Simpsonville, SC | 9/20/23
From Anthony Adams Press Release
When I was a kid, my dream was to be a NASCAR driver. I started off by going to the racetrack every weekend to watch my dad and grandpa race. At first, it was the dirt tracks in the Carolinas where I longed for the day to be old enough just to go in the pits and help. As I got older, my dad got my brother and I go-karts to ride around the yard at my grandpa’s house. I just knew that one day I would be racing at Daytona at 200 mph.
As the years progressed, my family went from dirt tracks in the Carolinas to running paved ovals in the Southeast. We raced all the way from Virginia to Florida, traveling almost every weekend to a racetrack. During the off-season, my brother and I ran karts in the Carolinas, which only fueled my desire to race at a higher level one day.
When I was 12 years old, my dad told us we were going to the track with him on an off weekend but didn’t give us many details. When we got there, he and Gary Cox had a bright blue Ford Pinto ready for me to practice. I remember thinking, "This is it; this is the first step toward running on Sundays with the best of the best."
As the years progressed and I had wins at several tracks in various divisions, reality set in. The only way to make it to NASCAR is by having very deep pockets or a Fortune 500 sponsor. So, as I came to terms with reality, I just made the best of what we had. We have always worked hard on our vehicles to make them faster each week. We’ve had some really good partners along the way, but we’ve always been a lower-budget team. That didn’t stop us from working hard and racking up trophies.
In the last few years, we have been fortunate enough to travel around and run tracks while enjoying racing without the pressure of winning track championships or the drama that comes with running only one track.
About four months ago, my dad and I were talking about the rest of the racing season, and which races we wanted to run. We were both getting a little burnt out in the summer heat from long nights at the shop and the track. I told him I was probably going to run a few races before the end of the year, but I really wanted to run one in particular: Martinsville. We had talked about it in years past, but realistically, we could never afford to spend that much money to run one race.
A few weeks passed, and I got a call from someone that would change the course of events. He said he wanted to help us for the rest of the season, and my mind immediately went back to that conversation my dad and I had about running Martinsville.
So, without further ado, thanks to one very generous donor and a lot of support from our other year-long sponsors, we will be racing at Martinsville Speedway this weekend in the Valley Star Credit Union 300!
Special thanks to a very generous donor, V6 Conveyors, Rankin's Race Engines, Brett Suggs Racing Marketing, Ryan Nardone Designs, Tricked OUT Dekals, and of course, all my friends and family.