(January 29, 2013) – Drivers and teams from Ohsweken Speedway are hard at work getting ready for the 2013 racing season, which is now less than 4 months away. Davey Boughton took a break from those preparations to look back at his 2012 championship, and ahead to 2013.
Boughton competed full time in both the Bomber division at Ohsweken Speedway, and the Pure Stock division at Flamboro Speedway in 2012. The 23 year old driver won championships at both tracks last season, and will be a strong contender for the Rookie of the Year award in the Mini Stock division at Ohsweken in 2013. Davey recently purchased the #10j Mini Stock from Jeremy Hughes, and is busy hunting for sponsors.
DAVEY BOUGHTON – FAST FACTS
Birthdate: March 26, 1989
Hometown: Carlisle, Ontario
Occupation: Heavy Equipment Operator
TG: “What brought you to a race track for the first time?”
DB: “Going to Flamboro Speedway when I was about 4 or 5 years old. My dad used to sponsor a Thunder Car.”
TG: “You’re taking the next step and moving to the Mini Stock division for the 2013 season. What led to your decision to move up?”
DB: “I have wanted to move up ever since Laura Hughes let me take her #10 Mini Stock out at one of the Test and Tunes last season. I was instantly hooked, and I’m looking forward to the competition, bigger car counts, speed, and the amount of space to make moves on the 3/8 mile oval.”
TG: “You’re a big fan of traditional (non-wing) Sprint Car racing, and say you’d like to do that one day. What is it about traditional Sprint Cars that appeals to you?”
DB: “I am definitely a big fan of the non-wing Sprints, and wish that there was a class to watch around here. It is in my opinion the most exciting form of racing, because of the constant slide jobs and lead changes that you see. Just from what I have seen on TV and on YouTube, it looks like an absolute rush, a challenge, and it can get you started into the winged Sprints, which is my ultimate goal.”
TG: “You quickly made friends in the pits, and Lee Hils even lent you his car one night last season when yours wouldn’t start. What does it mean to you to know that other racers are willing to help like that?”
DB: “Making as many good friends as I have honestly means more to me than winning, or anything else. That is what the racing community is all about. We have the odd night where tempers flare, but 99 percent of the time, we will help that same person the next week if need be. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Lee Hils again for letting me borrow the HB Racing Integra that night, and everyone else who helped me last season.”
TG: “The Bomber division doesn’t always get a lot of attention, but quite a few drivers have moved to other divisions from the Bombers, and won races and even championships. What makes it a good place to start?”
DB: “You are right when you say that it doesn’t always get the most attention, but in my opinion it is a great place to start because you learn all about the basic procedures of the race track, such as how to line up for your heats, set the pace on pole, how to obey the flag man, respect your fellow drivers, and just so many more reasons. The list could go on and on, but if you’re looking to get started, the Ohsweken Bomber class is the place to do it, hands down. Proven champions and race winners have come from the class for a reason.”
TG: “Who is your favourite driver to watch at Ohsweken when you’re sitting in the stands?”
DB: “My favourite driver hands down to watch is Glenn Styres. The way the guy hangs it out on the high side is unreal to watch. I can’t count how many times I was standing between the bleachers on the backstretch, and watched him come within inches of the wall coming out of turn two. The guy is a class act, and a beast behind the wheel. Tony Stewart Night in 2012 was the best Sprint Car race I’ve ever seen.”
TG: “All of your racing so far at Ohsweken has been on the infield oval. What do you think it’s going to feel like when you take the green flag on the big track for the first time?”
DB: “I think about it all the time, and cannot wait to take the first green flag . I’m sure I will be really nervous and excited at the same time, but as soon as I hear Doug Leonard saying ‘green, green, green!’ it’s going to be go time – just me and the car trying to find my way to the front, while keeping my nose clean.”
TG: “You’re going to be driving a car that has a lot of feature wins. Does that add any pressure for you, or will you think about it?”
DB: “I guess you could say that I feel the pressure to make my good friend (Jeremy) proud who drove the car before me, and is giving me this opportunity to own the car. The fact that it has a lot of wins doesn’t really put any pressure on me. It only boosts my confidence, and makes me feel good that I have a strong ride under me, and a very good tool to use to try to win races.”
TG: “Which racer do you consider to be your role model?”
DB: “The racer I most consider to be my role model is Tony Stewart. The guy is just a beast behind the wheel of a Sprint Car or NASCAR. I like his blue collar ‘don’t take anything from anyone’ style of racing, and that if he has something to say, he says it. I have met him twice, and he is just a class act.”
TG: “You raced both on the pavement at Flamboro and dirt at Ohsweken last season. Is that something you would like to continue, or will you have to choose one at some point?”
DB: “I am most definitely focusing all of my time on dirt racing for right now, but I would still like to run the odd asphalt invitational this season at Sunset Speedway. As far as choosing, that would all depend on my future, and the choices I have for rides, but in saying that, I prefer racing on dirt and want to pursue a Sprint Car or Modified racing career.”
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About Ohsweken Speedway: Founded in 1996, Ohsweken Speedway is a 3/8 (0.375) mile clay oval owned by the Styres family, and located in the village of Ohsweken, Ontario, Canada. Ohsweken’s weekly racing program runs from May to September, featuring Corr/Pak Merchandising Sprint Cars, Thunder Stocks, HRW Automotive Mini Stocks, and Bombers, while the season finishes each year with the annual Canadian Sprint Car Nationals. Ohsweken Speedway has also been a yearly stop on the World of Outlaws Sprint Car series schedule since 2007.
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from: Tommy Goudge/ Ohsweken Speedway Media Relations