MOORESVILLE, NC (June 8, 2017) — For the first time since the Snowball Derby weekend last December, David Calabrese will be climbing behind the wheel of his No. 43 Ford to compete in a straight-rail race for Calabrese Motorsports. This weekend’s CARS Tour/Southern Super Series Border War 250 at Anderson Motor Speedway will see nearly thirty cars, including Calabrese, take the green flag for 125 laps around the third-mile oval in the upstate of South Carolina.
Since the end of 2016, Calabrese Motorsports has been rather busy fielding competitive cars for drivers in ARCA and the NASCAR K&N Pro Series. Chad Finley went to victory lane in Nashville during the ARCA race with assistance from the Calabrese group and current ARCA Racing Series star Zane Smith has also seen success racing with the Calabrese No. 43 in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series this year. This weekend is the first time David has had the opportunity to climb behind the wheel instead of working to build and maintain cars for other drivers in the Calabrese Motorsports stable.
“We’ve been so busy doing stuff with the ARCA cars, the K&N cars and everything else, it’s been wide open around here,” Calabrese said on Wednesday. “We’re building cars to send up north and for other teams and it’s a very good problem to have.”
Calabrese hauled his No. 43 super late model to Hickory for a brief shakedown test on Wednesday prior to leaving for Anderson on Friday when the CARS Tour holds an optional, open practice for teams. Fortunately for the team, the shakedown found a few small issues they were able to rectify before race weekend.
“We were running around pretty good and all of a sudden the thing started missing,” he explained. “Turns out, we had an ignition box go bad, so we were able to get that fixed and dialed in before race weekend. We were pretty decent on 100-lap old tires and at times a lot of guys can’t do on sticker tires. plus it’s hotter and slicker than it was when the CARS Tour ran there in May, so we’re feeling pretty good. I figured that’d be a godo place to go shake off my rust since I haven’t driven anything since last year in terms of a full-size car. I like Hickory, and it was a good place to learn something and knock the rust off at the same time.”
Despite the good results at the test, Calabrese and the team are not letting their guard down for the Anderson race. Since this is the first of seven scheduled late model races for the team this year, the car is still new in terms of mileage, having only one race weekend and a few race laps under its belt. There have been changes, however, as dictated by the accident which knocked Calabrese out of the Snowflake 100 in December.
“This will be the second race on this car,” Calabrese said. “I stopped to avoid a wreck and got driven in the back of, and it junked us out like 17 laps into the race on Snowflake weekend. It bent the front clip and knocked all the lower points out of it, so we’ve been hard at it to make sure everything is right and we’re going over it with a fine tooth comb. The good news is it’s easy to get parts with Crooks Racing, our Port City dealer, right next door to the shop.
“We really want to get back in the swing of things and not tear anything up this weekend,” he continued. “We’re going to do our best but want solid seat time since I haven’t been in anything since December. I’ve never actually run a super late model, only a pro, but we’re still shooting for a top ten. It’s still a new car and we have no idea how it’s going to be throughout the race, so it’s sort of a race weekend test, too”
Open practice for the CARS Tour/Southern Super Series Border War 250 begins Friday afternoon at 1pm while raceday activities get under way when the garage opens at 11am. Time trials hit the track at 5:30pm ET with the green flag flying on the event just after 7pm ET. Fans can follow all of the action through the CARS Tour live video broadcast on CARS Tour TV at www.carstour.tv and through the series’ various social media channels.
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