(updated October 24)
Quotable: Assorted sound bites from the Late Model world from 2013:
"If you wanna hear the clock go tick-tock, come to my house."
- Derrick Lancaster, who won the Robert Pressley Invitational Late Model Stock Car race at Kingsport Speedway in controversial fashion. Lancaster led Ronnie McCarty at the white flag, then McCarty passed him but there was a caution elsewhere on the track. Kingsport rules state that when the yellow comes out after the white, then scoring reverts to the way the lineup was at the white. The trophies for the event included a grandfather clock, a slightly-smaller one than the ones awarded at Martinsville Speedway.
"I'm trying my best to promote myself, and Dad's trying his best. The journey to it is going fairly well."
- Myatt Snider, the son of NASCAR and other-sports TV reporter Marty Snider. Myatt picked up his first LMSC feature win Oct. 13 at the Mid-Atlantic Shootout at Caraway Speedway in Sophia, N.C.
"That's definitely different. I kept looking to the right. I told my spotter, 'You're gonna have to remind me when they throw the white flag."
- Brian Bergakker, the winner of Main Event XXVI at Sandusky Speedway, on the Ohio track's flagstand being on the inside of the frontstretch instead of next to the grandstands.
"Cameron has a great feel for racing. You'd think he's been doing it for 25 years."
- Jeff Jefferson, a Washington short-track star who is now the crew chief for 17-year-old Canadian Cameron Hayley in the NASCAR K&N Pro West Series and some Late Model action. In a two-week stretch Hayley won the Fall Classic at Yakima, Wash., and his first K&N points race at Roseville, Calif.
"Somebody's always gonna be unhappy with NASCAR."
- Tommy Lemons Jr., who won the Virginia is for Racing Lovers LMSC race at Martinsville. Dillon Bassett and his followers claim that Lemons jumped the final restart with two laps remaining.
"Every time Anthony pulls a pill for himself, it's 1 or 2. I've always been known to pull the worst pill you can pull. So he drew for me, and he pulled an 8. I'm like, 'You SOB.' "
- David Wilson, who won the Sept. 29 Super Late Model race at Full Throttle Speedway in Bradenton, Fla., driving for Anthony Campi Racing.
"It was either quit, have me drive or get another driver. I opted for me right now."
- Scott Carlson, who returned to a regular schedule of racing this season in the four Super Late Model in-season shows at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Fla.
"All we can do about it now is try to be .017 second faster in qualifying next year to get locked into the show and not have to race our way in."
- Danny Church, who just missed the qualifying cutoff for the Wisconsin State Championship race at Jefferson Speedway, then was knocked out in a last chance race crash.
"All my inner demons are speed demons."
- Eddie King, who won the Sept. 7 Late Model race at Showtime Speedway in Pinellas Park, Fla., at age 65.
"Two-hour trips to Norway are not bad at all."
- Reagan May, who once made a season full of journeys to Indiana and Michigan tracks in the old SuperPro series from her family's home in DePere, Wis. May raced Late Models this season at Norway Speedway in Michigan's upper peninsula, peaking with a third-place finish.
"We might be able to beat Lee with that."
- Jonathan Looney, nephew of Motor Mile Speedway-based Late Model Stock Car driver Mike Looney, commenting on a powerful and loud engine on a dragster making a pass at the adjacent dragstrip at the New River Valley facility. Lee Pulliam, who recently clinched his second straight NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national championship, has won eight of the 11 LMSC features held at Motor Mile this season.
"I called Chuck Norris this morning and he said, 'Do not take second. We'll deal with the consequences.' "
- Wisconsin star Dennis Prunty, after muscling his way past Austin Luedtke on the last lap to win the Labor Day 100 at Slinger Super Speedway.
"I've been racing in go-karts and legends cars with Evan all these times, so it was really cool to see him up there. A little part of me feels bad because I remember my first win, and I know he wanted to get it, but at this point of the season, you have to race for yourself."
- Bobby Timmons, after battling Evan Beaulieu for the win in the Aug. 17 Pro Stock race at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in West Scarborough, Maine. Timmons, supported by PASS team owner and driver Scott Mulkern, picked up his first win of the season.
"We looked on the schedule, saw this and figured we'd come try it out."
