By Paul Warner

Drew Herring, driver of the No. 22s Black’s Tire&Auto Service Ford, always had fans at South Boston (Va.) Speedway and Southern National (N.C.) Raceway Park during his racing career. But, evidently, Herring’s fans are willing to venture far outside of Benson, N.C., to follow their favorite.

When the first practice rolled off at 10:30 a.m., they were already in their seats, cheering wildly when Herring made his first laps.

“That was crazy,” said a grateful Herring. “I’m in Florida, eight hours away from home, and I got just as many fans as anyone here. When you hear that many people cheer for you it gets you pumped up.”

Herring was a little too pumped up in qualifying, but he rallied from starting 21st-and a mid-race spin-to finish 10th in his first Pro Cup start.

“I thought were we at least going to be in the top 10 in qualifying, but the driver got a little overzealous. I guess I thought I was in my Late Model and drove a little too hard. Instead of gaining two tenths [of a second], we lost two tenths. [Finishing 10th] wasn’t what we were looking for. But after getting punted, losing a lap and popping the wall twice, coming home 10th wasn’t bad.”

Learn more about Drew at www.drewherring.com