Brenden Queen Still Looking For First Late Model Win. Why Not The Hampton Heat?
Chesapeake, VA – Young Brenden Queen has had quite the year you can say in 2015. Finishing up his senior year of high school, walking across that stage to receive his diploma, oh yea… and building competitive racecars! This year is easily shaping up to be Queen’s break out year with a whole lot of potential behind it. Earning his career best finish in a Late Model (2nd at Langley Speedway), the young driver from Chesapeake currently sits third in the points at his home track (Langley Speedway), currently 30th in the nation, 4th in the state of Virginia, and 4th in the UNOH National Series. He and is team are hungry for a win, why not do it in style and win the 8th Annual Hampton Heat 200.
Earlier this week (I apologize for the long delay) we had some time to chat with Brenden, anything from the new pavement to what it will take to win. The team went out to the track Monday for an open test and to see how the car would react. “It [the new pavement] was different for sure,” Queen said. “I honestly didn’t expect it to be repaved before the Hamtpon Heat. I think there is more grip for sure but only if you are on the bottom.” A lot of concern from Queen, and a few other local drivers, was it being a one-grove track.
Queen enters this years Hampton Heat coming off of an impressive 9th place finish in 2014 which really has the driver pumped for the race today! “Coming off a career best 2nd place finish I think we have as good of a shot as anybody,” Queen said. “I think if we can start up front and keep the track position we could have a shot at the end of it if all the cards fall the way we need them.” Queen is also not worried about some of the big names coming into his back yard to play this weekend either! “A name to me is just another guy in the seat that I need to beat,” said Queen. “Plus at the end of the night when you end up in victory land it looks even better seeing your name at the top of all those other [drivers].” Don’t mistake the confidence for cockiness because Queen understand these are going to be some tough names to beat, but he knows he and his crew can do it!
Queen also told us that it would be such a relief to finally get the monkey of their backs and get a win, so why not do it style and win one of the biggest races of the year right! He also told us if… no when they finally do get that win, they are going to keep working just as hard like it never happened to continue winning!
With Mother Nature making the Hampton Heat race number one in the VA Triple Crown it sets up a very interesting story! With 30+ cars looking to ink the very first points in the trilogy we asked Brenden what the future held for him in the Triple Crown, especially with South Boston rescheduling their 200 lap race on a night both Langley Speedway & the CARS Tour run.
“I’m not really sure why they would do that,” said Brenden. “I’m hearing rumors they might switch the dates but who knows. When it comes down to the date and depending on how the Hampton Heat goes and how far we are out of the Langley Championship we will make a decision on what to do to further great things for our low budget team.”
Queen ended yesterday’s four-hour practice fourth on the speed charts. The final two-hour session gets under way this afternoon at 12:00 PM EDT. Qualifying is set to roll off for the Late Models at 4:30. Green flag set to fly on the support divisions at 7:00 PM with the Hampton Heat 200 to follow.