- David Oliver, who has raced primarily at Beech Ridge in recent years, on his first attempt in the Granite State Pro Stock Series at Star Speedway in Epping, N.H. Oliver finished second.
"It was either this or horse racing as a jockey."
- Nate Dennis, the stepfather of Top Speed Fabrication CRA Late Model Sportsman rookie J.J. Haley. Haley is 14 years old but still a bit small for his age, and neither of his parents top 5-foot-5.
"I'm just as sore if I sit around and do nothing."
- Canadian legend Junior Hanley, who despite back problems and other health issues has only missed two races at Flamboro Speedway in the last five years. Hanley built the chassis for Grisdale Triple Crown winner and track points leader Paul Howse.
"He helps me when times are bad. I wish I could return the favor for him."
- Steven Davis, who won the 30-lap Pro Late Model race Aug. 23 at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Fla., on former car owner Mitch Smith, who took care of his tire bill for the race.
"Somebody's gonna have to go to work. That's all I gotta say."
- Andy Bozell, on the attempts of others to break his track record of 10.02 seconds around Kalamazoo Speedway at the annual Call of the Wild Sept. 14. Every year some Michigan racers attach huge sideboards and other aids to cars to aim for the mark; Bozell set it in the 2011 event.
"If Joe goes and uses it for his other cars, we don't complain. It's nothing that's gonna get yelled throughout the pits; that's for sure."
- Maxwell Schultz, on advice Racetech Chassis boss Joe Nechodom offers to his customers. Racetech cars have done well at Wisconsin International Raceway, as Schultz won his first Super Late Model feature after six years of trying in August, Terry Baldry won the third and final round of the Red, White & Blue State Championship, and Jeff VanOudenhoven won the RW&B title and overall track championship.
"They do it at other places in the country."
- Tom White, the promoter at Grundy County Speedway in Morris, Ill., when he announced that the fourth annual Frank Welch Memorial would be held in a triple-segment format for the first time. The Milk Bowl at Thunder Road in Vermont is the most famous race with that style, where the driver with the fewest finishing points is the overall winner.
"Nobody has any rehab centers for freaking race car drivers. My dad's retired more than Brett Favre. He's quit twice this year already."
- Wisconsin veteran Eugene Gregorich Jr., who won the Aug. 10 TUNDRA race at Marshfield Motor Speedway.
"We're looking for that full package. I'm happy that Patrick was chosen. He crushed it in the media side and did an amazing job in front of the camera. Couple that with how well he did at the short track and how great he did at the road course event, and he became the winner."
- Ty Norris, the general manager at Michael Waltrip Racing, on Patrick Staropoli, who was selected the winner of the Peak Stock Car Dream Challenge. MWR helped organize the event, which put Florida Late Model driver Staropoli in a NASCAR K&N Pro West Series ride Aug. 24 at Spokane, Wash., where he finished fifth.
"Our local drivers did a good job defending the track."
- Larry Bertrand, the general manager and part owner at Stateline Speedway in Post Falls, Idaho, on Blake Williams, Dave Garber and Andy Brown finishing 1-2-3 in the annual NAPA Idaho 200 Aug. 3.
"We had a good run here today, so it makes it all worthwhile that we came here and we had a good time."
- Eddie MacDonald, who finished third in the ACT International 500 main event at Airborne Speedway in Plattsburgh, N.Y. The event was ACT's answer to the TD Bank 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway in Maine going back to Super Late Models/Pro Stocks; MacDonald won the 250 in two of the six years where ACT-rules Late Model Sportsman cars were used.
"Everyone that was sitting
well, standing up
enjoyed a great race."
- Rick Crawford, the longtime racer based in Alabama who now promotes Montana Raceway Park, on his first Coors Light Montana 200 experience.
"He kinda made us look like idiots."
- Griffin McGrath, on Kyle Busch's performance in the Swiss Colony Howie Lettow Memorial 150 at the Milwaukee Mile in West Allis, Wis. Busch set fast time, started 14th, and was up to the lead for good after 10 laps. McGrath finished seventh.
"We're magnetically attracted. We've got plenty of tire marks on the car to show for it."
- Lettow 150 runner-up Travis Sauter, on the frequent battles in the race with his uncle Johnny Sauter, who finished third.
