RANDLEMAN, North Carolina (July 13, 2012) – – After battling through a variety of scenarios to finish a respectable 10th at Caraway (N.C.) Speedway last Wednesday night, NASCAR Whelen All-American Series (NWAAS) driver Ryan Wilson (@RyanWilson12) and his Ryan Wilson Motorsports (RWM) team resume racing action this Saturday night for a double-dose of 75 laps of competition at Southern National (N.C.) Motorsports Park (SNMP).
The Thomasville, North Carolina-based team will make just their fourth start at the historic short track this weekend but are in search of their second win of the season and first podium run since the team’s season debut at the 4/10-mile oval back in March. RWM, a family-owned operation has shown immense speed throughout the year.
Unfortunately, the team hasn’t always had the finishes to show for their performances as trouble has often snakebitten Wilson and his posse through 13 races this year. Still, the team has amassed eight top-fives and 12 top-10 finishes including a win at the team’s hometown track of Caraway on April 7.
“For the most part, our finishes have been good,” said Wilson, the 2010 fall winner of Richard Petty Driver Search II. “Together though, as a team at this point, we expect to be more than good, we really expect to be virtually unbeatable. We still can get there. I know there’s still a lot of racing to be had this season and we’re hoping that our trip back to Southern National will yield good luck and put our No. 12 Southern Pharmacy Services / Randolph Bank Toyota Camry back on the map.”
The avid race car driver continued, “I especially was disappointed with our 10th place run at Caraway on July 4. It was a special race for us having a unique paint scheme and all to celebrate our Country’s independence but we were plagued with some issues after qualifying and I wasn’t feeling the best. Still, no one ever gave up and we took the checkered flag and even gained some points on our competition – so it wasn’t too bad in the grand scheme of things. Saturday though, we’re looking to add some more top-fives and maybe even two wins to our credit – because I know that our RWM team is more than capable of pulling it off.”
When it comes to seeing the checkered flag in both feature events this weekend, the 20-year insisted that patience will be vital towards finishing near the front. “75 laps go by quick at SNMP,” he said. “So, it’s important that you qualify near the front and finish without tearing up the car but also keeping all of the other components in the race car intact. Kirk (Bryant, crew chief) and the guys have done an incredible job all season long with giving me extremely fast No. 12 Southern Pharmacy Services / Randolph Bank Toyota Camrys, so I’m eager to see what this weekend brings.”
Action begins at Southern National (N.C.) Motorsports Park on Saturday, July 14. Practice begins at 2:00 p.m. sharp followed by qualifying at 5:00 p.m. and racing by 7:00 p.m. that night. The team will take advantage of an open-practice on Friday, July 13 beginning at 4:00 p.m.
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