When race car drivers say they are retired, it’s hard to believe them. While on the sidelines, the racing itch rarely goes away for a true racer.
Former World Crown 300 winner Micky Cain will end his supposed driving retirement by attempting what he calls a “dream,” the All American 400 at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville on November 1.
Cain is a 49-year-old veteran of the short tracks. After he stepped away from the driver’s seat the first time, he worked with and served as a lead tech official for both the Georgia Asphalt Series and the Southeast Asphalt Tour. He landed back at his old stomping grounds when Gresham Motorsports Park opened its doors back in 2009.
It wasn’t until he left the track to work as a crew chief and driver coach for Georgia racer Spencer Davis did he got the itch back to get behind the wheel. When Davis went Modified racing this year, it allowed the plans to come together for Cain to go run the All American next month.
“It’s a dream I never thought would come true,” said Cain. “It’s one of the crown jewels of racing so it’s just exciting to be part of it.”
Cain is no stranger to the bigger races. He won the World Crown 300 back in 2000 and he also raced in the first Snowflake 100 under the crate late model rules back in 2005.
“When I quit racing my goal was to make racing better,” said Cain. “We put together some successful Pro (Late Model) series around the southeast and did more work at Gresham for a number of years. It wasn’t until last year with Spencer that I really got the idea of getting back in a car.”
Despite being the tech director for a number of years at Gresham, Cain says the last season of re-learning the technology of racing was key to getting ready to run this race. He’ll be racing a Spencer Davis Motorsports car that won at Nashville last summer and the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing championship at New Smyrna (FL) this year. Having a successful mount for the All American 400 has Cain several steps ahead of the game that most people might not expect of driver who is coming out of retirement.
“We’ll have the number 30 on the Grand American Challenger ride,” said Cain. “The number is about the only thing we are pulling out of my days of racing. The technology has advanced so much that we needed to and I needed to catch back up and we’ve done that for almost two years now.”
Cain is still putting the pieces together for some other crew members for the event, but with breaks in the action at the 400, a full pit crew is not needed. Right now only Crew Chief Boo Carlise is on board for the trip to Nashville as Cain and company continue to make preparations.
“I’m tickled to death,” said Carlise, who himself is a longtime racer around central Georgia. who will serve as crew chief in Nashville. “To learn the knowledge of what Micky knows has been amazing. From bump stops to track bar adjustments, it’s just show me how unprepared I was when I was racing. I am totally excited.”
Of the dozens of teams going to Nashville, this combination might have the most fun and they say they are going to win.
“We are serious about this. We want to go and win the guitar. If we don’t we might just steal it,” joked Cain. “We went to Gresham and tested for two days and we put on a set of stickers left over from Speedweeks and we would have qualified third in the last Pro Late Model race there. So we know we have a good chance.”
By Elgin Traylor, Speed51.com Operations Manager. Twitter: @Elgin Traylor – Photos from Speed51.com & Facebook