When it comes to Legends car racing in the Northeast, no one has been better than Brendon Bock for the past few years. Bock has been a threat to win at every single race track he’s gone to in his white No. 33 Legend.
Bock is now leaving the Legends behind, but he’s hoping that he can continue his winning ways as he does double-duty in 2015 in a tour-type Modified and Super Late Model.
In 2014, Bock added “Super Late Model racer” to his resume. Bock ran some races with the Pro All Stars Series and he said the plan is to do the same this year as well as branch out a little more to hit some new race tracks for a total of about seven or eight Super Late Model races.
“I want to race the Winchester 400,” Bock told Speed51 powered by JEGS. “My plan is to get a few races at Five Flags Speedway (FL) also, but who knows what we’ll do.”
He made his debut in a Super Late Model at New Smyrna Speedway (FL) during the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing last year and finished seventh in the 100-lap race to close out Speedweeks. New Smyrna is where he first got to scratch his itch of running a Modified as well.
“I test drove a Modified once last year at New Smyrna,” he said. “It was JR Bertuccio’s purple car. I just liked it so much. With the big wheels and everything it just turned so much better than the Super.”
It’s only fitting that he’ll be making his debut in a Modified at the exact same place, which has the youngster very excited because he gets the chance to run both cars every single night. But with basically no on-track experience in the ground-pounder, is he worried about having to adjust to each car?
“It should take me one lap at most to get used to it,” he said. “Spencer Davis does it a lot. You can just sail in the Modified so much harder than the Super. You drive both so differently, but they’re a ton of fun.”
In 2013 Bock won two track championships in his Legend at his home track of Riverhead Raceway (NY) as well as Mountain Speedway in Pennsylvania (the now closed Evergreen Raceway Park). He’s had a ton of success in that car, but he’s thrilled to now be able to race a Modified, even though he can no longer run Legends cars.
“We always wanted to go run the Modified,” he said. “We had about three years in the Legends car. It was time to move up and face a new challenge.”
Right now the plan for Bock is to run about six events on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, as well as a few starts in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Tour-Type Modified division at Riverhead. More starts are dependent on sponsorship, but Bock said he’s hoping to be able to run at Bristol Motor Speedway (TN) and maybe even another big Modified race.
“I’m looking forward to Bristol the most,” he said. “We are thinking about doing one race at Loudon (New Hampshire Motor Speedway). We’re not sure if it’s going to be September or July. Probably July because there’s a race at Five Flags in September.”
Bock also is trying to balance his racing with being a full-time student at Chaminade High School, a prestigious private school on Long Island, where he is in his final year. Missing just one day of school is tough as it leads to a boatload of work he has to make up. But it’s even tougher when he has to miss a bunch of days in a row, like he will in February for Speedweeks.
“It’s very difficult,” he said of balancing school life and his racing life. “I go to a private school and I can’t afford to miss a lot of days for racing. A lot of kids down south are home schooled and can go whenever they want.”
He plans to continue his education after high school, and continue the juggling act of school and racing.
“I’m definitely going to college next year,” he said. I’m not sure where, but right now I’m leaning towards the Carolinas of course. I’m undecided on my major but I’m leaning towards finance.”
As for his future racing goals, he said he, just like every driver, hopes to maybe one day call himself a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver. But he said he has a more realistic goal that would mean a lot to him if he can accomplish it.
“It would be really cool to race full seasons in the Super and the Modified one day.”
-By Rob Blount, Speed51.com Northeast Editor -Twitter: @RobBlount
-Photo credit: Brendon Bock Facebook