PETERBOROUGH, ON- More than 15 years of short track competition, perseverance and dedication culminated on May 31st, for Thunder Car veteran ‘Cowboy’ Dan Price.
“This was incredible”, beamed Price post-race. “I’ve run through this so many times in my head that it feels like I’ve been here before. I can’t explain what this means to my entire team. We’ve been working towards this for so long”
After slamming the wall in practice, Price worked overtime to repair his damaged rear-end to qualify for the 20-lap event. Price started 7th on the grid, working quickly to work his way through the field en route to the point position on lap-4.
“It’s definitely not easy to make a move here”, explained Price. “Starting in the fourth row is no easy feat. There are so many talented guys in this division, and we’re all so easily matched. You have to work for every spot on this race track. You can’t take a lap off here”
The Brooklin, ON driver was quick to reflect just how much has been put into his first career trip to victory lane.
“The fact that we’ve accomplished this all on our own means the world”, said the personable veteran. “I’ve worked so hard on this car. It’s a 7 year old chassis, with 7 years of blood, sweat and tears in it”
“We don’t outsource anything. It all comes from our shop. If I can build something for this car, I will. If the rulebook doesn’t say we have to buy it – we’ll build it. The chassis itself, the body, suspension pieces – you name it”
Price made sure to thank longtime friend Andy Ford, who has recently taken over the role of Crew Chief on the No. 09 entry.
“Having Andy with us every week has been huge. He’s allowed me to simply focus on driving, as opposed to being a Driver/Crew Chief and it’s made all the difference. I’m used to doing all of this on my own, his help has been unmeasurable”
Dan Price’s 2014 are made possible thanks to the loving support of his wife Erin and daughter Cambrie, in addition to sponsorship from Hy-Hope Farms, Langille’s Scrap, RichardPrice.ca and A&T Mechanical.
Follow Dan on Twitter @DanPriceRacing and visit the brand new Dan Price Racing page on Facebook.
By Spencer Lewis (@itsspencerlewis)