Media Contact: Megan Dupuy - email@example.com For Immediate Release – September 9th, 2016 – Joe Kaminski photo -
(WOODHULL, NY) – Woodhull Raceway has great opportunities for kids to get into racing. This week’s driver started out in the warrior division and has worked his way up. After a championship run last season at both Woodhull and Outlaw Speedways and a fifth place finish in points in the adult Mini Stocks this season, Daugherty will be making his debut in a crate sportsman this weekend.
Daugherty hails from Elmira, New York will be making his debut in the NAPA Crate Sportsman division, Saturday night. Daugherty is only 14 years old but has had plenty of racing experience and help learning about the car from his father Chris Daugherty, who won the NAPA Crate Sportsman track championship this season.
The ninth grader started racing go-karts for a couple years and then decided to wait until he was old enough to race a full size car in the Warrior/Bandit division. The 2016 season was the first season for Daugherty being in an adult Mini Stock class.
“This would be my fourth year,” Daugherty said.
Daugherty had quite a season as a youth driver. He won a championship at Outlaw Speedway and various accomplishments at Woodhull, including the 2015 Warrior championship. Daugherty reached his goal that he laid out several weeks ago when he was interviewed.
“I want to get top five in points. That will be one of my main accomplishments.” Daugherty explained. “I just want to run out the year and hopefully get another win.”
For future goals, Daugherty would like to compete at higher level races.
“I want to eventually be able to go and compete at some of the other higher level races like at Weedsport.”
Daugherty was asked what his favorite part of racing was?
“Just the thrill I guess you can say,” Daugherty answered.
There is no denying the thrill that racing gives you. It is something you just can’t understand until you have been behind the wheel. “I don’t really know how to describe it,” Daugherty added.
This week Daugherty will be leaving the Mini Stocks and jumping into their newly purchased crate sportsman, which handles much differently than the No. 22 Mini Stock. Daugherty has had the advantage of being able to take laps with his car after the races on Saturday nights. For now, his future plans are to start driving the sportsman and just take it from there.