This first half of the year I have been flying under the radar, meticulously rebuilding the Legend Car, with the help of TJ Clark of the Spencer Clark Driven Team in Las Vegas, who does my chassis work, there isn’t a component or bolt on the car that hasn’t been touched or can be further improved. There has been a lot of late nights out in the shop, trying to balance my work schedule with GMS Racing, build my Legend Car and continue improving my personal fitness with my newfound hobby, boxing, but because of the effort, I think I’m more proud of the results.
I tested the car at Concord Speedway last Thursday, and have walked away with a good notebook. I tried a few different setups and have an idea of what I need to do with the car moving forward and onto other tracks.
A good friend of mine mentioned to me that he was heading up to Dominion Speedway in Virginia for a late model race, a track which I was very keen to run at, so I loaded up my car in their hauler and we drove up Friday morning to get some practice laps in Friday night and race Saturday night.
First time on track the car felt great, throughout the weekend I only made minor changes to the handling, the majority of practice I spent getting used to the fast, high banks and working on my driving style. Unfortunately the rain cancelled the racing Saturday night and we came back into the track Sunday. I qualified 3rd out of 14 cars for the feature race which left me to wonder what I needed to do to gain 1/10th second on the polesitter and I wasn’t sure how the track conditions would change with the heat of the day and a 75 lap Late Model race before my feature.
After the top 6 qualifiers inverted, I took the green flag in 4th and found the lead of the race by lap 5. With about 8 laps to go, the polesitter got underneath me and I found myself in 3rd when the caution came out. I ran in 2nd for the closing laps of the race, setting up to pass the leader and I was bumped from behind on the last lap, relegating me to 4th at the checkered flag. After fighting for the win, 4th is not the result I would’ve liked, but it was a product of hard racing and has left me with the desire to come back and get the win next time!
10 years ago, I was a 13 year old living in a town of 1400 people in rural Australia. A friend of a friend of a friend of the family said ‘hey you should meet this guy while he is in town’. So we did. That was Paul Chambers of Australian Outback Plants (www.australianoutbackplants.com) , Phoenix, Arizona. We had dinner, at which Paul invited us to his place. He probably didn’t expect us to say yes so quickly, and November 2006 we did just that.
In what turned out to be somewhat of a racing vacation, watching wingless sprint cars at the famous Manzanita Speedway and for the first time, witnessing a NASCAR Sprint Cup series race at Phoenix International Raceway, I also competed internationally for the first time, racing the Junior TAG class at a WKA event in Phoenix with Innovative Karting and also racing for Paul Chambers’ Bushranger Karts team at AKA Speedway, a new experience for me racing on a dirt speedway with more grip than most asphalt tracks I’ve competed on, I finally figured it out come feature time and came from the back to win the race!
From that point on, I visited the US 4 more times, competing in Legend Cars and Late Models across the west coast before moving to North Carolina in 2012.
Australian Outback Plants grows eucalyptus foliage for koalas in some of the best zoos in the US, and grow Australian native plants which are used extensively in landscaping throughout the US, and are available in selected Lowes stores. Australian Outback Plants remain proud supporters of Bronson Butcher Motorsport.