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 Justin French
Justin French hasn’t been involved in racing all that long in terms of the driving side of the sport. However, the 21-year-old has been involved in the sport for much longer as a part of one of east Tennessee’s most noted racing families.
The brother of Mike Weeks races in the Street Stock class at 411 Motor Speedway, which he plans to continue doing for the foreseeable future. “I’m going to try to run the full schedule up there.”
In 2010, French helped his brother win the championship in the Volunteer Racing Series.
1. How long have you been in racing?
“Since I was a kid, really as long as I can remember. I was pretty much born into it.”
2. Why the Street Stock class?
“At the time, it was the class that made the most sense economically. And besides the Late Models, I believe it’s one of the hardest classes to drive because the cars are so heavy.”
3. The best thing about being a race car driver is____.
“Really, it’s just living the dream.”
4. Your best moment in racing came when ____.
“My best moment in racing so far was probably the day I bought my first car. It felt good knowing I worked for it and nothing has been handed to me. And also, the first time I ever got to race at 411 in May of last year.”
5. My biggest dream in racing would be _____.
“Just to be able to drive a Super Late Model full time.”
6. What other racer do you admire?
“Mike Weeks and Shannon Babb. I’ve always enjoyed working with my brother and I just like Babb’s driving style.”
7. What’s your favorite thing to do away from the track?
“Working on my race car or just doing anything involved in racing.”
8. If I wasn’t racing I would be ____.
“Sitting there with the fans watching other people race.”
French added that he wished to thank Weeks Fabrication and Parts, Airport Auto Auction, Friendsville Plastics, Fastlane Wraps, Hooker Harness, Leatt, Orilley Auto Parts, Gene, Fran and Jessi.