David Brunell hoping for familiar success on local tracks
'Last year, we won the championship at Motordrome, and this year, we're struggling,' he said. 'We're in the top five at both, but that doesn't really represent the season we're having.'
Brunell said he and his crew have been experiencing some mechanical difficulties with his #0 pro truck, but as of this point, the problem remains undiagnosed.
'It's one of those years,' Brunell said.
Brunell knows all about the ups and downs of racing. The veteran driver is marking his 20th year in the sport.
'I started running in the Enduro class at Motordrome. That's when you took a street car, knocked the glass out of it, and ran it for 200 to 300 laps,' he said, explaining that he spent 10 years racing in that class before moving on, first to pure stocks, then modifieds.
Brunell began driving pro trucks in 1999.
'I drive for Steve Black out of Greensburg. He liked the truck class, and that's what he wanted to buy,' Brunell said.
Like many of his fellow drivers, Brunell grew up with racing. However, most of his exposure to the sport came as a spectator.
'My parents took me to Heidelberg Speedway when I was a year old,' he said, adding that he and his grandfather trekked to various race tracks across the country. 'My dad worked on a crew for a little bit, but he never raced.'
Today, being with his crew is one of Brunell's favorite parts of racing.
'I like the camaraderie, the friendship and the time you spend working on the trucks,' he said.
But as the parents of nearly 3-year-old Noah, last season's championship held special meaning for Brunell and his wife, Tracy.
'Having my son around in victory lane was probably the coolest thing I've experienced in racing.'