RUDOLPH TO CLOSE OUT NASCAR ROOKIE SEASON AT THOMPSON
The 2008 racing season has brought the coming of age of 16-year-old
driver Erick Rudolph. The Ransomville, New York racer has conquered
several challenges during the year, including twin track
championships at Dunn Tire Raceway Park in Lancaster. This coming
weekend he will conclude his rookie season on the NASCAR Whelen
Modified Tour, perhaps his most notable feat to date.
The World Series of Speedway Racing at Thompson International
Speedway will close out the asphalt racing season in the Northeast.
This three-day event, scheduled for October 17-19, features 14
divisions of racecars. The highlight of the program is the NASCAR
Modified Tour finale, a 150-lap race to be run on Sunday afternoon.
The Tour championship will be decided at this event.
Rudolph and the DeLange Racing team have compiled an outstanding
list of accomplishments while racing against the best drivers in the
NASCAR Modified division. In eight Whelen Tour starts, the talented
teenager has been named the Sunoco Rookie of the Race five times. He
has recorded four top-ten finishes, including his last three Tour
races, topped off by a career-best sixth place finish at Chemung
Speedrome on October 4. Team owner Dave DeLange recently
acknowledged his team's record of achievement met all his
expectations while preparing them for future success.
"We knew heading into the 2008 season we had a lot to learn as a
team in order to be competitive on such a high level," DeLange
explained. "We gained experience at each Tour race and our history
of success reflects our growth. We accomplished our goals for the
year and have developed to the point where we can be capable of
winning races in the future."
Rudolph recently took on a new challenge with his usual determination,
and once again proved more than equal to the test. At the recent
Super DIRT Week XXXVII at the New York State Fairgrounds, Erick
drove a DIRTcar sportsman owned and maintained by fellow Ransomville
racer Jipp Ortiz, son of Western New York racing legend Ed Ortiz.
Driving this type of racecar for the first time and in his
first-ever race on the tricky one-mile Syracuse dirt oval, Rudolph
dominated the event and won by a comfortable margin. Please join us
in congratulating Erick on another outstanding triumph.