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Unbuckled: Getting To Know Brendan Moodie, Jr.

Unbuckled : Getting To Know Brendan Moodie, Jr.

Driver of the #94 Moodie Motorsports Bond Auto Tiger Sportsman

Hometown: Wolcott, VT

2012: Runner- Up in Bond Auto Tiger Sportsmen

What are your favorite hobbies in the off-season?

I like to hunt, and I spend a lot of time with my family. 

What do you do for work?

I am a mechanic for Martin Auto in Craftsbury Common, VT.

What is your biggest life accomplishment?

I’d say probably marrying my wife and having my two kids.  They are a huge part of my life, and family is not only important to me, but a big accomplishment I think.  It’s not easy!  

Big Plans for 2013?

We’re headed after the 2013 Thunder Road Tiger Championship.  I think it’s ours this year.  It hurt to lose it the way we did last year, but we are ready to go again this season.

What is the state of your car currently?

Paint her on the 30th then she’s ready to go.  It’s the same car as last year, we just cleaned her up a bit, and fixed a few things.  We made it a little better. 

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

All of them, really.  Every race matters so much when you’re going to a championship.  But if I had to guess, I would say opening day is always exciting, it’s good to get back in the saddle.  That and the Milk Bowl.

What was the highlight of the 2012 season for you?

Probably the week before mid-season when we finally got the car figured out. We were trying different things all season and that night we finished fourth and then I think we finished in the top five every week after that except once.  We sort of stunk before that, so it was a big turning point.

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

My hero would have to be Dale Earnhardt, Sr.  I didn’t watch racing for a couple years after he died. I liked his attitude.  He was out there to win not make friends. I never saw him got out of the car and have conflict and holler and scream, he took care of issues on the track.

Who is your biggest fan at the track?

My wife Christie and my kids Brennie and Chloe.

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

Probably that my wife and I are also foster parents.  We started doing that in December. It’s…something!

How did you start racing?

I ran a mechanics race in my Dad’s car at Riverside when I was 12-years old.  They never asked me if I was big enough, I just looked like I was 14.  I raced two years there in the Street Stocks before the Promoter at the time Marvin asked me “how many years are you going to be 14 anyways?!”  Then I went to Thunder Road when I turned 16, and that’s where we’ve been ever since.  I raced at Canaan one year as well in Tigers.

Tell me about your family?

My boy turns 6 in a month, and he’s definitely a mini me.  Everything I do he wants to do. We shoot bows, and he’s got a little bow he shoots.  He’s got a snowmachine and four wheeler and he’s quite a hot rod on them.  He likes to scare his mother.  My little girl just turned two, but she’s just starting to turn into a daddy’s girl.  I’ve got to watch what I say and do because likes to copy what I say and do.  My wife was an insurance salesman a couple years ago, but when we had Chloe she stopped and started staying home with the kids. 

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 

Probably having fun racing at Thunder Road. Same thing I’m doing now unless somebody wants to help out with the checkbook.  The Tigers is probably the limit of what I can afford.  Although little Brennie might be putting the pressure on me by then, he’s already talking about how I should quit and help him race!