Growing up in Nyack, N.Y., I dreamed about working for a race team. I got my first break managing and building engines for a kart racing team before making the move to Hendrick Motorsports where I’ve spent the last 12 years as a machinist in the engine shop. I’ve always loved the competition of racing, and one of the highlights of working with this organization is the opportunity to compete with my peers both at Hendrick Motorsports and within the Hendrick Automotive Group in the annual Randy Dorton Engine Builder Showdown.
This summer, I’m learning that sometimes it’s a good thing to be a fish out of water, so to speak. It gives you an opportunity to learn, and that’s really what I’ve spent the first part of my summer doing. This year has been such a fun time, juggling school while running in the late model ranks and the K&N Pro Series East. But it’s been worth it. We won our first K&N Pro Series East event in late May at Iowa Speedway – that was definitely a big confidence booster for me.
Today is a big day for us here at Richmond (Va.). First, my team is gearing up for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East event, which will be held at 7 p.m. ET. From there, I’ll go directly to Denny Hamlin’s charity event at the .75-mile racetrack. I’m looking forward to both of them for different reasons. If you can’t be here, you should watch it all live on SPEED.