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 2020 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.
“It seems like every year, it seems to grow and grow and the competition gets better and better. I’m not sure how many cars we’ll have this year, but I’m sure we’ll have 20 cars a night. The nice thing is there’s a good solid 10 or 12 cars that could come out a winner each night.” – Dale Reinhart
“I love racing at Delaware and Sunset, and I am looking forward to Jukasa. I believe a driver learns more by running multiple tracks rather than running the same track every week. I also really liked the competitive size and quality of the division. The car count has been impressive and there are competitive cars throughout the field. That is important to have a healthy division.
“I have also raced karts for most of my life, and raced a Canadian Vintage Modified for the last seven years, so the open wheel racing resonates and had a partial influence.” – T.J. Marshall
“I had a very memorable late model race at Varney against Brandon Crumbie. There was my first ever race at Kawartha finishing fifth driving from the back while racing Terry Baker all the way through the field. We make friends and memories every week at the track so it’s all good.” – Tommy Robb
“With having experienced the chance to compete in the OSCAAR Super Late Model Series, it was a rush that will always stay with me. The speed and the power of the big cars is a sensation only few people can experience. Another memorable moment was having the opportunity to drive a Late Model at New Symrna Speedway during Speed Weeks.
“Starting this year I have some feelings of apprehension as this may well be the final charge of ‘Sarge on the Charge’. As I sit here typing, I look back over the many years and am very thankful for the family members, crew members, car owners, sponsors, fans and supporters that have made it possible for me to enjoy and experience a life changing passion.
“As I mention earlier, car racing is a family sport. Throughout my racing career I have always had family at my back. It has been a great experience having my two sons, Stewart and Bryan assisting me whether it be during an event or at home preparing the car. Racing would never survive without Family!
“A special thanks to those special ones that were in my corner and supported me through the tough times and the high times. There are far too many to mention but you know who you are.” – Ken Hayward
“We weren’t sure what we wanted to do but as soon as we saw Brad Stevenson’s car for sale, we had to have it. Also, we want to race against the best modified drivers like Gary McLean, Jason Keen, AJ Emms, Norman Newman and Dale Reinhart.” – Steve Trendell
“It’s definitely a huge win. Being able to win the 100th race for OSCAAR (Modifieds) is definitely a big one to click off the list. It was definitely a hard battle between the 10 car (Kelly Balson), the 51 (Dale Reinhart), and the 89c (Andy Kamrath), all very good cars, tough competitors. Obviously, the 89c has won the last six races so we know that he’s a solid figure and solid competition, so we knew coming into today that we wouldn’t be able to make any mistakes.
“We were fortunate to put ourselves in the right position and capitalize on that for the win. It’s a huge momentum boost after having a tough last two weeks, so we’re looking forward to Jukasa. Definitely thankful to click Sunset off the list in the OSCAAR Modifieds.” – A.J. Emms
“I’d have to say it’s like a go-kart on steroids. Pretty much wherever I wanted to put the car, it’d go, compared to my limited. My limited would be like a heavy Cadillac trying to turn the corner compared to the modified. So I’m kind of excited to get used to it and race more than one race, where we really went into the race blind. We didn’t get to test much or anything to see what it could do. So it’s going to be fun.” – T.J. Edwards