The name Vore was heard often during the 2018 Short Track U.S. Nationals at Bristol Motor Speedway. Vore’s Welding and Steel was the presenting sponsor for the event. The Vores Compact Touring Series was the sanctioning body for the Compact division. And to top it all off, Steve Vore was the victor of the Compact A-Feature on Sunday at the Last Great Colosseum.
What’s the one thing tying all of this together? Steve Vore owns both the series he competes in, as well as the sponsor presenting the second edition of the Short Track U.S. Nationals.
The 60-year-old racer from Fort Recovery, Ohio took the lead with less than 10 laps to go after Gary Eaton’s misfortune, and then held off Tom Gossar to pick up the biggest win of his career.
“Just keep hanging in there and I may win,” Vore answered when asked about what was going through his mind in the closing laps. “I was hoping we’d make it and be great, and it was. I didn’t think I could (hold him off). I didn’t know he was back there. I was just too excited and I wandered out front. That’s where I wanted to stay.”
The Vores Compact Touring Series was once a series under the control of the Champion Racing Association, but Steve Vore took over the series in 2012. Per the series’ website, Vore’s vision is to “give Compact racers the same opportunity to race at the greatest short tracks in America.” He did just that this past weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Vore’s reach in short track racing reaches beyond VCTS. The company he owns, Vore’s Welding and Steel, was not only was the presenting sponsor of the Short Track U.S. Nationals; Vore’s Welding and Steel is also the title sponsor of the CRA Late Model Sportsman, as well as the Street Stock Class at Anderson Speedway (IN).
Speed51.com talked to Vore on Thursday afternoon about racing in the series he owns.
“It’s Bristol, that’s all you can say,” Vore told Speed51.com. “It’s awesome. I have a lot of drivers following me, and they’re all like family. We race and have fun. Things happen, but unintentionally, we don’t take each other out. I’m real proud of all my drivers. It’s a lot of work, but that’s what we do.”
Through business ventures and series ownership, Vore is also a race car driver. On Sunday morning, he did something that not many race car drivers have done in the nearly 70 years of the track’s existence. He won at Bristol.
“This is awesome. Very awesome. This is what I really wanted.”
-By Koty Geyer, Speed51.com State Editor (IN & MI) – Twitter: @kgeyer3
-Photo credit: Speed51.com / MoJo Photos