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Unbuckled: Getting To Know Nick Pilotte

Unbuckled: Getting To Know Nick Pilotte

Driver of the #11 Aaron’s Repair Chevrolet

Hometown: Jefferson, NH

2012: Allen Lumber Street Stock Champion

What are your favorite hobbies in the off-season?

I like to hang out with my friends and support what they do with vintage snowmachining cause they help me all summer with my racing.

What do you do for work?

I work at an auto dealership. I’m a service/parts person in St Johnsbury. 

What is your biggest life accomplishment?

I think my biggest accomplishment is to even have the chance to win a championship. In any sport they are so hard to come by, so much has to come together, and just to say that you’ve become a champion at anything is quite an accomplishment. I’m really big on respect.  I don’t think winning a championship will change the way I drive, or the way I act, but I’m proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish.

Big Plans for 2013?

Still kindof up in the air.  We haven’t come up with anything yet set in stone. Nothing has been talked about.  It will probably be mid-April and we’ll decide on what we’re doing. I think I’m racing, but I don’t know where and how much.

What is the state of your car currently?

It’s still on the trailer, wrapped up on in tarp covered in snow.  It’s been parked since a couple weeks after the Milk Bowl.  I drove by the other day just to make sure Aaron hadn’t sold it!

What race are you looking forward to the most in 2013?

I guess probably opening at Thunder Road. The biggest thing is watching my flag get raised.  The year before sucked to lose by 3 points and watch someone else’s flag get raised, so that’s what I’m really looking forward to.

What was the highlight of the 2012 season for you?

Honestly the championship is the biggest thing and winning the Jake Mcdowell race at Riverside Speedway.  Mostly being able to race on a Thursday and back it up on a Saturday and Sunday was the highlight.  It was definitely my most successful all-around year to date. To win at four different tracks with the same car is awesome, and I’m totally spoiled to have the opportunity to do that.

Do you have a hero? Someone you idolize as a racecar driver or try to emulate?

I grew up watching George Stone race at Riverside Speedway, but there are so many people I look up to.  Anyone that comes from the back to the front and puts on a show is my hero, we’re there to put on a show for the fans. 

Who is your biggest fan at the track?

My parents and my grandmother. They never miss a race, if I’m going to Thunder Road on Thursday, Riverside on Friday ,White Mountain Motorsports Park on Saturday, they are always there.

How did you start racing?

I started when I was 14 years old at Riverside Speedway running Enduros, and 2000 was my first year doing a weekly Street Stock.  I had a friend that raced, and I thought it would be cool.  I had always gone to the races at Riverside anyway with my buddies.  My friends helped me work on it.  I raced at Riverside until I took a year off in 2003 to help Quinny Welch at White Mountain. and then raced there myself in ‘04, ‘05 and in ‘06 I drove for Mike Richards until 2011 when I started driving for Aaron Belanger.

What is something about you that most people don’t know?

I’ve earned two championships at White Mountain Motorsports Park, and won races at Groveton, Canaan, White Mountain, and Thunder Road, maybe? We use to break wheels all the time in the Street Stocks in 2000 my first year.  I was sort of famous for that.  That was the season I thought I could win on the first lap every week, and I broke a lot of stuff that year.  That was the learning year.  If fans were to see me from 2000 to now, I’m a totally different person. 

I have another car, the “Happy Honda” I call it, and it is still going. It took me almost 10 years before I won my first Enduro, but now with ‘Happy’ I’ve won probably 12 or so.  The Happy Honda has only been to Riverside as an Enduro car, and honestly that’s the only car that makes money.

Tell me about your family?
I live in Jefferson, I’m married, and I have two little boys.  Chase is four and Oliver is two months.  They come to the races when they can, but it’s hard on Thursdays.  Better on Saturdays. 

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 

Hard to tell. I enjoy the four cylinders because it’s economical and it’s a fun division.  I don’t know if I would still be in the same position as a driver, or just helping someone and having just as much fun as what I can by driving.  I’d like to be involved but maybe in a different role.