We at InsideDirtRacing.com recognize the contributions made to the sport of dirt racing by those who race in the support classes each week at our local tracks. Their work, dedication and sacrifice are just as great as those who compete in the Late Model divisions. As a result, we hope to shine a spotlight on one of those unsung heroes each week of this season by having them answer eight questions as well as provide other information.
This week’s driver is Jamie Whitt
Jamie Whitt is one of the most popular and respected support class competitors in this region. To attest to that, when asked to name another driver they admire, more than one of the drivers featured in these pieces mentioned his name.
The 47 year old resident of Wise, VA competes regularly in the Modified Hobby class at the Volunteer Speedway in Bulls Gap and he plans to continue doing so in 2014.
1. How long have you been in racing?
“Since 1982. I’ve always been in a street stock or modified hobby. Last year I got to try my first late model for a few laps. I’ve raced on dirt and asphalt. I have a championship from Lonesome Pines. I’ve run some of the Frank Kimmel races. I’ve got to run a couple of times at Bristol and once at Kentucky Speedway.”
2. Why the Modified Hobby class?
“It suits my driving style. But to be realistic, it’s the money. That’s as far as I can go. Everybody wants to run a super late model but if the money isn’t there you’ve just got to run something you can try to do good in.”
3. The best thing about being a race car driver is____.
“I would want to say that I get to meet a lot of good friends through this and I like the thrill of just being on the track.”
4. Your best moment in racing came when ____.
“Probably winning my first championship at Bulls Gap in 2010.”
5. My biggest dream in racing would be _____.
“That dream has probably done passed, but at one time I dreamed of starting what was at that time known as a Winston Cup car or maybe even a Grand National car. I really think that back in the 90’s when I was getting going, I could have done it.”
6. What other racer do you admire?
“I’m going to say the local guys that I race with. They drive as hard as anybody out there and they work 9 to 5 jobs, then work in their shop until midnight. There’s a lot of dedication for the local racer.”
7. What’s your favorite thing to do when you’re away from the track?
“That’s going to be go to church(Davis Chapel in Norton, Va.)”
8. If I wasn’t racing I would be ____.
“Probably hunting for deer more often.”