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
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