CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- If you're an auto racing fan and you're from West Virginia, there's a good chance you follow Richard Childress Racing.
If not, perhaps you should.
Especially on this day.
On Thursday, RCR announced that Cale Conley of Vienna will join its 2014 NASCAR Nationwide Series driver lineup in the No. 33 Chevrolet Camaro.
It's a heck of an opportunity for Conley, just 21 years old.
"I'm very grateful and anxious for the opportunity to race with Richard Childress Racing," Conley said via a release. "My goal, at this point, is to get past these anxious feelings, do what I know best on the track and learn as much as possible from the team. Opportunities like this don't come along often, so I'm going to do my best and learn as much as possible."
That's the perfect attitude from a young professional, and it's admirable the way RCR is handling the state native. Conley will run "a limited schedule," according to the team's press release.
Conley will make his Nationwide Series debut at the Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway in March. He gained experience by racing full time in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East in 2013, finishing with four top-five finishes, five top-10 finishes and one pole award.
At RCR, Conley will team up with crew chief Nick Harrison, who joined that team last year. It will be another opportunity for the driver to learn. Harrison has experience in 131 races in NASCAR's top three series and has a Nationwide Series victory at Daytona in 2012.
Childress himself issued the following statement on Conley:
"We look forward to getting Cale in our car and seeing him take the next step in his career," said the president and CEO of RCR. "He's done a good job on the K&N level and we're pairing him up with a solid race team. It's going to be a bit of a learning curve, so that's why the limited schedule works perfect for him and allows him to progress at a comfortable pace."
You might know RCR also employs one of Cross Lanes' finest in Tyler Rader, who also played football for WVU.