Running a national tour is tough no matter what the circumstances might be. Throw in more than your fair share of bad luck along with being a rookie, and the cards can definitely be stacked against you in a hurry. Such is the case for Arkansas’ racer Timothy Culp.
The personable young racer made the tough decision late last week to withdraw from his pursuit of the Rookie of the Year title on the 2018 World of Outlaws (WoO) Craftsman Late Model Series.
“We were actually on our way to the World of Outlaws races in East Tennessee early Friday morning, and that’s when we were dealt a final blow that made us realize it was best to head home and regroup,” Culp recounted.
The team suffered two blowouts on their hauler and were sitting on the side of the road at 3 a.m on Friday morning. While waiting for roadside assistance Culp and his team made the decision to call off their rookie run.
“That was just the final straw,” Culp said. “From getting hit in the head with flying debris at Smoky Mountain Speedway a month or so ago to destroying racecars to recently switching brands, it all just had piled up on us. We are tired and frustrated, so it seemed like these two flats were a final sign that it was time to head home and regroup.”
While Culp has thrown in the towel for his 2018 venture with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series, he’s quick to note that he plans to regroup and make another charge in 2019.
“Following a national tour is something that I’ve dreamed of my whole life,” Culp commented. “We’re going to take the remainder of this year to get our feet back under us, and hopefully we’ll be making a stronger run at the tour in 2019.”
While Culp won’t be regularly following a national tour for the remainder of this season, he plans to pop in at an array of WoO and Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (LOLMDS) events, while also entering crown jewel events along with regional specials.
His next event will be the upcoming weekend’s Dirt Late Model Dream at Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, Ohio). “We might be down right now, but we definitely aren’t out, and I have no doubt we’ll come back stronger than ever,” Culp concluded.