CONCORD, N.C. (August 27, 2015) — The East Coast contingent of the Kulwicki Driver Development Program (KDDP) – Jay, Maine’s Dave Farrington, Jr. and Statesville, North Carolina’s Justin Crider – will take center stage in two of the biggest races of the season this weekend. Both drivers are eager to make headlines and advance up the ladder in the battle for the program’s inaugural “Kulwicki Cup” award battle.

> The 23-year-old Farrington will be competing in the 42nd Annual Oxford 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway, while the 18-year-old Crider will be getting after it in the CARS Tour Series’ Lead 2 Real Estate Group 200 at the “Tricky Triangle,” the newly reopened Concord Speedway.

> While it might be a slow weekend in Wisconsin, where the top three in the 2015 KDDP standings (Ty Majeski, Reagan May and Steve Apel) reside, Farrington and Crider have been hard at work gearing up for this huge racing weekend.

> With over 70 cars are entered at Oxford Plains including aces like Mike Rowe, Eddie MacDonald, Joey Polewarczyk, and Christopher Bell (driving for Kyle Busch Motorsports), just making the show is an accomplishment. That is something Farrington has been successful in doing for the last few years.

> “We are proud to have made the show the last four years straight,” Farrington said. “That has been a major accomplishment in its own. But we’re ready to contend for a top-five (finish). We have a sixth-place finish there on our resume (in the 2012 edition of the race), but we’re looking to do even better – hopefully even be up there challenging for the win.

> “It’s a long race and tire management is so key,” said Farrington. “We’re hoping to get some help in the pits that should help us contend all day. We’re certainly excited heading back in there this weekend.”

> The 2014 NASCAR Whelen All American Series Maine State Champion had hoped for more trips to victory lane this season, but is optimistic that a strong finish for the year is ahead of him. “We ran really well at Beech Ridge last Saturday night and got caught on the outside going for second,” Farrington said. “We ended up fifth, but we had a fast car. It bodes well for us during the last few weekly shows and into the fall.”

> For Crider, it’s been a long layoff since the last CARS Tour race at Orange County Speedway back on August 1. Crider had a tough night, dealing with tire problems and an eventual wreck that damaged his black and orange No. 7 Chevrolet.

> “We had to rebuild the entire front clip, but Greg Marlowe has done some magical work and we’re ready to go for Concord,” said the North Carolina State University sophomore.

> The CARS season started off very strong for Crider, with two top-three finishes in the first three races, but he has had a hard time cracking the top ten as of late.

> “We’ve had some terrible luck since HIckory, but at least we’ve had fast race cars almost every time out,” Crider noted. “Going into this weekend, I know that my crew chief, Bob McVay, will have a good setup ready to go. That dogleg on the back chute makes Concord a tough track, but we’re looking forward to the challenge.”

> Of course, the talk of the CARS Tour lately has been the switch from American Racer Tires to the tried-and-true Hoosier F-45s. Almost like the American political system, everyone has an opinion, and opinions on the switch are split down the middle. For Crider, though, it presents a new opportunity.

> “We have always run well on the Hoosiers and I have a lot of experience saving tires running on the F-45s,” said Crider. “We are ready to give it our best shot out there on Saturday.”

> As for keeping up with all the action at the Oxford 250, KDDP official media partner Speed51.com will offer “blanket coverage,” with full “Trackside Now” live updates and the latest news on their Facebook and Twitter feeds. They will offer exclusive live broadcast coverage on 51 Live TV. For additional information on that PPV coverage, please follow this link: http://speed51.com/51livetv-events/

> At Concord, Speed51.com will provide “Trackside Now” live updates on Saturday, while Race22.com will offer live Twitter feeds. RACEFEEDX (www.racefeedx.com) is offering live pay-per-view video coverage for $18 with coverage beginning at 6 p.m. ET.

> # # #

> For additional information on Oxford Plains Speedway, please visit their website at http://www.oxfordplains.com/. They are on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Official-Page-of-Oxford-Plains-Speedway/127141156054 and on Twitter at @OxfordPlains.
> * * *
> For additional information on Dave Farrington, Jr., please visit his Facebook page at
https://www.facebook.com/david.farrington.35. You can follow Dave on Twitter at @dfarringtonjr23.

> * * *
> For additional information on the CARS Tour, please visit their website at www.carsracingtour.com. The new series is active in social media with a Facebook page (www.facebook.com/CARSProCup) and Twitter account (@CARSTour).
> * * *
> For additional information on Concord Speedway, please visit their website at http://concordspeedway.net/. The track is active on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ConcordSpeedwayand you can follow them on Twitter at @ConcordSpeedway.
> * * *
> For additional information on Justin Crider, please visit his official website at http://www.justincrider.com/. You can catch him on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Justin-Crider-Racing/150907044978588 and follow him on Twitter at @CriderRacing7.
> * * *
> For additional information on the Kulwicki Driver Development Program, please visit the official website at www.kulwickiddp.com. Catch us on Facebook athttps://www.facebook.com/pages/KDDP/435099609983775?ref=hl and follow us on Twitter at @KulwickiDDP.

> About the KDDP:
> The Kulwicki Driver Development Program (KDDP) was established in 2014 by the family of late NASCAR Champion Alan Kulwicki for the purpose of helping worthy drivers toward reaching their dreams while at the same time keeping Alan’s memory and legacy alive. The Program provides drivers with financial assistance along with support in publicity, marketing, sponsorship development, industry networking and relationship building. Based in Concord, N.C., the KDDP is a non-profit organization with the mission of playing a significant role in developing the next era of America’s short-track racers while educating new generations about the life, passion and values of the 1992 NASCAR Champion.
> Contacts:
> Tom Roberts – [email protected] – (256)508-2595
> Jeff Kollath – [email protected] – (608) 516-0448
> Jan Beatty – [email protected] – (704) 262-2345
> Mark Horn – [email protected] – (704) 331-3540

Potential Season-Making Weekends Await Farrington and Crider