Contributed by: ACT Staff
Unbuckled: Getting To Know Troy Kingsbury
Driver of the #39 VG Race to Read Allen Lumber Street Stock
Hometown: Waitsfield, VT
2012: 9th place in Allen Lumber Street Stock standings
What are your favorite hobbies in the offseason?
Work is number 1, but I’m a family man. I love hanging out with the kids and supporting them in the sports and activities that they do. We like to ski a lot and go to hockey games.
What do you do for work?
I run a small town convenience store in Waitsfield called the Village Grocery. The biggest thing that we do is build community. I take out the trash, I help make lunch specials, stock coolers, run registers, do the bookwork. I’m even making doughnuts now!
What is your biggest life accomplishment, would you say?
Raising my children. The biggest life accomplishment you can have before anything else is making sure they are taking care of. Just having kids is a big accomplishment.
Big Plans for 2013?
I want to have my car ready in January, visit a ton of schools for my Race to Read program and have a fun and successful year in the Allen Lumber Street Stocks at Thunder Road.
What is the state of your car currently?
It is actually almost ready for paint, still looking for sponsors!
What race are you looking forward to the most in 2013?
Memorial Day because it’s the first race of the year.
What was the highlight of the 2012 year for you?
Seeing Avery Murphy in victory lane as the first child of the Race to Read project with Nick Sweet. That smile on her face was truly the highlight of my year.
Do you have a hero? Someone you idolize as a race car driver or try to emulate?
I would say all the older generation Vermonters that got things done. The ones who stood in as little league coach, a ref in basketball, all the people who have served in community service. When you read the names in the obituaries I think: who is going to take their place? Phil Scott is one of those guys, he’s a great Vermonter.
Who is your biggest fan at the track?
Probably Garrett Muentener. He is a young child at the Williamstown School that joined Race to Read. He’s a total firecracker. He read all fifteen books, so I drove my car to his house to have him sign the hood. He met me for the first time when I came to his school with my car for Race to Read. All the kids in Race to Read are big fans.
What is something about you that most people don’t know?
Most people wouldn’t know that I am a universal life church minister. I was on the school board locally and everybody had a title. Dr. this, and Dr. that, and I was just Troy Kingsbury. So I thought I had to do something about it. I went online and I became an universal minister. Now I’m Reverend Troy Kingsbury.
How did you start racing?
I was at the track with my son watching Jennifer Getty at Thunder Road. I decided it was a sport I needed to learn about and get involved with. She really inspired me.
Tell me about your family?
I married my college sweetheart Cheryl. I have two kids: Mckayla who is 16 and Jakob who is 11. Jakob loves going to the races, and every time I go Mckayla always asks me if I came home with a trophy. Cheryl does a great job putting up my racing. Thunder Road is a very unique community. It’s like the old days. Today we’re all so busy, but Thunder Road is like a Vermont family reunion.