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SPOTLIGHT ON SPEED: TROY ROSS

After winning three straight championships in the Pro ET class in Heartland Park Topeka’s ET Bracket Racing Series and being named HPT’s King of the Track in 2011, Emporia’s Troy Ross struggled a bit last season, particularly early in the year.

Ross drove three different cars early in ’12 due to a variety of circumstances, but returned to form as things settled down, finishing a solid second in the final point standings.

“It wasn’t too bad of a year last year,’’ Ross said. “We just got a slow start and had to try to make up ground.

“We still almost ended up getting (the championship) at the end there. We ended up runner-up and were pretty content with it.’’

Obviously, Ross was shooting for his fourth straight title last season, but has accepted the end of his impressive three-year run, and is ready to move forward.

“You can’t expect to win it every year,’’ Ross said. “It’s the goal, obviously, that’s the goal for everybody.’’

Ross opened the 2013 season with a solid performance in the first two bracket races of the year, advancing to the semifinals and quarterfinals in the Pro class.

“We didn’t touch the car all winter, so it’s the same way we left it last fall,’’ Ross said. “That’s a big deal because I can just get in it and go and not have to change anything.’’

Although the Pro class is Ross’ primary focus, he also entered the Sportsman class in a second car in the opening weekend of the bracket series, earning a runner-up finish his first time out.

“Hopefully we get a quick start to the year and carry it on throughout the year,’’ Ross said.

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