Hattori Racing’s Chase Purdy may not be new to the Camping World Truck Series in 2022 but there are a lot of new things for him to learn.
Atlanta Motor Speedway is one of many tracks that features legends car racing that gave birth to a variety of winners, champions and big names like Chase Elliott, Joey Logano, David Ragan and hundreds more.
“I spent many Thursday nights down there,” Purdy said of his time within the Legends of Georgia program.
Even so, his excitement for being at the race track hasn’t wavered in the slightest. Even though it’s his second trip to the track in the truck series, Purdy hopes to do better than before. The slick old surface relegated the then-rookie driver to 24th place.
“It’s exciting,” Purdy said. “This year especially is very exciting because it’s new. This place has been around forever but it’s completely new again because of the asphalt and everything they’ve done to it. Especially with a strong team like HRE. They have really good trucks and I love everybody over there.”
The expanded effort within Hattori Racing Enterprise was a good base for the driver to learn even more. A jump from Chevrolet to Toyota was on the board and an unexpected mechanical issue at Daytona handed him a new experience that he’d never experienced before.
Purdy says that he was never in the last chance qualifier event or even in a situation where he missed a show. Daytona this year was the first race he’d miss in his career from a DNQ.
That’s led the 22-year-old Tuscaloosa, Ala. native to learn more about himself.
“I’ve never missed a show in my life, for me that was all new,” said Purdy. “It was shell shocking. Obviously, you’re upset and unhappy about it.”
The response was an up-and-down day at Las Vegas Motor Speedway but it built confidence with his 14th place finish.
This weekend features a bunch of unknowns and he’s aware that the track could race like a speedway or it could race like a superspeedway, there’s no telling with the repaved track.
“Being in the draft is huge but I have no doubt in my guys,” Purdy said.
The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Fr8 208 takes on Atlanta Motor Speedway, Saturday, Mar. 19.