DARLINGTON, S.C.—As the heat beat down on a already tough Darlington Raceway, Xfinity Series driver Spencer Boyd was signing autographs on his Darlington throwback hero cards Saturday.
While talking to fans before getting ready for his qualifying run, Boyd took the time to speak to The Racing Experts about his time at Darlington Raceway.
“So far it’s been a lot of fun,” Boyd said. “Just figuring this place out for the first time.
“You have to get right up next to the wall, so that’s different than most race tracks we go to. I’m having a blast, Tire fall off is huge here.”
Boyd made note that track “Too Tough To Tame” lives up to its nickname.
“It’s definitely tough,” he said. “It’s so easy to overdrive the corner and get out of the groove, up in the fence. You kinda got that air cushion up there so you can run a foot off the wall but once you get in there to hot, it’s easy to get up in the fence.
“This place is a lot of fun, both ends of the track are totally different so that’s difficult. As a young guy, I got 23 laps yesterday and today is going to be a big learning curve for me.”
Boyd currently drives for SS-Green Light Racing the Xfinity Series team. Boyd has competed in all 24 races this year. Boyd is able to make the most out of the equipment he’s been given.
“A lot of people know that SS-Green Light is a smaller team and we try and maximize the equipment we have,” Boyd said. “Growing up I was fortunate to drive a lot of good stuff and win a lot of races. So when you get to this level you just got to stay in the right state of mind and realize that you may not be in the stuff that’s going to go out there and win the race but you may be able to win the race that you’re in.
“… Bob Dotter, my car owner worked hard and has given me good equipment. For us, just making sure we run every lap and we’re there at the end of the races says a lot for my guys back at the shop.”
Boyd is sponsored by the military clothing brand Grunt Style. That partnership, Boyd says, has done a lot for his career.
“Grunt Style put me on the map,” he said. “This day and age it takes a lot of money to race, it takes a lot of partners to operate. Grunt Style came on board back in 2016, patriotic apparel company owned by a veteran. My car, I try and be the most patriotic guy in NASCAR. It’s all American made companies and veteran owned companies.”
Boyd says the sky’s the limit with his sponsor. Boyd qualified and finished in the 31st position in the Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200.
Boyd is ranked 23rd in the championship standings with a season-high finish of 17th at Daytona in July.