Tommy Barrett, Jr. entered the 2015 racing season as one of the top racing prospects in the Northeast, and the entire country for that matter. Allegations of driving under the influence back in April sidelined him from Modified racing for more than two months, but now the Millis, Massachusetts driver is hoping to return in a big way.
Barrett has entered the Open Wheel Wednesday event, now scheduled for Thursday, July 2, at Seekonk Speedway (MA) in his family-owned No. 9 machine and will be looking to defend his $10,000 win from one year ago.
“You don’t even know. Words don’t even describe it,” Barrett said when asked about how badly he’s been itching to get back in the race car. “It’s been a long last couple months.”
While Barrett’s case is still open in the courts, he was not able to comment on the allegations, but did tell Speed51.com powered by JEGS that he is “fighting” the charges.
When he gets on the race track on Thursday afternoon, Barrett will be out there doing it for no one other than himself and the supporters who have had his back during this time.
“I’ve been wanting to race the last couple months more than anyone even knows,” he said. “To get this opportunity to go there Thursday and go back-to-back, especially it being $10,000, I’m very excited.”
The decision to race the 100-lap “Open Wheel Wednesday” event at Seekonk was a last minute decision for Barrett and his team. After Thursday’s race, he has no plans at the moment to race in any future events until his off-the-track situation is resolved.
“We actually just decided this a couple of days ago,” Barrett explained. “The car was a bare chassis and my dad and I and all the guys worked on it and it’s pretty much done now. I’m about to go over to my dad’s house and load it up. We have a new flat black body on it so I think it looks pretty nice.”
While it may only be for one race, Barrett’s opportunity to race on Thursday provides the 20-year-old an opportunity to enjoy his passion and put his off-the-track issue in the rear view mirror for a day.
Taking home the $10,000 top prize for the second straight year wouldn’t hurt his feelings either.
“To win another $10,000 that would make everything pretty good for the moment.”
-By Brandon Paul, Speed51.com Editor – Twitter: @Brandon_Paul51
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