‘It’s really an exciting sport and 2013 has been our best year ever’
Marc MacMillan and his wife Tina with their stock car, a 1996 Neon.
Marc MacMillan and his wife Tina can’t wait for tonight’s Scotia Speed World Weekly Racing Series awards banquet at the Best Western Glengarry in Truro.
“It’s a great way to wrap up the stock car racing season,” said Marc, 37. “With the dinner, awards presentations and dance, it’s quite a night. Seeing all the other drivers and everyone involved in the sport makes this a real special occasion. I believe we’re set to seat around 500.”
Enjoying his best season ever, MacMillan, driving a 1996 Neon (car number 192), won the Lightning Division driving championship with 1,078 points.
The Glenholme native had three heat wins, won two feature races and had two seconds in 11 events.
“This is one of Marc’s biggest honours for sure,” said Tina.
Marc actually trailed by five points entering the final race of the season.
“We were lucky in more ways than one,” Tina recalled. “We blew a hub in practice. Then, in a heat race, a tire came off and Marc hit the wall. The car was badly damaged.”
Just as it looked like the Neon would not be drivable for the last feature race of the season, good Samaritans appeared.
“Another driver, Mark Campbell, provided us with front-end parts,” Marc said. “Other pit crews pitched in as well and helped out to allow us a chance to compete.”
Early in the 25-lap race MacMillan sat last out of 13 cars.
“I didn’t know how the car would perform,” he said. “But with the help we had from Mark and other crews it was in championship form.”
By the second lap MacMillan began moving through the pack and by the 12th lap he was in second place. Holding on and finishing second, he picked up 98 points which moved him into first place overall for the season among lightning division drivers.
MacMillan was quick to credit others.
“This goes to show you the fine people in stock car racing,” he said. “Look at the help we received the final race day. People were glad to lend a hand. As for our own pit crew, Adam is the brains behind the operation. He is really technical. Adam does a great job and the car was pretty quick off the tractor all year.
“I’m also fortunate to have my wife and Keith Wood as part of the pit crew. The crew do the engine work and look after the car maintenance. Teamwork plays an important part. And to make stock car racing possible we’re grateful to 10 sponsors.”
Introduced to stock car racing as a five-year-old, Marc would sit on his father’s (Granville MacMillan) knee at Onslow Speedway.
In 1995 Marc and Tina Ewing, of South Maitland, purchased their first stock car, a 1979 Ford Granada.
After racing for several seasons they took a break from the sport in 2001, the same year they were married.
“Three young children, two girls and a boy, arrived on the scene before we returned to stock car racing in 2010,” said MacMillan, a produce supervisor with Masstown Market. “We’ve raced each of the last four years. It’s really an exciting sport and 2013 has been our best year ever.”
Lyle Carter’s sports column appears every Saturday in the Truro Daily News. If you have a story idea, contact him at 673-2857.