"If I won 20 races in a year with a car, I'd never sell it, even if I quit racing."
- Justin Snow, who won a July 6 Late Model Stock Car race at Southern National Motorsports Park in Kenly, N.C., using a car with which Philip Morris used to win the 2011 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national title.
"I thought I had dodged those bullets."
- Debra Brusso, the wife of longtime Gulf Coast racer Donny and the mother of Pro Late Model rookie Kody Brusso who competes at Revolution Park in Monroe, La., on Kody's interests. Kody also rides and cares for horses and started college on a basketball scholarship, and she didn't get into racing until recently.
"Up here she doesn't know anybody, so she doesn't know who to be intimidated by. I can tell there's intimidation from the guys down there."
- Wisconsin veteran Frank Kreyer on Amanda Ferguson for whom he fields a Super Late Model in selected summer races in the upper Midwest. Ferguson is a Florida resident and has not performed well in the Sunshine State, but she has victories at Golden Sands Speedway, Norway Speedway and Sands Speedway in Kreyer's equipment since the summer of 2012.
"I attribute my early campaign success to the racetrack. It gave me name recognition. Of course, I had to show them that I'm more than a stock car racer."
- Vermont lieutenant governor Phil Scott, who won the June 20 Late Model Sportsman feature at Thunder Road International Speedbowl while he was acting governor as Peter Shumlin was out of the state on vacation at the time. Scott, a three-time track champion, is the subject of a Q&A in the July 8 issue of Sports Illustrated.
"It's pretty cool, to be honest.
There's still a long way to go and a lot of racing to do."
- Deac McCaskill, who found himself tied atop the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national standings with 2012 champion and 2013 favorite Lee Pulliam when the rankings were released at the end of June. They frequently compete against each other at McCaskill's home track, Southern National Motorsports Park in Kenly, N.C., and one of Pulliam's track title sites, Motor Mile Speedway in Radford, Va.
"It doesn't work as well with them as it does with me."
- Steve Cronenwett Jr., on whether or not looking at and playing with race trophies can keep his infant twins Austin and Brody quiet. Cronenwett won the Charlie Ryan Memorial at Spartan Speedway in Mason, Mich., for his first feature victory since 2009.
"I'm excited to race there, but I'm not excited to race against all that money and those semi haulers."
- Skylar Holzhausen, on the July 9 Swiss Colony Howie Lettow Memorial at the Milwaukee Mile in West Allis, Wis. The race is part of the ARCA Midwest Tour; Holzhausen won the June 29 ARCA Midwest show at Marshfield Motor Speedway.
"It's one of the cooler tracks around, for sure. No one ever told me there was a track that cool stuffed away in Wisconsin."
- Nick Panitzke, on Jefferson Speedway, where he won a TUNDRA Super Late Model feature in his first visit.
"After that race, his family tried to look it up, and she couldn't find it either."
- Harold Fair Jr., who won last year's Joy Fair Memorial race at Flat Rock Speedway, not knowing definitively if he was related to the Michigan legend who passed away in December of 2011. This year's Joy Fair tribute event is scheduled for this Saturday.
"I keep sending him videos of a backflip so he won't forget how to do it."
- Branden Lines, the spotter for Daniel Hemric in the Southern Super Series. Hemric won 10 Late Model races last season, mostly with Scott Neal's team in the Jegs CRA All-Stars Tour, but through mid-June this year he has gone winless, albeit mostly against tougher competition in the new SSS.
"He keeps up on his racing more than I thought he does."
- Scott Davis, father of 14-year-old Georgia star Spencer Davis, on Spencer's knowledge and interest in racing history. Spencer won the June 15 Pro Late Model race at Fairgrounds Speedway in Nashville, Tenn.
"I wonder if we could sponsor the series, if they wouldn't check our motor."
- Mike Stacy, who finished second to Cody Coughlin in the Jegs CRA race June 7 at Dixie Motor Speedway in Birch Run, Mich., after Cody passed him back for the lead with seven laps left. The Coughlin family owns Jegs Performance Auto Parts.
"He said if we can't sell it, we might as well wreck it."
- Stacy, who ran the next night's Main Event Racing Series show at Shady Bowl Speedway in DeGraff, Ohio, in Al Reeves' car and finished fourth. Reeves was a regular car owner with MERS for several years, mostly with Stacy but with a few other drivers, but in 2012 he had some health problems; this was the first start for him since then.
