Contributed by: ACT Staff
Unbuckled: Getting To Know Eric Badore
Driver of the #04 A.H. Fence Chevrolet
Hometown: Milton, VT
2012: Finished 4th Overall in Bond Auto Tiger Sportsman Standings
What are your favorite hobbies in the off-season?
I like snowmobiling in the winter time and I do a little bit of ice fishing. It’s an off-season for work for me too so I’m available to do quite a bit of things in the winter, which is nice because I like working on my racecar too. I only ice fish a few times a year, and I’ve been Snowmobiling for 6-7 years now.
What do you do for work?
I install fences for my father at A.H. Fence. I’ve been there 11 years now.
What is your biggest life accomplishment?I would say getting married and buying a house. We’re working on starting a family, I don’t have kids yet, but I got married last year. I purchased a house two years ago. I think those are pretty big accomplishments, at least to me.
Big Plans for 2013?
Full-time Tiger at Thunder Road and I’m working on building a late model for 2014. I will probably have Fast One Motorsports help me with that.
What is the state of your car currently?
It’s getting ready to go to Pete Duto at Fast One to get some work done. No body on it right now, it’s stripped down.
What race are you looking forward to the most in 2013?
Double points night. This is my 6th year and I think I’ve finished out of the top two once on double points night. I’m always right there, either winning or finishing second. That’s where I make up some serious ground for the championship.
What was the highlight of the 2012 season for you?
I guess the night that I broke three transmissions. I only made two laps in qualifier and didn’t make it to B feature. I had to start dead last for the feature, and I ended up finishing 6th that night. That was a highlight for us for sure.
Do you have a hero? Someone you idolize as a racecar driver or try to emulate?
Nick Sweet. He’s just so smooth and you never really see him wrecking his car. He’s always staying out of trouble, he finishes every race, and he’s always there at the end. I’ve raced him with him in the Tigers and Street Stocks, and he’s just an all around good guy.
Who is your biggest fan at the track?
I guess I would say my family. My wife supports me hugely, and my family and my parents are there every week. Plus my father was the one who got me into this sport.
What is something about you that most people don’t know?
I’ve always loved speed. I actually got in trouble way before I got my license by the cops in a church parking lot. My uncle in Williston lives next door to a church and I was about 10 years old and my dad said I could do some laps around the light poles out there in his enduro car at the time. The police caught me doing it, told me not to do it anymore. I didn’t get a ticket, they just thought it was funny. I followed Thunder Road since I was just a little kid I use to go there and watch. I watched Cabana and Dion and the Dragons. I went to Catamount as a little kid, too. I never thought I would be doing it myself.
How did you start racing?
My father put me in an enduro car and I finished 11th in my first enduro and he asked me do you like it? I said I do, so we bought a Street Stock in 2004. I wasn’t competitive enough for the title but we got a few top tens and I think we got a win, too. In 2006 I got the Championship and three wins. I knew the Tigers would be a lot tougher and it would be a lot more time, but when my Dad asked if I wanted to move up, I had to say yes. I’ve been racing Tigers ever since.
Tell me about your family?
They are involved in racing just like I am. It’s a pretty busy summer with working and with racing, but they are very involved. My Mom and Dad and sister and my wife help out with the car and are so supportive of my racing fix. We don’t do a lot of other activities because there isn’t enough time with us running our company and working on the car.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?Hopefully contending for a Late Model Championship. I’m hoping 2014 we will be in one. We may eventually pick and choose some of the ACT Tour races that are close by, but right now we are very focused on Thunder Road. I’ve got my eye on the Late Model Championship.