On Wednesday night, Speed51.com ran a story about teenager Chase Purdy heading to California to race the SRL Winter Showdown at Kern Country Raceway Park. When we wrote the story, Purdy and his Anthony Campi Racing team were a go for the Winter Showdown. Right after we posted the story, their plans changed and we took the story down.
No, it’s not a case of “Fake News-itis” that has been going around ever since 2016. The team actually was planning on heading to California. Instead, it’s a case of Chase Purdy being a teenager and the lives of teenagers are changing and evolving by the second.
The reason why they’re no longer going to Kern County that weekend is a simple one. Chase Purdy is a senior in high school at Lamar High School in Meridian, Mississippi and he would simply miss too many days of school by heading to California for that event.
Now, instead of not racing at all that weekend, Purdy told Speed51.com on Thursday afternoon that he and his team will be heading to the historic Greenville Pickens Speedway in South Carolina for the $10,000-to-win Meltdown event on Saturday, February 3.
Purdy could hardly contain his excitement when he shared his new plans for the weekend. Purdy won 10 races in 2016 plus the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series South Carolina State Championship and Rookie of the Year driving for Hawk-McCall Motorsports at Greenville. He knows how to get to victory lane there.
“I’m actually excited about that,” Purdy said. “I really feel like for me it’s a confidence-boost thing because I’ve been there a lot and I’ve had a lot of success there. I feel like I know more of what to do as a strategy and how to play the system in that race. I feel good about it.”
At this point, Purdy’s stiffest completion will be Super Late Model ace, Bubba Pollard. While Pollard has won just about everywhere he’s raced, he’s never been to the tricky, flat half-mile of Greenville before. Purdy believes that he may have an edge of Pollard for this race.
“In overall experience I don’t think so, but at that track I do a little bit,” said Purdy when asked if he may have a leg up on Pollard and the rest of his competition for the Meltdown. “It’s somewhere he’s not familiar with, but I’m sure it won’t take him long to figure that place out, though with as many places as he’s been and as much experience as he has.”
The $10,000-to-win Greenville Meltdown at Greenville Pickens Speedway is Saturday, February 3. Speed51.com will be on-hand with live coverage from the event.
-By Rob Blount, Speed51.com Southeast Editor – Twitter: @RobBlount
-Photo credit: Speed51.com/Mojo Photos