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 2019 season, I had the opportunity to speak to a bunch of different competitors. 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’m going on 35 years of hanging around, mostly getting dirty, and playing with pliers, and filling gas in other people’s cars. But last year was kind of the first full year that I’ve driven my own car for a full year which was a good challenge. I learned a lot and I’m kind of disappointed in myself a little bit because I was hoping for some heat wins and top-fives in the features.
“I just put a lot of pressure on myself – I hate to lose, I like to win, and sometimes it takes my wife to keep me grounded a little bit to remind me it wasn’t all that bad.”
“For me, I just like the competition and competing. To me, I like to win, but I like to race. I think the Great Canadian race that I won at Delaware is one of my favorites because I came right from the back to the front, and then had to go to the back and came back to the front again. I got to race with D.J. Kennington; he ran a Pro Challenge car that night, too. That’s D.J.’s home track so that was a fun time. I had a really good battle with Patrick Freel, who now races full-time in APC. So I had a good time. That’s one of my favourite races.”
“I think my biggest challenge will be adapting to the big increase in size, weight and horsepower that comes with racing a modified. I feel that with all the people helping me and the iRacing I should be able to adapt fairly quickly to the new car and racing styles of the OSCAAR Modifieds.”
Bryan Batty on switching from Legends to Modifieds.
“The state of the Modifieds is looking pretty decent. It looks like there are a lot more cars in the series this year, and with more competition, it can only get better.”
“We did everything we could last year to be strong, as we worked on the car every week between races. I think it showed up at the end of the year because at the last couple of races, we did better. I had my best finish last year at the end of the season, and we did a lot of work to get to that point.”
“That was probably the coolest thing that I ever experienced. Everyone from my team was there so it definitely makes you want to do it again; that’s for sure.”
Dale Reinhart on his first career victory at Sauble Speedway
“To win the first event at Sunset Speedway would be huge. We feel that we’ve got a handle on the race track but haven’t been able to put together runs. With the homework we’ve done this off season, we hope to be able to do that.”
“I’ve always been an open wheel guy and loved growing up watching the mods, so we thought this was the best direction for Newman Motorsports to go.”
“I learned many things last year. It’s hard to pick the biggest thing, but I’d have to say learning how to run side-by-side with cars is going to be a huge help this year. I believe we’ve got the car capable of being up front, and I’m very confident that I can show that with everything I’ve learned the last two seasons!”