As we turn the page on the 2015 racing season and look forward to 2016, short track racers throughout the country are making their resolutions for the upcoming year. From winning championships and big races to eating less fried food, racers from all over informed Speed51.com powered by JEGS of their New Year’s resolutions.
“Make left turns and live another day,” said Pierce.
A pair of West Coast drivers also had left turns in mind when making their resolutions, but their resolutions came in the form of winning championships. 2015 Lucas Oil Modifieds champion Austin Barnes said that his resolution is to win his third series championship and work hard to find a ride with a NASCAR K&N Pro Series West team.
Jeremy Doss, a Super Late Model competitor from California, has his sights set on winning the 2016 Pacific Challenge Series championship and making the 49th annual Snowball Derby in December.
Meanwhile, a pair of Southern Modified drivers are looking towards healthy resolutions for 2016. KOMA Unwind Modified Madness Series champion Burt Myers’ resolution is to eat healthier and eat “less fried food!”
Andy Seuss, the 2015 NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour champion, is hoping to get in better shape and lose some weight. He’s become accustomed to never leaving the race shop in order to go to the gym, but he’s hoping with a strong team behind him that he can change that in 2016.
“I'd always spend time in the race shop or if I had some time at home I'd do some front end work on the computer or just see what I could find. I never really put my driver hat on first. But I think now we have such a great group of guys and we have a really good thing going so there isn't pressure on me as much to spend time in the shop so I need to live up to my end of the bargain as the driver to get in better shape. So that is my New Year's resolution.
“I've said it in the past, but like I said, I've always put the car first. But with the great opportunity I've got that's not always the case anymore. So now I need to put myself as the driver first and I need to spend time in the gym to do that.”
2015 Granite State Pro Stock Series champion Derek Griffith has spent much of his time the past few seasons trying to become better behind the wheel, but in 2016 his resolution is to learn more about the race cars themselves.
“My New Year’s resolution is going to be learning more about what makes a race car fast instead of how to drive it fast,” said Griffith. “(Crew chief) Louie (Mechalides) has taught me so much about my driving and how much that affects things, but I would really like to learn about what makes the car so fast and how he does it.
While Griffith is trying to learn more about what makes a race car fast, Christopher Bell is focused on one race in particular that takes place early in the year. He told Speed51.com that his resolution is to work hard to become a winner at the Chili Bowl Nationals.
Now that we know what a wide variety of race cars drivers are setting out to accomplish in 2016, what is a race promoter hoping to achieve? We went to the new owner of the Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Tour, Joe Skotnicki, to find out.
“To find fun in the sport again,” said Skotnicki. “The business and back stabbing can be overbearing and is not the reason we do it.”
Skotnicki is right. No matter what your resolution is, don’t let anything get in the way of you having fun at the race track in 2016.
Happy New Year’s from all of us at Speed51.com!
-Speed51.com Staff Story. Photo credit: Charlotte Motor Speedway