Currently sitting second in points heading into the third night of competition at Delaware Speedway, David McCullough has started off the 2017 season well.
“The season so far is going decent for us,” he told Short Track Musings. “We had a little problem the first race; we had a flat tire. But the car seems to be running very strong, and we’re pretty happy with the way things are going.”
Entering his fourth year of super stock competition, McCullough says the goal is to “make every race, and finish all the races” with hopes of winning the championship after finishing a close second last year.
“I think we can do another great season again this year as we have a great car and team,” he added. “But taking home the championship would be pretty cool.”
Admittedly, it isn’t going to be easy, given the steepness of competition each weekend in London, Ontario.
“We have a lot of really good teams in our class,” McCullough said. “You have Matt Robbie, Gary Adriaensen, and the young (Jake) Sheridan kid coming up; he’s running very well. There’s probably 10 cars that could win any given night. They’re all within a couple tenths of each other. It’s very tough competition out there, and a lot of well prepared cars, and very good racing. Good car counts – usually 18 to 22 cars a night, which is a pretty good field.”
This year has been a game of adjusting for drivers and fans at the half-mile though, as the track went away from heats and a single feature to a double feature format.
“They changed the format this year, and I don’t really like the new format that they have right now,” McCullough admitted. “I like the old format of the one feature and then the heat race. It kind of helps the newer teams have a chance at winning their first race, and they’re only giving a trophy to winning the second feature. I don’t really care for that format.
For McCullough, he go his start at the age of 14, racing in the endurance class at Delaware Speedway.
“My dad and I just built a old car up and went out and raced,” he said. “We didn’t really too well, but that’s how I got started. My grandfather raced years and years ago in the Super Modifieds and Hobby Stocks, so I was always around racing, kind of grew up with it. Yeah, I started enduro when I was 14 and then moved up to open-wheel modifieds, and then I ran some OSCAAR Modifeids. Then I built the super stock in 2014.”
Looking through the years, he says the most memorable moments include his first open-wheel modified victory, and racing against Gary McLean at Sauble Speedway in the OSCAAR Modified.