Nickname: "Thee Craig Phillips"
Hometown: Vermilion, Ohio
Home track: Lorain County Speedway/Sandusky Speedway
Race team: Phillips Motorsports
Website: Phillips Motorsports on Facebook
How did you get started in racing?
I grew up watching my dad race late models and super late models. I
finally started racing when I was 26 after I got out of the Army and
back from Georgia and Iraq.
What division do you race in? Tell us
about your car and team.
I race in the Modified division. My first time in a race car was a
modified a few years ago and I've never even hot lapped anything else
which is pretty crazy.
What tracks do you race at?
I race mostly at Lorain County Speedway and Sandusky Speedway but we
also try to run some of the Top Speed modified races and the open race
down at Midvale Speedway.
What track do you want to race at that
you havent yet?
I really want to race at Angola Motor Speedway. It has a beautiful
facility and I think that track really fits my driving style.
Tell us about your first feature win
at Lorain Speedway in 2013?
My first feature win was last year at Lorain County Speedway. It was
one of the most amazing feelings I have ever had! I got spun out with a
couple laps to go and held off a legend modified driver Todd Ripley on
a few double file restarts for the win. It was extra special that my
dad was also in the race was on the front stretch with me when I got
out of the car. I'll never forget seeing how proud he was that night.
Your father Kenny has raced many
different types of race cars. Is that something you like to do too? And
could you tell us some advise your father has told you about racing?
Someday I would really like to race a super late model. I loved
watching my Dad race the Iceman series. That is still the best racing I
have ever seen. It's not easy being his son because there is a lot of
expectations but I really couldn't ask for a better teacher, even
though we don't always see eye to eye with out driving styles and set
So you have mostly raced Lorain and
Sandusky Speedways. How much do you have to change your car to race
those tracks? Also how much do you have to change your driving style?
We really don't change much from Lorain to Sandusky. We change gears, a
spring, and we tone out motors down a little bit for Lorain. For me, I
try to be extra smooth at Lorain, the smoother I am over there the
faster I am.
When you are not racing what do you do
I enjoy anything competitive. Bowling, ping pong, corn hole,
basketball. If there is a winner and a loser, I like it.
Tell us something about you that would
surprise your fans.
I think people would be surprised how laid back I am off of the race
track and that I was in the Infantry while I served in the U.S Army.
Is there any race that sticks in your
mind from the past, and why?
The Top Speed Modified race at Sandusky Speedway last year that was
rained out. It was the first time I set fast time in qualifying. Then I
won the fast heat. I've never been more confident heading up to the
feature, then the rain hit!
What are your plans for 2014 racing
For 2014, it's just week by week. If we feel like racing we race where
we want. It's nice not having pressure to run every week at the same
track if you don't want to.
What is the future for Phillips
Phillips Motorsports is my Dads thing, I'm just lucky to have a
modified to drive with having no experience in anything else.
Is there anybody you would like to
I'd like to thank my Dad, my brother Curtis, Dean Mayer, Aaron Budka,
"cousin Matt", Logan Hamilton, Tom Tarring, Tom John, Joe Stroh, John
Parks, Griffs Engines, High Tech Pools, a lot of veteran drivers who
have helped me like Mike Lawson, Joe Quinn and everyone else that helps
us and puts up with this crazy hobby