Feature Article, Stock Cars, Washington — May 22, 2014 at 4:47 pm

Scott Burby at Evergreen Speedway (issue 106)


Scott Burby Mini Stocks

By Steve Heeb

Born and raised in Clearview, Wash., Scott Burby took up racing at nearby Evergreen Speedway in 2011.

“I always wanted to race since my days at Cascade High School,” he says. “I just decided to do it.”

He saw a Volkswagen Scirocco posted on craigslist.

“I had wanted to race Street Stocks but I saw the Mini Stock for sale and bought it,” he says. “It needed a whole lot of work.”

He has since grown to appreciate the freedom of the Mini Stocks class.

“You can do a lot more tweaking and customizing with the Minis than you are allowed to with the Street Stocks,” he explains.

Like all his race cars, Scott applied a coat of Electric Lime Green to the No. 41 entry before fielding it in the WWRA Coyote program on Friday nights.

“Racing was every bit as difficult as I thought it would be,” he says of his first season. “Like most people, at first I thought all I needed was more power. Then I realized it is mostly about the turns.”

He says that he has learned a lot about how a chassis works during his first four seasons.

Scott is quick to credit fellow racer Rod Helmuth for his advice when Scott first started out.

“He asked me what tire pressure I was running,” Scott explains. “Then he told me to cut that in half.”

Rod’s advice helped kick start a great season for Scott, who would eventually win the championship his first year out.

“Of course the Friday night field is smaller,” Scott says. “This year I wanted to bring the car out for racing on Saturdays with a bigger car count.”

Scott bought a second Scirocco that he races as the No. 16 in Stinger 8s and Enduro events.

He also bought a Mustang from the Helmuth family two years ago, which is his current No. 41 Mini Stock.

Likewise, the Helmuths bought one of Scott’s older cars.

“It’s all part of the ebb and flow of parts and chassis,” Scott laughs in reference to the movement of cars and equipment from team to team.

Rod notes that Scott’s Mustang started out as Drew Harthorn’s Outlaw Compact car.

“If you don’t total something out completely the chassis will be around forever,” Rod laughs.

That kind of durability is part of the character of the group.

“Everybody pitches in,” Rod explains. “If you need something just post it online and it will get taken care of.”

Rod also notes that Scott has brought on a lot of his own success since the early days in the Scirocco.

“He does everything like a one-man show,” Rod says. “He’s a very dedicated guy and will help anyone else out too.”

“I really started having good luck with the Mustang in 2013,” Scott says of winning the Sky Valley Stocks championship last year.

During the off-season Scott replaced the big springs and weight jack setup with coil over suspension all around to help keep the Hoosier tires on the 3/8-mile oval. He also installed a tubular cross member for the Mustang.

“My dad helped me get it on the track this year,” he says of the effort between seasons. “He sponsored me an engine rebuild.”

The Mustang heads into the 2014 Mini Stocks season running a fresh 2300-cc motor.

“It handled pretty well in the practice session,” Scott said before the season opener. “But I did decide to change out the springs.”

Scott says they typically get 15 cars at their events and he often finishes in the top three.

“I try to race clean,” he says. “And I’m always just looking for a top-five finish.”

Scott lists Central Welding and Squires Machine among his main sponsors.

Jon Taylor and son Cody also pitch in on race days, helping with whatever Scott needs.

“I met Scott at the Friday night program and helped him out a couple times last year,” Jon says. “He’s a very clean driver and a real sportsman.”

“I’m also a real fan,” Scott says. “I would rather sit out and watch and race then go out there on the track with damaged equipment.”

Scott recalls one such incident when he towed all the way to South Sound Speedway and blowing a motor during practice.

“The worst part was that later the race was called for rain so I didn’t even get to watch from the stands,” he reflects.

“He blew up a car and just laughed about it,” Jon says. “He has a humorous take on everything and can always find the positive in the situation.”

“He is always happy,” Cody adds.

“Scott is an all-around great guy,” Rod says. “We’re lucky to have him.”

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