The season hasn't been the best of seasons for Midwest sprint car racer Billy Alley in 2013, but his attitude hasn't changed and the Bennet, Nebrasca, driver is closing in on a breakout.
Billy Alley began racing his 360 winged sprint car with this new paint scheme last weekend
Motor problems and a crash while leading are just a few of the things that have kept Alley down this year, but the motor is repaired and that, along with some other great events have Alley all smiles and ready to go racing.
"We have had a pretty up-and-down season so far," Alley said. "There have been times when we have been really fast, but we are still looking for consistency."
Billy Alley ran up front and finished in the top five in the ASCS National Tour event at I-80 Speedway
The motor problems crept up in early April during a double-header weekend in Alley's home state. It was a disappointing moment, but not as disappointing as his crash while leading the Nebraska 360 Sprints race at Butler County.
"We let one slip away that night," Alley said. "We're better now. We got the car fixed; we fixed the motor issues too. We have a great relationship with our engine builder."
Alley and his Ironwood Builders team concede that this year has been a struggle, but they know it comes with the territory.
"We are still a very young team," Alley said. "We will gain the consistency we are looking for and win some races."
Alley proved he could compete for wins more than once this season. Aside from his run at Butler County, Alley also ran up front and finished in the top five in an ASCS National Tour event at I-80 Speedway.
Alley also welcomed a daughter, Cameron, into the world. He called that moment "the best of the year."
And the potential for more great moment exist with the 360 Knoxville Nationals approaching quickly. That's the one race Alley has had circled all season on his calendar.
"I can't thank my sponsors enough," Alley said. "My car owner, Joe Steinbach, who owns Ironwood Builders. Jeff Lehms at Carpetland, Donn Steinbach at Colby Ridge, Ben and Tim Vogt with Vogt Poured Walls, and everyone else, including Klone Farms, Stepping Stone Genetics, Astro Buildings, Depicted Images by Jeff White, all of my crew guys, and K&N Filters."
"(K&N) provides us with the best filters on the market. Sometimes the average fan doesn't realize that after every night you race, the oil needs to be changed in a sprint car motor. Having the right products and support from a great company like K&N Filters really helps out the team, and I can't thank them enough for that support."