Sometimes when you stick a microphone in front of a driver’s face, you have no clue what they may say and a couple of times you’ll hear something that surprises you or gives you a bit of a perspective.
Throughout the 2017 season at Sunset Speedway, I had the opportunity to speak to a bunch of different competitors, whether for features or following events. During those interviews, there were some quotes that stood out. So it seems only fitting we take a glance back through the year at what was said.
“I don’t think it is a joke that I say there was the best cars there to race against week in and week out. The only thing that changed is I came better prepared as a racer, and came with better equipment which made it possible to run the way I did and put in the results that I did. So I am proud of what I did and I am not gonna say it was easier, but it helps to do your homework and come prepared!” – Eric Yorke
One (memorable moment) was having my sponsor (ADK Industries) in the stands to see me get a win. The smiles on his kids faces when they met me in the tech shed is something I’ll remember for a long time. – Randi Seguin
“I was mad about finishing eighth in the first heat and thought that was how my year was going to go. Then my dad told me to get out there and drive it! So that’s exactly what I did. And it gave me a huge confidence boost to win that race ahead of (Andy) Kamarath and (Eric) Yorke!” – Daniel Montanari
“This season defiantly took a lot of work. People underestimate the work load of 2 cars, let alone the time involved to keep two podium position cars at that level. For every hour at the track, there’s four hours that people don’t see in preparation. My year was mostly successful and despite more than my fair share of bad luck, I was able to avoid any DNFs, so I can’t be to unhappy with it.” – Nic Montanari
“It’s been a whirlwind year, for sure. We smoked the motor last week, the transmission, crashed, pulled off one night because we were upset – it’s just been a roller coaster ride. Everybody has told me to not give up and let’s keep trying, keep digging, and perseverance paid off. I was ready to quit five weeks ago so this championship is for the team. They’re the guys that stood behind me, and wrench on the car every week, and they got it here.” – Cameron McGlashan
“I couldn’t be happier. Every other year, I start off horribly. It just seems that I can’t get the gear working right on opening night; I don’t know how many times that I’ve blown up engines, or missed opening night. So get off on a good foot and keep up the momentum ever since, it’s good. Hopefully we can keep it rolling. I don’t want to jinx it, but this is probably one of my best seasons so far.” – Eric Yorke
“I’m very lucky to have my Dad, Branden and Melissa to all lean on and have them act like coaches to me as I learn through my first season. I believe having them for support and help will benefit me large, I know I always have someone to go to when I have a question about the car and/or track as they all have experience racing at Sunset especially. They have already taught me and helped me with a lot and that will only continue which is very beneficial.” – Josh Bullen
“I probably would have never got into racing if it wasn’t for them; they are the ones that have taught me everything from in shop to at the track. I really look up to both my dad and brother Branden as they have been a significant part of my racing and amazing teachers/coaches to me. Within these past two years they have taught me a handful of helpful information and guided me through difficulties that I have had. If I have a bad practice or bad run I always know when I come into the pits they are there with support and ready to help. With Branden previously running mini stock himself, he has been a huge mentor during these past two seasons. I’m so glad I could carry on our family tradition as my grandfather raced (Fred Bullen) and I know it is very important for my dad. They always laugh and tease about taking my car out instead because they get that racing itch.” – Melissa Bullen