“Hi everyone, I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving weekend and enjoyed spending time with your families. Our season ended a little over a week ago at Myrtle Beach Speedway in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. It was unfortunate that our shot at the win was taken away by a mechanical failure, but those things happen in racing and all you can do is use it as motivation for the next race. It was the last way the team and I wanted to end the season but to have a strong run going in one of the biggest races of the year is something I am proud of.
We definitely had a great year overall. There were both good days and bad days but we always improved and grew tremendously. To win three races, finish in the top five 14 times and the top ten 22 times shows our consistency. Also, to compete for a championship in the most competitive late model stock car touring series and come out second in points is most definitely an exceptional performance.
I am grateful for my parents, family, partners and JR Motorsports for making this race season a reality for me. I am so fortunate to have the opportunity to pursue a career in my passion. It has been amazing to help raise awareness for Type 1 Diabetes with JDRF and work with Ceco Building Systems this year. It has also been awesome to work with JR Motorsports. I have had so many great experiences helping out in the shop, working with the employees in the “front office”, and of course at the track with the late model team. Everyone has been so welcoming and fun to work with. It was really cool to work alongside Josh Berry as a teammate since he is someone I have always respected as a racer.
I am also very appreciative of the hard work and dedication of my crew chief, Bryan Shaffer, and my car chief, Steven Civitarese. I am so thankful for the help of everyone this year. I have learned so much on and off the race track. Additionally, we have been working hard on making plans for 2018 and I am looking forward to what opportunities await. Lastly, I want to thank all of you for your support. I hope we can continue on this journey to the top together.”