FUZI: Darland Is The ‘People’s Champ’
“All three cars are fun to win races in and they all suck when you’re not doing very good,” laughed Darland. “But I would say that usually it’s the sprint car that I prefer. They are all fun to drive on certain occasions, but sprint cars are my favorite.”
Darland definitely has made many great memories in the Silver Crown and midget ranks, including winning the 2007 Turkey Night Grand Prix at Irwindale while piloting one of Steve Lewis’ famed midgets. Although Darland is no stranger to success in all forms of USAC competition, the sprint cars that captured his dad’s attention and where Dave has one USAC national title to his credit, still have a stronghold, and the annual Bob Darland Memorial race at Kokomo is an annual favorite of the Darland team.
“Kokomo has had the Bob Darland Memorial for the last 10 years,” he said. “Kokomo has been a good place for me and I run well there. It’s also home and even though we’ve only gotten to win the race once we have always been competitive. Winning my dad’s memorial race in 2008 was definitely one of the high points of my career.”
Family is very important to Darland, although his parents are no longer here to be involved in his racing career, his wife Brenda is by his side week in and week out, and their three grown children Trenton, Tristiny and Destiny lend support from near and far while Dave and Brenda’s two grandsons Treyce Robert and Brycen Lee are their grandfather’s biggest fans.
When it comes to the future, Darland’s goals are pretty straightforward “You always have to have some goals, but for me those goals are to just go out and win a bunch of races and have fun,” he said. “I am at the point where I just enjoy what I do and want to keep doing it and stay married.”
The USAC regular certainly has a demanding schedule, but an equally supportive family that is at the forefront of promoting Darland’s latest venture, which would see him race a stock car in the ARCA Racing Series at Daytona Int’l Speedway.
Darland is slated to compete at Daytona in a Jeff Montgomery owned ARCA car this February, but in true Dave Darland style, it will be the people’s race car as a sponsorship site is under construction for the fans to become $10 sponsors on the “People’s Champ” car.
To keep up-to-date on this venture check out https://www.facebook.com/DaveDarland.