BAKERSFIELD, CA- 2014 Late Model rookie standout Blaine Perkins is set for his first career Lucas Oil Modified Series event this Saturday, March 14, as the series invades Havasu 95 Speedway in Lake Havasu, AZ.
“I think I’ve gotten to the point where I’m counting down the minutes, now,” laughs Perkins when asked about his first event with the highly regarded open-wheel tour. “To have an opportunity to drive for Highpoint Racing in a series like the Lucas Oil Modifieds is a dream come true. I’ve been thinking about this all winter”
Saturday’s lid-lifter for the series will kick off a busy 2015 campaign for Perkins. The Bakersfield, CA resident will travel across the West Coast this season, with a full season of Modified racing in addition to a healthy schedule of Late Model competition and a pair of appearances with the K&N Pro Series West already penciled in.
“I don’t think we’re going to have many off-weekends,” remarks Perkins when asked about the aggressive schedule. “Our number one goal for this season is seat time. I want to improve as much as humanly possible, and the best way to do that is to log as many laps as possible in as many different cars as I can get my hands on”
“No matter what we’re racing this season, we’ll be up against the best of the best,” continues the well-spoken high school student. “It’s not going to be easy, but it’s certainly going to teach me a thing or two”
Although the goal is to remain as versatile as possible this season, Perkins makes it clear that the team’s main focus will lie on the 11-race Lucas Oil Modified Series with hopes of earning the coveted Rookie of the Year title.
“These Modifieds are unlike anything I’ve ever even sat in before, so running the series is definitely going to come with a bit of a learning curve,” admits Perkins. “I just want to come out of the gate strong at Havasu and get some momentum on our side”
“We ran a non-points event at Kern County [Raceway] at the end of February, and that really taught me a lot about these cars,” continues the first-generation competitor. “By the end of the weekend, I was at a point where I was really starting to feel comfortable”
“If we can build on that – I think we have an excellent chance for a strong finish on March 14th.”
Saturday’s season opener for the Lucas Oil Modified Series kicks off at 2:00pm. Fans can find additional information at www.Havasu95Speedway.com.
Marketing support for Blaine Perkins’ 2015 season comes courtesy of Four Star Fruit, KMC Wheels and Campbell Motorsports.
Fans can stay up to date on Blaine’s busy schedule by visiting the official Blaine Perkins Racing page on Facebook.
By Spencer Lewis (@itsspencerlewis)
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