For Terry Woodley this past season at Sunset Speedway, the season was a blast.
“I learned a ton about the car and different ways to rive the track,” he said when reflecting upon his season.
The veteran driver had a great season as he finished fifth in points with three feature top 10s on the year. For the nights that he wasn’t inside the top 10, he had his No. 6 Lock Keys and Rekeys – Collingwood, Great Lakes Trophies – Collingwood, Collingwood Automotive Repair Services, Curries Creative Painting – Duntroon and Complete Welding – Thornburry Nissan 240SX inside the top 15 out of the 30 cars on track.
Throughout the year, there were many highlights, including leading six laps in the feature near the end of the season. There was also a moment that stands out for Woodley when he passed both Sunset Points Champion Warren Paxton and Varney Points Champion Cory Young on a three-wide outside move on his way to finishing 11th in the big end of the year Velocity 250 invitational.
He also faced some adversity this year late in the season. Woodley had a wedding to attend to and loaned the car to a fellow racer – Trevor Hemingway. Late in the feature, Hemingway got loose and contact from other cars resulted in the Nissan 240SX being destroyed. Instead of giving up, Woodley went to work on the back-up car and had it out the next weekend so he could continue to gain points.
The veteran got his start in racing when he bought a Geo Metro for a derby car.
“I then found out about a class called ‘Four Fun’,” he said. “Read the rules and found out it was easier to build it for racing.”
The Four Fun class when it was in existence at Sunset Speedway was simple – build a roll cage, weld the doors shut, put a racing seat in it and bring it to the track completely stock. The class still runs as part of Peterborough Speedway’s program.
In his experience behind the wheel, Woodley says the biggest lesson is don’t get upset about things.
” Try very very very hard not to get upset at someone who does you wrong on the track cause your next screw is just around the corner,” he said. “Oh I almost forgot, never let Trevor Hemmingway drive your car if you have to go to a wedding, lmao.”
Looking ahead to next year, Woodley started building a new car the other night in hopes to do better next year.
“Even though we finished 5 in the points this year are best finish in a feature was only 9th,” he commented. “We might not finish that high in the points next year but I promise we will be closer in total points to who ever wins the Championship. Hoping for a checkered flag.”