Last season was a dream year. Seven starts produced three poles, a track record, five podiums and three wins, blogs Stephen Cox.
Driving for NASCAR's Rohrbaugh Racing at Midvale Speedway in June, we set a new track record and won the pole but went home a disappointing second place after a controversial finish. Rohrbaugh has the best team in the Super Cup Series. We have the best crew chief and mechanics. We have the best equipment. The time to win is now.
The series visits Virginia's Lonesome Pine Raceway on August 6th. Built in 1972, the venue is among the finest bullrings in the south. I remember working pit lane at Lonesome Pine as part of Speed Channel's announcing team for the Hooters Pro Cup Series over a decade ago. This will be my first time driving the track.
Last week, as I do before every race, I changed my usual gym routine. Weight lifting was replaced with high intensity interval training. The object is to lean out with cardio, core work and isometric exercises. Super Cup races are 75 to 100 laps in length and the cars are big, heavy, 500-600 horsepower monsters. You get pretty tired. And tired doesn't win.
My diet changes as well. Green tea instead of those Starbucks milk shakes masquerading as coffee drinks. I drank water with popcorn last night. Yuck. Avocados and peanut butter for afternoon snacks. Had a hamburger patty for lunch today with no bread.
Boschett Timepieces has supported me for years. So has Impact Racing and McGunegill Engine Performance. They've patiently stuck with me through the burn treatments and uncertainty. They deserve to see some success on the track this season, especially since the Lonesome Pine race will air nationally on MavTV (tape delay).
An unexpected offer from a team at the highest level of road racing came in this week as well. Not sure I can accept it but I sure don't want them to lose interest. Nothing increases interest in a driver like a checkered flag. Except, well... money!
The time to win is now. Wish me luck.
Stephen Cox is a racer and co-host of TV coverage of Mecum Auctions (NBCSN), sponsored by: http://www.mcgunegillengines.com/