Posted: Tuesday, April 8th 2014 at 8:00pm
Coleman Pressley grabs first Pro Cup win at Hickory
By Chris Ragle
Coleman Pressley sprays champaign on father Robert Pressley after winning Satuday night's X-1R Pro Cup Series race at Hickory Motor Speedway. / Photo: Lou Lauer
NEWTON, NC - Late race entry Coleman Pressley took advantage of a fading Caleb Holman in the final six laps of Saturday night’s X-1R Pro Cup Series Catawba Valley 250 at Hickory Motor Speedway in Newton, NC to score his first career series win in just his fourth series start.
Holman was able to hold on to the runner up position and the championship points after winning the season opener at Southern National two weeks prior. Reid Wilson, for the second straight race, rounded out the podium with his third place finish.
Pressley, whose day job is calling the shots for NASCAR K&N East Series competitor Makenna Bell each week, decided late in the week after getting caught up on work to bring his #59 family owned machine to Hickory. The end result was exactly what the satisfied Pressley had hoped for – a trip to victory lane.
“I wasn’t 100% I was going to be able to race this weekend until pretty late in the week,” Pressley said. “I really enjoy racing in the Pro Cup Series a lot but work has to come first. My dad (Robert Pressley) was able to help me get the car together and it all came together.
“During practice I knew we had a good race car both on fresh tires and the long runs. Once we got racing and I got out in front the first half before the break, I really pushed the car to see what it could do so I knew what to expect at the end of the race. We came out alright on the halfway redraw and ran down Caleb (Holman), who I could see was getting pretty loose, and just hoped we stayed green.”
“We won’t get to run as many of these as I’d like so winning here tonight at Hickory, a track that’s been good to me over the years, with a lot of family and friends feels pretty good right now”, added Pressley.
Outside the podium a pair of series newcomers rounded out the top five with pole winner Tyler Lester recovering nicely from a flat tire early on to finish fourth. David Garbo, Jr. finished fifth in his first career start despite a deal not getting finalized to pilot the #41 Top Gun Motorsports entry, normally driven by Rusty Skewes, until midway through the day’s first practice session.
Watkinsville, GA's Brady Boswell finished in seventh, while Locust Grove racer Bill Plemons, Jr. came home in 12th.
The CARS X-1R Pro Cup Series will now go from the shortest track on the series schedule this season to the largest track. In just two weeks the series will head to the three quarter mile Memphis International Raceway in Millington, TN just outside Memphis on Saturday, April 26.
CARS X-1R Pro Cup Series
Hickory Motor Speedway - Newton, NC
Catawba Valley 250 - April 5, 2014
1. #59 Coleman Pressley
2. #75 Caleb Holman
3. #66 Reid Wilson
4. #02 Tyler Lester
5. #41 David Garbo, Jr.
6. #56 Gus Dean
7. #2 Brady Boswell
8. #23 J.P. Morgan
9. #54 Matt Craig
10. #88 Doug Barnes Jr.
11. #05 Codie Rohrbaugh
12. #15 Bill Plemons, Jr.
13. #6 Jeff Oakley
Link: X-1R Pro Cup Series
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