2007 World of Outlaws Preview: Jeremy Campbell Concord, NC -- Jan. 25, 2007 -- Jeremy Campbell learned many things during his rookie season with the World of Outlaws last year. He is ready to put all of that experience and knowledge to good use,...
2007 World of Outlaws Preview: Jeremy Campbell
Concord, NC -- Jan. 25, 2007 -- Jeremy Campbell learned many things during his rookie season with the World of Outlaws last year. He is ready to put all of that experience and knowledge to good use, as he gears up for the 2007 season opening DIRTcar Nationals Presented By Mopar Speedshop on February 9-11 at Volusia Speedway Park in Florida.
Campbell enjoys making the trip to Volusia as was very evident last year when he came home seventh against a very strong field on opening night. With another stellar field of cars expected this year at the blazing fast half-mile, Campbell is ready to take to the track for three straight nights of racing in the Sunshine State.
Campbell finished 10th overall in points last season and was third in the battle for the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award. He picked up 17 Top-10 finishes, with four of those being in the Top-Five. After working countless hours in the shop over the winter, Campbell and his team are prepared to take to the road for the nearly 90 race campaign.
"We're real excited for the season to be here," said Campbell, a native of Monroe, Michigan. "We've been working hard getting all of the cars completed."
Campbell continued his strong start to the season last year as the series traveled west from Florida. He scored his best career finish in early March in Las Vegas, where he led the first 15 laps of the event, after starting from the pole by virtue of winning the first dash of his career with the series. This along with learning from the veteran drivers along the way helped him gain the confidence needed to be consistently fast each night. Many of these strong runs came at tracks that Campbell had only heard and read about in the past, as he visited numerous tracks for the first time in 2006.
"We have done it once and now we know what to expect going to all of these races and racing so much," he explained. "Now we have a better head on our shoulders to get things prepared better."
While Campbell and his team will be able to make it back to their shop a few times during the season, including for a July 27 stop at I-96 Speedway in Lake Odessa, Michigan, for the most part they will be out on the road from February until November, and that takes meticulous planning and organization to make sure everything is in place.
Making sure the team is prepared every night will be Crew Chief Kevin Loveys, who joined Campbell last season at the Harvest Classic at Calistoga (Calif.) Speedway. In their first race together, Loveys helped Campbell turn in an impressive run at the half-mile, coming from the 20th starting spot to finish fifth on a track that was very hard to pass on. The pair is very excited for the inaugural World of Outlaws event at Ohsweken Speedway in Ontario, Canada on July 25, just a stone's throw from where Loveys lives in Hamilton, Ontario.
"One of the most important things I learned last year was to make sure that you have all the parts you need ready," Campbell said. "It's a lot of racing and you have to make sure that you are prepared."
Campbell showed last season that he was quick right off the truck on numerous occasions with Top-10 efforts in time trials. He stopped the clocks first at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway in late September to set a new track record, with a solid field of 41 cars on hand at the racy ¼-mile. It was his first fast time honor with the series. He knows that same intensity and preparation will be essential to finding success this season.
"You have to be on your game every night you cannot slack off one night," Campbell said. "You have to always be on your game."
With the nearly 90 races on the schedule, Campbell knows it will be tough on him and his team, but he is prepared for the rigors of another full-season on the road. Like most drivers, he prefers to race as often as he can.
"When you race so much, you are basically race every other day," stated Campbell. "When you get into a rhythm you just want to keep it going. That helps you keep going to the next show. I like racing that much (90 times a year). What I love to do is race, its fun."
With an average car count of 41 machines per event last year, Campbell learned to drive as hard as he could every time he was on the track, whether it was for hot laps, time trials, a heat race, or the A-Feature. He knows that will be the case again this season, in what is shaping up to be a very competitive season.
"The competition is going to be real tough," he said. "There are going to be so many cars together at once and they are all so competitive. Everyone is almost equal and you have to step up and try to do better."
After leading laps last season and consistently running at the front of the field, Campbell is ready to continue building on a very solid formation that he and his team have formed. Returning to tracks for the second and third time will be a plus for Campbell, who again will be one of the youngest full-time drivers with the series in 2007. He is confident that he can keep up the momentum that he gained toward the end of last season.
"The goal for sure is to keep up what we did last year," Campbell said. "There are going to be so many drivers that it will be hard to get into the Top-10. We'll try our best to make it into Top-10 and do better than we did last year."