The year 2018 is set to be shown the crossed-flags this weekend with the end of June and start of July marking halfway. In that span of time, there have already been many accomplishments throughout the short track world.
This has been especially common for the 2018 Kulwicki Driver Development Program class, including Colorado Late Model driver Brett Yackey. This past Saturday night the second-generation driver celebrated win number seven overall on the season, scoring his third victory in the Colorado National Speedway Late Model division, to go with his four Super Late Model wins at I-25 Speedway.
Even more impressive, Yackey has a winning percentage above 50 percent in the races he has entered 2018.
“It’s really awesome. I’ve raced eleven times this year and seven of those are wins. It’s been an unreal start to our season and we’re hoping to carry it through the rest of the year. There’s no way I could do it without all the help from my family, my crew, my sponsors, and everyone in the Kulwicki Program. It’s been an amazing year so far,” Yackey told Speed51.com.
Adding even more significance to the win last Saturday was that the car carries the No. 7 in honor of Kulwicki. But the black ride also comes with bright orange decals, including a ribbon of the same color, a tribute to his Aunt Sheryl who is in the middle of a continuing fight against leukemia.
“We did that for my aunt who has battling leukemia. Currently she is recovering from a transplant. She has a long way to go, but it’s definitely headed in the right direction. That paint scheme means so much being able to honor Alan Kulwicki as well as honor my aunt with the battle she’s been fighting.”
Locally, Yackey has been in the headlines since last fall, first ending his high school athletic career with an award-winning season in football, and later graduating just one month ago. He and his team have also been spearheading a tremendous amount of charity work both inside and around his hometown of Greely, CO.
Their most recent project, a food-drive the day after scoring that seventh win, collecting over a literal ton of food.
“We did that Sunday. We brought the car and set up outside of King Supers in Greely and we collected over 2,300 pounds of food, plus $224 for the Weld County Food Bank which provides over 4,000 meals to help end hunger.”
It is just the latest in a long list of charitable projects.
“This year we’ve helped 13 different organizations for just about 60 hours in just the first half of this year, and we have more planned. It’s something I love to do, giving back to other people. It feels great to give my fortune to others.”
Now Yackey returns his attention back to the track at Colorado National Speedway this weekend, not just looking for win number eight, but his first win in the Super Late Model division at CNS.
“The first two races of the Super Late Model season at Colorado National we struggled a little bit with a ninth and eleventh. We worked really hard in the shop and we found some speed in the last race. We’re knocking on the door for a win. We’ll make some changes and go for it this weekend.”
-By: Connor Sullivan, Speed51.com Northeast Editor – Twitter: @Connor51CT
-Photo credit: Starr Photo