Harold Fair Jr. didn’t have the best season of his career in 2014, but it was still a monumental one. The three-time ARCA Gold Cup Series champion did something he had never done before. He won a touring series championship with the Outlaw Super Late Model Main Event Series.
“We were in the top three all year,” Fair Jr. said in an interview with Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “When we finished, we were right in the top three every week. We got some victories and the car was real fast all year, but I wrecked three times for no reason.”
He also had fun on his road to the championship. Taking the Heal Plus, Royal Truck and Trailer, Senneker Performance and Performance Technology Motors car to a championship was a family effort.
“It’s a family thing over here,” said Fair. “My dad, he builds the cars. My three kids help me. They’re there every weekend. My wife supports me on this 100%. We ride up in the motorhome and we make a weekend out of it.”
Fair ran for points full time with the Main Event Series for the first time and captured the championship. Along the way he won the big shows like the Stan Yee Memorial 150 at Flat Rock Speedway (MI) and Stan Perry Memorial at Angola Motorsport Speedway (IN).
“The key was I didn’t change my attitude,” said Fair. “I don’t really run for points. The points will come if you run good. We just set out to run in the top three all year long and you prepare the car the best you can. You want no motor problems, no chassis problems, no failures, and you run your own races and let the points happen however they’re going to happen.”
When it was all said and done it was more of a relief to be the champion then the honor that comes with it. What made the feeling of relief was that he almost flushed the chances of a title early on in the final race.
“It felt great when we got the title,” added Fair. “It felt real good. Especially with the way the finale was going. We got wrecked on lap three, pieced the car back together, came back to about fifth, and I think it was three or four days after I had surgery. The surgery was minor and unrelated to the final race. So it took a little while for the good feelings to set in.”
2015 will bring on some new changes for Fair who will plan to run more races in Western Michigan.
“We were planning on building a car to run at Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids (Berlin),” said Fair. “Those are two tracks that are right here in the state. They’re three or four hours away, but they’re right here in our state. We’ve never really competed there on a regular basis, so we are looking to run there and be competitive. And we want another Glass City 200.”
-By Elgin Traylor, Speed51.com Operations Manager – Twitter: @ElginTraylor
-Photo Credit: Harold Fair, Jr. Facebook Photo