Conley fulfilling his dream

Competing in NASCAR is a dream for some drivers and a nightmare for others. Cale Conley has been living his dream since he was contacted by Richard Childress Racing to drive its No. 33 Chevrolet Camaro in the Nationwide Series.

Conley has posted two top-20 finishes this year with his best run coming at Bristol Motor Speedway. He was one of only 15 cars on the lead lap, bringing home the RCR entry in 11th place.

“My hopes are to be in the No. 33 full-time next season or whatever car is available at Richard Childress Racing,” said Conley. “For now, we just have to do our job and perform our best in the coming races.”

Conley will be driving the RCR Camaro this weekend in the 300 at Chicagoland Speedway. “I really need more time in the car to maintain speed, consistency and confidence.”

To boost his learning curve during his down time in the Nationwide Series, Conley put together a one-race deal with the No. 47 Ravici Racing team to run at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in the K&N East Series last weekend. He started off with a tight race car in qualifying and failed to post a lap. Conley started at the rear of the field in the Granite State 100 and finished on the podium in third place.

Conley can drive a race car but lacks the regular opportunity to make his mark on the biggest stage. He has three more races to show off his abilities this year.

Conley has displayed his talent in different types of cars, but needs the financial backing to keep a full-time ride.

* Sadler Struggling: Elliott Sadler is one NASCAR’s premier drivers in the Nationwide Series. Sadler is driving the No. 11 Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing.

He has been showing meager results this year, but stands second in the championship points chase. Sadler has one win, five top 5s and 12 top 10 finishes this year with more than $490,000 in earnings. His team has not seen consistency to mount a stronger charge for the top spot being held by Regan Smith. Smith pilots the No. 7 Chevy Camaro for Junior Motor Sports.

Both drivers have competed in the Sprint Cup Series with dismal results. Hence their demotion to the second tier series. Both display talents in their crafts but have failed to produce the elusive championship.

Wins and championships are the mark of talented driver in NASCAR. Some have it and some don’t.

* Flat Track Racing: One dirt track sport that has fallen by the wayside over the past few years is AMA Flat Track Racing. Competitors speed around a 1/2 mile to mile track sliding in the turns on a metal plate on their left foot at more than 100 mphs. The sport saw its high-point in the mid 1970s and into the early 80s with four riders setting the pace to win the Grand National Championship. Kenny Roberts, Jay Springsteen, Scott Parker and Chris Carr dominated the sport with Parker winning a record nine national championships and Carr six.

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