Conley succumbs to engine issues at Iowa

NEWTON, Iowa-Vienna resident Cale Conley was running strong on Friday night at the Autolite Iridium XP at Iowa Speedway when a blown engine took him out of a chance to win the race and caused him to finish in 32nd place.

Conley qualified the No. 47 Ravici Racing Chevrolet Impala entry 25th on the starting grid.

He had worked his way up to second place when white smoke came from under the hood, turning a good run into a disappointing one.

Conley was running strong on lap 129 of the 150 scheduled laps, but started to develop problems. He took his No. 47 Ravici Racing entry to pit road on lap 136. The crew fueled the car and ended up finishing four laps down.

Brandon Jones took the checkered flag to become the 11th different winner in the K&N Series this year. The lone female competitor in the race, Kenzie Ruston, finished second.

Conley’s other appearance in the K&N East Series was in the Granite State 100 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway earlier this year. He drove the No. 47 Chevrolet to a third-place finish after starting the race at the rear of the field in the 30th position.

“I’m confident in my skill in these cars with my experience,” said Conley. “We weren’t as prepared as we needed to be, not having a full team this season. The ride is good practice for my Nationwide Series.”

His lone win in the series came in 2012 at Columbus (Ohio) Motor Speedway.

Conley is using these opportunities to drive the Ravici Racing entry to gain more seat time, due to his limited Nationwide Series schedule with Richard Childress Racing this season.

“Been watching the Nationwide cars on the track makes me really want to be out their to gain more experience, but I’m still running in the K&N race this weekend which is awesome.”

His next appearance in the Richard Childress No. 33 Chevrolet Camaro will be Aug. 29 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

“We were a little off on speed during qualifying, but should be good for racing tonight,” Conley said after his qualifying run. “As the night air rolls in and the track cools off I think the car will come in good for racing.”