INVERNESS, FL : Hunter Wright is optimistic about performing well in this year’s INEX Winter Nationals at Citrus County Speedway after a strong run last year and two championships in Tennessee.
Wright, 18, from Gladeville, Tennessee, won track championships at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville and Highland Rim Raceway and has recorded around 25 wins in Legends competition throughout his career. Last year, he made the trip to Citrus County Speedway in Inverness, Florida for the first time and, one year later, he’s back for another racing vacation.
“It’s something we’ve been wanting to do for a long time and had the opportunity to come do it last year,” Wright told LegendsNation. “We just had a lot of fun. We get to take a vacation for Florida and race for a week so it’s a lot of fun. It feels a lot better down here.”
This year, he’s hoping to improve more upon last year’s performance.
“Last year, we came down and ran alright,” Wright stated. “I would have liked to have ran a little bit better, but we were top five for the week out of 40. This year, we’ve been down here before and all and know a little bit better what we’re doing going in so I think we should be able to run a little bit better at least.”
Once the Winter Nationals are over, Wright plans to compete full-time at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville and part-time at Highland Rim Raceway. On top of racing in Tennessee, Wright plans on traveling to the East Coast with plans to compete in the Bojangles’ Summer Shootout at Charlotte Motor Speedway, the INEX Legends Asphalt Nationals at Bobby Watson’s Carteret County Speedway and Thursday Thunder at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
“The Nationals are definitely on our radar,” Wright explained. “That really depends on how our season goes. If we have a pretty good year like last year, you know, just easy on equipment and not tear much stuff up. We’re going to go to North Carolina some and run and maybe Atlanta and places like that. We’re going to try to run a partial schedule at the Summer Shootout, possibly a full schedule, depending on how it goes.”
When Wright started racing Quarter Midgets when he was six-years-old, he hoped to one day make it to the upper echelons of racing. Now, he still has plans to stay in the sport with more grounded expectations of his future.
“Obviously I’d like to become a driver someday, but I don’t think that’s going to happen so I’m going to try to set up cars and maintain them for people, maybe rent them out every now and then,” Wright explained. “My dad had always raced when I was a kid and I always wanted to. When I was six, he got me a Quarter Midget, we started racing and we’ve been running ever since.”
Wright will compete in the Pro class at the Winter Nationals in his blue and white Tennessee 811 no. 29 car. Feature racing will get underway on Monday around 12pm EST. The race will be broadcast live on the LegendsNation TV website and app.