Kenly, NC - Cam Strader, a Wilson, NC native who started racing go-karts at age 10, will return to competition in the NASCAR Goody's Dash Series at his home track on July 28th, in the running of the Carolina Precast Concrete 150 at the Southern ...
Kenly, NC - Cam Strader, a Wilson, NC native who started racing go-karts at age 10, will return to competition in the NASCAR Goody's Dash Series at his home track on July 28th, in the running of the Carolina Precast Concrete 150 at the Southern National Speedway in Kenly, NC.
Strader has been turning some heads with his performance thus far in the series, and looks forward to returning to the facility where he began to hone his competitive driving skills just a few years ago.
Last year Strader won the Bud Pole Award at the speedway and drove to a third place finish in the event.
This year he comes into the event leading the championship points standings. Strader has held the lead in the point's race since the third race of the season. He and his crew have visited victory lane three times this season. Those wins came at the Orange County Speedway, Lowe's Motor Speedway, and the Coastal Plains Speedway.
"We are excited about going home, so to speak," Strader said. "I learned a whole lot running at Southern National, and will always consider it my home track. We feel like this will be a good race for the Wesson/Peter Pan team, because I have logged so many laps there."
Strader competed in the Super Pro Truck Division at Southern National in 1997 before moving to the Late Model Division in 1998. He wasted little time being recognized for his exceptional talent and received Motorsports Magazine's "Rising Star of the Year" award in 1998. In his first season with Late Models, he won two races, finished third in points and won Rookie of the Year honors. In 1999, he again won two feature events, had four pole starts and finished third in points before moving to the NASCAR Goody's Dash Series in 2000.
"We're coming to Kenly loaded for bear," said Strader. I have an awesome team led by crew chief, Barry Owen and great engines prepared by Jan Smith," he said.
"We're over half way in the schedule, and we all know it's crunch time with only seven races to go," Strader said. "I can't imagine that things could get much more exciting than they have already been this year --but it's coming. This points battle has really started to heat up now," he explained. "Two races ago I had a 143 point lead and because of two wrecks beyond my control the lead is down to 31 points."
"We want to win more races for the people at Wesson and Peter Pan Peanut Butter. They have been super nice to work with, and we look forward to a long successful relationship together. It's just time to get it done, and a win at Southern National would be awesome," he concluded.
Strader will be making a visit to the Duke Children's Hospital's Camp Kaleidoscope Wednesday, July 25th at 10:30 a.m. "We do all we can to raise money and awareness for the Children's Miracle Network, and the Duke Children's Hospital. They are a great bunch of people and do an outstanding job with the kids. I can't wait to visit with the kids that participate in the camp," he added.