Asheboro, North Carolina (October 6, 2015) – After five starts in the ARCA Racing Series, Eric Caudell has faced adversity with Carter 2 Motorsports. And come out stronger each time. Because of that, he will be a significant part of the team for the remainder of the 2015 and well into 2016.
“We are excited to have Eric (Caudell) with us for this season and next,” team owner Roger Carter said. “He has been one of our loyal drivers and has bought into what we are trying to build.”
The Piedmont, Oklahoma native has been with the team through many trying times, including his first career at the Talladega Superspeedway.
In that start, he found himself the reason of the first caution of the race, as he came to a stop in turn 3, due to an electrical failure in his No. 40 Caudell Consulting & Marketing Dodge. He was unable to return to the track, giving him a 32nd place finish.
Despite the letdown, he stayed hungry to improve each time he got into a race car.
He got a chance to redeem himself behind the wheel of the No. 40 Honoring America’s Warriors Dodge at the Pocono Raceway. After running well in the opening laps, electrical issues resurfaced, as he went behind the wall for the crew to fix his car. Unfortunately, the issue sidelined him for the remainder of the race, as he finished 27th.
He had showed improvement, but not the kind he wanted. Therefore, he pulled his belts tighter, and kept improving.
His third start came in late June at the Winchester Speedway. Now behind the wheel of the No. 97 Honoring America’s Warriors – Collectors & Filters Inc. Dodge, he ran consistently inside the Top-15 the entire weekend before an overheating issue developed in his car and was forced to spend the remainder of the race in the garage. He was credited with an 18th place finish that day, a career-best finish.
Despite these issues, Caudell continued to fight, as he began to see some light at the end of the tunnel.
After being out of the car for nearly three months, he returned to the seat of the No. 40 Dodge at the Salem Speedway.
He came into the race optimistic he could improve on his 18th place at Winchester, and looked to possibly be enroute to accomplishing that in the Federated Car Care Fall Classic, until his overheating gremlins found him during the race, forcing him to fall out of the race. He finished 25th.
He then faced the same uphill battle a week later at the Kentucky Speedway, where his engine expired only nine laps into the race. He finished 29th after the failure.
“Just when we were staring to build some momentum, it all went away,” Caudell said of his starts. “The team is working hard at the track to prepare and fix these issues. This speaks volumes about them. And that is the kind of team I want to be a part of. And that is why I am returning next year.”
By the time the checkered flag waves on the 2015 ARCA Racing Series season, Caudell will have made the second-most starts of any driver with Carter 2 Motorsports, making six starts. Only Bobby Hamilton Jr., who left the team in late June, made more starts with ten.
Caudell is scheduled to return to Carter 2 Motorsports and pilot the team’s No. 97 entry at the Kansas Speedway in a week and a half, and will race an undetermined about of races in 2016 with the team.