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Unbuckled: Getting to Know Gary Mullen

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.


Junior Champ Karts

Excitement Building for Junior Champ Karts at Thunder Road

 

Excitement is quickly growing for the return of youth Go-Kart racing at Barre, VT’s Thunder Road in 2016. An informational meeting held on Tuesday, January 19 for the Junior Champ Kart division drew attendance and interest from more than 20 youth competitors and their families throughout Vermont and New Hampshire.

 

“Everyone at the meeting seemed pretty excited about it,” Thunder Road Race Director Cris Michaud said. “People are really interested in the way that we’re doing it. There won’t be any points awarded, so people can just come out and enjoy racing without the pressure of worrying about points. We think that’s the best way to keep things fun for young competitors.”


Unbuckled: Getting to Know Brendan Moodie

Unbuckled: Getting to Know Brendan Moodie

 

Driver of the #94 K. Bellevance Chevrolet Monte Carlo

Hometown: Wolcott, VT

2015: Bond Auto Tiger Sportsman Champion; 4 wins

 

What are your favorite off-season hobbies?

That would probably be deer hunting. It’s fun to go out in the woods with my boy and just sit and take in the quietness for a while.

 

What do you do for work?

I’m a mechanic for Mike Martin Auto in Craftsbury, VT.

 

What is your biggest life accomplishment?

Getting married and having two children.