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10.28.15

Autry Dedicates Second Budweiser Pure Stock Championship To His Mother

SOUTH BOSTON, Va. (October 28, 2015) – Greg Autry had a little extra incentive in his quest for a second straight Budweiser Pure Stock championship at South Boston Speedway this year.

“Early in the season my mom was diagnosed with cancer for the third time,” the 29-year-old Autry said. “I said to myself then I wanted to win the championship and dedicate it to her. And we were able to do that.”

His mom, Elizabeth Arrington, had to miss many of her son’s races this season, but Autry says after a recent surgery his mom “is doing good … it looks good for her.”

Autry, in just his second full year of racing, put together a remarkable season. He never finished out of the top two in eight starts. He was second in the first two races of the season, reeled off three straight wins, and then after one more second, he closed the season with back-to-back victories.

“Two (championships) in a row is a big deal,” said Autry. “Lots of folks have helped me out. There have been some guys racing two or three times longer than me that haven’t accomplished this.”

A little over three years ago Autry went to work building his first race car, hoping to have it ready for the start of the 2013 season. Things didn’t go as planned, though, and he got a late start, missing a few races. He still wound up with a couple of wins and momentum for 2014.

He raced to five wins in 2014 and the South Boston Budweiser Pure Stock championship in his first full season.

Autry said he’s had an incredible team around him since he began racing, including his wife Megan, her dad Danny Wilborn, Tony Wilborn, Buddy Wilborn and Greg Vaughan.

“Her dad has helped me so much,” Autry said of long-time racer Danny Wilborn.

“If not for them I wouldn’t have ever had a car. They’ve been racing for years. They taught me from the ground up,” said Autry, who maintains his car in the Wilborns’ shop.

“I can drive it, but if not for them I would be racing in the back if I even had a car.”

Autry isn’t sure exactly what 2016 will bring. His championship Pure Stock is for sale. He would love to be able to afford the move up to the Limited Sportsman Division next year. Regardless of what unfolds, he hopes he has one more championship season somewhere down the road.

“This one was for my mom, but I’d like to get one more for my team and all the hard work they’ve put in,” said Autry.

Autry had sponsorship this season from Premier Auto Group, Hendrick GM of Southpoint, Wilborn Brothers and Mincey’s Graphics.

Media Contacts:
Mike Smith
Relevant Public Relations
423.914.3009
msmith@southbostonspeedway
msmith@prrelevant.com

 
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