CONCORD, NC : Hunter Wright left Gladeville, Tennessee before sunrise this morning as he and his family headed east to Concord, North Carolina in advance of this evening’s practice and tomorrow night’s feature races at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Wright will be making his debut in the U.S. Legend Cars International and INEX Summer Shootout series sponsored by Bojangles’ that takes place on the front straightaway at the coveted NASCAR track.
This will be the series’ race no. 6 out of 10 events for the 2019 season, and is a valuable Nationals points qualifier; cumulative toward the U.S. Legends year-end championship run. The recent high school graduate is currently 12th in national points among 287 Semi-Pro asphalt competitors, and is coming off a feature win at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville.
Hunter and dad, Dwayne, have made several attempts to either test for or attend their first Summer Shootout race. Rain, however, has played a hand in the team being able to find quality testing opportunities, or give them a comfortable window to make the trip east with little or no rain being forecast
The Legends cars are equipped for rain, but with this being Wright’s first trip to the ¼-mile asphalt oval, they opted to wait for clearer weather in hopes of capitalizing on their first trip. The idea was to maximize their ability to compete and gather as much valuable information about the car in race conditions as possible for future events.
Wright says he’s happy to finally be at Charlotte Motor Speedway, where the team parked a little less than an hour ago and just completed registration.
“I am really excited for this opportunity that our sponsors have given us to run at Charlotte for the first time in the Shootout. It’s been on our bucket list for some time now. I’m just glad we’re finally here.”
Wright says it will be no easy task, but he’s positive that they have anticipated what to expect on car setup to hopefully have the No. 29 up front.
“We have our work cut out for us, being that it’s our first time here. We’ll be competing against some of the best cars and drivers in the country that have been racing here since the first of June. Hopefully we can take what we’ve learned at Atlanta and apply it a little here. Texas was a way-different track, so maybe we’ve made the right choices so far on the setup for this run. We’re going to find out here very shortly.”
The U.S. Legends with INEX’s Summer Shootout consists of 10 races during the months of June and July, which ends with a big double-header July 29-30.
“Right now, we hope to at least be back for the final two races here, it really just depends on how our schedule as a whole plays out over the next few weeks. Today I’m just focusing on giving 110%, as always, and learn everything that we can in tonight’s practice in preparation for tomorrow’s race.”
The weather could play a factor once again with forecasters calling for a 20-percent chance of precipitation today, increasing to a 50-percent chance of afternoon thundershowers on Tuesday. There are thundershowers in the Charlotte-metro area, but the Wright’s have fingers-crossed that Mother Nature is on their side for the next couple of days.
Today’s races will be broadcast LIVE or on-demand at LegendsNation.com‘s LegendsNation.tv beginning at 4:30 p.m. EST. Spectator gates will open at 5 p.m. with the first green flag dropping at 7 for the evening’s events.
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