Chase Purdy piloted Anthony Campi Racing’s brand new Wimmer Motorsports-built Fury Race Cars Super Late Model to Victory Lane Tuesday night at Wisconsin International Raceway in the Dixieland 250.
The win was Purdy’s first in in a Super Late Model and put the Wimmer Motorsports Fury Race Car in the winner’s circle in its debut.
“Anytime you win, it’s special,” said Wimmer Motorsports owner Chris Wimmer. “But when you can win the first time a car hits the track, with a driver who had never seen the track before, that’s pretty cool.”
“I thought it was a pretty special, yet an unexpected, moment,” said Purdy. “We all worked hard and nobody gave up and they had full belief in me.”
“This was a huge win for our race team,” said ACR team owner Anthony Campi. “Wisconsin racing is tough and we respect the level of competitiveness it brings each time we travel north. To come here for a one-day show and capture Chase’s first Super Late Model win in the prestigious Dixieland 250 is amazing.”
Purdy was solid all day in practice and qualified 11th for the 250-lap main event in Kaukauna, Wisconsin. After racing in the top-three most of the event, the Mississippi native took the lead on a restart with 32 laps to go. He held off a challenge from Dan Fredrickson on a final restart to take the checkered flag.
“I thought Chase did a great job,” said Wimmer. “He knew we had a good car and he was able to pace himself and then take advantage when the time came. He drove a heck of a race over the final 50 laps.”
“Chase did an amazing job in the pressure moments of the race,” added Campi. “To be able to close out a race of this magnitude against a veteran driver like Dan Fredrickson just shows the level of focus and drive he had to get the job done. Experience comes with time, and Chase has put in his time and deserves this huge win.”
“The way I describe that is it was all heart,” said Purdy. “It was everything I had, especially those last 60 laps, but that restart with just over 30 to go was the race decision. I knew it could be a deciding factor and I knew it was go time. I had to make the move and do what I needed to do.”
Wimmer Motorsports has joined forced with the Anthony Campi Racing team over the past few months, building a custom Pro Late Model and Super Late Model Fury Race Car. Wimmer was on top of the pit box on Tuesday night and made the calls for the team.
“It’s been awesome getting to work with Campi and his team,” said Wimmer. “I’ve enjoyed working with them over the past few months and think this is a relationship that will continue to grow. I always thought highly of him and his race team and the opportunity to build them cars and work with them has been great.”
“Working with Chris has been a flawless experience,” said Campi. “When you meet someone that has as much dedication and passion for racing as we do at ACR, good things are bound to happen.”
“I liked it,” said Purdy. “It’s honestly one of the best cars I’ve ever driven.”