Brian Campbell was stoked to get to Crisp Motorsports Park for CRA SpeedFest at the end of January. However, the event would be moved and eventually canceled due to COVID restrictions. That meant he would have to wait a month and a half before he could get out of Michigan to go racing.
That time has now come, as Campbell is set to make his Rattler 250 debut this weekend at South Alabama Speedway. After an uncharacteristically poor season in 2020, he is looking forward to getting the new year started.
“I’m very ready, we were about to go to Georgia for SpeedFest and that got canceled,” Campbell told Speed51. “We’ve been itching ever since.”
With COVID-19 restrictions limiting racing season in the Wolverine State, Campbell made just seven starts in 2020. He went winless during the year, failing to finish in four of those seven races. His highlight of the year behind the when was when he finished second in the Berlin Raceway finale on September 19, which is also his most recent race to date.
After the dismal 2020 season, he has hope for a better 2021 starting with the Rattler.
“It was terrible, probably the worst year I’ve had. It was a dismal season and I think everyone is hoping 2021 brings a better outcome for everybody.”
With this weekend’s Rattler being his first trip to South Alabama, he has been putting in the time getting ready as best as he can before Friday’s open practice day. After putting in due diligence to learn as much as he can, he has come up with a hybrid of several different tracks in the Midwest he has been to in the past.
“There’s been a lot of YouTube videos, a lot of talking around to people who’s raced there before. It’s really just setting up and putting your best foot forward trying to hit it.
“You can take parts from everything. It’s a little bit paper clippey like a Baer Field or Madison, then you can take the banking from Toledo. It looks like an interesting driving style, it doesn’t seem to be a standard, cookie-cutter racetrack. It’s looking like it’ll take some technique to be fast there.”
Campbell has won several big races in the past, including the Glass City 200, Battle at Berlin 251 and Money in the Bank 150. He can also claim victories at Bristol Motor Speedway and the Milwaukee Mile with the ASA Late Model Series, where he is a former champion.
He now turns his attention to adding the Rattler 250 and a visit with the rattlesnake to his long resume. After his season last year, a big win would be even bigger now than in the past.
“That would mean the world to us. Last year was the first time since I don’t know, 2003 maybe, that I didn’t win a race. It would definitely mean a lot for us.”
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-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51 National Correspondent – Twitter: @kgeyer3
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