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Peregoy seeking Limited title

SoVaNow.com / March 10, 2009
Coming off a successful 2008, Tommy Peregoy of Clarksville, has his sights set on the Limited Sportsman Championship this season at South Boston Speedway.

Peregoy had 16 top-five finishes in 18 races last season. He was third in the points standings. Things seem to falling into place as he readies his familiar yellow No. 2 for the upcoming campaign.

The 36-year old Peregoy has been in motor racing for 25 years. He began his career racing go-carts and then moved on to the Grand Stock division at South Boston Speedway. For the past seven seasons he has been one of the top drivers in the Limited sportsman division.

“We took care of a lot of problems over the winter and now it is time to go racing,” said Peregoy. “We have always been second or third in the championship points each year we raced and now is the time to go after that championship.”

Peregoy works his day job and then works late at night trying to make his car better. This year he is working out of a corner of the Steve James racing shop.

On a recent visit to the shop at about 8:30 p.m., there were numerous people gathered around the Peregoy car helping out. Steve James himself was found sitting on the floor working on the trim on the bottom of the car.

“I want to thank Steve and Jody for helping me out with car,” said Peregoy. “They and a lot of people do a lot.”

Speaking of help, all you have to do is listen to the post race interviews in all racing divisions and you will hear drivers thank Tommy Peregoy for helping them out in some way.

When asked to comment about helping other teams, the likeable Peregoy just grinned and said, “I don’t mind giving other people knowledge. The more you help, the better off you are.

“I help them set up their cars and do some spotting for some of the teams. It pays you back somewhere down the line. I just kind of appreciate the sport.”

Explaining his attitude going into the season, Peregoy said, “I have had a good time in racing, but it’s hard because of my family responsibility. You have to be dedicated. My primary goal is to win the championship.

“For the first time in my life I am going to be greedy. Though racing takes a lot of dedication, racing doesn’t owe me anything. I have to just go out there and get it done.”

Good sponsorship is key to a successful racing and Peregoy seems to have a few good ones on board. Sunshine Shavings, a Red Oak, company owned jointly by Ken Morgan and a Canadian company will be a key backer of Peregoy for 2009. Tommy Peregoy works for Ken Morgan and has been known help tune Morgan’s VIR car.

Also, Bill Farrar’s Auto in South Hill, Crutchfield Tractors of LaCrosse, and Clarksville Pharmacy owned by Kevin Allgood will help make the wheels turn on the Peregoy car. “We are always looking for more sponsors,” added Peregoy.

According to Peregoy, J.B. and Patricia Rogers of Union Level, are the car owners and supply backing through Rogers Service Center in South Hill.

As far as the pit crew, that is really a family based thing as has been for the past seven years. In fact it’s two families. There are J.B and Patricia Rogers, plus Rogers’ brother and nephew from one family as well as Peregoy’s brother Bev and his dad from the other family. Also Peregoy’s young boys are a part of the crew.

On some mechanical matters, Peregoy praised the use of the crate motors in the limited division. “They are good for expenses,” stated Peregoy.

Teams will buy four new tires for the first race and then buy two tires each week. For twin races, they are required to still just buy only two tires for the night.

According to Peregoy, drivers will run the same kind of tires as last season which proved to be more consistent than in prior years.

When asked to name who he expected to be his toughest competition this season, Peregoy hesitated for a moment and finally said, “Danny Willis and Jeb Burton, both local drivers, would be tough along with Brian Pembleton of Amelia.”

Peregoy made it clear that South Boston Speedway was definitely his home track.

“I have just as much fun as I used to have,” said Peregoy. “There is better and more even competition now, but it takes more time and is more expensive.

“I have been second too long to lie back any more,” stated Peregoy. “I want to win that championship and have a shot at a Late Model ride next year.”

So drivers beware, Peregoy sees the checkered flag.





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