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Pack finishes Eighth in Point Standings

Denise DuPont

Making the move from a local track to a NASCAR touring division is a major step to aspiring young drivers. Each year the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour (NWSMT) has new drivers that join the field to step up their race competition level and while striving to be the one and only “Sunoco Rookie of the Year”. This season eighteen year old Austin Pack captured the honor.

Pack is the grandson of NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour veteran Gene Pack and son of the late Brian Pack who competed on the tour from 2005-2008
Young Pack finished his first year running fulltime on the tour eighth in points with one top five and nine top ten finishes. “I had a great year. I ended up eighth in the points. I did a lot better than I expected. Now I am getting ready to work hard through the winter to get ready for next year.”

“Words cannot really explain it. I have to thank my entire crew. But most of all I have to thank my granddad. He puts together the wheels every week for me to be able to sit in the car. Without them guys I would not be standing her right now with a trophy in my hands.”

Growing up in a racing family Pack has stepped up to the plate to continue the family tradition. Following the tradition though means that he has to try to fill the shoes of those that he follows. “I have to fill my dad and my granddad shoes. Coming into this year I knew I had big shoes to fill and from week one to the last week everyone around me has told me how much I have improved. So I am filling them (the shoes) very quickly. We will see if next year or maybe the week after really how I am doing.”

  Source: Denise DuPont / TheChromeHorn.com
Posted: December 13, 2011

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