The Fryar name is well known by many in the short track racing community. The latest in the line of competitors from the successful family, 21-year-old Jared, began making a name for himself with a couple of wins in a Pro Late Model in 2013 at historic tracks New Smyrna Speedway (FL) and Hickory Motor Speedway (NC). Despite making his debut in a Super Late Model in the Pro All Stars Series last year, the Trinity, North Carolina driver did not get a chance to race very much throughout the season outside of his impressive results in those four 2014 series starts.
That will change in 2015 as Fryar has assembled opportunities to race in different cars at different locales for three different car owners. He once again will join his family’s Bobby Fryar Trucking team in PASS competition starting with the March 21 show at Anderson Motor Speedway (SC). Additionally, he plans on running at South Boston Speedway (VA) and Ace Speedway (NC), tracks in which he claimed top-five finishes his first time at each facility.
“Knowing how the car ran last year, we are going in with confidence,” Fryar told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “The competition is stout and it is a lot harder, but it’s all fun to me.”
Fryar will also be accumulating the frequent flyer miles as he will make the trip down to Texas to run a Pro Late Model at Central Texas Speedway for car owner George Hagy, a team in which he has assisted and driven for in the past. Hagy is the defending champion at the track, and Fryar will be running in all nine points events at the Kyle, Texas facility as well as a 100-lap special at the Houston Motorsports Park in May.
“(George Hagy) planned to retire, but I told him he’s not done,” Fryar joked.
Racing in the Lonestar State holds a unique meaning, as grandfather Freddy Fryar, or “Pops” as Jared calls him, made a name for himself on the short tracks throughout Texas and the Deep South over multiple decades including two Snowball Derby victories and an All Pro Super Series championship in 1983. Although Jared resides in North Carolina, he ends up being a fan favorite when he travels to the area due in part to the name recognition.
“I really enjoy going down there because my Pops had such a big fan base,” Fryar explained. “It’s definitely special to me.”
Jared will even get the chance to run Freddy’s signature No. 14 with a third racing deal that has been lined up. He will be piloting a Limited Late Model for One Shot Motorsports owned by Brandon Wrisley with sponsor Sterling Building Group in select races at Hickory, South Boston and maybe Caraway Speedway.
To say that Fryar has a lot going on in 2015 from a driving perspective would be an understatement, but he also plans to assist with another racing effort when time permits. Jared began 2015 working alongside experienced crew chief Kelly Bires with the Garrett Motorsports team in a hard fought battle to get Garrett Jones a runner-up points finish in the Super Late Model division at the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna Speedway (FL).
“Preparation I’d say, and making the right adjustments,” Fryar responded when asked how working with Kelly Bires will help with his driving efforts. “I learned a lot from Kelly. He’s really sharp and really smart; a perfectionist to a point.”
Whether it is as a crew member or behind the wheel, Jared Fryar will be a familiar face at tracks across the country almost every week throughout this season.
-By Aaron Creed, Speed51.com Correspondent – Twitter: @Aaron_Creed
-Photo credit: Jared Fryar Facebook Page