Ryan Wilson And Team Look Back On Martinsville Success
Topics: Ryan Wilson, Virginia is for Racing Lovers 300
Knight Motorsports Management
October 30, 2012
RANDLEMAN, North Carolina (October 30, 2012) - - With their 2012 schedule officially in the books, Ryan Wilson and his Ryan Wilson Motorsports (RWM) team are still reflecting on a superb performance two weeks ago at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway.
The Virginia is for Racing Lovers 300 sets the tone as one of the most prestige Late Model races in the country and for Wilson and his Thomasville, North Carolina-based team, the opportunity to compete in the event was one of the highlights of their influential season.
A strong test session earlier in the month had Wilson, driver of the No. 12 Southern Pharmacy Services / Randolph Bank Toyota Camry had the family-owned team led by crew chief and uncle Kirk Bryant feeling stellar about the upcoming race.
Returning a few weeks later, Wilson was focused as ever.
New rules and a new layout would have fans at the edge of their seats waiting to see who would make it into the main feature. With four heat races and a last-chance consolation race, Wilson’s objective was to make the contest through his dignified heat race.
Starting 10th, Wilson cleverly crafted his No. 12 Southern Pharmacy Services / Randolph Bank Toyota Camry to sixth easily securing his advancement to the Virginia is for Racing Lovers 300.
After taking the green flag 24th in the main attraction, the Randleman, North Carolina native methodically sliced his way through the competitive field using both the inside and outside lanes to his advantage. By the halfway break, the then 20-year old had maneuvered his way into 12th and clearly was ready to attack.
In the second half of the event, Wilson made some gutsy moves in his automobile, but they worked and he boldly able to move into the top-five in the winding laps of the race. Inside the final circuits, Wilson would yet again make an aggressive move. It paid off as he was able to move into fourth where he would take the checked flag.
“This is a huge run for us,” said Wilson. “We really unloaded with a good car. Our heat race was pretty clean. Thankfully we were able to exercise patience and found ourselves in the top-eight and able to take advantage of the “pass” to move into the main event.
Starting deep in the field, you have to be extra careful and alert. The car performed well and we were able to keep the fenders on, giving us the opportunity to prowl the lead pack in the second half. I made some big moves, but I had too. This was a big race. We didn’t get a podium finish, but we’ll gladly take a fourth and look to come back next year and look for even more. I just want to thank my team, our sponsors plus my family and friends for their support.”
RWM is currently reviewing their options for the 2013 racing season and hope to make an announcement in the coming weeks.
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