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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Veteran Texas driver Joe Aramendia added to his impressive NASCAR Whelen All-American Series records this year.
Aramendia, 50, of Seguin, Texas, near San Antonio, won his sixth career NASCAR Division I track championship and fourth NASCAR state championship in 2013. At Houston Motorsports Park he won his fourth track title.
“I’ve been blessed to be able to have this level of success,” Aramendia said. “It couldn’t be done without a great team and sponsor support.”
His Houston track titles cover two divisions over five years. The 2009 and 2010 track and state championships were in late models while 2012 and 1013 championships were earned wheeling a modified. He also won the late model title at San Antonio Speedway in 2006 and the Modified Division crown at Central Texas Speedway (then known as Thunderhill Raceway) in Kyle in 2012. Aramendia made two starts at Central Texas this year and posted finishes of first and second.
“After we finished second in track points at San Antonio in 2005, we took off,” Aramendia said. “We’ve had a lot of experience since then and we pride ourselves in being ready to race when we get to the track.
“The old saying is that in order to finish first you must first finish. We think preparation at the shop comes first. Then you’ll be ready to win when you get to the track,” Aramendia said.
Aramendia scored 13 wins with 16 top-five and 20 top-10 finishes in 21 starts this season. He won the track and state point races over his nephew, Brian Moczygemba. Both cars are produced by noted car builder BMF Shocks & Chassis.
Consistent winners are usually considered the guys to beat at any weekly short track.
“You can be a target.” Aramendia said. “I think we had the best car every week and we should have won more and had more top-fives.”
Frank Gabrysch of Premier Metals is Aramendia’s longtime owner and sponsor. Homer Pitner is crew chief and Tommy Owen serves as the car chief. Team members include Aramendia’s brother, John, nephew, Moczygemba and wife, Carolyn. Technical support is provided by John Heil of BFM. Other sponsors include Aramendia Plumbing and Screen Pro Graphics.
Aramendia was just beginning his racing career in the Charger division when the San Antonio track joined NASCAR in 1990 and won the division’s track championship in 1991. He moved up to late models in 1992. In 2003, he competed in three NASCAR Nationwide Series events as an owner-driver with a best finish of 20th at Texas Motor Speedway in Ft. Worth. His other starts were at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and North Carolina Speedway in Rockingham. He made three starts in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2004 and four more in 2010, as well. His best finish in that series was 21st at Nashville (Tenn.) Superspeedway in 2010.
The driver’s nine-year-old son Vincent “Vinnie the Kid” Aramendia won his class championship in Bandolero competition at Houston Motorsports Park in 2013.