USAR: Myrtle Beach CS: Ray Love Jr preview

Dirt Experience Could Benefit Ray Love Jr. at Myrtle Beach Ray Love Jr. rarely set a tire on a paved racetrack until this season, and he believes that dirt experience might be a benefit in the Oct. 6 running of the Mark Brooks Memorial Naturally...

Dirt Experience Could Benefit Ray Love Jr. at Myrtle Beach

Ray Love Jr. rarely set a tire on a paved racetrack until this season, and he believes that dirt experience might be a benefit in the Oct. 6 running of the Mark Brooks Memorial Naturally Fresh 250 USAR Hooters Pro Cup Championship Series event at Myrtle Beach (S.C.) Speedway.

"We've never been there, but according to what everybody says our dry-slick dirt setup will be OK," said the driver of the Love Concrete & Masonry/Junior Johnson Hams/D&G Kustom Specialties Chevrolet Monte Carlo No. 08n. "It's hard on tires and real slick, so that's the setup we're going to go with."

The 20-year-old rookie driver from Faulkner, Md., enjoyed success in dirt Late Models before jumping to Pro Cup in 2007. His best run of the season was the Northern Division race at Pennsylvania's Lake Erie Speedway, where he qualified fifth and finished 12th.

"We're going to try to do better than that, but the competition is stiffer now that it's the Championship Series," Love said. "The crew does a great job for me. Even though we don't always think we run well, we get a lot of comments about how good we do since we've never raced in Pro Cup before. In fact, this will be our 11th race on pavement altogether.

We've got Dickie Boswell (Richard Boswell's father) to thank for this, since he's the one who talked us into running Hooters Pro Cup. I'm glad he did."

-credit: www.RayLoveJr.com

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Series Stock car
Drivers Junior Johnson , Richard Boswell