The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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July 20, 2013

Schoolcraft model of consistency at BMP

BECKLEY — Matt Schoolcraft is not one of those racers who wins brilliantly one week and fades away the next.

He’s Mr. Consistency at Beckley Motorsports Park.

The Rainelle native was atop the Street Stocks points standings going into Friday’s races. While he had won just two races this season, he had finished in the Top 5 all but two times.

Last year made him hungry.

“We blew up last year, and spent all winter getting a new motor,” Schoolcraft said. “Everything has gone pretty good this year. We’ve been running real consistent.”

Schoolcraft has been racing for seven years. He used to come to BMP to watch his neighbor, Bobby Roberts, compete, and decided he’d give it a try.

He’s still driving the same 55S Chevrolet. It takes a lot of effort and time.

“Dad and I bought this car. We enjoy doing it, and my mom and my wife put up with it,” Schoolcraft said. “We work on it every evening — at least 20 hours a week.”

He’s won six or seven races over the years at BMP, and took the 2009 Street Stocks championship. He drives with patience, not aggression.

“I sit back and let everybody do their thing,” he said. “I take advantage of a weak moment.

“You’ve got certain cars that run pretty good, but we’re pretty equal.”

Before Friday night’s race he led the Richardson brothers, Bradley and Robert, by 30 and 32 points, respectively, in the Street Stocks points standings.

“The Richardsons are pretty good guys, and would do anything to help you,” Schoolcraft said. “We’ve run almost since they’ve started.”

Unlike a lot of racers, who say they’ll run until they drop, Schoolcraft isn’t so sure.

Maintaining a competitive car takes a lot of time, and that gets old.

“This might be the last full season we run,” he said. “It really takes your whole summer. You don’t have a week off. You can’t get anything else done. You don’t have time to relax.

“My wife and I went to the beach, and we came home two days early so we could race. Then we got rained out.”

Nothing is written in stone, however.

“I don’t know. Things might change if we win the championship,” Schoolcraft said.

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