ERIE -- Bruce Yackey
made winning look easy, maybe too easy, when he
won back-to-back Late Model championships in 1996 and 1997 and then added a third title in 2001 at Colorado National Speedway.
...dry spell," said Yackey, owner of Greeley Automotive Machine.
"You just keep trying to think of ways to make the car faster and not give up."
A celebration lasting into the wee hours of Sunday morning followed the victory, right?
"Nope, not really.I just left the car alone," Yackey
said."I didn't want to mess with a good thing."
The strategy paid off as he
second race of the season May 7.In six races, Yackey
has posted five top-five finishes and one top-10.He
sits atop the Late Model standings with 272 points, but hasn't been able to shake the competition.
expects Robertson to race a few times at CNS this season.
"I don't know if it makes it easier" with Robertson gone, Yackey
54-race winless drought wasn't all doom and gloom, however.He
did finish as the runner-up in nine races during the 2003 season.He
also managed a pretty big win following the season-ending Challenge Cup XXX race last year.
"The Moose," as Yackey
is known at the track, edged Avants to take top billing in the inaugural Renegade Fall Classic 150 for Late Model type cars on Oct. 9.The payday wasn't too shabby as Yackey
walked away with $10,000 in prize money.
"That was a great end" to last season, he
said."If I was going to win one race all year, that was the one to win."
Like any driver who races competitively year in and year out, Yackey
put the money back into his
racing program.When Robertson took home a $23,000 bonus for winning Challenge Cup XXX after starting from the rear of the field, Yackey
knew exactly what his
competitor was going to do with the bonus.
"You have to keep putting it back in the car or you can't go out and keep racing," Yackey
After 22 years, Yackey
still finds enjoyment in the sport.The thrill of competition motivates him.
"It would be nice to have a little more of an offseason to spend with the family," said Yackey
wife, Christi, and their three children.