Cameron Dodson Hooters Pro Cup Debut Successful Learning Experience for Rookie of the Year Contender Top-15 Finish Gets 17-year old Driver and May's Motorsports Team Off to Great Start to 2006 Season South Boston, VA - Cameron Dodson set ...
Cameron Dodson Hooters Pro Cup Debut Successful Learning Experience for Rookie of the Year Contender
Top-15 Finish Gets 17-year old Driver and May's Motorsports Team Off to Great Start to 2006 Season
South Boston, VA - Cameron Dodson set realistic goals for his debut in the Hooters Pro Cup North Series. The 17-year old driver and his May's Motorsports team left South Boston Speedway excited with their results.
Dodson, who until Saturday night had run less than 200 laps in race car with fenders, finished 15th after starting 32nd in the season-opening Aaron's 250 Presented by Lance Kelly Designs.
The No.14N Elite Collision Center DuPont Performance Coatings Joie of Seating Chevrolet Monte Carlo Dodson piloted showed little of the typical scars usually visible on a stock car following 250 laps of short track racing.
"Tonight was a tremendous learning experience for me," said Dodson. "My goal was to stay focused on learning as much as possible, while earning the respect of the other drivers by not making mistakes on the track.
"I think we did a great job of accomplishing the goals we set for this race. I wish we could have finished on the lead lap but I made a couple of rookie mistakes that cost us in the pits rather than on the track. I concentrated on taking car of my car and listening to Kirk (May, team owner and crew chief). I can't thank him enough for this opportunity and am so proud of all the guys on our team. They worked hard to give me a good car and support me as the new guy in the organization. It was a lot of fun and a good night for our entire team. I can hardly wait for the next race."
Dodson had a familiar voice over the radio during his first race over 50 laps in length. His Dad, Thomas, is his spotter and felt like the night was a huge learning experience for him as well.
"I have an even greater respect for everyone who takes their place on a spotter's stand," said the elder Dodson. "It is a job that I am taking very seriously and felt the weight of the responsibility tonight. Cameron did a great job on the track, and even though both he and I had a couple of "rookie" mistakes, I am very proud of his performance tonight and of this entire May's Motorsports team."
May was equally pleased with the results.
"Everyone on this team has stepped to a new level of performance," said May. "They all have confidence in Cameron and in one another. Everyone did their job very well tonight and our results showed the effort. I know there are going to be some ups and downs as the season progresses, it is part of racing, but Cameron has continued to demonstrate not only his talent to all of us, but his dedication and desire as a driver."
SPEED Channel will broadcast the Aaron's 250 on Wednesday, April 5, 2006 at 5:00 p.m. EDT. Further information is available by logging on to www.usarprocup.com.
The next event for Dodson and the May's Motorsports team will be the Food City 250 at Lonesome Pine Raceway, Coeburn, VA for the USAR Hooters Pro Cup North Division. Live timing and scoring of practice, qualifying and the race are available on www.usarprocup.com then click on the live updates link.