Conley gets time in Sprint Cup car

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Vienna, W.Va. native Cale Conley was able to take 160 test laps in a Sprint Cup car for Richard Childress Racing at Nashville Superspeedway Friday.

Conley was asked to participate in a tire test for RCR. He said of the experience, “it was awesome to live a dream out like that. I always wanted to drive a Sprint Cup car and now I can say I have.

“So thankful for the chance. It’s good that RCR has faith in letting me do some test for them it me makes me feel good.”

Conley finished 12th in the No. 33 Richard Childress Camaro sponsored by Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America at Chicagoland Speedway last week.

He said, “it was solid run I think that it was something to keep my chin up about for being my first mile and half race,” Conley said.

“My next race is Bristol so I’m excited to hit the short track again but also excited to get back on the big tracks to learn more. So much to learn and so much to gain experience wise.”

The race at Bristol is set for Aug. 22

He made his Nationwide Series debut at Bristol Motor Speedway with an 11th place finish.

In his third outing in the Okuma-sponsored Camaro, he was able to post a 15th-place finish at Richmond International Speedway.

Conley made his return to the K&N East Series in the Granite State 100 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway earlier this month. He drove the No. 47 Ravici Racing Chevrolet Impala to a third-place finish after starting the race at the rear of the field in 30th position.

His lone win in the K&N East Series came in 2012 at Columbus (Ohio) Motor Speedway. Conley used the opportunity to drive the Ravici Racing Impala to gain more seat time, due to his limited Nationwide Series schedule with Richard Childress Racing. Conley has competed in the K&N Series since 2011 with three pole positions, eight top-5 and 10 top-10 finishes to his credit.

Conley has four more shots to record a win in NASCAR’s second tier series. He said, “I really need to be in the car every weekend to unload in practice with speed, consistency and confidence.