"My first year he didn't help much, with that front-wheel-drive 4-cylinder. I had to show him this is what I wanted to do. Then he kinda got the bug again and it developed from there."
- Spencer Wortinger, the almost-21-year-old son of northern Indiana veteran Mike Wortinger. Spencer finished third in the June 8 outlaw Late Model race as a class rookie at New Paris Speedway, just four weeks after he watched Mike break his back and ankles in a crash at NPS. Mike is now home and hopes to be able to walk by the end of the summer.
"Once we got up front and got all the ding-dongs wrecked out of the race, it was better."
- Mike Longton, who won the Monster Energy 100 June 1 at Hermiston Super Oval in Oregon. The race featured 11 cautions, mostly for incidents at the back of the pack and mostly in the first half of the race.
"Montana was kinda the first big competitive racetrack I've been to, aside from where I grew up in go-karting."
- Cameron Hayley, the 16-year-old Alberta native whose first real Late Model action came at Raceway Park in Kalispell, Mont. Hayley won a feature for the first time there in 2011, then returned June 1 to win the GET Rich Montana Gold 212 for an $8,000 triumph. He also drives for Gene Price Motorsports in the NASCAR K&N Pro West Series.
"It has made Friday the new Monday."
- Justin Milliken, who races primarily at Myrtle Beach Speedway. Most of MBS' races this summer are on Thursday nights.
"Can't get no respect
young, old, doesn't matter."
- Bubba Pollard, after crashing with the lapped veteran Wayne Niedecken Jr. while leading with five laps left in the Southern Super Series race at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Fla. The incident took away a near-sure victory, which would have been the third of the year for the series points leader.
"I can see Culver's headquarters from here. I'd love to get them as a sponsor, but I think that ship has sailed."
- Travis Sauter, the hottest driver in Wisconsin Late Model racing since last summer. His shop is in Prairie du Sac, and the Wisconsin-based fast-food chain is in nearby Sauk City. Culver's was the primary sponsor for Frank Kreyer for several years, but the company has since scaled back its involvement in racing, although some individual locations still back racers.
"I'll be pitting in the mud for sure."
- Dan Fredrickson, on the ARCA Midwest Tour race June 8 at Dells Raceway Park. Fredrickson, who won the May 18 Midwest race at State Park Speedway near Wausau, Wis., used to race Lefthander Chassis but switched to a Hamke Race Car last fall. The Dells track is now owned by Lefthander boss Wayne Lensing.
"I won a couple of qualifiers, but in features I was the bridesmaid like 30 times up there."
- Tim Huddleston, a multi-time Irwindale Speedway champion, on his racing experiences at Mesa Marin Raceway in Bakersfield, Calif. Huddleston's High Point Racing fielded the winning crate-division entry for Cole Custer on opening night for Kern County Raceway, the first paved oval in Bakersfield since Mesa closed in 2005.
"It was fun to be able to see all of 'em again, since it'd been almost a year since I was with 'em, but we can't do it all the time. We feel better and more competitive running locally with the money we have."
- Cole Williams, who finished eighth in the Mercy Masters of the Pros 144, the Jegs CRA All-Stars Tour event at I-44 Speedway in Lebanon, Mo. Williams ran the first three Jegs races in 2012 with two top-10s, but financial issues led him to focus on weekly racing at Lebanon, even though the track is more than six hours from the family's home in Sellersburg, Ind.
"I didn't want to get into it too much, because I won the race."
- John Moore, who won the Alamance Oil May Daze at Ace Speedway near Burlington, N.C., for his first Late Model Stock Car feature win in five years of trying, on the late tangle between Thomas Scott and Dean Fogleman. Scott bumped and spun leader Fogleman with four of 100 laps remaining and Scott was sent to the back as a penalty.
"I understand how Michael House feels. I was in the same position when I broke my foot last summer."
- Austin Brawley, a Late Model racer at Fairgrounds Speedway in Nashville, Tenn., on fellow driver House, who suffered hand injuries in a work accident in early May and will miss at least two Nashville races.
"We were either going to win that race at Berlin or finish second, so I definitely feel like we've got some unfinished business to take care of."
