SEYMOUR, Tenn. — Wade Day’s racing credentials speak volumes, as he is quite accomplished behind the wheel of a race car and also very hands-on overseeing racing operations for young developmental drivers under his guidance.
The Pro All Stars Series and Koma Unwind Modified Madness Series will make their first-ever visit to Kingsport Speedway on Friday, May 8 for running of the Daniel Boone Classic. The PASS South Super Late Models and the Koma Unwind Modifieds will each compete in 125-lap events at “The Concrete Jungle,” and the 42-year-old Day is looking forward to competing with the Pro All Star Series.
“Kingsport Speedway is where it all began for me racing NASCAR Late Model Stock Cars in the late ’90s,” said Day while taking a break from working on the Highlands Motorsports Super Late Model, getting prepared for the PASS South race in the Model City. “After I moved to Northeast Tennessee from my home in Kentucky, the late Jim Wolfe is who put me in a race car at Kingsport Speedway. Jim’s son, Matt Wolfe and I were teammates, and I really look back on that time in my life and the great times we had racing.
“I’ve got the record for most victories at 14 in a season (2000) at Kingsport Speedway, and we had a streak where we won nine straight races and also captured 10 pole awards that year. And the icing on the cake for us was winning the NASCAR Blue Ridge Regional Championship.”
Day’s a former multi-time World Karting Association state and national champion with over 800 career go-kart victories at tracks all over the Mid-Ohio Valley, East Coast and Southeast. Day captured two NASCAR regional Late Model Stock Car championships, in 2000 at Kingsport (Tenn.) Speedway and 2002 at Lonesome Pine Raceway in Coeburn, Va. Between 1999 and ’02, Day recorded a total of 48 Late Model Stock Car feature wins at Kingsport Speedway, LPR and New River (Radford, Va.) Valley Speedway (now known as Motor Mile Speedway).
He’s a native of Whitesburg, Ky., and earned an Associate of Applied Science degree in Mechanical Computer-Aided Design Drafting from Louisville Technical Institute, with additional study completed towards a Mechanical Engineering Degree at the University of Kentucky.
In 2004 he led the American Speed Association points as a rookie, recording a best finish of second at Kentucky Motor Speedway and also finished fourth at Atlanta Motor Speedway, just ahead of legendary NASCAR Sprint Cup Series star Mark Martin, and eventually wound up fifth in the standings at season’s end. Day captured the International Sport Compact Auto Racing Series Dash championship in 2005, plus was a front-running competitor with the United Speed Alliance Racing Hooters Pro Cup Series in 2006 and 2007. Day visited victory lane in 2006 with the Pro All Stars Series (PASS South), winning the prestigious “Orange Blossom Special 150” Super Late Model event at Orange County (Rougemont, N.C.) Speedway.
Over the past eight years, Day has focused on building his racing business (WD Performance) and guiding the racing careers of teenage drivers such as Trevor Bayne (2011 Daytona 500 winner and current full-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competitor for Roush Fenway Racing) and the T2 Motorsports team in the Hooters Pro Cup Series. Plus mentoring NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racer Blake Jones of Sevierville, who this past weekend won the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards International Motorsports Hall of Fame 200 at Talladega Superspeedway, Dylan Presnell (Late Model Stock and NASCAR K&N Pro Series competitor), and current protege Justin Fontaine, a 17-year-old from Fletcher, N.C., who competes weekly in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series at Kingsport Speedway.
Operating WD Performance and heading up racing operations has kept Day from racing on a regular basis. But he’s strapped in behind the wheel of a race car on three occasions since stepping away from racing full-time at end of the 2007 season, and he’s proven he still has what it takes to get the job done.
Day is three-for-three, having won a NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model Stock Car event in 2011 racing as a teammate with Nate Monteith, and in 2012 won the Rev-Oil Pro Cup Series Food Country USA 250 presented by Mahle Motorsport, and in 2014 went to victory lane with the Southeast Super Truck Series.
Day looks to keep his perfect winning streak alive in the PASS South event at Kingsport Speedway, where he will team up with longtime friend and car owner Wade Lopez to drive the Lopez Wealth Management, LLC – Pizza Plus – Texas Roadhouse of Kingsport – Wilwood – AR Bodies – Catch 22 – Breast Cancer Awareness – Robbie White Race Engines – Rebel Chassis – Highlands Motorsports – No. 96 Ford Fusion.
“It’s just awesome to get the opportunity to team back up once again with (Wade) Lopez,” said Day. “He’s really been a big supporter of my racing over the years, and I’m very appreciative for that. But moreso, he and I are just great friends and that means the world to me. I drove full-time for his Highlands Motorsports team back when we won the ISCARS Dash championship, and we also raced in the Hooters Pro Cup Series and some PASS South races too. We won the Pro Cup Series race at Kingsport back in 2012, and there’s nothing more that I’d love to do than win another race for Wade. He’s a good racer himself, he won the Kingsport Speedway championship in 2001, after I’d won in 2000. I’ve talked with Pro All Stars Series owner Tom Mayberry and I believe this will be a pretty competitive field of cars coming to Kingsport Speedway. But we’ll be bringing a good hot rod with us and hopefully be able to get the win.
“This PASS South race is going to be a great deal because besides Lopez being onboard, I’m going to have my dad (Rick Day), Duke Bare, Dinky Torbett, Tony Ponkauskas, Brad Ball and Larry Gibson in the pits helping. Plus, my current driver in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, Justin Fontaine, he’s going to be spotting for me and this will definitely be a role reversal between us. My wife Jessica and our daughter Allison, and sons Connor and Ethan will be at the track, plus my aunt and uncle Roger and Priscilla Day, along with cousin Michael Rayburn and possibly other family members will be watching. I guess you could maybe say we’re going to have a family and friends reunion get-together at the track.”
Grandstand and tier-parking gates at Kingsport Speedway will open at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 8, with qualifying scheduled for 6 p.m. and green flag racing beginning at 7:45 p.m.
Adult grandstand admission $20, youth ages 12-17 $15, with kids 11-and-under admitted free. Kingsport Speedway is located at 2961 N. John B. Dennis Hwy.
For more information regarding WD Performance, contact Wade Day at (423) 956-2583. For PASS info visit the series’ website at www.proallstarsseries.com.
-Highland Motorsports Press Release