Josh Brock garnered social media attention at last month’s Speed51 Super Select when he tweeted a picture of himself donning a cowboy hat. The Corbin, Kentucky driver now says he will go all out with the look at this weekend’s Winchester 400 as he looks to lasso up a second ARCA/CRA Super Series title.
“Oh yeah, we’re going to have the boots, the shirt, the hat, I’ll have the whole nine yards,” Brock said on Speed51.com’s The Morning Bullring. “I’ll have the whole get-up.”
Brock talked about how the cowboy hat came to be, debuting it at Winchester during the World Stock Car Festival in September. After positive feedback in recent weeks, it’s a look he plans on keeping in the future.
“I don’t even know, somebody said I wouldn’t and I went and bought one, I’ve kind of always wanted one,” he said. “We went to a Hank Williams concert so I guess we got talking about cowboy hats so I went and bought one. They said I wouldn’t wear it to the race track and I was like well if I’m going to do it I’ve got to do it all out, so I went and got the boots, the shirt, which I already had all that. I just started wearing it and 90 percent of the people liked it, I mean ten percent thought that I looked crazy, like what the world are you doing. If they’re paying attention to you then you’re doing something right.”
He also isn’t ruling out the “Git-up Challenge” or singing along to “Old Town Road” before Sunday’s Winchester 400.
“That’s what I’m going to be doing this week. I’m going to go ahead and do those challenges and put that on social media right before the 400. That would be pretty cool.”
While Brock plans to have fun during the weekend, it will be all business behind the wheel come Sunday afternoon. He is part of the ARCA/CRA Super Series “Championship Four” looking to clinch his second straight series title in one of the biggest Super Late Model races in the country. With the NASCAR-style championship format in a series that features some of the biggest drivers in Super Late Model racing, it puts a heavy load on a driver going into the weekend.
“It leads all the way back to the CRA series, if you look at their schedule versus everybody else’s schedule they have the roughest, toughest, baddest schedule there is,” he said. “It all starts at Nashville, they have the race in Michigan, they got the Redbud 400, then we cap off the season with an exciting championship battle with the top four in the (Winchester) 400. As a driver, it’s very stressful because you race so hard all year long to get points and be consistent, but now at Winchester it all gets reset to zero and you got to fight really hard. As far as prepping, you work hard, every nut, bolt, you try to go over everything two or three times to make sure everything rides perfect. You bring your best stuff and that’s really what you’ve got to do to be ready to win a championship all in one race.”
Four-hundred laps around one of the most treacherous short tracks anywhere makes the Winchester 400 one of the most exciting races of the year. It’s also one that Brock looks forward to as the season goes along.
“You’ve got the banking, you’ve got the speed, and on top of that at 150, 160 miles per hour you’ve got all these bumps we go over every year,” he said. “I think they are slowly getting worse and worse but that’s part of it. The groove’s changing a little bit, you do have to modify your stuff a little bit versus a lot of tracks you go to. It’s a blast, it’s the kind of track that drivers think of when they think of the biggest, baddest racetracks you go to, Winchester has to be in the top five in the country. It’s an amazing place, just raw speed.”
With a championship and the famed rifle on the line simultaneously on Sunday afternoon, Brock and his championship competitors have twice as much on the line. He made it clear as to which one was more important to he and his team, but says they still have quite a bit to consider before the checkered flag falls on Sunday.
“Out of all the races we go to this is the one I’m nervous about. Not only is it one of the biggest races in the country, you’re also fighting for a championship,” he stated. “The championship is number one but you also want to figure out ways how you can win the race and stay out of trouble. You win the race and you’re guaranteed to win the championship, but you still got to beat three other drivers. Strategy, how they’re running, there’s a lot of things to keep in mind, but when it comes down to it we have to go after the championship. Even if that’s sacrificing running fifth with better strategy, sometimes we just have to do that. It’s a wild week of planning for sure.”
Race fans unable to make it to Winchester, Indiana this weekend will be able to watch all three days of racing via a live pay-per-view broadcast on Speed51.com. Visit www.speed51.com/winchester400 today to order your live video ticket.
-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51.com State Editor (IN/MI) – Twitter: @kgeyer3
-Photo credit: @joshbrockracing Twitter