Aussie Driver Racing Modifieds in Midwest

Greg Fullarton’s journey to becoming a race car driver is similar to other drivers in short track racing.  He was a fan of the sport growing up before he received the opportunity to get behind the wheel himself.  What differs him from other drivers in Modified racing, however, is the fact that it took a move from the other side of the world before competing in his first race.

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Fullarton is originally from Reservoir, Victoria, Australia, a suburb of Melbourne.  He moved to the United States in the late 1990s for work, and now calls Howell, Michigan home.  It was shortly after his move to the country when he bought a Street Stock and started his racing career at tracks throughout Eastern Michigan.


I’ve worked in the auto industry for a while, I came here for work and when I started working in the U.S., I met a guy that was into racing here and I bought a car off him,” Fullarton told Speed51.  “That’s how it all started, it was a Street Stock.


“I’ve been going to dirt ovals since I was 10.  I’ve been going to road courses and watching road racing.  I’ve been enjoying racing ever since I was a tiny little kid.”


He made his first start with what was then the USA Modified Series in 2008 at Toledo Speedway and has been a fixture in Modifed racing in the Midwest ever since.  Fullarton has earned two wins with the series, winning at Winchester in 2013 and Auto City in 2018


He sits fifth in Midwest Modifieds Tour points after four races, just six points out of the lead held by Buddy Gray and Danny Jackson.  While he has had fast cars nearly every race, the results have not been there.


“There’s been a lot of bad luck.  I’ve had fast cars at most places I’ve been, I’ve just been having a lot of bad luck.  Some mechanical failures and a crash last weekend, so not great so far.”


His last trip to Birch Run ended with a visit to victory lane during a weekly show in August 2019.  Friday’s Midwest Modifieds Tour show acts as a preview for September’s I-75 Modified Challenge.  The I-75 Challenge has quickly became one of the biggest Modified races in the state of Michigan and will pay $7,500 to the winner on Sunday, September 19.


Birch Run is a beautiful, big, smooth track.  You get a lot of speed there, you can use a lot of engine.  It’s just a fun track to race at.  The last time I was there I won, so I’m looking forward to racing there this weekend.


“I actually went to practice at Birch Run a couple weeks ago to try some new stuff, so I feel like I’ve practiced there enough.  That track’s only an hour and 15 minutes from my house so it’s pretty close.  I don’t think it’s a test for the I-75 Modified Challenge, but I plan on doing well this weekend.”


With the luck he has had so far this season, Fullarton wants nothing more than a win Friday night at Birch Run.


“It would make me much happier.  I’ve been lucky to have a win, maybe not with the Midwest Modifieds but I’m lucky to have a win or two a year.  I’d like to continue that, I’ve had more seconds than I can count so I’d like to have a win very soon.”


Friday night’s Midwest Modifieds Tour race at Birch Run will be streamed live on Speed51.TV.  Click here to subscribe today.


-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51 National Correspondent – Twitter: @kgeyer3

-Photo Credit: Speed51 Photo

Aussie Driver Racing Modifieds in Midwest