Palmer attending UNOH
After graduating from high school, Troy Palmer enrolled in the University of Northwestern Ohio in the school’s applied technology program.
Now Palmer said he is living the dream.
Palmer, who competed in the 602 sportsman and modified divisions at Fonda Speedway, has taken his racing to the other side of the wall as a crew member in the school’s racing program.
“I used to be on Carter Motorsports then moved on to Kimmel’s ARCA team,” he said. “I went over the wall [recently] as a catch-can person, but I am working on being a tire changer.”
Being a tire changer has presented a challenge for Palmer. who wrestled in the 112- and 119-pound weight classes in high school.
“I have been working out more, especially my arms,” Palmer said with a laugh. “Those tires weight about 100 pounds apiece and you have to throw them around. In the heat of the moment, you can’t be sitting there struggling trying to pick up a tire.”
Of course, summer vacation from school includes much traveling, something that Palmer said has been a lot of fun.
“The bigger teams pay for hotels, food and your hard card,” he said. “But almost every weekend means traveling. I have been to Alabama, Florida, Pennsylvania, Michigan, New Jersey; all over so far this year.”
But when Palmer gets a weekend off and heads home, he finds his way back into the driver’s seat of the No. 15 modified.
With school back in session, Palmer is already working toward the next racing season.
“We have an over the wall club at our school, so if it is something you are interested in you go there and they meet two or three times a week to practice,” he said. “When the season gets over with I am going to be doing that this winter.”
He is hoping the hard work will lead to the next step in his career.
“I talked to a guy I worked with who has kept me in mind and may have me lined up to work with Joe Nemechek’s team in the truck series. When I graduate, I will be sending my resume to them and seeing about progressing up with them and taking baby steps up to the big leagues.”
Meanwhile, he will be finishing his degree at UNOH.
“It is going good. I am chasing after my dream job and it is getting there,” Palmer said.
Warner on hot streak
On Tuesday, Rocky Warner picked up the victory in the Dig Safely New York GRIT Series Crate 602 Sportsman race at Penn Can Speedway.
It is the fifth win on the series for the Fonda Speedway 602 track champion, who trailed Connor Cleveland by four points heading into the race. Cleveland finished fourth in the race.
The GRIT series heads to CanAm on Saturday night, which could lead to a conflict for a few of the teams.
Glen Ridge points finale
The Ridge will wrap up its 2014 points battles Friday night.
Defending modified track champion Bobby Varin holds a 36 point lead over Craig Hanson heading into the night, while Rocky Warner has a 46 point advantage over Mark Mortensen and 47 points over Shea Montgomery in the 602 Sportsman division
Nick Stone locked up the pro stock division weeks ago, scoring 14 wins in 16 weeks. Jim Normoyle and Chuck Dumblewski are the only other drivers to win in the class this season.
In the 4-cylinder class Keith Tesiero Sr. enters the night clinging to an 18-point lead over Pete Vila. Tesiero has five wins on the season and Vila eight.
GRMP adds race
On Oct. 17 and 18, the Super Grand Nationals 602 Super Grand Nationals 602 Championship Race will roll into the little track on the hill.
Tickets are available for the 2014 Glen Ridge Motorsports Park Awards banquet by calling 922-8565.
The cost will be $25 per person. The banquet will be held at the Johnstown Holiday Inn on Nov. 8.
Fonda Speedway returns to action
Fonda Speedway will return to action Saturday night with a full race card including the CRSA RaceSaver 305 Sprint Cars along with all divisions but the 4-cylinders.
The modified heat-race winners will receive a $100 bonus in memory of Ed and Michael Keyser from Palmer Service Center.
The Adirondack Motor Enthusiasts Club will also be on hand with a display of their Ice-Racing cars.
General admission for the night will be $12 for adults and $2 for children younger than 12 and all gates will be open for general admission.
Fonda Speedway Yearbooks
Copies of the 2014 Leader-Herald Fonda Yearbook will be on sale starting Saturday at Fonda Speedway.
Also the presentation of the Most Popular Driver awards sponsored by The Leader-Herald will be presented as part of a series of dedications taking place on Victory Lane during intermission.