It’s that time of year when short track racers sit in their race shops thinking about what they can do to be better and faster during the upcoming racing season. We decided to interrupt their precious time in the shop to see what they resolve to do on and off the race track during the New Year.
For many, like 2017 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East champion Harrison Burton, their resolution is simple: win more races.
“Win more races, right? I guess that’s a good one,” Burton told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “I want to win a truck race. On the short track side, I just want to be in position to win in every race that I can be. I think that’s the biggest thing. As long as you’re in position you have a shot. You’ve got to be there at the end.”
“My New Year’s resolution is to try and be a better person than the year before and live life to the fullest,” Davis stated. “I also want to win more races, and go fast.”
Of course, a racer wants to go fast. Go figure.
What else do racers like to do? Have fun, right? Well, that’s exactly what 2016 Snowball Derby winner Christian Eckes is resolving to do in 2018.
“My New Year’s resolution is to have a lot of fun racing and have a great year with all my race teams,” Eckes said. “We have some new exciting plans for 2018, as well as racing with Venturini Motorsports.”
Speaking of Venturini Motorsports, they’re an ARCA team. So of course, that made us decide to check in with 2017 ARCA Racing Series champion Austin Theriault.
“My New Year’s resolution is to get started on last year’s resolution,” the Fort Kent, Maine native joked. “Or this year, I resolve to make better bad decisions.”
Theriault certainly didn’t make many bad decisions in 2017 on the race track. With a win at a superspeedway, dirt track, short track and road course, he proved he could make the right decisions when it mattered most.
Next, we decided to check-in with a driver who resides in the state just south of Theriault’s home state of Maine. That driver is Hudson, New Hampshire’s Derek Griffith.
While Griffith’s resolution involves driving, it’s something he resolves to do better while driving away from the race track.
“I think mine will be to wear my seatbelt and refrain from texting and driving,” Griffith said. “The year was riddled with a lot of crashes involving my friends and such.”
North of the border in Nova Scotia, 2017 Kulwicki Driver Development Program driver Cole Butcher had a pair of resolutions for the New Year.
“My New Year’s resolution would be to go to the gym and eat better and stop eating a box of cookies during race day,” Butcher began. “Another would be to stop giving away race wins because I’m being too nice on the track.”
The saying is that nice guys never win, and apparently Butcher feels that way on the race track. We’ll be keeping a close eye on that red No. 53 next year to see if he’s more aggressive in 2018.
Last but certainly not least, we headed to the phone booth to call a driver in the State of Washington. 2017 Northwest Super Late Model Series champion Brittney Zamora also had a pair of resolutions, one on the race track and one away from the race track.
“I am really set on my goal of winning the 2018 NASCAR Super Late Model Championship at Evergreen Speedway, with it being my first time racing at the track. My second one is to get nothing less than a 3.75 these upcoming semesters at Washington State University. Between balancing racing, working and school, I have a lot on my plate but I am really going to do my best to succeed in every aspect.”
We certainly wish you the best in accomplishing those goals, Brittany.
We also wish short track racers and race fans throughout North America the best in achieving their 2018 New Year’s resolution.