Coming into the 2017 race season as a rookie, Josh Bullen was able to walk away with his head held high after an impressive rookie campaign at Sunset Speedway.
“Looking back on the 2017 season, I can’t complain about anything,” he told SHORT TRACK MUSINGS. “We went into this season with little to no big expectations other then to get seat time and learn race after race, but myself and my team sure overcame that quickly! We became a top 10 running car which I never even thought was possible at the beginning of the season! 2017 was my rookie year that I will never forget.”
Like Bullen mentioned, it did not take long before the No. 66 Mustang was finishing in the top-10, as noted with his first feature top-10 on with a ninth on June 3. From there on, he continued to run up front on a weekly basis, notably leading some laps at one point, before posting six top-10’s with a season-best fifth on September 9. He would walk away from the season ranked seventh in the year-end standings.
“There were a lot of good moments of 2017, like competing against my sister (Melissa) and working as a crew chief to Jordan Howse as well as driving my car,” he commented. “But my most memorable moment would be winning my first heat race at Spring Velocity at Sunset Speedway against the best of the best!”
Looking to break through to that next level, he knows that “there is always room to improve & get better,” as he says with “each and every race I go out and learn something new.” But notably, he feels being more consistent on-track will help the Bullen Racing team achieve better results moving forward.
Even though the year has just finished, focus has already begun to shift to the new year ahead as Bullen says there’s a lot of exciting things going on in their shop towards 2018 already.
“We have been extremely busy over the off season,” he noted. “Although for next year, myself and my team do know for sure we will be back at a track in Ontario!”