Contributed by: ACT Staff
Unbuckled: Getting to Know Brad Babb
Driver of the #15NH Speedway 51 Ford Fusion
Hometown: Windham, ME
2015: Finished 3rd in ACT Late Model Tour points (2 wins)
What are your favorite off-season hobbies?
My favorite thing to do in the offseason is ride snowmobiles. I enjoy pretty much anything with an engine, but snowmobiling is my favorite.
What do you do for work?
I'm a welder/fabricator at Casco Bay Steel Structures (South Portland, ME). We build bridges. It's pretty cool when you get to look at something that big and say that you built it.
What is your biggest life accomplishment?
I'd say winning the championship at Beech Ridge in 2012 was my biggest accomplishment. I worked hard to get there, and had to come from behind with a few weeks to go. It meant a lot to me.
What are your racing plans for 2016?
I'm currently planning on running the ACT Tour again for Joey Laquerre, and running my Pro Stock a few times when I can. I'd love to race more, or get into some open-wheel racing, but I've never had the opportunity.
What race(s) are you most looking forward to in 2016?
I'm looking forward to trying to become the first multi-time ACT winner at Beech Ridge for sure. I'm also looking forward to racing at Seekonk. I've never raced there but it looks like a fun place.
What was the highlight of the 2015 season for you?
I can't decide between winning Thunder Road and winning Beech Ridge. Those were definitely two amazing days for us and they both were special in totally different ways.
How did you get started in racing?
My family has raced since the late 1950's, so it was easy for me to get into. I started racing go-karts when I was 8 years old.
Do you have anyone that you consider a hero or try to emulate?
Not really, actually. I have lots of heroes in racing, but I try to be my own person and make a name for myself. When I'm on the track I don't really think about what anyone else would do in my situation.
How did your racing partnership with Joey Laquerre come about? What has driving for him meant for you and your career?
It started in 2014, the night before the Oxford 250. I had my Pro Stock there for the 250 and Joey had his Late Model there for the race that night. I hadn't seen him in a while so I went over to say hi, and he asked me to drive his car. I didn't expect it at all, but I was glad he did. I finished second that night and Joey was happy enough that he asked me to drive it a few more times. It all just worked out perfectly.
Who is your biggest supporter at the track?
That's a tough call. Either my mom, my sister, or my girlfriend probably. They're all very supportive and I know they all get nervous when I race.
Who or what has had the greatest influence on your racing career?
My dad (Bobby) for sure. We might disagree sometimes, but he's always there and he's been racing a lot longer than I have. I'm too hard-headed to admit it, but usually he's right when he gives me advice.
What is something about you that most people don’t know?
I’m really not sure. The best thing I can come up with is that people don't know I played baseball as a kid, but I can't stand it now!
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
I don't know where I heard it first, but the best advice I ever received is "if you can't win the show, be the show." I've always liked knowing that people knew I was there.
Tell me about your family?
We're all involved in racing. My grandfather started racing in the 1950's and my grandmother always supported him. My dad started racing in 1979 and has been with my mom (Carla) since the mid-80's, so she's been involved for a long time too. My girlfriend used to race go-karts. My sister (Kelsey) used to race, and her boyfriend races supermodifieds. I've had several uncles and cousins that raced. It's all we do!
Where do you see yourself in five years?
Hopefully still racing something. I really don't care what it is, as long as it's fast!
What would you do if you won the lottery?
I'd be racing Sprint Cars. You can find a Sprint Car race almost every day. Plus those cars are awesome. I've wanted to race them for a long time but there's really nothing in my area so I've never had a chance.