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Tracking the Short Tracks: Outlaw Modified Competitor Tom Houghton

With 35 years of racing experience and a pair of championships, Tom Houghton is always a driver to watch when he is on the race track. Houghton has proved that with hte Outlaw Modifieds as he’s always fast, scoring a fifth place finish in the opening race of the season.

Check out his answers to the 15 questions as we cap off “Outlaw Modified” week……….


1. How’d you get started in racing?

My dad was a passionate race fan, a designer, builder, tuner, tech inspector, crew chief and finally an owner.  His growth and desire spurred me on in early years so that I formed and promoted Bicycle Races.  From there l learned to drift in my soap box derby car and the family racing had bit me too.

2. First racing memory

My brother Vern put me into a Ford Cortina Mini Stock in 1978 to see how I could do.  Won 3 Track Championships in 2 years driving that car.

3. If you could be sponsored by any beverage, which would you want to be sponsored by?

Brick Brewery – Home of Waterloo Brewery – Ontario’s Original Craft Beer 

4. Story behind your car number

3 is my lucky number and Thomas means twin – so #33

5. If you have a nickname, what is it and why? If not, what do you think should be a good nickname?

Terrible Tom – I believe the most memorable driving performances are done in anger.

6. If you could race against any NASCAR driver, who and why?

Fireball Roberts – I would love to test my skill against a driver I feel to be one of the best in oval track racing.

7. What’s your life like outside of racing? Hobbies?

I have a fine Art diploma from Fanshaw College and enjoy painting and video.  I enjoy tuning and restoring cars like the Porsche I owned.  I worked at Jaguar on fine high performance cars and now enjoy being part of the Outlaw family working on the modifieds.

8. If you were an animal, what animal would you be?

Tiger because they’re GGrrreatttt 

9. Favourite pizza topping

Spinach, dark green leafy vegetables supply the blood with iron.

10. Dream vacation spot

Laguna Seca California – one of my favourite racing facilities.

11. If you were stuck on an island, what would you have to have?

Kelly, my woman and my crew chief

12. Favourite book

Best Damn Garage in Town by Smokey Yunick

13. Favourite movie

LeMans – Steve McQueen was a great racer, actor and movie maker

14. Favourite piece of technology

Variable Intake Geometry – like on the Ford Taurus SHO

15. Sponsors/people you’d like to thank

The Hodgkinson family for putting me back in the drivers seat. Houghton Rust Control Kitchener for their sponsorship and support. Pro North Auto and Truck Stratford for their sponsorship. Kelly for loving racing as much as I do.

Previous Tracking the Short Tracks Pieces…

April 2nd: Hanover Holiday Modified Competitor Bobby Tolton

April 7th: Varney Motor Speedway Mini Stock Competitor Scott Schuleter

April 8th: Sunset Speedway Super Stock Competitor Coltin Everingham

April 10th: Sunset Speedway 2013 Rookie of the Year Nick Tooley

April 14th: Peterborough Speedway Mini Stock Competitor Donovan Price

April 16th: Sunset Speedway Mini Stock Competitor Brandon McFerran

April 18th: Lucas Oil Sportsman Cup/Outlaw Modified Competitor Tim Tolton

April 22nd: Sunset Speedway Mini Stock Competitor Samantha Shaw

April 24th: Peterborough Speedway Mini Stock Competitor Rob Gosse

April 28th: Sunset Speedway Mini Stock Competitor Lisa DeLeeuw

April 30th: Sunset Speedway Mini Stock Competitor Brian Love

May 2nd: Sauble Speedway Mini Stock Competitor Morgan Robson

May 5th: Barrie Speedway Thunder Car Competitor Robbie Sikes

May 7th: Capital City Speedway Mini Stock Competitor Robert Hill

May 9th: Sunset Speedway Mini Stock Competitor Jake Watson

May 14th: Outlaw Modified Competitor Lisa Hodgkinson

May 16th: Peterborough Speedway Competitor Kenny Ohno Jr.

May 20th: Sunset Speedway Mini Stock Competitor Candiss Everingham

May 21st: Mini Stock Competitor Rich Schwartzenburg

May 23rd: Outlaw Modified Competitor A.J. Emms

May 27th: Outlaw Modified Competitor Dave Hodgkinson 

May 28th: Outlaw Modified Competitor Cliff Hodgkinson

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