JAY — When 2009 champion Brian Hoar and his many experienced rivals from the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) roll into Oxford for Sunday’s Dodge Dealers 150, a talented young racer from western Maine will be right there with them looking to get his foot in the door.
For 18-year-old David Farrington Jr., Sunday’s race represents the next step in a career that began at the tender age of seven. After nine highly-successful years in Karts and two seasons in a full-bodied stock car, Farrington is going Late Model racing in 2010.
“I’m pretty anxious to get the new season started,” Farrington said. “We have two cars prepared, one for the ACT races and one for Saturday nights at Oxford.”
As is the case with most young drivers, Farrington’s father owns the ACT car while longtime friend Bernie Allen owns the Saturday night car.
In just under a decade of racing Karts, Farrington won more than 270 races. His 39 wins at Oxford top the all-time list. His first two seasons in a stock car produced several top tens.
Farrington will attempt to qualify for roughly six ACT events, with races at Beech Ridge, Lee USA and Albany-Saratoga (N.Y.) on the slate along with three at Oxford. To stay active and sharpen his skills in a Late Model, Farrington will fill in the gaps between ACT races by running at Oxford.
His two mains goals for 2010 include qualifying for the TD Bank 250, and performing well enough to get invited to the second annual ACT Invitational at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in September.
“After trying our luck in the Pro Stock division at Wiscasset the last two years, we decided we needed to go where the playing field was more equal,” Farrington said. “It takes big money to be competitive at that level, and we simply didn’t have it. By making this move to Oxford and the ACT, we’ll not only be much more competitive for less money, but our efforts will receive much more publicity, as well.”
To young drivers like Farrington, a level playing field is attractive.
“We took both cars to test at Oxford a couple of weeks ago,” Farrington said. “They both ran pretty decent, but we weren’t quite where we need to be. We’ve made some changes in the shop that should help, so we’re looking forward to Saturday’s practice session to find out how we did. Those ACT teams are quick to adapt, so we need to be dialed in for Sunday.”
As he prepares for a new season and the challenge of qualifying for a touring series event, Farrington knows it will take more than determination and luck to make inroads in ACT. To run up front in the highly-competitive Late Model division at Oxford is no easy task, either. What it takes is help, and there are a few key individuals Farrington says he can’t do without.
“My father is responsible for 95 percent of my racing success. He used to race, but moved out from behind the wheel to take me Kart racing in 1999. He works for a company down in New York, so his time to work on the cars during the week is limited. He has tried to surround me with good people so that I’m in good hands when he’s away.
“If we do well in the ACT and at Oxford this summer, it will be a total team effort.”