There’s only one spot the Spring Lake resident wants his No. 82 car in this season — No. 1.
“Huge, absolutely huge,” said Poel when asked what it would mean to win the championship. “Just you saying that gives me goose bumps.”
Poel had 21 wins in the series last year, after coming out top in 18 in 2012 and 21 again in 2011.
The dirt car racing series encompasses more than 1,000 drivers who compete on tracks across the Midwest, Kentucky and Florida. A driver’s top 30 races count toward the points series, with larger tracks being worth more.
Poel has mostly kept off the dirt this year due to the weather. The season runs from the tail end of March through the beginning of October.
“When you're looking for a national championship you want to make every track count,” Poel said. “If I'm going to wreck my car earlier in the year, I'd rather save my money.”
The driver will head to Farmer City, Ill., today, and LaSalle, Ill., on Saturday.
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