When racing is your life, as it is for Frenchtown, New Jersey native Scott Pursell, down time seems like an eternity. Last season, due to a hard crash and an injury sustained at Grandview Speedway, Johnson was sidelined for much of 2009. However, Pursell and his Advanced Autosports sprint car team are back, and they're looking forward to the 2010 season. Pursell races with the United Racing Company (URC). The URC has been in existence for 63 years and Pursell has six wins with them.
Pursell says he's completely focused and geared towards winning many more URC. races.
For the 2010 campaign Pursell will be driving his own orange number one car.
For this year Pursell will be driving his own orange number one car, with help from URC sprint car owner Bruce Engler, and his crew chief Brain Thomas. Pursell's team has been racing with a new car and motor, thanks to Bitner Automotive, and he also has a backup car at his disposal.
It was while driving Engler's number 36 car at Grandview Speedway in Pennsylvania last year that his accident occurred. They had won their heat and were leading the feature when rain canceled the event on June 13. Over a month later, on July 25, when the feature was continued, Pursell took up right where he had left off - leading the field.
"On lap 17 I felt the car bottoming out, and with handling problems, I slipped to fourth with four laps to go. When I went into turn two, the torsion arm broke, digging into the track and sending me into a wild ride down the back stretch," recalls Purcell.
"After flipping several times, I came to a rest with my right foot stuck between the gas pedal and chassis. The flip caused the gas tank to crack leaking fuel on me - not fun. After sometime, the track rescue team got me out. I walked away from the accident with a limp, not knowing I had broken my foot. Since the car was destroyed, and my foot broken, we were sidelined for the rest of the season. This was very hard for me. Not racing at all was not a very happy time. It seemed like forever before we raced again. I truly love racing, it's my life."
Pursell, now in his thirty-third year of racing, has notched six stock car championships and captured 20 career wins in sportsman, small block modified and sprint car competition. He has been campaigning since 1998 with URC, garnering six feature wins and finishing in the top ten in URC points seven times.
"We have raced eleven times this year and we have five top 20 finishes so far. We have had three rain-outs, and out of 35 competitors, we are now in 16th in the point standings. Due to some mechanical failures in the beginning of the season, we are behind the eight ball, but we will be back on top again," swears Pursell. He thanked K&N and his other sponsors for being patient and for their continuing support.
"K&N has been an awesome sponsor. They stand behind our racing team 100 percent, in good times and bad. Their encouragement and loyalty have inspired our team.
We use their oil filters, which are so much better than all the rest. They keep our motor running strong. Their air filters are amazing. Looking inside our engines you'd never know we run on dirt tracks. We also use all of their cleaning products and greases. I must say these products make our racing team successful. K&N flat-out makes the racing community a better place. They contribute so much to all types of racing which inspires the young and old."
We are a low budget team, but with the help of K&N, we feel like a high dollar winning team, they give us the added confidence to believe we will bring in many more URC wins."
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