- Jonathan Eilen, the 2012 champion of what is now the ARCA Midwest Tour, who has been chosen to race for Cunningham Motorsports in the ARCA Racing Series event June 2 at his home track in Elko, Minn. Eilen ran once for Cunningham in 2009 at Berlin Raceway in Marne, Mich., and ran as high as fourth before getting involved in someone else's wreck.
"They're actually teching stuff. Before it's been the hometown track where guys bring out what they want to bring.
They actually have a set of scales."
- Duke Langley, on Hermiston Super Oval, formerly called Columbia Motor Speedway in Oregon. Langley held off Garrett Evans to win the Coca-Cola 100 May 4 for his biggest victory.
"I didn't do my job. I didn't give him the car I needed tonight."
- Chris Lawson, the overly-hard-on-himself crew chief for Ronnie Bassett Jr., who finished fourth at the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown at Richmond International Raceway behind NASCAR stars Kyle Busch and David Ragan and teenager Ben Rhodes. NASCAR invaders have won the charity event all three seasons it has been held at Richmond, Va.
"They can talk to everybody until they're blue in the face, but it's up to us to get the show in without suffocating when we get the helmets on."
- Nick Gullatta, on the drivers meeting before the ARCA/CRA Super Series opener at Toledo Speedway. The previous CRA-sanctioned race was SpeedFest in Cordele, Ga., where there were 24 cautions in 200 laps and was a general disaster. The 150-lap Toledo feature was slowed only five times. Gullatta finished eighth.
"It's real fun getting to race against the Southern boys like Bubba Pollard and Kyle Benjamin. I'm sure them guys watch us and we watch them and see them in Late Model Digest. They've been kicking some butt down there. To be able to beat them here
maybe we ain't too far off."
- Skylar Holzhausen, who finished third at Toledo; the race was a combination event with the ARCA Midwest Tour. Pollard placed fifth and Benjamin 11th.
"I broke exactly the same vertebra as Denny Hamlin. I'd love to talk to him about it. Everybody says he'll be back in a few weeks, but if that kid gets in that car before six months, he's an ass."
- George Bessette, who won the Pro Stock feature at the Icebreaker at Thompson, Conn. In July 2005 Bessette suffered a back injury and was out of racing until the following spring.
"Bobby Wilberg works at Lefthander. He said, 'That dash bar's bent a little bit, but it don't know the difference."
- Alex Papini, on the often-reclipped Limited Late Model he used to win the Big 8 Spring Classic at Rockford Speedway in Loves Park, Ill. Seven-time track champion Wilberg started next to Papini on the front row, but he was taken out in an early accident.
"I made some enemies the first time I was there. I voted for double-file restarts. If you don't entertain the people on the other side of the track, then you might not be at the track."
- Troy McNabb, on his first time in a Florida United Promoters Late Model Series drivers meeting in March at Auburndale Speedway. At the first few races, series director Rick Williams put single- or double-file restarts to a vote of the drivers, and single-file won the first two. They'll be double-file the rest of the season.
"Mobile's given quite a few of 'em out that's pretty big. The guitar's awesome too; there's nothing better than a guitar."
- Bubba Pollard, winner of the inaugural Southern Super Series race at Nashville, Tenn., on the seven-foot-tall trophy he received. Pollard has won several tall pieces of hardware at Mobile International Speedway in Irvington, Ala.
"This is the funnest racetrack in the world. I hope or wish or whatever that the people that are involved with this city and this facility would just realize how much for us it's a treat."
- Dennis Schoenfeld, who finished sixth in that SSS race, on Fairgrounds Speedway. The past few years have been tumultous for the historic Nashville track, to the point where mayor Karl Dean declared an October 2010 race to be its last (missed on that one, youronner). With support from fans and returning promoter Tony Formosa, its future seems safer, with races scheduled about once a month from April to November.
"It's basically the tracks we run all the time anyway."
- Augie Grill, on the SSS schedule which includes trips to Mobile, Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Fla., Montgomery Motor Speedway in Catoma, Ala., Gresham Motorsports Park in Jefferson, Ga., and the season finale back at Nashville in the reborn All-American 400.
"It's good to be a position like that, but it's time for someone else."
