When and how did you get started in racing?
From about 18 months old I attended races weekly at Wayne County Speedway. My dad at the time worked on local late model driver Dave Wirt’s car. My brother and I always loved racing and soon got a chance to race quarter midgets. I ran for about 3 years till he was able start racing sprint cars. During his 7 years of racing I helped in the shop and at the track till he ended his racing career. At 17 going into my senior year of high school I had the chance to race a 360. Did that for a year or so and then moved to the 410, and been doing it ever since.
Who had the biggest impact on your racing career and why?
My Mom and Dad easily. They always took us to the races and really embraced my love of the sport from an early age. It’s pretty cool now at 23 that I still get to share the sport we all love every Friday and Saturday throughout the summer.
What would you be doing if you weren't racing?
Probably running 5K’s, 10K’s and other road races. Really enjoyed running track and cross country while in high school, and I was fairly successful at it.
What is your favorite aspect of racing?
Probably the sense of accomplishment from putting one single night together. As local race teams we spend tons of money, put hours upon hours in the shop throughout the entire year, and ride the high’s and many low’s of racing to just have that one opportunity to be standing on the front stretch at the end of the night. Most people outside racing wouldn’t understand it, but that feeling is truly second to none.
What is your greatest accomplishment/best memory?
Probably my first Wayne County Speedway win. I pretty much spent every Saturday night of my childhood at WCS. I met a lot of great people there and saw a lot of great racing over the years. For a couple years the place seemed to elude us, and when we finally broke through the win column there, it was pretty cool feeling.
What is the worst thing that has happened to you in racing, or your worst season?
Probably my 2010 season, if you can even call it that. We only ran 8 races that season. We had 1 win, 3 flips, and 4 visits to Tony Beaber for a little chassis work. Was really one of those years where we seemed to get caught in everyone else’s issues.
In your own words, describe your 2013 season:
2013 was easily the best season we’ve ever had. We ran around 22-25 nights, had 2 wins, multiple top five’s (including one with the Allstars at the $10,000 to win Jim Ford Classic at Fremont), and tons of top 10’s. Throughout the entire season we went through one radius rod, one front bumper, one rear bumper, and a drag link.
What are your plans for the 2014 season?
With Wayne County moving to Saturdays the game plan is to run Attica as much as possible on Fridays, Wayne County on Saturdays, Fremont Speedway on off weekends, and as many Allstar races as possible.
Where do you see Sprint Car racing five years from now?
I see sprint car racing in five years being about where it’s at now. It will still be expensive, but still the coolest racing in the world. I do though see many of the touring series's losing traveling drivers, and local racing across the country gaining many of those drivers. I also believe that the days of “car owners” will basically be over, and many teams will be driver owned operations.
What is your ultimate goal?
I think anyone that gets into racing wants to rise to the level of doing it professionally. Now days though it’s difficult to get there without a large financial backing. I personally would love to become a dominant local driver, who has the ability to win consistently on the local level, and can beat the best touring drivers on any given night.