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Monday, May 27, 2024

Bobby Seaton: DragChamp Racer Spotlight

Bobby Seaton is in this week’s DragChamp Racer Spotlight. Learn all about this DragChamp Pro Member in his spotlight below!

OAKLAND, KY – Bobby Seaton has been immersed in the world of racing for over three decades. Introduced to the sport by his father at a young age, Bobby developed a deep-seated passion for anything with four wheels and an engine. Currently, he competes in the Sportsman and Pro (No Box) classes at tracks such as Beech Bend Raceway Park, Clarksville Speedway, and Music City Raceway.

Bobby’s racing journey began around 2002 in New Mexico, where he raced sporadically and even picked up a few wins. His move to Boise, Idaho in 2013 saw him frequenting Firebird Raceway, clinching two wins during his three-year tenure. After relocating to Colorado in 2017 and taking a brief hiatus from racing, Bobby started driving again in 2019 at Bandimere Speedway. That reignited his passion for racing and ultimately brought him out to Kentucky, where he can race every weekend.

Learn more about Bobby below!

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His Race Car

Bobby has owned his 1955 2dr Post since 1996. It boasts a BTE Th400 transmission, a Dart 434ci small block Chevy engine from Skip White Performance, featuring a small Lunati cam, Brodix heads, Holley intake manifold, and a Holley Sniper unit. Recently, he had the rear axle, a Chevy 12 bolt, rebuilt, an endeavor he accomplished in the pits at Gulfport Dragway. Currently, the car runs 7.50s in the 1/8th mile, but Bobby hopes to increase performance after the 2024 season.

Outside of Racing

When Bobby isn’t racing down the track in his car, he finds fulfillment in his workshop, where he immerses himself in repairing anything with an engine attached. Recently, he made a significant career shift, leaving behind his 9-5 job to embark on a new venture: J&B Service and Performance, a generator service business. With this entrepreneurial pursuit demanding his attention, Bobby’s spare moments are now dedicated to building up his business.

As for his interests outside of racing and work, Bobby’s favorite movie is “American Graffiti,” and he holds Texas Roadhouse as his all-time favorite restaurant. One lesser-known fact about him is his passion for American history, often spending time visiting museums.

Accomplishments

  • 5 finals with 3 wins in the Sportsman class at Clarksville Speedway (2022-2023)
  • 1 win at Beech Bend in the Pro class. 1 semi-final appearance in Sportsman. (2023)
  • 2nd place in Sportsman class and 5th place in Pro class in season points at Clarksville Speedway (2023)
  • Top 10 in season points at Beech Bend in both Sportsman and Pro classes

Bobby’s Q&A

What’s on your bucket list, future goals, what do you hope to achieve?

Goals for this year is top 3 in season points at Beech Bend in both Pro and Sportsman. I’d also like a win at Music City, which would be a little special for me as the track is in the town where my grandfather grew up. The competition there is super tough, so I’ll have to be on my A game and have a little luck to pull off a win. 

Longer term goals/bucket list would be to make it to the bracket finals in Vegas and one of those big cardboard checks would be nice.

Who has made the biggest impact on your racing success?

This one is hard because over the last 2 years there have been so many great people that have helped me either with the car itself or advice on things to try driving. I’d have to say my buddy, Steve Collier. We met before I came out to KY and he has been there for me over the last 2 plus years. Always with positive words and the occasional “hey pull your head out…” . He is definitely a big part of why I’ve done as good as I have in just a short time. 

Who do you look up to in the sport?

To those that win or go deep into the rounds consistently.

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How do you support your racing, side hustle, sponsor, partner, etc.?

It was my 9-5, let’s see how the business does. I’m not built for onlyfans.

Who do you hate to see in the other lane, and why? 

It’s a love/hate with my buddy Kenny Eden. Our dials are usually only 2 10ths off from each other and our cars are complete opposite. My car is strong out of the hole and his comes on strong at the stripe. Races always come down to either who has the better light or who breaks out the least. 

What’s the hardest part of drag racing?

Keeping a positive mindset throughout the day. Also keeping focused is hard for me. 

What’s your most embarrassing moment in a race car?

For me, I’ve had a few but I would say Bristol WFC 2022. I broke out on a run where my competitor had an issue at the line and idled his way to the finish line and a round win. 

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What are you saying to yourself just before you stage the car?

I used to try and pump myself up, but I’ve got to where I just take a deep breath clear my mind as much as possible and go thru my routine. 

What do you enjoy the most at the racetrack?

Just the atmosphere and energy.

Do you love to win or hate to lose? 

Yes

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Which are you better at the starting line or the finish line? 

Starting line definitely. I’ve lost a lot of races at the stripe. That’s this year’s focus. 

What motivates you to continue racing?

It’s in my blood.

If money were no object, what would your racing operation look like?  Car, trailer, class, race schedule, etc.

The car would be the same, an enclosed trailer, Box and No box classes, and the calendar would have more out of town races. 

How often do you use a practice tree? 

Maybe once a month.

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What is your daily driver?

’15 Silverado 2wd shortbed with a V8 of course

Where do you spend the most time on the internet? 

Currently on tax and business sites. 

Would you rather hang out with a crowd or have a quiet evening at home? 

Quietly at home with my 2 pups.

What’s your favorite thing to eat?  Individual item, meal, or restaurant? 

Meal – any Mexican dish my Mom makes

Restaurant – Texas Roadhouse

Who would you like to thank, who helps you the most?

There are several but Steve Collier for all the advice he has offered and Brad Sharp, not only offering advice but helping with the car mechanically.

What is a piece of advice you’d give to an aspiring racer? 

Never over hype the racer next to you. They can lose the race just like anyone else.

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