In 1991, Stacy Puryear was 20 years old and didn't have a care in the world. That was the last time Stacy visited Indianapolis Raceway Park. He was a pit crew member on Jeff Burton's Busch Grand National team, learning about chassis. In the...
In 1991, Stacy Puryear was 20 years old and didn't have a care in the world. That was the last time Stacy visited Indianapolis Raceway Park. He was a pit crew member on Jeff Burton's Busch Grand National team, learning about chassis. In the back of his mind he knew he wanted to drive race cars at race tracks with enormous history such as IRP and Hickory. He remembers all the great BGN races he had seen at IRP between Sam Ard, Butch Lindley, Tommy Ellis, Tommy Houston, Morgan Shephard and Jack Ingram.
Stacy wasn't planning on going to IRP until his phone rang on Monday. It was Don Sprouse offering him a chance to drive his second car after his other driver had parted ways with him. It was also a car that hadn't finished but two races this season and had never qualified or run in the top 10. That was until Saturday night. Stacy qualified 9th and finished 8th in a car he hadn't seen until last weekend. He worked his way up to 7th by lap 62 and pitted with Jeff Agnew, Brian Vickers and Bill Plemmons. He moved up to 6th by lap 100 only to get caught up in someone else's crash on lap 123. The crash knocked the rear spoiler down some and caused the car to be very loose entering the turns. He would stay on the lead lap until lap 165, but still managed an 8th place finish in the 200 lap event.
"I really want to thank Don Sprouse and his whole team for giving me the chance to race at IRP. IRP has a special place in my heart and I never thought I would have the opportunity to race there. I'm just a racer, that's all I ever want to be. I thank the Lord for the ability that he has given me. I wish we could have finished better but Don was real happy with the top 10 finish" said Puryear.