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.
The polesitter for the Snowball Derby has a goal that many can get behind. Simply put, he wants to get in better shape. After all, he’ll be racing a lot more next year as he steps into a full-time ride in the NASCAR Truck Series with Kyle Busch Motorsports.
“I’ve been really hitting the gym hard this offseason,” Harrison Burton told Speed51.com. “I’m going to try to find a way to continue that throughout the season.”
“It’s been to lose weight for the past four years, but that hasn’t happened,” Gragson, who weighs all of 160 pounds, said. “I wear black for a reason. So it’s to lose weight.”
Young-gun Chandler Smith had a spectacular 2018 season, scoring his first Super Late Model victory at CRA SpeedFest in January, a string of four-straight poles in the ARCA Racing Series, and his first ARCA win at Salem Speedway (IN) as well. But there’s always room for improvement, and that’s what Smith’s resolution is for this year.
“I just want to keep climbing and get better as a driver and as a person,” Smith stated.
Redbud 400 and Short Track U.S. Nationals winner Raphael Lessard has a very similar resolution to Smith’s.
“I just want to be better than I was last year,” Lessard said, “and to do my best every single day.”
Timmy Solomito had a bit of a rough year by his standards with the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour in 2018, but one area where he did have success was with his personal business, Natural Design Concepts and Apparel.
Solomito said his resolution involves both his on and off-track endeavors.
“I just want to focus on being better in 2019,” Solomito said. “I want to try and improve in all aspects of my life.”
One driver that had a pretty incredible 2018 was Florida’s Jeff Choquette. Choquette scored wins in the Winchester 400, and Florida Governor’s Cup, and also became a dad earlier in the year as well.
It’s kind of hard to improve on such a great year, but Choquette, ever the racer, said there’s still room for improvement.
“I just want to win more races,” Choquette said.
Choquette is definitely not the only one with that goal in mind. North Carolina Late Model Stock Car driver Layne Riggs has pretty much the exact same goal for 2019.
“My New Year’s resolution is just to win more,” Riggs explained. “Winning is the number-one way to get noticed to potentially get an opportunity. My overall goal is to get that opportunity.”
No matter what your New Year’s resolution is, we wish all of you the best of luck in achieving your goals this year.
With that said, from all of us at Speed51.com, Happy New Year!
-Text by: Speed51.com Staff
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