Back At Butler: Jeremy Campbell Returns Home With Mean 15 Quincy, MI-July 28, 2006 -- Jeremy Campbell was not yet around the last time the World of Outlaws Sprint Series raced at Butler Speedway. The youngest member of the Mean 15 was born ...
Back At Butler: Jeremy Campbell Returns Home With Mean 15
Quincy, MI-July 28, 2006 -- Jeremy Campbell was not yet around the last time the World of Outlaws Sprint Series raced at Butler Speedway. The youngest member of the Mean 15 was born in 1983, a full year after the series last competed at the high-banked 3/8-mile track in Quincy, Michigan.
Butler though is like a second home for the driver who is currently second in the chase for the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award Presented by Maxim Racing and ButlerBuilt. He calls Monroe (Mich.) home, which is a little ways east of the track.
Campbell has turned countless laps at Butler Speedway, in both weekly competition and with the All Star Circuit of Champions. He will have the chance to battle some of those same drivers as the event on August 2 for the World of Outlaws event will be co-sanctioned with the All Stars.
Campbell is excited to get back to Butler, as many improvements were made over the off-season, both on and off the track, including a new management group taking over the operation of the facility.
"This year they have changed the track around a little bit and I hear it has been very good and racy," Campbell said. "I have a lot of family that will be coming up there, since it is only an hour and a half from my house. It's going to be fun."
After a very hectic last few weeks, that have seen Campbell and the rest of the Mean 15 race 11 times in four different states, he is looking forward to returning home. That will come on the heels of a 1,200 mile trek from New York to Minnesota, and then the trip back to Michigan.
Many drivers like to kick back for a day when they arrive home, but Campbell will not have that luxury, as he will be making sure all the nuts and bolts are tight on the car for Wednesday night. Being a true racer, there is nothing he would rather be doing than going over his car with a fine tooth comb. He is glad that he will be able to sleep in his own bed for a night and also is excited to have a good home cooked meal.
"I think the way we planned it out, I will get one day at home," said Campbell. "That will be to work on the car and get it ready for the race. It will just be nice though to be home for a day."
All the miles and hard work will be worth it for Campbell when he rolls his Americas Best Value Inn Maxim onto the track in front of a throng of fans that have seen him race sprint cars since his teenage years. Though he is motivated every night to do his best, some added incentive will be in place as he defends his home turf.
"The home crowd is always fun," Campbell said.
Campbell returns home eighth in World of Outlaws championship points, on the strength of 11 Top-10 finishes. Included among these is a season best second place run at The Dirt Track @ Las Vegas Motor Speedway in March, and a very strong fourth place run at Sharon (Ohio) Speedway. Building momentum, he has had some very solid finishes on some tough tracks the last couple of weeks.
"We've had a couple of bad races and tore up a couple cars. but we did pretty good at the Kings Royal," he said. "That got our confidence level back up."
As a rookie, Campbell knew it would be no easy task racing against the best sprint car drivers in the world night in and night out with the World of Outlaws. He knows that every night presents a new challenge and he will be graded not only by how he finishes, but also by how well he and his team adapt and adjust to the adversity and roadblocks that will come their way. So far they are passing with flying colors.
One of the biggest highlights of his season so far, has been making the A-Feature at the Kings Royal in his first ever attempt at the race, with 57 cars on-hand. Many veteran drivers go their whole career without qualifying for the famed event at Eldora Speedway, and Campbell was able to make it in on his initial attempt.
"We proved ourselves at the Kings Royal and then at Lernerville (in the Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup), where we came from 24th to 12th, that was a great run," Campbell said. "We're getting our heads back on our shoulders and hopefully we start to finish up front."
With the summer weather heating up, the rain has stayed away for the most part over the last month, as the series ran 15 races, with only one weather related postponement, and that event was made up the following night. Campbell, who is used to racing three and four times a week, feels he is at his best when the series is on the track every night.
"We have had a bunch of races with the Eastern Swing and that is good," said Campbell.
Despite the changes at Butler, the Michigan native believes he will have a good set-up for the racing surface, due to his past experience at the always racy high-banked track. Having veteran sprint car crew chief Rob Hart turning wrenches, helps lift his confidence even more.
"We're familiar with the race track," Campbell said. "I know it pretty well, and Rob (Hart) has been there plenty of times. We'll get a handle on it and get it done, and finish up front."
Though he is the youngest member of the Mean 15, Campbell easily has turned more laps at Butler than any of the other drivers with the series. He is confident this experience and knowledge will bode well for him on Wednesday night as the World of Outlaws Sprint Series make their lone appearance this season in his home state and he defends his home turf.
For ticket information on the race visit www.slspromotions.com, or call 815-344-2023. Reserved tickets will be $33, with adult general admission tickets $30. Tickets for children ages 6-12 will just $12, while kids 5-under will be admitted free of charge. Also, pit combos will be available for $35.