It didn’t take long into lifestyles for Brandon Varney to get hooked on racing. He turned into, he says, “pretty tons destined” to race.
His dad and mom met at a race tune, and he attended his first race at Oxford Plains Speedway whilst he became simply six days antique. His grandfather, father, a couple of uncles and an aunt all have grown to become laps on the track.
“It becomes best a be counted of time before I did as nicely,” said Varney, who lives in Auburn.
But Varney hasn’t simply turned laps at Oxford, he’s become rapid ones, with wins following him to anything race car he jumps into.
He started racing to go-karts whilst he turned into 8 years old, and he racked up 50 victories and five championships. It wasn’t till four years ago that the nearly 22-12 months-antique began racing in inventory vehicles, but he has made up for a misplaced time, already compiling 31 greater wins and championships with his fourth season at Oxford now not but over.
Nearly half of-of those wins (15) got here in the six-cylinder Cruiser division of Oxford’s Wednesday night time Acceleration Series races, nine inside the four-cylinder Rebels, 3 each in Bandits (another 4-cylinder department) and determine-eight, and a couple of weeks ago he was given his first win inside the eight-cylinder Acceleration Series Outlaw division.
For a person used to triumphing, and in one-of-a-kind divisions, getting a victory so early in his first season in an 8-cylinder car become a marvel for Varney.
“The handiest intention for this season become to get one win,” Varney said. “Being a rookie in a class that I’ve by no means raced in earlier than and to already reap that is just excellent for our crew.
“I am simply happy we had been as rapid as we were this year with a contemporary built automobile. All of our goals are met for 12 months already.”
Varney stated he doesn’t suppose there was a lot of an adjustment for him individually going from one vehicle to every other, with the muscle memory from all of the laps he’s taken around the track permitting him to make them soar.
He proved his potential to power various cars correctly remaining yr whilst he gained in three distinct divisions inside the identical night time, a feat he said he believes makes him the primary Oxford driving force to achieve this. Former Oxford Plains public cope with announcer and Sun Journal sports activities creator and editor Kalle Oakes also couldn’t don’t forget listening to approximately the feat ever being achieved earlier than Varney did.
Varney called it one in every of his preferred racing reminiscences, but his time in the seat of his 8-cylinder Camaro — which his family crew painted blue this year in place of the black that adorned his previous rides — is fast turning into a favorite as properly.
“I love it a lot, shifting up to an eight-cylinder. There is a lot of extra electricity, you really need to be on pinnacle of your game to get them to head right,” Varney said. “I love the venture and the praise of being in a large car.”
Just attending to the track every week and making it really worth it has also been worthwhile for Varney and his Varney Racing circle of relatives crew. The automobile gets worked on during the week at his dad and mom’ Mechanic Falls home, and circle of relatives and buddies — a few who double as sponsors and vice versa — pitch in as properly.
“My circle of relatives and crew are the first-class humans in the pits that I can ask for, I’m just glad I can make them proud on the song,” Varney stated.
Brandon thanked his dad Kevin (who also has frolicked in the seats of race motors over the last couple years) for spearheading sponsorship efforts. The car is sponsored by way of dozens of smaller sponsors, as opposed to main sponsors that are visible on NASCAR rides and local traveling series cars.
“Getting sponsorship at any stage can be very tough. We are blessed to have a number of top-notch people that help us each year,” Varney stated. “As a crew, we all work very, very hard to collect, hold and most importantly represent our sponsors as high-quality as we are able to.”