Driver Series: S02E23 Champ Kart Driver Vaughan Crittenden On The Move Both On And Off The Track
July 9th, 1991
Hometown: Deltaville VA
Hometrack: Langley Speedway
Education: James Madison University
Occupation: Videographer/ Langley Speedway Director of Communications
Sponsors: J&W Seafood
“My racing passion started long before I ever knew what NASCAR was,” Crittenden told The Weekly Racer. “When I was just 2 year olds I spent my weekend trips to my grandparents in Maryland riding a toy truck down their steep driveway trying to go down it as fast as I could.” Few years down the road Vaughan later stumbled upon a little event called NASCAR one Sunday afternoon and slowly started getting more into the sport. It wasn’t until 2002 when Vaughan went to Richmond for the first time with his father from then on he was hooked!
Watching racing, however, was not enough for Vaughan; he knew he had to get behind the wheel! “With help from a friend of my sister, Curtis Hughes, who now races in the Modifieds and works along side me, I started racing in the HRKC (Hampton Roads Kart Club) in 2004 at 12 years old.” Crittenden proved that jumping behind the wheel of a go-kart wasn’t the worst idea in the world either! Winning his first race in May of 2007 in the Jr. Restricted division. The following year Crittenden would earn the honors of most improved Sr. driver in the club by finishing third in the Stock Lite division.
Continuing down the path of success Vaughan would have his best points finish of his career, finishing second to Travis Wall. In 2010 he would move up to the division he races in now, the Pro Wing Champ karts, winning Rookie of the Year by finishing fourth in the points standings. Crittenden enters this weekend with two wins on the season and is looking to secure a runner up position in this years points race.
“This year I found myself in the best position to run a full season in the Pro Wing Champ Karts since 2012,” Crittenden told us. “After the first three races of the season I was shocked to see I was leading points and had my first win since 2010. I kept that point lead by not finishing out of the top 6 for most of the summer.” Crittenden would later be disqualified and his points taken away due to a violation of a long standing rule within the Kart Club that mathematically took him out of the hunt this season. “While I’m disappointed with the overall ending of the season, it has been a blast being in contention for a championship after spending years racing at the back of the pack.”
Next year is still up in the air for the 2014 James Madison University graduate. Spending this year not only battling for a championship, and running the tracks website, Facebook, and Twitter accounts, Crittenden has been actively searching for a career. With most scenarios taking him away from the Hampton Roads area, it looks like Crittenden days of running full seasons might be coming to an end. “While I’m not saying I’ll be gone from the track for good,” Crittenden told us. “I will only be racing part time for now on. But when I do race in 2016, I will be a threat for the win.”
We also had some time to sit back, relax, and get to know some of the things Vaughan enjoys away from the speedway. He was nice enough to invite us in and subject him to some of the most difficult questions in motorsports history! Okay, well that’s probably not true, however, they are some of the most fun questions in motorsports history!
Okay, so it wasn’t that long ago honestly but what was your very first street car?
First car was a 2005 Ford Expedition.
Do you have any tattoos or piercings?
No tattoos or piercings.
Would you like any in the future?
Don’t plan on getting any either.
Favorite type of food?
Toughest question here but I’m going to go with BBQ.
What’s in the number 24? Any particular reason you race with it?
I grew up a Jeff Gordon fan as a kid so that’s where it came from. But as the racing years went by it slowly just became my number.
I always like to pick questions that make our drivers think so here it goes. If you had the choice to take you and three other people around the country and attended every NASCAR race on the circuit, all expenses paid OR Make your one and ONLY start ever in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series at a track of your choices. Which would you choice?
Oh this isn’t hard at all. I’d go to all the races. Being around the NASCAR environment is addicting. It’s already a goal in my life to work in NASCAR so just going to the tracks and seeing all each one has to offer far out ways starting in one race.
What is your all time favorite movie?
The Prestige (2006)
What about book, if you have one?
I don’t read many books but I’ll go with Harry Potter 7
You a Windows or a Apple kind of a guy? Or does it really matter as long as they can do what you want to accomplish?
I’m an Apple guy. I’d agree it really just matters if it can do what you want it to but hey, I like what I got.
In your opinion, where has the coolest place you have ever been?
I’m going to give you two answers. As a kid, Disney World because well it’s Disney World and I was 7. As an adult, I’d say Savannah Georgia. It’s a breathtaking city and has great places to go in town.
Do you have a favorite flavor of ice cream?
You can never go wrong with chocolate chip.
To wrap this thing up, as you were growing up, what did you always tell your teachers and parents you wanted to be when you grew up?
As a kid I was set on owning an amusement park but as I grew older I wanted to be an engineer. Then my math grades took out that dream so I went with video.
I would like to send a special thanks to my parents for their love and support over my time at Langley Speedway. Also my grandparents and friends at the track for their help over the years. Bill Mullis who has done more for me in racing than anyone else. Chuck Hall who has given me incredible opportunities the past three years.