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Local racer Weston on a championship roll

Larry Woody, Correspondent • Updated Jul 7, 2014 at 9:20 PM

Mt. Juliet racer Josh Weston cautions that it's too early to start popping champagne corks, but admits that it's gratifying to see his name atop the championship standings at Fairgrounds Speedway.

"This is something I've worked toward for a long time," says Weston, who has been chasing checkered flags for over half of his 31 years.

"So far it's been a dream season, but we still have a lot of racing to go, and I'm not going to allow myself get too excited too early."

The fourth race of the Speedway's seven-race season is July 12.

After finished second in the season-opener, Weston has posted two straight victories. In his latest one, a 100-lapper, he led from start to finish.

"I've always said that when I won the first one I'd win a bunch," Weston says. "Our entire team has been doing a great job, and we just need to keep it up."

Despite Weston's hot streak, he has only a slim 4-point lead over Clarksville's Mark Day, a former track champion who is considered one of the area's top drivers.

"Mark will keep the pressure on, no doubt about it," Weston says, "but right now I'm not concerned about points. If I keep winning, the points will take care of themselves. I'll just continue to race the way I've been racing."

Weston says the pressure was relieved by his second victory.

"When I won the first one I didn't want to go down as one-race wonder, so I felt pressure to go out and back it up," he explains. "Now that I've won that second one, the pressure's off. I don't have anything to prove. I'll just try to keep winning."

Weston is a 2001 graduate of Mt. Juliet High with a college degree in business administration. He began racing go-karts when he was eight, and hasn't slowed down.

Weston won Rookie of Year in 1999 in the Fairgrounds' Late Model series, and captured the track's 2011 Limited Late Model championship. He has won at Highland Rim Speedway and Riverview Raceway in Carthage, and competed in the ARCA, All-Pro and Tenn-Ken series.

Last season was a struggle for Weston. Like many drivers, he saw his sponsorships dry up and wasn't sure how long he could keep racing out of his own pocket. This year's success has given him new life both in terms of confidence and financially -- the Fairgrounds increased its purse for feature wins to $5,000.

"It helps a lot," Weston says. "Racing becomes more expensive every year, and this (increased race purse) came at the right time for me."

Weston has closely followed developments at Nashville Superspeedway, both as a racer and as a Wilson County resident. Dover Motorsports last month sold the Gladeville facility to Hendersonville businessman Robb Sexton. Sexton vows to pump new life into the track that has sat idle for three years, but has not yet disclosed any specifics.

"It will be interesting to see what happens," Weston says. "My first loyalty is to the old Fairgrounds track, where I've spent most of my career, but I hope the Superspeedway does well."

Weston and wife Erin have five-months-old twins, Ryder and Brystol. Between his family, his job and his racing he doesn't have a lot of free time.

"As much as I love racing, I want to make sure I don't neglect my family, because they're the most important thing to me," he says. "Right now I'm enjoying the best of both worlds."

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