By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Heart. Miles and miles of heart. You may not like Street Outlaws No Prep Kings driver Justin Swanstrom, but this week, the Florida native has earned a lot of respect. Yes, he deserves it.
It is unbelievable what this SwanGang team — with the help of others — has been able to pull off. He has had a lot of help throughout the process.
Yet, to be able to do nearly a complete rebuild in just four days… Wow. Not many people are going to be able to rush through things to be able to get back on the drag strip in less than a week.
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Or have the courage to keep going after experiencing the setback that he had last weekend at Maple Grove Raceway in Mohnton, Pennsylvania. The crash and fire would set back most racers.
For those that are not aware — which it is hard that you may not have heard if you’ve been following along — Swanstrom experienced a fire midway through his Great 8 race against “Super Dave” Adkins.
Towards the finish line, Swanstrom was rear-ended by Adkins. The two drivers were along for the ride, as the two cars bounced from one side of the track to the other.
And Swanstrom had a large fire in the front of the car. It took several minutes for the track personnel to get the fire out.
This put him up against the clock to get this done. And believe it, they were up against the clock on Thursday. The clock was eating away at the time needed to get to New England Dragway in Epping, New Hampshire.
But Swanstrom was able to do it. They should be able to make it on their 24-hour trek in time before the new Great 8 happens on Friday night.
The work was noticed by others. From sponsors to fans to fellow racers to the media.
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“This is proof that nothing will hold you down,” his sponsor Hormone Logics said in a Facebook post. “This is also proof that you have a lot of amazing people in your corner. It’s your time to shine buddy! Can’t wait to see you kicking a** out there again. Nothing goes unnoticed.”
The SwanGang and Cameron Johnson Race Cars team worked around the clock since Sunday morning to be able to pull this off.
“Cameron Johnson and the guys,” Swanstrom said. “Without y’all, none of this would be possible. From getting yelled at by others for putting me in line to jumping through hoops to staying up all night every night, appreciate all the guys in the shop that busted [their] tail to get this destroyed car back to a roller and in the trailer!”
The younger generation gets a bad rub for being lazy. But this young racer showed that he is not lazy, as he wanted to get back on tour to compete in front of the fans.
And with a lot of luck and hard-working people behind him, Swanstrom is back where he wanted to be, with the fans out at the Street Outlaws No Prep Kings tour.
“Surround yourself around ones that are willing to put in as much work as you are to win,” Swanstrom said in a Facebook post. “Win or lose, we did some pretty awesome s***, the memories made, the time spend… wouldn’t trade it for anything! Everyone that bought merch, thank you, and welcome to SwanGang! Y’all helped out tremendously, even though I have not got the bills I know they will be up there.
“I wouldn’t have been able to do this without my team. My sponsors, my fan base, and supporters!”
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