MYRTLE BEACH, SC --- A NASCAR Busch Series driver leads an exciting life, week after week of driving over 150mph on some of the best speedways in the country. For Jeff Purvis, driver of the Porter-Cable Pontiac, a recent side trip...
MYRTLE BEACH, SC --- A NASCAR Busch Series driver leads an exciting life, week after week of driving over 150mph on some of the best speedways in the country. For Jeff Purvis, driver of the Porter-Cable Pontiac, a recent side trip following a testing session proved to be a little too exciting.
Purvis and the Porter-Cable team visited Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, NY for a testing session last week. Following a full day of testing, Purvis and his youngest son Clay made a side trip in Purvis' plane to New York City. After landing the two set out for a full day of sightseeing and shopping in The Big Apple.
With the taxi system being the main source of travel for visitors in the city, Jeff decided to leave the driving in the hands of a New York City cabby. As the pair were traveling from FAO Schwartz to see The Empire State Building, the taxi driver became a little too aggressive and slammed into the rear of a stopped van. Thankfully no one was injured but the taxi received major front-end damage and as they say in the racing business, "was done for the day".
"It was a wild ride for sure, I could tell the whole time that the van was getting closer and closer to us and then all of a sudden, we hit him," Purvis said. "Thankfully Clay had just purchased a huge stuffed animal at FAO Schwartz and it cushioned the impact for him. It was kind of neat to be in a wreck and know there was no way it was of my making," Purvis said with a grin.
The Clarksville, Tennessee native is hoping for a little less hectic night of racing this Saturday night than what he found in New York City. Purvis will travel to Myrtle Beach Speedway this weekend for the Myrtle Beach 250 on Saturday night. Purvis has seen his season take a turn for the better with the recent addition of crew chief Doug Richert. The two are hoping to pair up for victory on Saturday night.
"Hopefully this can be one of those perfect weekend of racing," Purvis said. "I believe we can qualify up front, stay out of trouble, have good pit stops and celebrate at then end of the night. This Porter-Cable team is ready to win."