Justin based his racing philosophy on that of Larry Graham
, the 1951 Kentucky Regional Champion.
Every time Larry Graham
took to the track in that fabulous 1938 Dodge stock car with the '36 Cadillac engine, it was really the kid behind the wheel, pushing hard into the corners and coming out into the straightaway with a full head of steam.
It was October 21, 1951, my father's 38th birthday, and Larry Graham
did the honors in #22.
See if you can figure this out: Justin's car number is 66, and he
is a third generation stock car driver.
Although the season is behind us, we plan to send emails telling all of you about the sponsors who have supported us thereby making this championship possible, an outline of the details of the championship racecar, a description of the five year plan that we followed to win a championship, and the story of Larry Graham
, the first Upton Racing champion.
As we have been reminded more than once by Larry Graham
, Upton Racing's
1951 champion, stock car racing is about 50 percent luck.
Also, Larry Graham
of Bowling Green, Kentucky has mentored Justin by email all season.
, Upton Racing's
1951 champion, recently said that racing was 50 percent luck.
We think he's
right, and the luck can be good or bad.
, the first Upton Racing champ in 1951, once said that racing is 50% luck.
is correct, last night we experienced the DARK SIDE, finishing out of the top five for the first time in eight starts, and losing the points lead.
As Larry Graham
said, "It's about 50% luck.
Latt hired a tall, lanky 22 year-old kid named Larry Graham
Graham proved to have the wherewithal to become, over a two-year racing career, one of the most dominant stock car drivers in western Kentucky and northern Tennessee before joining the U. S. Air Force as an officer in late 1952, while leading the points chase toward a championship.
won the 1951 Kentucky Regional Championship in my father's car, but never finished the championship run in 1952.
did, however, leave a racing philosophy and a legacy that Justin Upton Racing is trying to keep alive.
, who is about 78 years old now, responds to all of our racing reports with emails that reveal additional details about his
philosophy, all of which we retain and incorporate into our developing philosophy.