Thursday, January 21 2016 @ 09:45 AM EST
Contributed by: ACT Staff
Unbuckled: Getting to Know Gary “The Farmer” Mullen
Driver of the #29 Seize the Day Farm Ford Mustang
Hometown: Tunbridge, VT
2015: Finished 10th in Allen Lumber Street Stock points (1 win)
What are your favorite off-season hobbies?
I don’t know that I really have any other hobbies – racing is my hobby. Right now I just work around the farm and do stuff there.
What do you do for work?
I’m a dairy farmer and the owner of Seize the Day Farm. It’s been 37 years as of last April. My grandparents owned the farm and my mother was one of their children, and no one in my mom’s generation wanted the farm. I practically grew up on the farm – either lived close by or next door most of my young life – and I wanted to be a farmer. So along the tail end of high school, I worked more and more for my grandparents on the farm. My grandfather was in failing health, so even before I was out of high school my senior year, I was milking cows twice a day and going to school. I’ve been doing it ever since.
What is your biggest life accomplishment?
It might sound kind of hokey, but just being a good person and helping people. And I really enjoy racing in the sense that I get to go and have a good time doing what I enjoy doing and hanging out with some pretty good people. It doesn’t always work out in my favor, but it’s a good time and I enjoy seeing other people doing well that deserve it. I enjoy working on the farm and doing things around here and progressing. I serve on the Select Board as well here in town, so I think I give to the community, and the bulk of the time I enjoy that.