- Jacob Gomes, on Derek Thorn's run of eight wins in the last 12 Spears SRL Southwest Tour races, including both in 2013. Gomes finished third in the April 6 race at Stockton 99 Speedway and has four wins since 2011, but none since Thorn started his hot streak.
"It looks like a big quilted blanket. But they made sure we bought all the right pieces for the race car first."
- Jim Parker, the crew chief for Jay Beasley who won the first two Super Late Model races of the year at the Bullring at Las Vegas, Nev., on Beasley's firesuit which appeared to be two sizes too large for him.
"She was the biggest surprise of all. She made me work harder than a lot of people have made me work at Tucson in the past."
- Scott Rueschenberg, who won the first race at the reopened Tucson Speedway, on second-place finisher Mariah McGriff, a Late Model rookie who is the granddaughter of West Coast legend Hershel McGriff.
"I don't know what it is that makes me a black sheep, but I'm good with it. I can handle it. I'm a big boy."
- Preston Peltier, the all-time winningest driver in the PASS South Super Late Model Series and the winner of its Easter Bunny 150 March 30 at Hickory, N.C., on the fact that he sometimes seems to get more than his share of the blame for contact. Trevor Sanborn felt that Peltier squeezed him out of his groove too much on a late restart in this race.
"Qualifying is two laps and pays $100. The race is 150 laps but pays $3,000."
- Chris Lawson, the crew chief for Ronnie Bassett Jr. in UARA. Bassett won the pole for the March 23 show at Hickory Motor Speedway, then fell back as far as seventh in a conservative race plan before coming back to lead the last 10 laps and win for the second straight time in the Late Model Stock Car tour this spring.
"I got real excited. I haven't won since I've been in legends cars."
- Ben Rhodes, who tried to take the lead from Justin Milliken on the last lap of the Myrtle Beach 250 LMSC race but was penalized after they made contact and Milliken spun. The 16-year-old Rhodes is in his second full year of LMSC racing and first with Hawk-McCall Motorsports.
"They've used the same compound for four or five years, and I've struggled for four or five years here."
- Casey Smith, the third-place finisher in the Hardee's Rattler 250 at South Alabama Speedway, on the Hoosier F40 tires used at SAS. Years ago Smith won several times in Super Late Models at SAS.
"I'm a snake guy. I love snakes. I just don't like the ones that'll kill me."
- Rattler runner-up Stephen Nasse. Area snake handlers revived the race's dormant tradition of draping a rattlesnake over the winner's shoulders for victory lane ceremonies, and this year they did the same treatment to the second-place finisher. Supposedly the snakes aren't dangerous in early-mid-March because they aren't fully out of hibernation.
"I wonder what he'd be more scared of, that or the rattlesnake."
- Freddie Query, crew chief for Rattler winner Kyle Benjamin. Query didn't tell his 15-year-old driver that one of the right front wheel studs had broken off, and after the race they discovered a second stud was missing.
"Jeff Fultz's car owner came up and asked what it'd take to get one of them made. I said, 'You probably don't wanna have one of them made.' "
- South Alabama Speedway owner John Dykes, on the Rattler 250 trophy. The hardware cost more than $300 because of the snake heads and body that Dykes has to order.
"I wouldn't've come down here if I only had one car."
- Russell Fleeman, on running the Grasshopper Pro Late Model 125 on Rattler weekend. Fleeman was in an accident, and this car wouldn't have been ready by the March 30 Larry Fleeman Memorial race at Gresham Motorsports Park in Jefferson, Ga. Russell had another car in place for the race honoring his father.
"Midway through Friday night practice, they brought in this crazy-looking contraption in the back of a pickup truck. It was full of liquid nitrogen, just for making homemade ice cream for all of us with SRL. It's something else that shows how much they appreciate the racers."
- Tim Huddleston, the father of SRL S2 race winner and California teenager Trevor Huddleston, at the Spears SRL Southwest Tour season opener at Madera Speedway. This was the first raceday exposure of the Huddleston family to SRL procedures. S2 is a growing entry-level class which will accompany half of the premier SRL series' dates in 2013.
"That's got nothing to do with her name, but everybody asks me that."
- Bradley McCaskill, whose daughter was born in December; her name is Kinley. His home track is Southern National Motorsports Park in Kenly, N.C., and the girl's name and the town are pronounced the same way.
