Graham Lagerlow makes speedway comeback at 42 in 410 sprintcars

Dream come true: Graham Lagerlow sits in his 410 sprintcar during his debut season at the Valvoline Raceway in Granville. Picture: Crashy's Photos

Dream come true: Graham Lagerlow sits in his 410 sprintcar during his debut season at the Valvoline Raceway in Granville. Picture: Crashy's Photos

The lure of the speedway has brought Constitution Hill resident Graham Lagerlow back to the track after a 15-year hiatus from racing.

After originally becoming involved at the speedway in his late teens, Lagerlow, now 42, has joined the ranks of much younger drivers, debuting in the 410 sprintcar class earlier this season.

It’s been a life-long dream for Lagerlow after starting in budget racing in 1992 before making the shift to street stockers a few seasons later.

He then made the move to the pit crew for sprintcar racer Trevor Shields with his father-in-law and current crew chief Keith Whybourn before walking away from the sport.

“I’ve been around Sprintcar racing for a lot of my life and it’s something I’ve always wanted to do myself,” Lagerlow said.

“The support from my family and friends has been absolutely vital in terms of helping me to achieve this dream.”

Lagerlow did 12 meets for the year, pushing into the top 10 of the B-Main races by the end of the season.

But to Lagerlow, there are more important things the speedway represents.

“The biggest thing we got out of the season was how it brought us together as family and friends,” he said.

“My kids will grow up with these memories of dad racing. They won’t care if I came last or first - they’ll just remember dad had a sprintcar.

“There is a lot of camaraderie at the speedway – people help each other out like no other sport can.”

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