On the track: Joshua Brimecombe goes for national Legend title

08/15/2014 8:41 AM

08/15/2014 8:42 AM

With one championship already in his possession this year, Concord’s Joshua Brimecombe has set his sights on the national title in the Legend Semi-Pro asphalt division.

Brimecombe, who recently won the Legend Semi-Pro championship in Charlotte Motor Speedway’s Jack in the Box Summer Shootout Series, is fourth in that division’s national standings. The only North Carolina resident in the standings’ top five, Brimecombe trails leader Robert Lyons of Florida by 149 points. He currently competes in the Semi-Pro Legend division in Concord Speedway’s Fall Series.

“We’ll also be racing at Anderson (S.C.) Speedway and the nationals in Las Vegas in mid-October,” said Brimecombe, who won Legend Semi-Pro championships at Concord Speedway in 2011-12.

A Maine native, Brimecombe began racing go-karts at age 8 and competed in that arena until 11, when he moved to four-cylinder cars. Brimecombe said racing was the only thing that interested him during his childhood years.

“I always watched racing on TV when I was little. It was pretty much the only thing I would watch when I went over to my grandparents after school,” Brimecombe said. “It just caught my eye.”

Since no one in Brimecombe’s family was involved in racing, the most difficult thing he faced was convincing his parents to allow him to race “more and more.” His parents were concerned with Brimecombe’s safety and the cost of the sport.

“It wasn’t too much the safety in go-karts, but it took a lot of convincing to try to get them to let me do four-cylinder. That was the big safety issue,” Brimecombe said. “My grandpa either convinced them or just got the car and told them I was driving it.”

Brimecombe said his grandfather “loves” his racing and he was the one who insisted his grandson move to North Carolina from the Portland, Maine, area because “the racing was a lot better down here.”

“They were looking for a cheaper place to live because taxes are so high up there,” Brimecombe said, explaining his grandparents’ decision to move to North Carolina. “Something brought them here and they found out the racing was a lot better here.”

Brimecombe joined grandparents James and Joyce Kuiken in Concord in 2009 and his parents soon followed. The Cox Mill High School graduate said his mother now works for an assisted living business, while his father is employed by a paint company.

The 18-year-old Brimecombe first ventured into Legend racing in 2009 at age 13, but his first full season wasn’t until 2010. Now he’s looking at moving up to the Pro division in Legend racing or possibly a late model ride.

“Whatever funding can do next year is what I’m happy with,” said Brimecombe, who is taking a semester break before continuing his education.

Action Express Racing extends point lead

Denver-based Action Express Racing extended its lead in the IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship standings to 16 points with its recent victory at Road America. It was the second straight victory for the team and its third this season.

The Corvette Daytona Prototype driven by Joao Barbosa and Christian Fittipaldi is the only entry to have completed every lap in the USCC this year.

Sprint cars return to East Lincoln

The Carolina RaceSaver Sprint Car Series returns to East Lincoln Speedway Aug. 23. A bicycle race is also scheduled for that night along with the Stock 4, Super Stock 4, Renegade and Limited Sportsman divisions.

Fittipaldi looks to extend victory streak

Davidson resident Pietro Fittipaldi will seek to extend his victory streak Aug. 30-31 at Norfolk, England’s Snetterton Motor Racing Circuit in the Protyre Formula Renault Championship. Fittipaldi has five straight victories. He has won six of the eight races held this year in the series that concludes Sept. 27-28 at the Silverstone Circuit in Northamptonshire.

GoPro Motorplex ends junior rental karting

After Aug. 22, GoPro Motorplex in Mooresville will no longer offer junior rental karting. Facility officials said that by discontinuing junior rental karting maximum track time would be provided for kart owners and the increased demand for adult rental karting.

The policy change means that only those 16 years or older with a valid driver’s license and the facility’s customers who own their own racing karts will be accommodated. People with children who are interested in karting and under age 16 are asked to contact KartSport North America at 855-KARTSPORT or www.kartsportna.com.

For information on GoPro’s new policy, call 704-696-2926.

Team BCR signs Lowinski-Loh

Mooresville-based Team BCR Racing his signed John Lowinski-Loh for a limited schedule this season. Plans call for Lowinski-Loh to compete full-time in ARCA next year.

Lowinski-Loh was the 2013 ACT Late Model Series top rookie. He also claimed rookie honors and the track championship in NASCAR’s Whelen Series at Thompson (Conn.) International Speedway with 10 victories.

Grissom loses late

Concord’s Kyle Grissom had victory in sight until Casey Roderick executed a bump-and-run on the final lap of the Aug. 9 World Crown 300, giving him the win in the late model race at Gresham Motorsports Park in Jefferson, Ga.

Grissom took the lead from defending Southern Super Series champion and Kannapolis resident Daniel Hemric on lap 292 and held it until the final lap of the late model event. That’s when Roderick made his move.

Grissom finished second, Huntersville’s Harrison Burton took third and Hemric placed fourth. Hemric is second in the Southern Super Series standings, 26 points behind leader Bubba Pollard. Grissom is sixth in the standings, while Mooresville’s John Hunter Nemechek is 14th and Burton is 15th.

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