1) Will you compete for an ASA Late Model Series Championship in 2009?
After gaining experience running the full ASA Late Model South schedule last year, we have our sights set on winning the 2009 Championship. This year we've changed our colors and we're hoping we changed our luck along with it.
2) Tell us about your previous racing experience.
I started racing go karts in 1996 when I was eight years old. I competed at numerous tracks throughout the Eastern United States up until 2005. In 2005, I made the jump from karting to stock car racing. I competed in the Florida Mini Stock Challenge Series for a year until making a step into a Late Model. I am currently competing at select events in the Super Late Model and will be running the full ASA Late Model South Series schedule.
3) To date, what is your most treasured racing experience?
It's a toss up between having the chance to race at Bristol Motor Speedway with the ASA Series and winning my first ever WKA National Go-Kart Championship. The Bristol experience is just something so unforgettable. There are few ways to describe the feeling of going through the banked corners almost flat out. The saying, “Get In, Sit Down, Shut Up, and Hang On” definitely applies to my experience at Bristol. Winning a National Karting Championship is something I dreamed of earning at 8 years old. The World Karting Association is the foundation of motorsports. That series has produced drivers like Brian Vickers, Danica Patrick, Tony Stewart, Jamie McMurray, etc..
4) To date, what is your least memorable racing experience?
After setting the track record on lap one of qualifying at Bristol, I wrecked the car on lap two. We decided to go to our back up car and start last. Unfortunately I couldn't dodge a bullet than either and was involved in a wreck during the first five laps of the race. We had to fix two wrecked race cars instead of just one.
5) Tell us about your previous racing accomplishments?
In karting I went on to earn:
7 National Championships
10 Grand National Championships
24 National Wins
29 National Fast Time Awards
11 Florida State Championships
In addition, I received numerous accolades and invites from famed racing schools like Skip Barber, where I was honored with a scholarship and a “Sweet 16” invitation. I was also a finalist in the East Coast Red Bull Driver Search.
In stock cars, I had one win in the Goodyear Challenge Late Model Series. With the ASA Late Model South Series last year, we finished 3rd overall and won the Rookie of the Year Title.
6) At what age and how did you get started in racing?
I started racing karts in 1996. There was a charity karting event called Karting For Kids that benefited All Children's Hospital at our local short track. My cousin Chris was already involved in karting so we went out to watch him. From then on, I was hooked.
7) What goals have you set for yourself in racing?
Ultimately, most everyone's goal is to make it to the highest level in racing. I would be happy racing in the ARCA series however my goal is to one day compete in a NASCAR sanctioned series.
8) Tell us about your family and how they have supported your racing efforts.
My parents and family have been behind me since day one. They've always pushed me to do the best I can do, in everything I chose to do. My mom and sister handle most of the press releases and photos for the website. My dad usually drives the hauler to the track. Unfortunately this year we are without a sponsor so this will be the most my parents have ever support me in the financial aspect. Aside from my immediate family, I'm fortunate enough to have a lot of aunt's, uncle's, cousins and friends travel to a lot of our races.
9) Tell us about your race crew and your sponsors.
For two years I was fortunate enough to have the baking from a loyal sponsor, Skinner Nurseries. Due to the economic hardship our country is experiencing, we no longer have Skinner Nurseries on board therefore Justin Larson Racing, Inc. is currently seeking Primary sponsors. My crew consists of Crew Chief Rick Knect. My crew guys are Brian, Mark, George, and David who all take time away from work to travel with us. My parents, sister, and girlfriend all take on responsibilities at the track and are always there for support.
10) What are your other hobbies and interests?
I'm really big into working out and try to get to the gym at least five days a week. Physical fitness can play a big role towards the end of a race. I like to know that I have the endurance to go the distance. I also enjoy bowling, boating, fishing, four-wheeling, and some video games.
11) If you had to choose an animal to describe your personality, which one would it be?
I would have to choose a dog; a Labrador retriever in particular. Labs are very sociable, curious, playful, and have a desire to chase.
12) What is your favorite food and beverage?
My mom's chicken and yellow rice. Favorite drink is Mountain Dew.
13) What kind of automobile would you/or do you own?
2002 Black Ford F150 Sport
14) Who is your favorite NASCAR driver and why?
David Ragan. He and I are personal friends. He is a real down-to-earth person and will do anything to help you out. I also support Chad McCumbee (NCWTS) and Trevor Bayne. We all became friends and were teammates at a 24-hour Endurance Karting event in Moroso a few years back.
15) Who is your favorite Short Track racer?
It's a toss up between my Uncle Jimmy Cope, Dave Pletcher, Dick Anderson and Wayne Anderson. They all know how to get around a race track and have numerous accolades to their names.
16) What is your favorite movie?
Top Gun and Days of Thunder.
17) What is your favorite type of music and what CD is in your CD player now?
I have Three Doors Down in the CD player at the race shop. In my truck, the radio is normally tuned into Country. On my iPod, you will find all kinds of different genres.
18) Do you think you will ever race dirt when your schedule allows, and at what tracks or events?
I won't be running any dirt events with our Late Models but I have some family that races go-karts on the dirt. Maybe I can talk them into letting me take one around for a few laps.
19) Of all the tracks you have now raced on, which one is your favorite and why?
Bristol Motor Speedway. I set the ASA Track Record in qualifying. However, our finishing results weren't very good. The banking, the speed, the g-forces and the atmosphere is just unbelievable.
20) Tell us about your plans for 2009.
I will be running the full ASA South schedule and will be competing in a select few ASA Challenge events such as Bristol, Kentucky, Nashville and possibly Rockingham. We also anticipate running the Super Late Model around several tracks in Florida.