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Willis battling for another track title

SoVaNow.com / June 13, 2013
Danny Willis Jr. covets another title at South Boston Speedway, but the veteran driver well understands how quickly fortunes can turn on the track.

At the moment, Willis, preparing for more race day challenges Saturday night, leads the competitive limited sportsman division with 199 points.

Garrett Bunch is a distant second, with 151. Michael Maresca, who has had something of a breakout season, is third with 143. Maresca is followed by Blake Stallings with 133 points and Tommy Peregoy with 132.

Willis has a comfortable lead in the championship chase.

“It’s still too early in the season to be looking at that. I know last year, we had a pretty good lead around about this time last year, and we lost it all in one night. Anything can happen,” Willis said.

Willis recalled last season he got involved in a major incident in the first of two Twin races one night. The car got torn up badly, and he got two bad finishes that evening. He lost ground in the points that night, and “then we couldn’t ever get our car quite back like we had it.”

Bobby McCarty got on a roll, and claimed the limited sportsman title.

“Things can change in a blink of an eye,” said Willis.

Right now, consistency is the mantra, and Willis is looking forward to winning the special pre-Fourth of July limited sportsman feature at SBS.

“We just need to keep going to the track, trying to win races and get the best results we can,” said Willis, who has three wins and two poles this season.

“The season seems to be going pretty good. The only bad run we’ve had so far is a fifth place finish. We got in an incident that night,” Willis said.

“Other than that, we’ve been in the top two every week after that,” Willis said.

Willis has only one track title to his credit.

“That’s what we go to the track for, is to try to get all the wins we can get and bring home the championship at the end of the year. That’s the big trophy,” he said.

This has also been a life-changing season for Willis.

There was another major change for Willis and his wife, Kim, recently, with the arrival of their son, Declan. Kim and Declan can be seen in the tower above SBS, catching the action below.

“It’s nothing like it. (Fatherhood) is a life-changing experience, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. He has changed my life drastically, and I don’t know what I’d do without him.

“We try not to spoil him, but I know we spoil him some. So you just can’t help it,” laughed Willis.

“I don’t work on the race car as much as I used to, because I want to go home and spend time with him,” he said.

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