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Loden Seeks to Become First Repeat Charity Race Winner
Jun 29, 2010 - updated Jun 29th, 2010 9:08pm
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For Immediate Release: June 29, 2010
With two wins in the past two races, Andy Loden has hit his stride. Now standing third in points in the Pro All Star South Series (PASS Super Late Models), the driver is scheduled to take a break and return to Hickory Motor Speedway. On July 10th, Loden will drive in the Late Model division during the 3rd Annual Dwight Huffman Memorial Race for Charity; a race he won during its inaugural year.
“I love coming to Hickory and that race is an awesome race,” said Loden. “Last year the stands were packed and they had a bunch of cars. Unfortunately, we didn’t drive too good and didn’t end up making the race, but this year we’re going to come back with our own car and hopefully we will have a lot better results.”
Hickory Motor Speedway has been good to Loden as the driver has claimed three track championships during his time racing there. In 2008, success at Hickory allowed him to go on to the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series North Carolina State Championship.
These accomplishments have not been easy, Loden points out. He knows success in racing is never a sure thing.
“Sometimes it is more work than fun, but the gratification of doing well is always worth it,” Loden said. “You gripe about it and stuff during the week when you’re working on the car and when its time to race you could wreck the thing or maybe win. When you win, though, it wipes it all away for a couple of weeks.”
Loden’s passion for racing began during his youth when he spent time with his father and stepfather building cars. Travelling across the Northeast, the first generation driver learned the rules of racing, posting numerous short track wins.
Ready to move forward with his racing career, in 1998 he headed south where he raced Late Models and later made the transition to Super Late Models. After switching to the PASS Series at the start of this season, Loden remains humble about his recent success.
“Last year we didn’t run well anywhere,” said Loden, “A couple of times we ran well but we had a tough year and changed series, cars and everything else. We’re lucky this year. We seemed to catch on quick.”
Luck may be on his side, but Loden has proved himself to be more than capable of winning over the years. Returning to Hickory, he hopes to continue his recent success and become the first repeat winner of the Dwight Huffman Memorial Race for Charity. No matter what the results, however, Loden reiterates he’s always racing for the enjoyment.
“I wouldn’t say it’s a career. I race for fun. It feels like an extension, you have to do it.”
The Dwight Huffman Memorial Race for Charity will be run at Hickory Motor Speedway on July 10, 2010. Appearances will be made by the Bojangles Late Models, Advance Auto Parts Limited Late Models, and front wheel drive cars from the UCAR Clash for Cash Touring Series. Grandstands open at 4 p.m. Advance tickets are offered at participating Arby’s locations. Prices are $7 for adults and $5 for teens and seniors. Children 12 and under get in free! Tickets prices at the gate are $10 for adults and $7 for teens and seniors.
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