Josh Nelms says he still has ‘that fire and drive’ at Grundy


On any provided Friday evening at Grundy County Speedway, you never know the place you’re likely to see Josh Nelms.

From time to time, neither does he.

On June 24, the Lockport native experienced each intention of bringing his sportsman auto out for John McMahon to drive.

But designs altered.

“At all around midday, John experienced an unexpected emergency come up and said he could not come,” Nelms said. “We had an situation the week before with the motor vehicle, so I desired to make certain it was preset.

“The plan grew to become that I would get in, shake the car or truck down and carry it household in a single piece.”

Nelms then went out and set a rapidly qualifying time, received the quick warmth and topped the discipline in the 25-lap function.

Enjoyment? Of class. But to hear Nelms tell it, he’d have relatively seen McMahon posing with the checkered flag.

“It’s additional gratifying seeing another person else win in my vehicle,” Nelms said. “I’ve been racing so extended, and I have received a large amount of major races, but to be able to stage again and however be concerned in the activity and even now be associated in a profitable way suggests a large amount to me.”

Nelms, 46, is the best vehicle racing jack of all trades.

He can push with the ideal of them, winning a late design title at Sycamore Speedway, a Mid-Am championship at Illiana Speedway, and enduros at Rockford and LaSalle Speedway.

He can prepare a car or truck — and has — for just about each individual division. He’s an great crew chief and has served quite a few motorists at Grundy, together with competitors Renee Farren and Clay Curts.

“I place a motivation into racing,” Nelms stated. “I’ll go screening with people today and aid get their application better. And it develops into friendships. It is a small business, but it is a friendship as nicely.”

On Friday, he did double obligation as an owner. McMahon was back again behind the wheel of the sportsman motor vehicle. Nelms place Austin Kunert in his late model for the 50-lap Carter Memorial Mid-Season Championship race, and Kunert was victorious about D.J. Weltmeyer, Larry Schuler and Eddie Hoffman.

Next 7 days? Nelms is maintaining his possibilities open up.

“It’s constantly in each driver’s mind, ‘When do you phone it quits?’” Nelms explained. “I however have that fireplace and travel. I just really don’t have the hearth and drive to do it just about every 7 days.

“When I quit currently being aggressive powering the wheel, that is when I’ll simply call it quits as a driver. But certainly I can nevertheless hop in a late product or the sportsman vehicle, and I’m even now competitive.”

Job-modeling: Katie Hocking is on top rated of the 4-cylinder planet. Her third-place aspect complete on June 24 still left her a person issue in advance of Danielle Dobczyk in the division standings.

“I do not know if I have ever led the details ahead of, but this is certainly the very first time I’ve stayed so significant up in factors this long,” Hocking claimed.

Hocking’s 2003 Chevy Cavalier is one of the locations for followers to be after the races. The 21-12 months-aged Monee resident stays to greet them all, especially the younger ones.

“My favored part is currently being a female in racing, seeing all of the minor ladies who are lovers and appear up to visit,” Hocking mentioned. “I applied to be that person.

“I would observe Cheryl Hryn race each and every Friday and Christy Penrod and Alex Gay race each Friday. I constantly needed to be like them. Now I am, and now I have supporters of my possess. It feels excellent.”

Winner’s circle: Street inventory points leader Scotty Gardner experienced to dig deep to win the 30-lap characteristic.

So deep, he experienced two wheels in the infield dirt.

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Gardner obtained it performed, however, passing Chad Bayuk with 3 laps remaining to claim his 3rd victory.

Bayuk led almost the total way, with Gardner creating quite a few tries to pass — to no avail.

“Man, that 55 car or truck (Bayuk), he gave me every thing he had,” Gardner said. “That was enjoyment racing. That was all I had.

“I comprehended that it was a extensive race, and when you direct that many laps, you have to shield. Chad did almost everything he experienced to do. With five to go, I understood I had to go.”

Bayuk remaining the race with a mechanical difficulty. James Dean completed second, ahead of Scott Gardner, Randy Weese and Darrell Homosexual.

Trevor Starek designed a mid-race pass and held off Elijah Atkinson to win the 4-cylinder aspect.

Jacob Senerchia continued his dominance in the Super Cup class, beating Sy Salinas.

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