RICHMOND, Va. - NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Cale Conley will be competing in the No. 33 Richard Childress Racing Camaro in the Virginia529 College Savings 250 at Richmond International Raceway Friday.
"I'm pumped to get back in the car, I feel ready to hop back in and for some reason I think we will be fast right of the truck. Can't wait to get in my groove and aim for that top five we need to get," Conley stated.
"I know we can do it. We have the speed and I think I can put together a good run to get a good result here at Richmond Friday."
Conley's Iraq and AfghanistanVeterans of America sponsored entry recorded a season-best finish of 11th place at Bristol Motor Speedway earlier this year.
Conley will see action in the RCR car on Sept. 20 at Kentucky Motor Speedway, Sept. 27 at Dover International Speedway and Oct. 10 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Conley spoke about his latest experiences with his RCR teammates.
"Paul Menard and Ty Dillon have helped me learn 1.5 mile tracks this year," Conley said. "Our team has been running well and shown speed."
"One of the difficult issues is learning how to run tracks with mechanical-grip instead of aero-grip," Conley said. "Cars with aero grip are more comfortable for me to drive and explain to crew chief Nick Harrison. My seat-time on the larger tracks helps me learn more about the mechanical grip side of these cars."
Conley was able to enjoy some laps in a RCR Sprint Cup car at Nashville Super Speedway.
"Running these cars is a treat due to the regular drivers dislike the idea of testing and spend their off-time on vacation," Conley said. "The power in the Cup car feels overwhelming and getting back into the Nationwide car I want to put the power to the track and come up short."
"The power ratio is vastly different, but to get these laps is a great chance to learn."