatever. We do it all, Rowdy Manufacturing and Hamke Racecar parts we do everything, we do it all,” Busch said.
Kulwicki Driver Development Program champion Brett Yackey closed the program, discussing his trip down to Tucson, Arizona.
“I’m really stoked for it. It’s going to be a lot of fun,” Yackey said on the broadcast. “We loaded up the cars last night. We’re going to get ready to leave Tuesday night, and it’s just going to be so much fun. I love the three days of racing, so many cars, and at the end of the day it’s a big race and a big purse.”
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-Story by: Allick Jorgensen, Speed51.com National Correspondent
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