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BRAD SAWYER – 2023 SPIRIT OF RACING AWARD RECIPIENT

By Dave Roberts

Matt Guererri

Brad Sawyer of Hilton, NY spent his first season in stock cars in the 2023 Maguire Ford New Legends division at Land of Legends Raceway. When asked how he got into the sport, Sawyer had this to offer – “My dad brought me when I was about 6 years old and I immediately became a fan.  Last year I told my girlfriend I really wanted to buy a car and here we are”. 

Sawyer had one Maguire Ford New Legends feature victory in the 2023 season, on Saturday, September 2nd. The story however wasn’t that he won, it was how he did it. Sawyer took the white flag and seemed to be on cruise control as he came off turn two, looking for that first victory.  But that wasn’t the case as Sawyer actually thought the white was the checkered and let off as he closed in on the Emerson Oil pit entrance road. “I was suddenly being passed and thought, oh no that wasn’t the checkered,” commented Sawyer.  He quickly got back on the gas and was in a drag race to the checkered. He would grab the win by the slimmest of margins.  In the true Spirit of Racing – Sawyers last words in his interview were “I hope the big block race is a good one”.  A true fan of the sport!

 For 2024, Sawyer is planning on moving into the Stirling Lubricants Sportsman class. “My plan is to finish at least mid-pack and start the first couple of features at the back. It’s a tough class at Land of Legends, so there will be a lot of learning. I’m just hoping not to do any wrecking,’ adds Sawyer.

He plans on running Land of Legends Raceway Park exclusively. 

Brad is a big NASCAR fan and was also a Jeff Gordon fan. 

Brad is a mechanical engineer at Liberty Pumps in Bergen, NY.  Helping out with Brad’s ride is his dad/crew chief Vance. His girlfriend Jamie can be seen helping out with the race team also. Andy, Sam, Clint and Brad’s son, Everet also lend a hand.

Brad’s sponsors are TK Autoworks, Levantines Cafe, Sweet Marie’s Hot Sauce, Western New York Welding Services and Accu-Grind Stump Grinding.