Evart driver has success at Cherry Raceway

EVART — It’s been quite a summer at Cherry Raceway for Evart’s Brook Brasington.

“This is my first year back after having 10 years off,” he said. “I figured I raced for eight or nine years. I’ve raced all over.”

Crystal Raceway and I-96 Speedway near Lake Odessa were popular spots for Brasington, who now sees action at Merritt and Cherry raceways.

Brasington has been in Evart for about eight years,

“I grew up coming up here every summer,” he said. “I’m originally from Stanton.”

Brasington was 16 years old when he first got involved in racing through some friends and family members. He’s been in the street stock and modifieds and is focusing on street stock this year.

He came back after a 10-year absence because “the opportunity arose and we went with it,” he said. “I have a lot of family and friends that missed going to the races and watching.”

Brasington recalls that he got out of racing originally to focus on raising a family, among other matters.

“I’m running up to Cherry ever Friday,” Brasington said, referring to the track owned by Roger Steig of Reed City “We’re running for the points race. Our decision was to stick with that. Our goal is to win the championship up there. Last Saturday I took off in the afternoon and went to Merritt. We won the feature there. I’ve been down to Mount Pleasant once, too. We’ll go anywhere.

“We want to hit some of the bigger shows for the street stock that are downstate like at Crystal and the Palo area. We’d like to hit them by the end of the year. We’re out to have fun, get a bunch of guys and gals together and go racing.”

Among his career highlights have been winning the International Motor Contest Association (IMCA) 1995 Northeast Region rookie of the year honors.

“I finished good in the points standings in Michigan mods,” he said. “I’ve always been real competitive.”

Despite his absence, Brasington seems to stay right in the groove of racing.

“I think it clicked right away,” he said. “I was nervous in how it was going to go. I guess it’s just like riding a bike.”

Brasington’s car was built over the winter.

“We’ve had a couple of bad weeks but several good weeks,” he said.

As for the future in racing, “you never know,” Brasington said. “We’re having a blast. My family and friends, it’s one of those things where not only do I want to go racing but I have several people behind me who want to go too. We’ll see what next year brings.”

Brasington works for Louis Padnos Co. in Cadillac, a medal recycling facility.

When it comes to racing, Brasington has a second-time job.

“You get home from work and there’s always something to do,” he said. “You always need good luck. There’s always luck involved.”