CORLEY, Texas — official release — RonSkinnerPhotos.com photo — National Sprint Car Hall of Famer Gary Wright will return to the seat of a sprint car this weekend at Timberline Speedway.
Wright, a four-time ASCS national champion with 127 ASCS national victories and another 48 regional triumphs will drive for car owner Mark Huddleston in Friday night’s ASCS Lone Star Region event.
It will be Wright’s first time in a car since retiring at the end of the 2012 season.
“I’m looking forward to it because it’s just for fun,” said Wright. “I’m kind of looking at it like a professional golfer that has golfed for 37 years and now he gets to play golf with his buddies and just have fun.”
The car Wright will drive is actually the same car he turned his last laps in.
“He (Huddleston) bought my last car I ran and the last motor I had,” Wright explained. “It even has the same seat I run the last race I run it, so everything will feel just like home.”
Wright’s longtime crew chief Chris Stivers has gone over the car and will be turning the wrenches on Friday.
Wright said response to his return has been positive.
“I’ve had a lot of calls from people 300 miles away asking if it’s true and saying they’re coming so it’ll be good for the promoter,” Wright said. “It’s close to home, and just for fun, but I am going to try and run good though.
“After 37 years, I don’t think I’ve totally forgotten everything.”