By Rick Palsgrove
Aaron England is ready to get behind the wheel for his first professional truck race.
“I’ve been a student of motor sports since 2000,” said England, a 2010 graduate of Groveport Madison High School. “I primarily follow NASCAR, but am well-read in most forms of motor sports throughout the world. I have wanted to race vehicles competitively my entire life. This is my first opportunity to do so with the CRS Truck Series Event in June.”
England will drive a Chevrolet Silverado late model race truck, owned by Billy Streihle, in the 50 lap event in the CRS Truck Series on June 19 at the Shadybowl Speedway in Degraff, Ohio.
“The vehicles’ bodies are fiberglass and aluminum and the truck weighs about 3,100 pounds,” said England. “Average speeds on track are over 80 mph and top speeds well over 100 mph.”
England is known online as AJ Appeal (Twitter.com/ajAPPEAL), where he hosts a motorsports syndicated podcast and he is editor of RacingRefresh.com.
“I currently have over 15,000 followers on my social media accounts and host a weekly motorsports podcast called Racing Refresh,” said England. “We are attempting to crowd fund this effort. Donors can contact our show to get their name on the truck. We are eager to promote business sponsors who are interested in sponsoring the truck. Their branding and logos will be on our uniforms, website, and the racing vehicle, and they can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org with interest.”
When asked why he enjoys racing, England said, “I find great things in racing. A race team is a sport, a hobby, and a business all at once. There is tremendous competition in motorsports, whether the race ends side-by-side or is dominated by a single competitor. Add to that the high speed and adrenaline, and you’ve got a perfect combination for fans of all ages.”
England feels well prepared for his first race.
“I have a lot of knowledge on the science behind racing,” said England. “I’ve spent hundreds of hours on motorsports simulators and watched every form of racing. I am not sure how I will contend against competition that has more experience than I have, but I am confident I will take great care of the vehicle that I’m driving. I’ll learn more that I hope I can apply to future events. The ultimate goal is to finish every lap, and, hey, If I can compete for the win, I’m sure I can make somebody really proud.”
The race England will participate in is known as a short track race. He said short track racing refers to race tracks that are typically a half mile or less in length.
“While speeds are faster than most everyday drivers operate their vehicles, they are not as fast as major events such as the INDY 500 or famed NASCAR races,” said England. “Due to the lower speeds, short track racing relies much less on the aerodynamics and horsepower of the vehicles and more on the talent set of the competitors in the field.”
Motor racing has historical roots in the Groveport and Obetz areas as the Columbus Motor Speedway once flourished in Obetz for many years.
“I was fortunate to live in Obetz growing up and attend events at Columbus Motor Speedway,” said England. “It wasn’t as often as I would have hoped. I recall attending ‘Night of Champions’ with my uncle Matt. I saw NASCAR legends Kenny Wallace, Jerry Nadeau, Matt Kenseth, and Kerry Earnhardt all in one event.”
England said a goal of the June 19 race is “to promote our podcast, learn to race, and emphasize the importance of grass-root racing to fans who are only aware of NASCAR or INDY car racing they see on television.”