Conley plans hometown appearance

PARKERSBURG -Cale Conley is coming home.

The 21-year-old professional race car driver is making a stop in Parkersburg on Wednesday to greet his local fans.

He will be appearing at Superior Toyota-Hyundai on Seventh Street from 4 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, where he will sign autographs and talk to his many supporters about his racing career.

Conley’s No. 47 car will be on display at the dealership from 1 to 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Conley races on NASCAR’s K&N East Series, where he and his No. 47 Ravici Racing team has been naming quite a name for themselves. This week’s K&N race is set for the Columbus Motor Speedway, where Conley took the checkered flag last year, a career highlight.

Conley’s Ravici Racing team is located in Mooresville, N.C., where Conley actually lives in the race shop. Each day from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. he works alongside his team, headed by crew chief Wes Ward, a highly-respected NASCAR veteran who served in that capacity for Kenny Wallace as well as Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s Nationwide team.

Conley will leave Mooresville this afternoon.

“It’s always exciting to come home,” he said. “My good buddy, Tommy Hathaway, arranged this whole deal. It’s really special being back in my hometown.”

Working with a totally new race team, Conley got off to a slow start, which disappointed him. But his recent results -including a fourth place finish at Langley Speedway have Conley and his team encouraged.

“I have all the confidence in the world,” Conley said. “Not in a cocky way, in a happy way.”

Conley has one of America’s best-known sports owners in his corner. Thanks to one of his long-time friends, Brent Miller, he has joined forces with Mark Cuban’s AXS TV and Tait Stages. Miller produces a show on the TV network and encouraged Cuban to get involved in the team. Conley said he has not personally met Cuban yet, but that is one of his goals.

Speaking of goals, Conley was expecting a top three finish in the K&N season point standings. The slow start scuttled that, but his team is moving up in the standings and a win in Columbus certainly would give it a major momentum boost.

Conley has run at virtually every major track, including a strong performance at Daytona. He was competing for the lead at Richmond before engine woes surfaced.

Conley continues to live out his dream and attempt to reach his goals. He’s come a long way and still has a long way to go. But he has surrounded himself with good people, has strong sponsors and has a work ethic and a Whatever It Takes attitude that is second to none.