Pack Clinches Sunoco Rookie Of The Year Award

Third Generation Driver Wins NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour Honor

 

By Tim Southers , NASCAR
October 4th, 2011 - 9:18pm

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. Austin Pack proved that dedication in reaching a goal can pay dividends after he clinched the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour 2011 Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award with two races remaining on the schedule.

            The Winston-Salem, N.C., teenager made his debut in 2010 driving a car owned by his grandfather and tour veteran, Gene Pack, and after that first start he knew what he wanted to do for the foreseeable future.

            Pack is currently eighth in the Whelen Southern Modified Tour overall point standings and has won the Sunoco Rookie of the Race Award a tour-best five times so far this season.

            Pack has one top-five finish driving a car prepared by veteran crew chief Grady Jeffries. Jeffries also prepared the cars driven by Gene and Brian Pack in previous seasons.

The youngest of three generations of Packs that have competed in the Whelen Southern Modified Tour, Austin is the son of Brian, who was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident in 2008. At least one member of the family has competed in 73 of the 84 races in the history of the tour.

Three years ago, Gene made a deal that if Austin kept his grades up and stayed active in sports, he would allow his grandson to make a start at Bowman Gray Stadium in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series modified division. Once Austin got behind the wheel he knew he wanted to drive a modified.

Pack began racing go-karts at the age of 12 and did that for a couple of years before deciding to take up football. Although he excelled in football and received scholarship offers, the racing bug took over and he has since decided to continue his motorsports career behind the wheel and in the classroom. He is a student at Winston-Salem State University in Winston-Salem, N.C., majoring in Motorsports Management.

Pack, as well as the second and third place finishers in the final 2011 Sunoco Rookie of the Year  standings, will be honored as part of the festivities surrounding the NASCAR Night of Champions Touring Awards Gala on Dec. 10 at the Charlotte Convention Center's Crown Ballroom in the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

For more information, contact:

Tim Southers, NASCAR IMC, (386) 235-3634 or tsouthers@nascar.com

 

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