By Cody Heacox
Ladies and Gentleman, welcome to this week’s Q&A, I had the opportunity to interview The People’s Champ…no not Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson lol, although if anyone has the resources and knows his people tell them to give me a call I’d like to do an interview with him haha. But anyways back to things, I caught up with the other People’s Champ Brian Wall. While he has yet to pick up a championship yet has come close to winning several times, he looks to change things this season. He has a handful of wins that gives him the right to be called “The People’s Champ”. Brian is currently the point’s leader in the Street Stock division and has won the last two races, while he looks to win tonight and make it a 3 peat.
Q: What got you interested in racing?
A: I’ve been going to Bowman Gray since I was around 4 months old. Dad strolled me over on the first Friday practice and took me in the stands to see how I would handle the noise, been hooked ever since. Dad actually didn’t suggest any racing until after I had graduated college. Took his car out a few times and felt I handled it pretty good. Dad offered me a ride and the rest is history.
Q: Would you say there is more pressure on how well you perform being a son of a racing great?
A: My dad’s never put any pressure on me, he just wants to make sure we’re having fun, so I’m gonna say the pressure I put on myself is much greater to do better, which can become stressful. You just do your best though, and try not to sweat it too much, cause that will get in your head and screw up a good time.
Q: What is it like being able to race with your dad?
A: Being able to race with my dad has been pretty damn cool. Not many folk can say they’ve got to do that. My Dad definitely gives me the better equipment, always has. Kind of why I like the song by Confederate Railroad, “Daddy never was the Cadillac kind.” We’ve put on some pretty good shows in morning practice; think we have more fun doing that than the actual race. lol
Q: Other than Willie “The Outlaw” Wall who would you say you enjoy racing against the most?
A: Man, my first two years, I seemed to be around Frank Fritts about every week. Me and that guy had some good times and some great battles, always got out smiling and saying how much fun we had. I enjoyed racing with a lot of guys though through the years. Johnny Ardner, David Sumner, Steven Berrier, Billy Gregg, Bobo, Jon Boy, Derek Stoltz, Blake, and many more. All those guys will make you give it everything you got, and if you slip up, they got ya. Basically, my favorite is any driver that provides a challenge. So I guess I should take Bobo off that list then come to think about it. lol, had to take a jab at that guy.
Q: So fans that are friends with you on Facebook see you’ve been letting your boy spot for you during practices, could we see another Wall join the racing ranks?
A: My son has been watching these videos my buddy Brian Fletcher has been putting together and showed some interest in the spotting after watch a few of my videos, so we’ve let him take command in a couple of morning practices. He has done fairly well only to be 8 years old. As far as racing goes, I don’t push my kids to do anything that they don’t want to do, so I guess we will just have to see how it goes. I have told him if he wants to drive someday, he’s gonna have to put time in at the shop, he’s not gonna be one of these guys that let’s everyone else do all the work and he just show up and drive, don’t work that way, real drivers turn wrenches, gives them better knowledge of what the cars doing, and also how to fix it without relying on others.
Q: Who or what would you say is your biggest inspiration when it comes to racing?
A: My biggest inspiration is my boys, my dad, and another important part is the fans. Those guys will definitely keep you motivated. Tell you when you done good, and let you know when you screw up, kind of no holds barred deal, lol, but you gotta love em, and appreciate the dedication they have for the madhouse and their drivers!
Q: Of all your wins which would you say stands out to you the most?
A: Man, any win over there is just as good as the first one, I don’t think I could ever get tired of that feeling, but my favorite win was when my Dad won back in 2011. I had a bigger smile on my face than when I won my first one and to top it off, he hand grenaded a rear end kinda like I did a couple of weeks ago, but I got to push him around for his victory lap. Hated he tore up his rear end, but it’s a memory I’ll never forget.
Be sure you check out tonight’s action as it will be the Fox 8 100 as well as $2 ladies night, there will be a twin 20 for Sportsman, plus Street Stock and Stadium. Also remember your rain checks from July 8th will be honored!