While some drivers focus on either asphalt racing or dirt racing for a season, there are some whom race on both disciplines throughout the calendar season.
One of those is Brandon Crumbie.
After a great rookie campaign on at Ohsweken Speedway, Crumbie set to return full-time this upcoming season behind the wheel of his mustang.
“We have also been working on repairing and converting the Prelude to run on dirt for Dad (Dave Crumbie) this season,” he told Short Track Musings. “Along with the regular schedule we plan to make it out to some of the other Dirt tracks in the area over the season.”
After the fun experienced last year, Crumbie is keeping the same thoughts in mind, looking “to have fun and try not to take anything too seriously”, though admits “a championship at Ohsweken is definitely high up on the list as well.”
Last year, the driver of the No. 63 Amsoil Racing, California Dave’s Hobby Shop, Ernie’s Performance, M&S Metals, Highland Auto Glass, and Moonlight Design Mustang put together a great “dream” rookie season, making a couple trips to victory lane en route to posting a runner-up finish in the points standings.
“I had an amazing rookie season on dirt with a few bad nights here and there which is normal for anybody,” he said. “I also met alot of great people and raced with some of the best mini stock drivers on dirt.”
The opportunity for Crumbie to take a shot at racing on the dirt came about after winning a racecar through a raffle. Looking back, Crumbie says the biggest challenge going from one to the other was the difference in set-ups.
“I had the advantage of having a very well built car to start with and just had to tweak it a bit to suit me better,” he said. “Aside from that I just had to drive it like i stole it!”
Though having gone through the experience and having fun, the advice for others thinking about is easy – go for it.
“Its an experience every racer should try,” he said. “There’s lots of guys that will help you out and the level of competition is awesome out there.”
In addition to the dirt schedule, Crumbie plans to remain active on the asphalt tracks, running “some regular nights and invitationals” behind the wheel of his father’s Porche, and the mustang lent to him by Steve McLeod.
Unfortunately, things did not go as well as Crumbie hoped last year on the asphalt side, as both he and his father got caught up in some wrecks throughout the season. Despite the struggles, though, Crumbie posted seven top-five finishes throughout hte year, including a season-best third on July 30.
“There were a lot of headaches, mechanical failures and wrecked cars and I found it hard to keep my head in it,” he said. “I’m hoping this season we can get stuff going on our side again because I still really enjoy racing a lot of the guys on asphalt.”
Known always as a front runner, Crumbie has found his way to victory lane at different tracks across the province, and notes it’s tough to pick a simple memorable moment form his racing career to date.
“Picking one most memorable moment is tough; there are quite a few,” he said. “But some of my most memorable moment in racing are the first time racing in a new division. The excitement and nervousness all at the same time is awesome. One race I won’t forget for quite awhile is the 2015 Battle at the Beach win at Sauble Speedway. Racing side-by-side from start-to-finish was awesome. It was anybody’s game to the last lap. Another was running 4 wide for the win last season at Ohsweken.”