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Engelbrecht’s racing link is a family affair

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Speedway Q&A

By Michael Knight

This week’s questions and answers feature veteran driver Joey Engelbrecht, who finish second in points last year in the Super Street Division at Lancaster Motor Speedway. Next week’s feature driver is Stock 4 Division driver Andrew Helms.

Full Name?
Joseph R. Engelbrecht Jr.

How old is Joey Engelbrecht?
29, birthday June 29

Hometown?
Born in New Jersey, moved to Pineville, N.C. as a child. He now lives in Rock Hill.

If you have a nickname what is it? No nicknames
 

Where did the No. 55 come from?
 That’s the number Warrior Racing Team had always used, so when I started racing, I just used the same one.

How did you get into racing? When I started dating my wife Stacey in 2000, she took me to the go-kart track where her father was the flagman. I was hooked and started racing go-karts and eventually moved to cars.

What division or divisions will you be racing in this year? Super Street and possibly Crate Sportsman, if we get the second car finished.

What tracks can we see Joey Engelbrecht race at this year?
Lancaster, maybe a few others. Not sure yet.

What is your favorite racing memory so far? Everything about it, it’s a family affair for us. I love racing and my wife and girls love it, too.

If you had to compare yourself to any racer past or present who would it be and why? No one really, I am myself and I am not trying to be like anyone.

Favorite thing to do other than race? Most of my time consists of racing, so other than work, I’m usually at the shop working on the race car.

Who are your favorite drivers or driver to watch when you race not racing? Don’t really have a favorite. I just like good, hard, side-by-side racing.

Who are your favorite sports teams? NASCAR driver? I don’t really have time to watch sports, so no favorites.

Who would you like to say thank you to for helping you in racing? My wife, Stacey. My father-in-law, Len Broome. My wife’s uncle, Jamie Broome.

Track car show

The annual Lancaster Speedway car show is March 12 at Buford High.The event also features the annual donkey basketball game. The following week, LMS hosts open house and practice on March 12, with the opener March 19.

 The LMS divisions this season are the NDRA Crate Late Models, Crate Sportsman, Super Street, Pure Street, Vintage, Young Guns V8 and Stock 4. A special race will be held on the first Saturday of every month. LMS will be running the open wheel modified division, which runs at East Lincoln and Carolina Speedway. It’s a fan favorite and is highly competitive. Look for more info on the rules and schedule races on www.lancasterspeedway.net, or visit www.trackforums.com to read about the weekly racing action.