SARASOTA, Fla. – Chase Purdy will join Anthony Campi Racing for select super late model events during the 2018 season.
After being named to NASCAR Next, Purdy continued to display his potential by claiming four straight poles and five runner-up finishes en route to a fourth-place finish in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East standings this year, as well as Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors.
“I felt like things were pretty good during our test,” said Purdy. “I felt really good about the group of guys. Everyone really seemed bonded, and I felt like I bonded with them. Anthony is really informative about everything and helpful to me as a driver, too. Plus, we were able to have fun together, and that’s always good.”
Over the last few seasons, Anthony Campi has transitioned from the role of driver to team owner and, in his short timespan at the helm of the team, has quickly led them to prominence.
Starting at their home track of New Smyrna Speedway, the team took various drivers to success at the half-mile oval on the east coast of Florida. During the 2016 season, they became a nationally known entity when Minnesota driver Cole Anderson drove their cars to victory in multiple high-profile events, including Oktoberfest and races in the Southern Super Series.
“Our initial test with Chase was very productive and I feel like we had great speed and a good baseline to work off of when we start racing,” said Campi. “It was fun, he’s got a great deal of talent and honing in on when and where to use that talent will be our key focus. Chase listens great and his feedback is on point, so it should make for an exciting year of racing.”
Campi and Purdy first had the opportunity to become familiar with one another during the CARS Tour Duels at Dominion, when both parties were racing at the same track on the same weekend.
Purdy ran second in both races while Campi’s team also ran inside the top five.
“I watched Chase at Dominion and thought, ‘Wow, he has amazing raw talent,’ and I believed if someone could help to tame and teach him, that person could win a lot of races with him,” Campi said. “When the opportunity came up to work with him a short time back, we would have been crazy not to jump on it. We’re really looking forward to seeing how this entire deal plays out.”
Purdy’s schedule with the Campi team will include 10 marquee super late model dates and is scheduled to begin with the annual Speedfest event at Crisp Motorsports Park next January.
Other events include races like the Rattler 250 and the Slinger Nationals.
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