Regardless of how long you've been racing, and self-possessed you pretend to be, winning in front of your mom and dad is a particularly sweet deal.
Balog's sixth IRA win of the year tasted even sweeter with his parents there to see it.
Balog says this is his best year yet, nearly doubling his overall IRA wins in one season.
"The win at Superior Speedway, probably stands out the most this year, because my parents flew in from Alaska that weekend and to get a win for them was really neat. It was the first time my mom has seen me win a feature outside the state of Alaska."
Those were the comments from K&N sponsored, Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, racer Bill Balog. Balog and his B Squared Motorsports team recently traveled to northern Wisconsin for a weekend of action, first at Superior Speedway on Friday and then at Cedar Lake Speedway on Saturday.
On the last restart of the feature at Superior Speedway, Balog went to the high side of the track in turns one and two and began to pull away from the rest of the field. He went on to drive the last 11 laps flawlessly, and scored the IRA portion of the Northern Nationals. Balog now has six IRA feature wins thus far in 2010.
During Saturday's program at Cedar Lake, Balog was shooting to bring home yet another solid top-five finish. As the race wore on, he scuffled his way in to the top-five, and soon found himself battling with in the top-three. After two late cautions, Balog figured he might have had something left for the leaders, but in the end, had to settle for the number three spot. With this third place finish, Balog and the team now have 19 straight top-five feature finishes with the IRA.
"It feels really good," said Balog. "We have been able to keep our nose clean and out of trouble for most of the year, and it has been paying off as of late, now with our sixth win of the year. With those two finishes, we have also now not finished outside the top-five in IRA action since May 22nd."
"This year is stacking up to be my best year yet with the IRA, as I had seven career IRA wins prior to the start of this year, and to have six alone in 2010 is just a great feeling."
The B2 team currently sits in first place in the IRA point standings with a 215 point lead and with only five IRA shows remaining.
"We are planning on finishing out the year with the IRA and were gonna try to bring home that third Consecutive Championship," says a cautiously confident Balog.
"After the IRA season is over we may do a few other shows before we call it a year and start getting ready for 2011."
Balog thanked K&N for their continuing support, adding "Our K&N products are outstanding, we have yet to have any issues with the sprint air box, or the wrench on oil filters. These are the best products on the market today."
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