Birthday Weekend in Martinsville

Thur Oct 23, 2014

Martinsville Speedway- The half mile track where Brian saw some of his first races, ran some of his first races, and his parents even had one of their first dates. Its also the track on the schedule where Brian celebrates his birthday weekend. This year he will push past the three decade mark as he turns 31 on Friday and with many friends and family still in the Tri-Ad area, it is a great time for him to be able to have a gathering with all of them. “I actually remember coming to Martinsville as a kid and watching races," Brian said looking back on his past history at the track. "We stood in the corners before pit road changed and watched the cars go by. As a kid I always thought it was pretty cool the train went by the race track. Martinsville has always been a special place for me whether it was coming as a fan, running my first stock car race there, running Late Models or now running in the Cup Series here.”

It has been a family affair at Martinsville and as well at Michael Waltrip Racing this year. The team, Toyota, and Aarons have all been part of this family in its first full year as a team. While it has had its ups and downs, its been special none the less for Brian. He found a home at this team. "It’s the first year together as a team and it's been great because I love this team and I genuinely mean that. The group of guys that Michael Waltrip Racing has put together for me to drive this Aaron's Dream Machine is one of the best teams I've ever worked with and I've been fortunate to work with some great teams over the years. I've been through a lot and I've learned the hard way how much you have to appreciate the days you have and the opportunities you get. We came into this year wanting to win the championship -- that's our goal, that's what we do and that's why we all show up. When that opportunity slipped away from us it was frustrating, but I still just enjoyed showing up to work every day. It has been a roller coaster, but definitely the highs have been higher and I've had a lot of fun this year.”


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