BURLESON, Texas – An ambitious schedule paid off with more than EQ Cylinder Heads Southern Region rookie of the year honors for Jerrett Bransom.
The 14-year-old from Burleson went wheel-to-wheel weekly with IMCA Sunoco Stock Car veterans at Boyd Raceway and Kennedale Speedway Park, earning his career-first feature win in the division along with second-place in final standings at Boyd and third place in the final standings at KSP.
“I like the competition. The other drivers in this class push you to become a better driver yourself,” said the Centennial High School freshman, who raced go-karts and junior mini sprints, then a junior mini stock for four years before graduating to the sanctioned class. “The Stock Car is a lot faster and handles differently than anything I’ve raced before.”
His father Jay, IMCA”s national Crate Model champion nearly a decade ago, won the point race at family-owned Kennedale.
“It definitely wasn’t easy racing against him. He pushes me to the limit,” Bransom said. “I feel like I became a better driver racing with him and the other drivers who have so much experience.”
Bransom decided to chase the rookie prize early in the season. His 50 starts included 24 shows at Kennedale and 17 at Boyd, where he collected his first Stock Car career checkers on July 21,
“That was a very exciting night,” said Bransom, third in the national rookie standings. “I was glad I got a win this season.”
Bransom is planning to stay in the division a couple more seasons before moving to a Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMod or an IMCA Modified.
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HIS CREW: Parents Jay and Kristie, brother Jack, Edward Spatzierath and Haley Davis.
HIS SPONSORS: CDI Inc., Builders Supply and Bransom Flooring, all of Forth Worth; Burleson Event Center and Tex-Tech, both of Burleson; and American Carriers of Garland.