SPOTLIGHT ON SPEED: TROY ROSS
Troy Ross has work to do if he’s going to win his third straight track championship in Heartland Park’s E.T. Bracket Racing Series.
But the Emporia driver is still within striking distance and excited about what the remainder of the 2011 season could hold.
After winning titles in 2009 and 2010 Ross is currently second in Pro ET points, 16 behind Manhattan’s Kyle Lawrence.
“This year we kind of started out a little slow but we got a win and it put us in first again and hopefully we can just ride the tide and finish out the year strong,’’ Ross said. “It would be something if we could win three in a row here.’’
Grateful for the success he’s enjoyed at HPT, Ross is trying his best to keep it going.
“When you get that confidence built up you want to keep going as long as possible,’’ Ross said. “That’s a lot of it, being confident and you really can use that to your advantage in drag racing.’’
Ross continues to do well with NASCAR power under the hood of his 1969 Nova, thanks to a gift from NASCAR star Clint Bowyer, a fellow Emporian, who gave Ross an engine out of the Richard Chilldress Racing stable.
“It’s still trucking,’’ Ross said. “We’ll probably get it freshened after this year but it’s been in there since ’08 and we haven’t had any problems with it. It’s done real good for us.
“I’m not real sure about the history of it. I know they used them in the Nationwide cars and trucks, so it’s had some laps put on it. It works great for what we’re doing. We weren’t sure at first but it’s really ideal for what we’re doing.’’