VIENNA, W.Va. - NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Cale Conley was in Vienna on Friday night to participate in the Thundering Bison of the Mid-Ohio Valley Inaugural Indoor Golf Tournament at the Grand Pointe Conference and Reception Center.
Conley discussed his latest opportunities running in the K&N Series in the Autolite Iridium XP at Iowa Speedway when a blown engine took him out of the race and caused him to finish 32nd. "The car ran out of fuel and it caused damage to the engine," Conley said.
Conley's next appearance in the Richard Childress Racing No. 33 Chevrolet Camaro sponsored by Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America is Aug. 22 in the Food City 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway, where he recorded an 11th place finish earlier this year. He will run a total of 11 races this year in NASCAR's second-tier series.
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NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Cale Conley, left, poses with his former kindergarten teacher Barbara Joyce during Friday’s Thundering Bison of the Mid-Ohio Valley Inaugural Indoor Golf Tournament Friday at Grand Pointe Conference and Reception Center. Conley autographed a drawing for Joyce he drew during his kindergarten years.
Conley has shown great improvement on the 1- mile tracks. "Paul Menard and Ty Dillon have helped me learn these tracks this year," Conley said. "Our team has been running well and shown speed."
"One of the difficult issues is learning how to run tracks with mechanical- grip instead of aero-grip," Conley said. "Cars with aero grip are more comfortable for me to drive and explain to crew chief Nick Harrison. My seat-time on the larger tracks helps me learn more about the mechanical grip side of these cars."
Conley was accompanied at the event in Vienna by Nationwide Series driver Chad Boat. Boat drives the No. 84 Chevrolet Camaro for Billy Boat Motorsports. Boat has competed in seven Nationwide Series races this season with several mid-pack finishes.
Conley was able to enjoy some laps in a RCR Sprint Cup car at Nashville Super Speedway. "Running these cars is a treat due to the regular drivers dislike the idea of testing and spend their off-time on vacation," Conley said. "The power in the Cup car feels overwhelming and getting back into the Nationwide car I want to put the power to the track and come up short. The power ratio is vastly different, but to get these laps is a great chance to learn."
Conley will see action in the RCR car on Sept. 5 at Richmond International Raceway, Sept. 20 at Kentucky Motor Speedway, Sept. 27 at Dover International Speedway and Oct. 10 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.