KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — PASS South super late model young gun Kodie Conner will make his tour-type modified debut Saturday at Hickory Motor Speedway, driving for team owner David Hill and Hillbilly Racing in the Southern Modified Racing Series.
The Fall Spectacular at the historic .363-mile oval will mark Conner’s first foray into open-wheel, asphalt modified racing.
“I’ve watched Kodie for the last few years and I am impressed with his talent and success in the cars that he’s driven,” said Hill. “I’m excited for this opportunity to work with him in his new adventure of driving a Modified. I am wishing him all the success while he wheels one of the Hillbilly No. 79 cars. Kodie has shown his talent behind the wheel of other race cars and I know he will do great things in a modified.”
Conner currently sits second in the PASS South point standings after his sixth-place finish two weeks ago at South Boston Speedway. The consistency and ability to take care of equipment that he has shown has opened up the opportunity for Conner to race the modified.
“I am so excited to finally have the opportunity to drive a modified,” said Conner. “My grandfather and my dad both raced a modified back in New Jersey when they raced. I cannot wait to experience the wider tires with that horsepower and against different drivers.”
The last time Kodie was behind a wheel of a race car without fenders was in 2008, when he raced quarter-midgets across the Southeast.
“A car with no fenders is fun, but more prone to a serious incident without the protection of those fenders,” added Conner about the modified. “I just have to be calm and get a feel for the car and see what I think about driving the modified this weekend at Hickory Motor Speedway.”
CREDIT: Kodie Conner Racing