Racing is often a family activity for people in northern New York and the Schroy family is no different.
Father Bob Schroy and daughter Brittany have been making their mark this season at the Evans Mills Speedway in their respective divisions. Brittany is first in the Ladies Truck Division with 170 points, while Bob is in third in the Truck Division behind perennial favorite Randy Mooney and Trevor Halladay in second.
The family has been racing for years as Bobs father, Bob Sr., and brothers, Pete and Tommy, have all raced competitively. Bob Jr. raced for a couple of years before Brittany was born, which put his career on hold. The beginning of Brittanys career helped resurrect her fathers career.
I got back into it because of her, Bob Schroy said.
Brittany Schroy said she was asked by others to take up racing at Adirondack International Speedway three years ago. Her dad then bought a truck that they share for events at Evans Mills.
I might as well bring home two paychecks with the same truck, Bob Schroy said.
Brittany said that her father has always been her biggest fan.
Hes always been supportive, she said. At first I didnt want it, but he encourages you.
She also appreciates her fathers efforts off the track, when dealing with the setup of the truck.
Hes the most helpful person, Brittany said. He helps with the setup and teaches me how to do it. He tells me how it handles and what to look for with the different track conditions.
Brittany has been on a two-race winning streak since finishing fourth in the season-opening race. The Schroys have an interesting wager going on between the two of them.
If I win every race for the rest of the season, hes going to buy me a Legends (Division) car, Brittany said. Hes wanted to hold off, but he calls me a gambler.
The elder Schroy is not giving out any details about what he wants if he wins the bet.
I still havent decided yet. he said.
The family tradition of racing being connected to the Schroy family will continue if Brittany has her way. She said she hopes her 4-month-old daughter, Ava, follows in her footsteps.
Hopefully when she is 5, we will have her in a go-kart, Brittany said.
McCreadie TAKes Vernon race
Tim McCreadie made it a repeat performance Wednesday night in the Lucas Oil late-model Dirt Series race at Utica-Rome Speedway in Vernon.
McCreadie won the race a year ago and duplicated the effort this year. The Watertown native started fourth in this years feature and held off a late challenge from Jimmy Owens for the victory. Tim Fuller of Watertown finished 15th in the feature.
Sportswriter John ODonnell contributed to this report.