At the age of fifteen, Brad Springer began his racing career at the Angola Speedway, in Angola, Indiana. Although the driver has not actually raced full-time at this particular venue in over fifteen years, he still considers it as his home track. That said, there was no better location for Springer to end the 2011 season, racing in front of hometown friends, family and fans.
Brad Sprionger poses with his trophy after recently winning the 2011 points race at the Angola Speedway.
Brad Springer and Team Brad Springer Racing, recently won the points championship at the Angola Speedway, in Angola, Indiana.
Driving the #61 K&N Filters, TeamSE modified car, Springer entered the race in a good position. In fact, Springer led the points race by 65 points going into the event. Even though he had the luxury of a comfortable lead, the driver still had full intentions of earning a checkered flag. Beginning the day by setting the fastest pace in practice, the driver followed suit and qualified with the fastest time as well.
Everything had gone as planned thus far, but the team's luck suddenly went south going into the feature. Starting toward the tail, the driver experienced an ill-handling car throughout the race, and in turn, finished in seventh place, the worst finish he had experienced throughout the entire season. Fortunately, Brad's impressive lead going into the race was still enough to cinch the 2011 points championship anyway.
"I really felt good about our shot at another feature going into the race," recalled Springer, "but that was short lived after the feature started. The car didn't handle well at all. I came to the track with a different set-up than I normally run, and it seemed fast for the short run, but wasn't a good set-up for the long run. There were a lot of long green flag runs in the feature.
After begiining his racing career, at age fifteen, at Angola Speedway, Brad Springer return to race at the venue full time this season.
I was absolutely disappointed in a seventh place finish," he continued. "That was my worst finish of the year, and I wished I would have left the set-up the way it was, instead of trying something new. I'm always trying to find more speed, and in order to do that, you have to take risks.
This one just didn't pan out."
Although Brad Springer and his team were unhappy with the outcome of this one particular race, the disappointment was short lived, as at the feature's end, they celebrated earning the title of 2011 Angola Speedway Track Champions.
"I have earned a track championship at M-40 Speedway, in Jones, Michigan, and the USA Modified Series Championship in 2010," recalled Springer. "This was my first championship at Angola Motor Speedway. I have finished second there a couple of times, way back when I first started racing, but have never earned a championship on that track before. It felt really good to bring home a championship from the track I like to call home.
I have a lot of fans in the area and it was nice to be there regularly for them. The competition is always fierce at Angola. There are a lot of really good cars that travel a distance to compete at that track, and that makes for really good racing."
When asked about maintaining his race car, Brad Springer explained that he had been using K&N products for an excess of twenty years, The driver currently uses K&N wrench-off oil filters, air filters, and multiple breathers on the racecar, as well as their air intake system on his hauler.
"K&N by far has the best product on the market," explained the driver. "I've seen a horsepower increase in the race motor, and fuels savings on my truck.
I wouldn't use anything else."
When asked it his recent championship season will have a bearing on the upcoming season, Springer said, "I am really looking forward to the upcoming season. We will either return to Angola for a second championship, or travel with a new regional series and see if we can pick up another regional championship. Either way, this championship has definitely helped pave the way for future success."
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