Everyone in the racing community agrees that racing is a special kind of family; but when you get to experience running side by side with your son, it gives a new meaning to racing and something you can never forget.
For Boomer Wilson, a Wythe Raceway driver from Rural Retreat, this aspect of racing is what makes all the time, sweat, and money worth hauling a car down the road to race.
His mother taught him how to drive on country roads in a Ford Pinto until he decided to climb into a seat of a race car. Knowing this is what he wanted to do at the young age of 15 and being a fan for years, his brother in law Terry, helped make the dream of driving the fastest half mile around a reality in 1994.
With 24 years of seat time, he says that consistency is the key to success. You must be there every week and know what you came to do. Wilsons greatest achievement is wheeling his B1 machine to his first win last season after only 23 years of trying.
His advice for any young driver is plain and simple: if you want to do it, just do it. For Wilson dirt track racing is a way of life. He says you either love it or something is wrong with you.
When Boomer is not at the track you can more than likely find him at a fishing hole somewhere close by.
For his favorite food you can see him every week at some point with a race track hot dog in his hand, and anything that don’t break down would be his dream car.
As fans of racing read this story he wants you to remember to thank a veteran, because if not for them we wouldn’t be able to be doing what we love.
Join the Wythe Raceway family to watch Wilson, his son, and the rest of the UCAR class on a weekly basis take on the ½ mile clay oval.