On Friday, we finally turn the calendar over to 2021 and celebrate the start of a new year. While many will just be happy to put 2020 behind us all, some will still move forward with New Year’s Resolutions, personal goals to make 2021 even better.
Short track racers are no exception to that. Several racers shared their New Year’s Resolutions with Speed51 as we look forward to the new year.
A couple of drivers focused their resolutions on improving their health and fitness in 2020. One such driver was Derek Griffith, acknowledging the rigors of traveling and how that can impact a racer.
“I’d have to say to spend a little more time worrying about physical health,” said Griffith. “With working and traveling with racing it gets tough to take the time to worry about yourself.”
A couple of months in quarantine certainly didn’t help with that, either. Max McLaughlin will be looking to reverse some of those effects in 2021, while continuing his on-track success.
“To lose my COVID-19 quarantine gut and win 10+ races next year,” resolved McLaughlin.
2019 Snowball Derby winner Travis Braden was another to make a note on improving personal health in 2021.
“Of course like everyone, I’d like to spend a little more time focusing on my personal health and wellness. As a racer it’s so easy to devote all your time to your car, sponsors, etc, and forget how important it is to be in your best physical condition if you want the best on track results.”
Braden also made a couple of other goals for himself. One involved getting up on the wheel at the end of races and gunning for more big wins.
“Stop finishing 2nd. Over the past 4-5 years, I’ve got a ridiculous number of second place finishes. Time to start getting more aggressive at the end of these shows and get more 🏁🏁🏁”
In general, Braden wants to be more aggressive, both on and off the track.
“Take chances. I’ve been lucky over the past decade to be given great opportunities. It’s time to venture out there a bit and see what might happen. Just go for it!”
While many drivers are looking to form new, better habits, Wyatt Alexander wants to break a bad habit.
“Win again,” said Alexander, “And remember to shut my radio off when I get out of the car during practice.”
There’s no doubt Matt Hirschman has it figured out on the race track. His response to the New Year’s Resolution question is admittedly less fun, but probably offers a glimpse into the work ethic that makes him so successful.
“Sorry, I’m no fun with that stuff,” said Hirschman. “If I need to make a change with something, I don’t wait for January 1st to do it.”
Fellow Modified racer Tyler Rypkema has an equally straightforward New Year’s Resolution, centered around one of our favorite words – fun.
“The same as last year,” said Rypkema. “Have a lot of fun and have good runs all season long!”
Drivers aren’t the only ones making New Year’s Resolutions. Tim Bryant of Five Flags Speedway and the Southern Super Series learned a lot from 2020, and hopes to carry some of those lessons into the new year with a fresh mindset.
“My New Year’s resolution is to not get bogged down by what I call ‘paralysis by analysis,'” said Bryant. “If 2020 taught us anything, it’s that we can overcome most all that is thrown at us. This year will bring some cool surprises”.
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, Happy New Year!
-Text by: Speed51.com Staff
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