The most dominant Modified racer in Heartland Park Topeka dirt track history is making a bold prediction about the 2014 season, but not the type of prediction you might expect from a driver who has won three straight Modified titles and holds the HPT record for single-season Modified wins.
Even though he has won back-to-back features and sits sixth in points despite missing one of the first four race nights, Darron Fuqua said that winning a fourth straight track championship is not a possibility in ’14.
“That’s not going to happen this year, I can guarantee you,” Fuqua said. “We’re going to miss too many weeks and it’s not a thought in my mind to even try and win the points or race for points.”
The Mayetta racer still plans to race at Heartland Park most Saturday nights, but he also wants to test his skills at other area tracks and in other series.
“I’m going to race here whenever we’re not racing somewhere else,” Fuqua said. “It’s just too close and it makes sense financially to race here on Saturday’s, but we might go to (Central Missouri Speedway) every once in a while — it pays $1,000 to win there — and if the (United States Modified Touring Series) is close we’ll try to run with those guys.”
Actually, this year’s game plan isn’t much different than Fuqua has had over the past few seasons.
“I never have really raced for points, I just race to try to win and usually at the end of the year (a high points finish) just comes out that way,” he said. “I’m just consistent I guess and usually I’m up front if I don’t win, so it usually works out that way.
Fuqua especially enjoys racing when he gets on a roll. That was the case in 2011 when he won 11 times at HPT to break NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Clint Bowyer’s record for single-season feature wins.
“I like to try and see how many you can win in a row, especially if you get hot and you get three or four or five in a row,” said Fuqua, who also won two track titles at Thunderhill Speedway in Mayetta. “That’s always our goal, to try to win.”