The Signs of Innovation Mini Stock Division at Sunset Speedway is set to grow one more in 2017 as Curtis Stewart adds his name to the roster.
“I am very excited to be competing at Sunset Speedway this year,” he told Short Track Musings. “I have a lot to learn and looking forward to progressing to oval track racing from demolition derbies and demolition racing.”
Stewart hoped to be part of the roster last season, but “the timing wasn’t right for me,” but has been able to make it happen as a result of some great partners on board for 2017.
“I wanted to get into Mini-Stock racing at Sunset Speedway because of the level of competition and relatively low costs,” he said. “Racing at Sunset gives me a full season of racing every week, where in my demolition racing and derbies was only five to six events a year.”
Stewart took his first laps during the track’s pre-season testing weekend, stating it was a great practice as he continued to get more comfortable. He also knows there’s still more to learn moving forward, and is keeping his goals in check.
“My goals for the season are to get comfortable in my car and happy with my set up,” he said. “Looking to have some fun out there and see a progression and improvement through the year. Also looking to represent myself, my sponsors and my charities in a positive way that we can all be proud of.”
For Stewart, his interest in racing began as a kid, with the drive to go racing himself always there. It as why when he turned 19, he began looking at ways to get involved, beginning with demolition derbies, followed by demolition racing. Through his career to date, he says his most memorable racing moment is the first derby he ran in 2011.
“I was able to take first place my very first time in a demolition derby,” he said. “Also, I got first place in my first demo-cross race in 2016. A demo-cross race is a small oval on dirt with two small jumps in the straightaways.”