Sprint Series of Texas plaque latest addition to Day’s IMCA trophy case

Sprint Series of Texas Champion Jeff Day. (Photo by Karen Davis)

GREENVILLE, Texas – After following the tour for the first time, veteran Jeff Day added the Sprint Se­ries of Texas championship plaque to his collection of IMCA awards.

Day won three of the 11 IMCA EMI RaceSaver  events, finished in the top five in five more and – best of all – got to spend the summer racing with his son Michael, the SST runner-up.

“We were competing against each other all season, and the races weren’t just between us, but a lot of times we were swapping slide jobs for the lead,” said the senior Day. “We both had a lot of fun on the series this year.”

From Greenville, Texas, Day started racing a Sprint Car in 1996 and was champion at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s two years later. This season, he traveled with and pitted next to three-time national champion Johnny Miller, who was successful in his pur­suit of the Elite Non-Wing Series title.

“I thought we had a real shot at winning the series, but about half the field had a shot at it, too,” said Day, who won at Boothill Speedway and at Heart O’ Texas Speedway’s Johnny Suggs Clas­sic before wrapping up the title with the checkers at Superbowl Speedway. “We had some lucky breaks but we earned it, too.”

“One of the biggest highlights of the year had to be the win at Greenville,” he added. “It’s our hometown track and where I started racing street stocks in 1991.”

Starts: 11

Wins: 3

Additional Top Fives: 5 

HIS CREW: Wife Nancy, sons Michael and Jeff, Jimmy Hampton, James Freeman and Cliff Hukill.

HIS SPONSORS: Rafter P Construction and Pop’s Dirtwork, both of Greenville.