Drew Herring Riding The Wave After First Pro Cup Series Win
May 9th, 2009
by: Willie Whitewall
Concord, NC – May 1, 2009 – USARacing Pro Cup Series driver, Drew Herring, is on top of his game after pulling off a spectacular win in the Sunoco 250 at South Georgia Motorsports Park on April 25. The 21-year-old Benson, NC native captured the Strutmasters.com pole and became the seventh different winner in as many races after leading 137 laps and earning his very first victory in the USARacing Pro Cup Series.
A week has passed but Herring is still riding high on a performance which has boosted him to the top seat in the Pro Cup Series point standings.
“I couldn’t feel any better about that win, it’s awesome,” said the driver of the No. 22s BTS Tire&Wheel Distributors Ford Fusion. “There were several times last year where we were so close, so close, and I felt like we should have had two or three wins. But, of course, it didn’t go that way for us then so this win is redemption for our team. These guys deserved it; they worked hard all weekend.”
Herring is quick to credit crew chief, Mike Hester, for the team’s recent success. “I’ve said it before, there’s nobody that can put a car together like Mike Hester. He’s amazing, he knows everything about them. He brought a perfect car to South Georgia; it was on a rail from the time we unloaded. We did only minor tweaking on it all weekend. It’s rare to have a car that you just unload and its lightning fast like that car was.”
Herring is looking for the momentum of the team’s first Pro Cup win of 2009 to carry them to the next stop on the Series schedule, Langley Speedway in Hampton, VA. on May 23. The Pro Cup Series last competed at the .4-mile Speedway in May, 1998.
“I’m trying to get my mind set back and get ready for the race at Langley,” he said. “We’ve got that coming up so it’s anybody’s game again. We’re going to test there just to run some laps because I’ve never seen the track and Mike’s never seen the track, so it’s going to be pretty interesting. But I know I’ve got the right people behind me to get out there and get the job done so I’m looking forward to it.”
This young superstar is only in his second season of competition with the USAR Pro Cup Series, but he’s hardly a rookie racer. Herring’s career began in 1998 at age ten when his parents purchased a Bandolero car for him to race. “I was invited to run the very first Bandolero race and I finished third,” said Herring. “My parents bought the second Bandolero car they ever sold. I had always been interested in racing, I always watched it on Sunday?speed, that’s just me. So after my first race in the Bandolero car, I was hooked.”
Herring spent the next ten years competing in the Bandolero series, the Allison Legacy ranks, Late Model Stocks, and running for various track championships before competing full time in the USARacing Pro Cup Series in 2008. “I’m very proud of my accomplishments in every series I have run,” he said. “Each was a necessary stepping stone that has provided me with the experience to run competitively in the Pro Cup Series. I love this Series and I enjoy racing with these guys. The competition level challenges your abilities and that’s what racing is all about.”
Herring feels fortunate to have the support from his parents, Mark and Sylvia Herring. “My parents are the best parents in the world,” Herring said. “I absolutely love both of them for all that they’ve done for me; they’ve been there for me since day one. They’re behind me 110% in whatever I want to do and I’m truly blessed to have the family that I have.”
Black’s Tire Service (BTS Tire&Wheel Distributor) provides sponsorship to the No. 22s team. In addition, BTS will be the presenting sponsor for the Pro Cup Series race at Myrtle Beach Speedway on June 20.
“Ricky and Diane Benton and everyone at Black’s Tire Service are just a great group of people,” states Herring. “Every year they host a charity golf tournament a few days before the Myrtle Beach race to benefit the Boys and Girls Homes of NC. This year’s tournament is scheduled for June 19 at Myrtle Beach National Golf Club. I’m real excited to be involved with Mr. Ricky, period. He does so many good things for the community and he’s such a great guy. We are so proud to have their support for our racing program.”
You can catch Drew Herring and the No. 22s BTS Tire&Wheel Distributors team at the next USARacing Pro Cup Series event scheduled for May 23 at Langley Speedway in Hampton, VA. For ticket information, visit www.langley-speedway.com. For additional information on Drew Herring or Black’s Tire Service, visit www.drewherring.net and www.blackstire.com.
|Drew Herring Riding The Wave After First Pro Cup Series Win was written by Ryan Benton of Black's Tire and Auto Service|