After Bruce Silver moved his two-way radio communications business from New Jersey to Concord, it didn’t take him long to find his new hobby: racing Legend cars.
“Before I moved down I got friendly with (Fox Sports 1 reporter) Bob Dillner, and he had some Legend cars and Bandoleros back then,” said Silver, who moved to Davidson about eight years ago. “We were talking about it one day, and I told him I thought it would be fun to drive Legend cars. I raced a couple of times, and you know this sport is kind of addicting. It didn’t take much to get me hooked.”
In eight seasons in the Golden Masters division, the 59-year-old Silver has collected 10 wins. However, he still has yet to claim one in Charlotte Motor Speedway’s Jack In The Box Summer Shootout Series.
Silver’s first feature victory came in 2008 at Las Vegas, but most of his wins have occurred at Concord Motorsports Park.
Silver, the president and CEO of Racing Electronics, is joined in his racing venture by son Gregory Lang, who captured the 2010 national championship in the asphalt Legends Semi-Pro division.
Lang began in the Bandolero Young Guns division and after two seasons moved into Semi-Pro Legends. A 21-year-old Appalachian State University student majoring in business, Lang now competes in the Pro Legends division and works for his father.
He lives in Davidson when not attending Appalachian State.
Silver said he t urned to Legend racing for two reasons. First, it’s a less expensive way to get involved in racing. Second, most of the events occur during the week, which leaves his weekends free. A lot of his business with Racing Electronics takes place on the weekends.
Silver began racing Legend cars for Dillner. After two seasons he formed Bruce Silver Racing. Mooresville’s 860 Motorsports, under the direction of C.J. D’Addario, who maintains the cars fielded by Bruce Silver Racing.
It’s the competition and the camaraderie that Silver enjoys the most.
“I feel it’s a good way to get out and get a little bit of exercise, get your heart pumping,” Silver said. “It’s been good for my confidence, learning my abilities and relying on myself.”
Silver’s most severe crash occurred in his third race when he totaled a car at Charlotte Motor Speedway. He escaped without injury.
“I thought I had it figured out at that point, but the car and the race track told me otherwise,” said Silver. “I didn’t go over. I kept all four-wheels on the ground, at least what was left of them. It’s taken me a long time to learn the car control required by the Legend cars.”
Silver’s company, which supplies devices that allows fans to listen to a race car drivers’ radio chatter, is his race team’s primary sponsor.
“I’m very proud my company is in a position that it can sponsor me,” Silver added.
Stricklin wins at Hickory
Taylor Stricklin, grandson of NASCAR icon Donnie Allison and son of former NASCAR driver Hut Stricklin, won the June 28 Limited Late Model feature at Hickory Motor Speedway.
NCQMA slates points race
The North Carolina Quarter Midget Association has scheduled its seventh points race of the season for July 19. The Summer Heat Points Race No. 3 will be held on June 22.
BRAKES schedules Concord driving school
NHRA competitor Doug Herbert’s BRAKES organization has scheduled a July 12-13 driving school at zMAX Dragway at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord.
BRAKES, which stands for Be Responsible and Keep Everyone Safe, was founded by Herbert after his two sons died in a 2008 traffic accident near their Cornelius home. The nonprofit provides free advanced driver’s education to teenagers.
Pollard Wins at Hickory
Chase Pollard, the grandson of retired NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Harry Gant and the son of former NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Larry Pollard, won the 4-Cylinder feature at Hickory Motor Speedway on June 28.
Pollard, who’s in his second season, claimed the track title in that division last year. The Taylorsville resident also finished seventh in the Street Stock race.
Stanley residents victorious at East Lincoln
David Lucas won the Renegades feature at East Lincoln Speedway on June 28, while Brandon White was victorious in the Limited Sportsman race.
Lucas is 21 points behind Charlotte’s Scott Freeman in the standings. White has an 83-point advantage over Stanley’s Chris Stowe in the Limited Sportsman division.
Junior Pittman of Iron Station took top honors in the Super Stock Fours feature. He is second in the track standings for that class, trailing Concord’s Jennings Herman by 15 points.
Line makes final round
Jason Line of Mooresville lost to teammate Vincent Nobile in the Pro Stock class final round of the O’Reilly Auto Parts Nationals at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Ill. Line is fourth in the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series standings, while Nobile is seventh.
Gibbs opens deli that gives to charity
Joe Gibbs Racing President J.D. Gibbs and his wife, Melissa, opened Groucho’s Deli, an eatery in Huntersville with its profits going to charity. Customers vote on what charity they would like to receive donations.
Currently, the choices are Young Life, Make-A-Wish and Levine Children’s Hospital.