Driver Profile - TONY BRUCE JR

Tony in action at Lernerville Speedway
Name: Tony Bruce Jr,
Birthdate: 8/8/84
Hometown: Liberal, KS
Marital Status: Not married
Family: 1 sister, 3 step brothers, 1 step sister
Occupation: World of Outlaw Driver
How did you choose your car number? Family number
Chassis: Maxim
Engine Builder: Kistler
Crew: Eric Prutzman, Joey McCarthy, Tony Bruce Sr.
Sponsors: Best Well Service, Penske Shocks, Smileys Race Products
Favorite Track: Any that have dirt on them
Divisions competed in: Sprints and Micros
Years Racing: 12
Wins: 11
Championships: 1
Regular Tracks/Series: WoO
Hobbies: Playing poker
Favorite TV show: Sports Center
Favorite Music: Rap
Favorite Band: Dr. Dre
Favorite Food: Shrimp
Favorite Beverage: Dr. Pepper
Favorite Restaurant: Benihanas
Favorite Driver: Sammy Swindell
When and how did you get started in racing?

Age 11. I got a Jr Sprint for my tenth birthday.

Who had the biggest impact on your racing career and why?

My father. He has finacially and emotionally supported me and my dreams from the start.

What would you be doing if you weren't racing?

Learning to become a pilot.

What is your favorite aspect of racing?

The competition.

What is your greatest accomplishment/best memory?

Winning the Knoxville Nationals Rookie of the year in 2006. My dad and I had been going there for ten years before we actually raced it. Just being able to share that moment with him being in the pits when we found out that we were in the "A" was real special.

What is the worst thing that has happened to you in racing, or your worst season?

I would have to say that last season was probably my worst. Stepping up to the WoO was a big challenge. Not only was the competition hard, but we had a lot of DNF's. Thats just the way it goes sometimes. But we are really looking forward to 2008.

In your own words, describe your 2007 season:

Full of ups and downs. Learned a lot of things. Like what not to do.

What are your plans for the 2008 season?

Full time with WoO.

Where do you see Sprint Car racing five years from now?

I really don't know. I hope the sport can continue to grow. A lot of people are really quick to blame the WRG and the WoO for a lot of things. I myself think we should all support them a little more. I understand the fact that both sides such as the racers and the organization wont see eye to eye on everything. But we need to do our best at working together. We will never get to where we all need to be by working against each other. I'm not trying to kiss ass but I really commend the people at WRG because the task that they have is not easy. I'd say they have been the most stable thing that sprint car racing has ever had. I feel for this sport to be around another five years we all need to work together for one common goal instead of what will benefit an individual.

What is your ultimate goal?

To become a WoO champion

Anything else you would like to add?

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