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November 20th, 2008
San Marcos stock car driver gets a shot at the "Big Time."

One of the top drivers competing at Thunderhill Raceway in Kyle may be headed for the big leagues of stock car racing – NASCAR.

Cary Stapp, a 32 year-old stock car driver who lives in San Marcos, recently earned the right to show off his driving prowess before one NASCAR’s top team owners, Joe Gibbs of Joe Gibbs Racing. Gibbs is better known to most NFL fans as the head coach of the Washington Redskins, but is also recognized as one of the top three team owners in NASCAR.

Stapp, the 2008 Thunderhill Raceway American Speed Association (ASA) A-line Auto Parts Super Stock champion at the three-eighths-mile raceway, was invited to the tryout by Gibbs after besting hundreds of other drivers in a nationwide competition sponsored by Joe Gibbs Driven Racing Oil and being crowned as the 2008 American Speed Association Joe Gibbs Driven Racing Oil Member Track National Champion.

Joe Gibbs Racing is one of the premier organizations in NASCAR, currently fielding three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams, two NASCAR Nationwide Series teams and a driver development program. Its driver lineup includes superstars Tony Stewart, Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin.

If all goes well in today’s tryout at South Boston Motor Speedway in South Boston, Virginia, Stapp hopes to join that impressive stable of well-known drivers.

“I’m anxious, very anxious,” Stapp stated shortly before leaving for Virginia. “I’m not really nervous about it, this is going to be a once in a lifetime experience. Actually, I am more anxious about getting in the car then being nervous.”

Early reports from the South Boston speed plant indicate that Stapp’s on-track performance was even better than hoped.

“Cary was turning laps right at the track record,” said Stapps’ brother, Chase Stapp, who serves as Stapp’s crew chief at Thunderhill Raceway. “He was even quicker than the Gibbs driver who set up the car for the test. ”

Stapp’s goal is to earn his way into Gibbs driver development program, but he says he is honored at just having the opportunity to showcase his talents to one of the top teams in NASCAR.

“If anything, I am going to come away with a lot great memories. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity,” Stapp said.

from Staff Reports

Cary Stapp and his wife Kelli visit with Joe Gibbs at Joe Gibbs Racing

Photos from Kelli Stapp

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0 thoughts on “San Marcos stock car driver gets a shot at the "Big Time."

  1. Great story! It’s great to see the Stapp team doing so well. If you haven’t been out to Thunderhill to see Cary and everyone else race, you’re really missing out.

  2. WOW! Congratulations to you! You have come a long way! This is a great opportunity and the community is proud of you!!

  3. We are very proud of the Stapp racing crew.
    Very good people, great racers always willing to lend a hand. Congrats to Cary & The entire 99 Crew. You guys earned it. Show ’em how we do it TEXAS Style.

    Leonard Flores III
    Driver #66 ThunderStock @ THR

  4. We are so proud of Cary and his family. Not only is he a great driver but he’s also a great person (like his dad & brother). It has been a lot of fun racing against you. Congratulations…you earned it !

    Mickey McKim
    #18 Super Stock

  5. On behalf of the staff at Thunderhill Raceway, I want to add my congratulations to Cary and the entire Stapp racing team.

    We know Cary and his team had their act together this year and had the winning combination to bring home the ASA national championship title.

    We look forward to Cary taking on new challenges in 2009 with the TSRS Late Models, and we’re all anxious to see how his brother, Chase, handles the #99 Super Stock.

    Debbie Williams
    Thunderhill Raceway Public Relations Director

  6. What a great feeling it is when good things happen to good people. The entire Stapp family are wonderful people. These guys were pitted next to my brother-in-law, an ASA competitor!, and were right there when he needed a tire change during a yellow, or a fender pulled out, whatever the case. God’s speed be with you and your family Cary. Looking forward to watching you in TSRS in ’09.

    Mark Duke
    #42Grand Stock “Team McKim”

  7. just wanted to say congratulations to you and your family, I know how hard you, your dad, and brother have worked throughout the years…..I saw you on 3wl and was so proud to say I knew you!!

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