What Winning at Kansas Speedway Would Mean to Me
I try to make sure that everyone knows Kansas Speedway is home for me. With the races I have run and my tens of thousands of laps here with the Richard Petty Driving Experience, I believe I have more laps around this track than anybody. I have not always had equipment on par with my competition, but I have a top-10 in the ARCA Series, a solid NASCAR Nationwide Series finish and a couple of truck starts to my credit at Kansas. When the Kansas Speedway was built in 2001 my life changed. I had been racing up the highway at Lakeside Speedway and at I-70 Speedway in Odessa, MO since 1991. My first race at Kansas was in 2002 and I was hooked. I left local racing, grateful for my experience and started eyeing the big leagues. For so many years my only hope of racing was at the Kansas Speedway through wonderful local sponsors. This track has not only propelled my racing career but gave me great broadcasting opportunities and of course, that is where I started my 7+ year stint working for RPDE.
This year, I have my best opportunity yet in big-league NASCAR racing and coming home to race at Kansas Speedway May 2 in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series' O'Reilly 250 will be so exciting. My crew chief told me the other day that he planned to have everything updated and top-notch for this event. It has become a special place for my entire team because they know how important this place is to me. I would love nothing more than for my first national series win to be in front of my home crowd, just up the street from my first racing win ever (at Lakeside Speedway).
I'm grateful for this wonderful facility, for the sponsors and fans that have made this all possible and I will be, for the first time in the big leagues, looking to win on May 2!