2006 World of Outlaws Sprint Series Racers At A Glance: Jeremy Campbell Norman, OK -- Nov. 3, 2005 -- Jeremy Campbell's drive through the ranks of sprint car racing will continue to gain speed in 2006 as a touring member of the World of Outlaws...
2006 World of Outlaws Sprint Series Racers At A Glance: Jeremy Campbell
Norman, OK -- Nov. 3, 2005 -- Jeremy Campbell's drive through the ranks of sprint car racing will continue to gain speed in 2006 as a touring member of the World of Outlaws Sprint Series.
Although he just turned 22 on Oct. 30, Campbell has 12 years of experience behind the wheel of karts, 360 sprints and 410 sprints, a division in which he's raced for the past five seasons.
The 2000 National Sprint Car Hall of Fame 360 Rookie of the Year, Campbell jumped into 410 racing in 2001 and ran with the World of Outlaws Gumout Series. After success there, he shifted in 2004 to the All Star Circuit of Champions, where he was the series' top rookie and got the best of 53 cars to win the final race legendary promoter Earl Baltes oversaw at Eldora Speedway before Baltes retired.
Even though he was one of the top racers with the All Stars in 2005, Campbell still sought opportunities to compete with the World of Outlaws. He ran 21 Outlaws events in '05, with the highlight coming when he raced in the main event during the Knoxville Nationals in his G-Force Racing Gear Maxim.
"It's a pretty big step," said Campbell, of Monroe, Mich. "It's one of the big steps in my racing career that is going to be really impressive for me to make. It's going to be fun, but it comes with a lot of hard work. I'm trying to get everything in line and get all the new stuff together. It's a lot of hard work during the off-season."
After having success in competition against some of the biggest names in sprint-car racing, Campbell believes he's ready to take on the world's top sprint series. Before he made the A-main in 2005 during the Knoxville Nationals, Campbell raced a few days earlier in the Front Row Challenge at Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa, where he captured the King of the Hill Dash by defeating drivers such as Tim Kaeding, Greg Hodnett and Daryn Pittman. Those two events helped to give Campbell the confidence he needed to make the leap to the Outlaws full-time.
"When I won the King of the Hill and beat those guys one-on-one, I never thought I could do that," Campbell said. "It was like, 'Wow, maybe I can run with them and beat these guys.' That and the Knoxville Nationals when I made the show, that was one of my big goals. That probably inspired me to run with them and run up front."
So now Campbell and his crew are busy preparing for the grinding 2006 World of Outlaws season, one of the most grueling runs in motor sports every year.
"If I can get everything I've got in my head to the racetrack every night, then hopefully I'll finish in the top five," Campbell said. "Just running up front with the Outlaws is going to be the real cool thing. That's what I'm looking forward to.
"The World of Outlaws have been around for a long time and it feels good to actually run with them. It's something I've wanted to do for a long time and I'm actually doing it now."
For more information on Jeremy Campbell, please go to www.jeremycampbell.net.