Conley takes time away from racing

Cale Conley has been enjoying some down time away from the auto racing scene.

He spent some time back home in the state of West Virginia playing golf at Canaan Valley Resort in Davis, W.Va. earlier this month.

“Golf was a blast it was awesome to get away and have a good time with my famiily and friends.,” Conley said. Every driver needs time to decompress from the stress they feel in a race car.

Conley has found his share of success behind the wheel of the No. 33 Richard Childress Racing Chevy Camaro. He finished 11th during his Nationwide Series debut at Bristol Motor Speedway. In his third outing in the RCR Okuma sponsored Camaro, he was able to post a 15th-place finish at Richmond International Raceway.

“Getting your first shot at the big leagues is something that happens once in your driving career. I try to approach each race like it’s my last shot to impress the right guy,” he said.

Conley will be back in the No. 33 on July 19 in the 300 at Chicagoland Speedway. “I really need to be in the car every weekend to unload in practice with speed, consistency and confidence,” he said.

“I gain a lot after the race starts to play out and I can get in a good competitive pace. We need to get that started earlier in the weekend rather than 50 laps into the race. As long as we keep impressing and showing speed, we will get there.”

Paul Menard was able to drive the No. 33 to Victory Lane at Michigan Saturday.

“Nice to see the 33 in victory lane in Michigan! Happy for Paul and all the people that work so hard to make good things happen,” Conley posted on his Facebook account late Saturday.

Several drivers find their way into NASCAR’s three tops series, Sprint Cup, Nationwide Series and the Camping World Truck Series, but few have the ability that Conley has displayed this year. The only thing he needs to post his first win is a little luck. Conley said about his series debut, “the dream is within reach and I need to thank the man above for this opportunity.”

Hopefully that win will happen at Chicagoland Speedway. Either way he is living a dream. It goes to show if one perseveres in life, dreams do come true.

* Pennsylvania Motor Speedway: Jared Miley took the checkers in the Diehl of Robinson Super Late Model feature, while Corey McPherson held on to a commanding lead to claim his first ever victory in the Precise Racing Products Rush Late Model division Saturday.

Montour High School’s 17-year-old Christian Schneider finished first in the Sunoco Race Fuels Sportsman feature, and making his first appearance this season, Joe Podolinsky of Oakdale won in the Miley BP Car Wash Hobby Stocks division.

The Imperial Heights Garage Young Guns class produced another first time winner Saturday night -Michael Jackson. Kelvin Kohan continued to dominate in the 3/4 Late Model division by adding another victory to his total for the season.

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