Wednesday marks the start of 2020, which means many people are planning out their New Year’s Resolutions. That is also true for short track racers, who shared with Speed51 their resolutions and goals for the upcoming season.
Brian Campbell won the Money in the Bank 150 at Berlin Raceway in June, his second straight win in the event. However, he hopes to make many more trips to victory lane in the New Year, and made no bones about it when asked for his resolution.
“That's easy. Win more races then we did in 2019.”
Up-and-coming racer Jett Noland gained plenty of seat time in Super Late Models in 2019. Noland hopes that experience as well as off-season preparation will also guide him to a win next year.
“My New Year's Resolution is to break through and pick up my first Super Late Model victory in 2020. I've been working really hard over the off season to continue developing my skills. Hopefully we can put it all together this year when the rubber meets the road.”
South Florida’s Michael Atwell plans to do a little more traveling in 2020. His New Year’s Resolution is to compete more frequently in major Super Late Model events as well as with the Southern Super Series.
“Ours would be to compete at a higher level and try and race more with the Southern Super Series at more of the bigger races.”
New York Modified racer George Skora, III left 2019 with a bitter taste in his mouth after what he described as one of the worst seasons of his career. He is eager to bounce back in 2020.
“I'm going to try and park the 65 back in victory lane this year! Last year was a season from hell. It’s a 10 year thing for me. 2009 was my worst season … so was 2019.”
Another Modified racer from the Empire State, Eric Goodale, is setting a lofty on-track goal to start the 2020 season when he goes to the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna Speedwy (FL) in February.
When asked for his resolution, Goodale said he plans to, “Win speedweeks in Florida and take no BS in 2020.”
Tennessee Late Model racer Jackson Boone added his name to the history books by winning the Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville (TN) track championship in 2019. However, even a champion has his dues to pay – on and off the track.
“My New Years resolution has to be paying my Netflix bill on time,” Boone joked. “And win some Super races this year!”
Maine Late Model pilot Johnny Clark may be a veteran of the racing scene. However, he still has ways he hopes to improve in 2020, looking to spend more time with family in the upcoming year.
“To set a priority list and be sure my actions match it,” explained Clark. “Being intentional with time, family and health.”
While Clark hopes to find better use of his time away from the track, Mason Keller admits to not having many hobbies outside of his race car.
I don’t do a whole lot other than racing in my spare time so of course my resolution is racing related,” Keller joked. “I’d say my 3 main resolutions for 2020 are to train harder, go faster and win more races. Hopefully I can achieve all three of those.”
Race of Champions and Whelen Modified competitor Tyler Rypkema hopes to make some good memories with his crew throughout the 2020 season, preferably without having to spend time with them fixing his race car.
"My New Year's Resolution is to keep the cars in one piece and be competitive through the season and have a lot of fun with the crew!"
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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