"I think I've only got one person mad at me; that's not too bad."
- Ryan Wilson, after finishing third in the season-opening Late Model Stock Car race at Caraway Speedway near Asheboro, N.C.
"You win some and you lose some. Actually you win some and you lose a lot."
- Preston Peltier, who finished second in the PASS South race at Dillon Motor Speedway after Austin Theriault muscled him out of the lead on the last lap. Peltier has nine wins in the series in about six years of following it.
"It's unbelievable how much you actually have to slow down."
- Theriault, who fell back as far as ninth while saving his tires and equipment in the first half of the race at Dillon, S.C.
"Can you spell calm with a K, like 'Krazy'?"
- 'Krazy' Kevin Powell, who thanked spotter and car owner Dick Woodman for keeping him calm en route to a third-place finish at Dillon. Powell is an exciteable driver and auto/motorcycle dealership owner who does his own voiceovers for radio commercials around Winston-Salem, N.C.
"I said, 'We've got a 3-4-car length lead. Now do what I ask you to do. Gimme two laps higher, and if you don't like it we'll go back to your way.' He moved up and we picked up two tenths. It felt good. I said, 'Then stay up there.' "
- Brandon Ward, the spotter for Jared Fryar during Fryar's Feb. 20 Pro Late Model win at New Smyrna Speedway in Samsula, Fla., trying to get him to run a line higher than the very bottom.
"This time last year I'd never even pictured myself in a Late Model."
- Devin McLeod, during Speedweeks at New Smyrna. McLeod, who won several Pro Late Model races at New Smyrna starting last April and earned the track championship, moved up to a Super Late Model this year with Tim Russell Inc. and won the Feb. 16 SLM feature.
"I don't know him too well to buy him a birthday present. I think that trophy is good enough."
- McLeod, on Russell. McLeod's win, and TRI Pro Late Model driver Joey Mucciacciaro's victory, both came on Russell's 30th birthday.
"I've been learning the whole background on the car and how to calculate roll centers. It really fascinates me. Brad Keselowski's like that. He knows everything that's going on with that car. He could be the crew chief himself. That's the position where I'd like to be."
- Mucciacciaro, a 16-year-old Connecticut driver, on reading a book on motorsports engineering.
"Going fast wasn't an issue. I could go fast right away. It was more how to drive in traffic in the race. Just going fast is one thing. Racing is another."
- Alex Guenette, a 16-year-old Pro Late Model rookie who improved steadily during Speedweeks, ending with a second-place finish in the Feb. 23 finale.
"I didn't get a win, but I got a win."
- David Rogers, who crossed the Wallace, on the major contribution of visiting NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Brian Scott to his team's Derby effort.
"If she doesn't get to hold the checkered flag, she's mad."
- Clay Rogers, on his daughter Ava's reaction when he runs a race and doesn't win. Rogers, the four-time champion in what is now the Rev-Oil Pro Cup Series, is returning to Pro Cup in 2013.
"He's got to have somebody push the car."
- Chris Davidson, on his role on Mike Garvey's crew during SpeedFest at Watermelon Capital Speedway in Cordele, Ga. Garvey does a lot of the setup work on Davidson's car when he competes.
"In football the quarterback's the star, but it might be the linemen that might be the heroes."
- Del Merritt, the owner of Speedway 95 near Bangor, Maine, on giving props to his staff after he was named the promoter of the year by Mainely Motorsports at the Northeast Motorsports Expo.
|In the latest LMD:
Race coverage: The Winchester 400 saw a teenage driver match his famed car owner in an exclusive club. Main Event XXVI saw a Michigan champion excel across the Ohio line. The last gasps of New England racing for 2013 saw drivers who are used to winning (Nick Sweet, Larry Gelinas) score relieving victories, plus one big first-timer. And there's one of the year's craziest finishes at Kingsport, Tenn.
Features: We visit with a second-generation star making his own mark in Minnesota (and LaCrosse), plus the son of a well-known NASCAR announcer who capped off his rookie season in the best way. Also, a West Coast veteran lets his experience lead him to $10,000, checks on two Floridians enjoying their second starts of the year on opposite coasts, and short-track racing's most traveled tire man.