Lee Faulk Racing and Development is heading to historic Hickory Motor Speedway this weekend with three opportunities to take home a trophy during the annual running of the Bobby Isaac Memorial.
Nolan Pope will represent the team in the 150-lap late model stock race, while Ryan Rackley and Conner Jones will fly the LFR colors during the 50-lap limited late model race.
Pope enters the Bobby Isaac Memorial fresh off a strong seventh-place finish with the CARS Super Late Model Tour last weekend at Orange County Speedway in Rougemont, N.C. He returns to Hickory and the late model stock car class with confidence, having already earned a late model stock victory this year at Hickory.
“I’m looking forward to getting back in my late model stock this weekend at Hickory,” said Pope, who earned his first late model stock car victory at Hickory last year. “The Bobby Isaac Memorial is the biggest race of the year at Hickory and I would like nothing better than to deliver the trophy to Michael and Lee Faulk. I think we’ve got a really good shot at it.”
Fourteen-year-old Rackley returns to Hickory after recently earning a third-place finish in his Hickory debut in limited late model competition. Rackley is in the midst of his first season in a full-bodied stock car and hopes to continue his fast learning curve during the Bobby Isaac Memorial.
“I’m looking forward to taking part in my first Bobby Isaac Memorial,” said Rackley, who continues to work with NASCAR veteran David Reutimann as his crew chief. “Hickory is a really tough track and the competition will be strong this weekend, but I’m excited to test my skills and learn against some of the best drivers in the business.”
Jones will make his third limited late model start this weekend during the Bobby Isaac Memorial. In his first two starts, both at Hickory, Jones scored finishes of third and fifth.
“LFR has had a lot of success at Hickory and in the Bobby Isaac Memorial, so I know they’ll give me a great race car on Saturday,” Jones said. “I’ll be racing against some of the best limited late model racers out there, so I’ll really have to be up on the wheel if I want to have a shot to win or run in the top-five. I can’t wait!”
Lee Faulk Racing and Development has won the Bobby Isaac Memorial twice before with Pietro Fittipaldi and Justin Boston. Lee Faulk Racing and Development Director of Operations Michael Faulk believes Pope, Rackley and Jones all have a chance to earn the team’s third Bobby Isaac Memorial trophy.
“We’ve got a strong contingent of drivers lined up to compete this weekend at Hickory,” said Faulk. “Nolan, Ryan and Conner are all excellent drivers who have shown a lot of talent behind the wheel. The Bobby Isaac Memorial is always one of our biggest races of the year and we believe these young men all have a chance to put LFR in victory lane.”